Annual CSL Conference

13th Annual Community Service Learning Conference:
Trauma-informed Care: The Role of Community-Engaged Health Care Providers

Saturday, February 1, 2020
UT Health San Antonio

Register here

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Vincent Felitti, MD will be providing the keynote address at the conference.  Dr. Felitti is Co-Principal Investigator of the sentinel Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California San Diego.  To read more about Dr. Felitti, click here.

Dr. Felitti’s keynote is the 23rd installment in the Conversations about Ethics series.

About the Conference

Community Service Learning (CSL) is a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, mentorship and reflection.  UT Health San Antonio students address community-identified needs while learning about the context in which illness develops, connecting their academic coursework to real-life situations, and reflecting on their roles as future healthcare professionals.

The Annual CSL Conference at UT Health San Antonio originated in 2008 as an opportunity to learn from the CSL experiences of students, faculty, staff, and community partners in San Antonio and across Texas.  Each year, the conference focuses on a theme relevant to service-learning and hosts experts and guest lecturers, provides skill-building workshops, and showcases CSL projects through students’ poster presentations.

Presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in conjunction with an interprofessional planning committee, the conference is free and open to the community.  


  • To share best practices and scholarship in community service learning with a focus on how to deeply engage with communities.
  • To bring together an interprofessional group of UT Health San Antonio students, faculty, and staff from across the state with community partners to foster service-learning collaborations.
  • To highlight existing UT Health Science System community service learning projects and future opportunities with community partners.
  • To recognize and reward excellence in community service learning within the UT Health Science System.



8:00-8:30Registration Open / Breakfast with Community PartnersAAB Foyer
8:30-8:40Welcome / Opening Remarks
Ruth Berggren, MD, MACP, Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, UT Health San Antonio
Holly Auditorium
8:40-9:00Opening Plenary: City of San Antonio Strategic Priority: Childhood Trauma
Colleen Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager, City of San Antonio
Holly Auditorium
9:00-10:15Keynote Presentation
Vincent Felitti, MD, Co-Principal Investigator, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego
Holly Auditorium
10:15-10:45Networking with Community Partners / BreakHolly Auditorium Foyer
10:45-11:45Plenary: Improving Care for Survivors of Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence
Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, Director of Policy and Practice for Domestic Violence and Substance Use, National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma, & Mental Health
Holly Auditorium
11:45-11:55Break / Pick up Lunch
11:55--1:00Lunch Session: Forum Theatre
Facilitator: Sylvia Botros-Brey, MD, Associate Professor, Clinical, Department of Urology, UT Health San Antonio
Holly Auditorium
1:00-2:00CSL Poster Session with Dessert ReceptionHolly Auditorium Foyer

Agenda subject to change.


Deadline:  January 8, 2020 at 5PM

Trauma Informed Care Links

For more information and readings on Trauma Informed Care

Past Conferences