August 17, 2022


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TTUHSC El Paso Immersion

TTUHSC El Paso medical and dental students participate in a poverty simulation.

EL PASO, Texas - August 16, 2022 - (

Two hundred first-year Foster School of Medicine and Hunt School of Dental Medicine students experienced a "poverty simulation" as part of an educational workshop at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

The simulation involved several role-playing scenarios, including visiting a pawn shop to sell personal property for grocery money and going to a payday loan provider to survive until the next paycheck. The experience helped students better understand what the 18.8% of El Pasoans living in poverty face nearly every day. As one might expect, poverty is a major obstacle to routine health and dental care.

The simulation is an innovative addition this year to the Society, Community, and the Individual (SCI) course TTUHSC El Paso medical and dental students take in July informally known as "immersion." Students at the schools begin their academic journey with an immersion in the unique lifestyle, culture and language of the El Paso-Juárez Borderplex community. Nearly 40% of Hunt School of Dental Medicine students and 20% of Foster School of Medicine students hail from El Paso or West Texas counties with cultures similar to the Borderplex.

The immersion courses - SCI and Conversational/Clinical Spanish - are the first medical and dental students complete before studying medicine and dentistry in August during "Year One" at TTUHSC El Paso.

Immersion has been part of curriculum since the medical school opened in 2009. The Hunt School of Dental Medicine adopted immersion into its curriculum, and its inaugural class completed the courses in summer 2021.

Salma Elwazeer, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health at the Hunt School of Dental Medicine and director of the dental component of SCI, pushed to integrate poverty simulation into immersion.

"We're helping students understand the realities of poverty," Dr. Elwazeer said. "They experience the hardships of low-income families and their day-to-day challenges while interacting with community agencies. Understanding those challenges promotes poverty awareness, transforms students' perspectives and their unconscious biases toward disadvantaged populations, and inspires their roles as future health care providers to be the local change in the health care field."

Immersion professors hope students will better understand barriers many underserved patients face in accessing health care, including lack of transportation that causes them to miss appointments, low incomes that prevent early treatment, and language barriers that can be obstacles to communication and self-advocacy. 

During immersion, students also hit the road to assess the social, health and infrastructure needs of the community.

They visited area neighborhoods, unincorporated communities (colonias), and regional towns and cities, including Canutillo, Clint, Fabens, Horizon City, Montana Vista, San Elizario, Socorro, and Sunland Park and Chaparral, New Mexico, to speak to residents and community leaders about their community's health care needs.

First-year medical student Jessica Hoffman from Dallas, Texas, was assigned to visit Chaparral, New Mexico, where she interviewed community health care workers and a health clinic employee.

"It's the best way to understand how to be a compassionate and culturally aware health care provider," Hoffman said. "Through this experience, I interacted with a medically underserved local community. It's important to understand their needs so as health care providers, we can expand access and quality care for these residents."

Organizers said working on Spanish language skills is the other beneficial aspect of immersion.

Research shows that patients with limited English proficiency greatly benefit from bilingual health care providers and are more likely to understand diagnosis and treatment and adhere to medication and routine care.

TTUHSC El Paso is the only health sciences center on the U.S.- Mexico border and serves 108 counties in West Texas that have been historically underserved. It is the only health sciences center on the U.S.-Mexico border designated as a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution, preparing the next generation of health care heroes, 48% of whom identify as Hispanic and are often first-generation college students.

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Marty Otero at [email protected] or 915-215-6017

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TTUHSC El Paso medical and dental students participate in a poverty simulation.

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TTUHSC El Paso students participate in poverty simulation.

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Federal Court hearing will determine if Medical Board of California can continue what PIC calls "prosecuting scientific dissent as so-called 'misinformation'"

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - August 16, 2022 - (

Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC), an educational nonprofit organization focused on science and statistics, has filed a First Amendment free speech lawsuit (No. 2:22-cv-01203-JAM-KJN) and a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Medical Board of California in order to protect the free speech of all physicians in California.

The Physicians for Informed Consent lawsuit argues that the Medical Board has weaponized the phrase "misinformation" to unconstitutionally target dissenting physicians, including by "attempting to intimidate by investigation, censor and sanction physicians who publicly disagree with the government's ever-evolving, erratic, and contradictory public health Covid-19 edicts."

