Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso recently partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health’s El Paso Regional Campus for a food and blanket drive to support the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home in El Paso.
During this fourth annual drive, UTHealth and TTUHSC El Paso decided to team up to make a greater impact. Habiba Khan, a medical student with the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and master of public health student with the UT School of Public Health, serves as UTHealth’s SGO treasurer. She advocated for the partnership because she saw a growing demand for servant leadership opportunities at both campuses.
“It’s a simple but great way to give back to the community,” said Khan of the drive. “During the winter, food and warmth can make the season more festive and bright.”
Donations were collected Nov. 4 – Dec. 5 at drop-off locations throughout TTUHSC El Paso and the UT School of Public Health EPRC. In total, 45 blankets, 20 pairs of socks, 70 canned food items and 30 other nonperishable food items were collected. Representatives from both universities were on hand to deliver the items to the foster home on Dec. 11.
“The study of public health focuses on aiding the community,” said Valeria Ruvalcaba, UTHealth’s SGO president and master in public health student. “When we volunteer, we get to understand our community and its needs. By partnering with organizations like the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home, we are able to use what we learn in class and apply it to everyday life here in the Borderland.”
This is not the first time TTUHSC El Paso and the EPRC have partnered to create impact in our community. During the 2019 MLK Day of Service, students organized and volunteered at the Fabens Water Forum, hosted by the Rio Valle Woman’s Club. The forum offered information about healthy water to residents of Fabens and surrounding communities, some of which rely on domestic wells.
TTUHSC El Paso encourages a philosophy of service education, a form of teaching that inspires meaningful community service. Collaboration between universities to nurture health, education and goodwill is essential for the development of our students and community.