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

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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.

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

Read more about Dr. Felitti (PDF)

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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 meet community health needs using a trauma-informed approach.
  • To bring together an interprofessional group of University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center 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 video
Holly Auditorium
8:40-9:00Plenary: How the City of San Antonio is Implementing Trauma-informed Approaches to Achieve Long-term Health, Peace and Education Goals
Colleen Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager, City of San Antonio video
Holly Auditorium
9:00-10:15Keynote Presentation: Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Unrecognized Cause of Adult Social and Emotional Malfunction, Biomedical Disease, and Premature Death
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 on Domestic Violence, Trauma, & Mental Health video
Holly Auditorium
11:45-11:55Break / Pick up LunchHolly Foyer
11:55-1:00Forum Theatre: Is the Health Care Community Perpetuating Trauma?
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

Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors

Pharmacotherapy Division, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:
Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
LINC (Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration)
Office of the President
School of Dentistry
School of Health Professions
School of Medicine