Mr. Rick Jaffe, the litigator for this Physicians for Informed Consent lawsuit, structured the legal arguments to emphasize that 75 years of judicial precedent have established that licensing agencies cannot sanction, prosecute or even investigate physicians for speaking out in public about a matter of public concern, regardless of the content, the expressed view point, and even if those views are contrary to the opinions of the "medical establishment."

As an example of the Medical Board's alleged targeting of scientific dissent, the First Amended Complaint refers to the following statement in the Medical Board's February 10-11 Meeting minutes:

"Ms. Lawson stated it is the duty of the board to protect the public from misinformation and disinformation by physicians, noting the increase in the dissemination of healthcare related misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms, in the media, and online, putting patient lives at risk in causing unnecessary strain on the healthcare system."

This Physicians for Informed Consent lawsuit also examines California Assembly Bill 2098 (AB 2098), which aims to censor so-called "misinformation" spoken by physicians to their patients, to the extent that the bill is irreparably vague. As PIC General Counsel Greg Glaser explained in his declaration filed in court on Aug. 9, 2022:

"From my perspective, the Board's standard for misinformation is so hopelessly vague, it is impossible for me to advise my client PIC whether the Board will arbitrarily prosecute PIC for content on the attachment ('COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATES: 20 Scientific Facts That Challenge the Assumptions') even though such PIC content is factual and meticulously cited."

The scheduled hearing on PIC's motion for preliminary injunction is Sept. 27, 2022. The judge assigned to the case is the Honorable John A. Mendez. PIC has requested Judge Mendez issue a preliminary injunction that "the Board be ordered to stop all its investigations of physicians for protected free speech, including but not limited to the public expression of views about the pandemic, the mandates, vaccines, treatments or any other content relating to the pandemic."

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WyoTech's quarterly instructor visitation and annual summer seminar programs help educators better prepare future technicians pursuing full-time training in automotive, diesel, and collision and refinishing.

LARAMIE, Wyo. - August 15, 2022 - (

WyoTech, a leading automotive, diesel, and collision trade school in the United States, continues to prepare trade school instructors with its programs. Through its quarterly instructor visitation and annual summer seminar programs, WyoTech is actively closing the training gap that has caused the lack of trade-focused courses in high school curriculums across the country.

Traditionally, aspiring teachers will pursue college degrees and obtain certifications to teach subjects such as English, mathematics, history, and science, among others. Because there are so few formal training programs for trade-based concepts, very few high schools can find teachers who can teach courses that cover concepts related to the automotive, diesel, and collision and refinishing industries.

In an effort to enhance trade education across the country and increase student exposure to new career paths, WyoTech is offering 100% paid-in-full supplemental training programs. These programs can help administrators learn how to implement trade-focused courses into existing curriculums and provide teachers with the latest industry trends, standards, and updates that can be brought back to students in the classroom. WyoTech covers the majority of costs related to travel, stipends, and hotel accommodations.

Today, the future still looks bleak for most high schools in the U.S. In July 2022, the New York Times reported that a Manhattan judge put a hold on more than $200 million of cuts that would impact roughly 1,200 city public schools. Outraged parents have begun suing the district over the proposed budget slashing that would be extremely detrimental to the quality of education in the five boroughs if they were to go into effect. 

"The value trade and vocational education programs have on a student cannot be underestimated," said WyoTech president Jim Mathis. "We at WyoTech want to do our part to keep trade programs in high schools, and to do so, instructors need to be armed with the best possible programs and education."

For more information regarding WyoTech's teacher education programs, please visit

About WyoTech

WyoTech, formerly known as Wyoming Technical Institute, is a for-profit technical college founded in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1966. WyoTech provides training programs that prepare students for careers as technicians in the automotive and diesel industry with nine-month training programs that focus on hands-on experience.

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Mike Albanese
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PHOENIX - August 13, 2022 - (

As another academic year approaches, Hope Church Movement is determined to help the incoming freshmen class successfully bridge the gap between high school and college. The Class of 2026 includes Gen Z, which is the generation born after 1997. Hope Church Movement is hosting its 11th annual Survivor Weekend over Labor Day Weekend, where college students across the Southwest form Tribes, or teams, and experience a weekend of music, camping, and competition.

