School-based Health Awareness and Regional Education (SHARE) Program
The SHARE Program provides training and mentoring to prepare motivated middle and high school students to serve as Health Ambassadors in their communities. The Program will recruit students through an application process and provide a small stipend to incentivize commitment to participation in each of the activities including an introductory field experience (FE), biweekly or monthly meetings throughout the school year, and participation in a school-based Community Health Expo in which the Health Ambassadors will assist in health screening and health educational intervention activities.
The Health Ambassadors will receive training through the instructional modules produced by the Summer Educator Fellows. Specifically, modules that address the most prevalent diseases within the community such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and asthma will be incorporated into the classroom curriculum, provided during the FE, and also used as preparatory training for the Community Health Expo.
During the Expo, trained Health Ambassadors will interact with members of the community under supervision by teachers, educators and Texas A&M University faculty members. They will share their knowledge through educational talks and presentations, and conduct basic health screening activities such as measurement of blood pressure, blood sugar, lung volumes and BMI. The Expo can be conceptualized as a local field experience in which the students actualize their passion for health care through assisting in the delivery of educational interventions to their community.