2023 CSL Conference

16th Annual Community Service Learning Conference: Mental Health is Public Health

Saturday, February 4, 2023
8:00 am to 2:30 pm
In-person Event
UT Health San Antonio

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Keynote Speaker

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH
Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry
Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education
University of California, Davis School of Medicine



8:00-8:30 amRegistration / Breakfast with Community Partners
8:30-8:45 amWelcome & Opening Remarks
Melanie Stone, DrPH(c), MPH, MEd, Assistant Director, Community Service Learning, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, UT Health San Antonio

Vasan Ramachandran, MD, Founding Dean, School of Public Health, UT Health San Antonio
8:45-10:00 amKeynote Presentation: The Social Determinants of Mental Health
Ruth Shim, MD, MPH, Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education, University of California Davis School of Medicine
10:00-10:30 amCommunity Partner Session
10:30-11:30 amBreakout Workshops: Choose one.

a. Behavioral Health 101 and Practical Strategies for Providers
Bryna Nation, LMSW and Cynthia Sierra, LPC, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UT Health San Antonio
b. Crisis Response Planning (CRP) for Mental Health
David Roberts, PhD and Feiyu Li, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UT Health San Antonio
c. Behavioral Health Integration into Pediatric Primary Care
Roshni Koli, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

a. ALTC 3.301 Recording

b. ALTC 3.302 Recording

c. ALTC 3.303 Recording
11:30-11:45 amBreak / Pick up Lunch
11:45 am -12:45 pmLunch Plenary: State of the State of Texas Public Behavioral Healthcare System
Trina Ita, MA, Associate Commissioner, Mental Health and Substance Use Programs, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
12:45-1:00Poster Session Opening Remarks
Jelynne LeBlank Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Health Care Services (CHCS)
1:00-2:30 pmCSL Poster Session with Dessert Reception

Agenda subject to change.


  • To share best practices and scholarship in community service learning with a focus on how to meet the needs of displaced youth.
  • 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.
  • To recognize and reward excellence in community service learning within the UT Health Science System.

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

Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:
Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
Long School of Medicine
Office of the President
School of Health Professions
School of Public Health

UT Austin College of Pharmacy Division of Pharmacotherapy

UT School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus

Community First Health Plans