Pastor Brian and Wendy Smith, Founders of Survivor Weekend and Hope Church Movement, said it was their individual college experiences that inspired them to start this event in 2011. While it is hosted by Hope Church Movement, the event is not religious in nature and welcomes students of all beliefs.

"Many of us forget about our freshman year and the insecurities we had," said Pastor Brian Smith, who is also the founder of the Campus Changer Network. "Our hope is to give students an amazing experience and provide an opportunity to build authentic friendships. If they want to check out church later on, that's fine, and if they don't, that's fine too! We just want them to know that Hope Church wants to see them be successful as new college students."

One student, Shawn Romo, was impacted by Survivor Weekend his freshman year, and he was part of the planning committee before his sudden passing in 2016. His idea to award the winning Tribe a trophy was honored and named the Romo Cup in remembrance of him. His parents have presented the winning Tribe the Romo Cup the last four events.

"Survivor was this huge stepping stone that started him on his college journey," said Jill Romo, Shawn's mother. "I'm just really proud of the man he became."

Young people are more likely than previous generations to battle mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression and loneliness. In fact, one in four Gen Z is anxious, according to a 2020 report by the Barna Group. Research shows when college students have a sense of belonging, it can lead to a reduction in depression, loneliness, hopelessness and social anxiety.

Survivor Weekend is designed to help students build friendships within their Tribes, which are based on college campuses or majors. In addition to the competition, students hear an inspirational talk by Pastor Brian Smith on how to leave a legacy in college.

If you would like to know more about Survivor Weekend, visit

About Hope Church Movement

Hope Church Movement is a collegiate-focused church planting movement in four cities reaching 19 college campuses in Arizona and Nevada. Hope Church Movement started in 2004 reaching students in Tempe, Arizona. The church has since expanded to reaching students at universities and community colleges in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson and Las Vegas, NV. Hope's premier event is Survivor Weekend, where students join Tribes (aka teams), compete in Northern Arizona and get inspired about their college legacy. While its founders are Pastor Brian and Wendy Smith, the event is not religious in nature and welcomes students of all beliefs.

Media Contact: Ricky Ruedaflores, Executive Pastor

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69% improved prior best actual ACT® English scores by an average of 3.26 points.

Left to right: Ada Colburn and Greyson Wardlow

AMORY, Miss. - August 10, 2022 - (

Jumpstart Test Prep announced the ACT® exam improvement results from Amory High School students' spring test date following the classroom implementation of the Jumpstart Review. Of the students having at least one prior ACT® score for improvement comparison, 69% improved prior best actual ACT® English scores by an average of 3.26 points.

The following students were recognized as the top achievers in ACT® English:

●       McKynlie Camp (+7 pts.)

●       Ada Colburn (34 on first attempt)

●       Maggie Kate Cummings (+8 pts.)

●       Charleston French (+7 pts.)

●       Ethan Navarro (+8 pts.)

●       Neviona Smith (+7 pts.)

●       Greyson Wardlow (+8 pts.)

Amory student Greyson Wardlow commented, "The biggest things that helped me with Jumpstart were learning time management and being able to look back over the videos."

"I learned the most using literature strategies and figuring out how to order sentences," added Ada Colburn, another Amory student.

These improvements are not possible without the diligence and support of the teachers tasked to help raise scores at Amory. "I was very impressed at how much the students enjoyed Jumpstart and how well it helped their scores," said teacher Kammie Miller.

The guidance and encouragement of the administration also play a huge role in raising scores. "We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to use Jumpstart in our English classes this year, and we are very excited that it helped our students to improve their ACT® scores and their confidence," said Principal Leigh Stanford.

Jumpstart Test Prep is an online review program based on over 50 years of work by Dot McClendon, a legendary educator and Mississippi's 19-year STAR Teacher Hall of Fame inductee. "As a teacher at The Mississippi School of the Arts and several other schools during my career, I was able to help guide the preparation of students in person," said McClendon. "Now through our online, on-demand video review, students in Amory classrooms, as well as classrooms around the country, around the breakfast table, or on the couch at home, are able to benefit from our approach."

More information about Jumpstart Test Prep can be found at

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