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Ambassador Program

Ambassador Program

The Texas A&M Health (formerly Health Science Center) Opioid Task Force was established in January 2018 consisting of representation from all five Health Science Center components (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health) as well as the Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center. Its mission is to serve as a focal point for research, education and practice issues that are critical in addressing the opioid epidemic and its impact on the multiple levels of the socioecological model (i.e. individual, interpersonal, organizational/institutional, community, policy/enabling environment). 

The ambassador program was launched in September 2018 with the goal of providing students, faculty, and staff opportunities to address the opioid epidemic via engagement in research, education, and/or community outreach.  

If you elect to serve as an Ambassador, you should: 

  • Be a degree seeking student from A&M. Minors in A&M Health-related disciplines will be considered as well
  • Be in good Academic Standing (at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA)
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Feel free to apply.
 
Please email opioidtaskforce@tamu.edu if you have any questions or comments.

Ambassador Program Application

 

OENA trainer requirements

The Texas A&M Health Opioid Task Force seeks ambassadors to serve as trainers for Opioid Overdose Education & Naloxone Administration (OENA) training events and presentations.

Students who elect to serve as trainers should:

  • Be a degree seeking student from A&M. Minors in A&M-related disciplines will be considered as well
  • Be in good Academic Standing (at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA)
  • Be a current Opioid Task Force Ambassador
  • Observe at least 1-2 OENA Trainings delivered by Dr. Joy Alonzo or the director of the Opioid Task Force
  • Attend a 1-1 training session with Dr. Joy Alonzo or the director of the Opioid Task Force where you practice presenting the OENA Training
  • Deliver at least 1-2 OENA Training Event(s)

Upon satisfactory completion of these requirements, the ambassador will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for meeting these requirements and will be certified as a OENA Trainer.  
 
If you have any questions or comments, please email opioidtaskforce@tamu.edu.

2020-2021 AMBASSADORS

College of Dentistry

  • Joshua Crawford

College of Medicine

  • Astrid Acosta
  • Brooke Burgess
  • Astrid Castrid
  • Erika Clark
  • Logan Dubose
  • Amanda Essoh
  • Samson Hennessy-Strahs
  • Ashley Luu
  • Riti Kotamarti
  • Alwin Mathew
  • Hamza Malick
  • Ella Nonni
  • Amisha Patel
  • Mimi Phan
  • Erin Sigler
  • Eric Swanson
  • Cannon Woodbury

College of Nursing

  • Karlie Cummings
  • Evonne Garcia
  • Shannon Gray
  • Shelly Hitchcock
  • Tristen Hyde
  • Brandon Kearney
  • Lorie Vernor
  • Ann Walters
  • Bill Waters
  • Jennifer Wruck

College of Pharmacy

  • Rashid Abdoh
  • Ashley Abraham
  • Leen Alyaseen
  • Enrique Arredondo
  • Faisak Bhagani
  • Fatema Bodalbhai
  • Alexandra Burum
  • Jasmine Carino
  • Amanda Coots
  • Arielle De La Fuente
  • Monica Deleon
  • Toney Duong
  • Patrick Funderburk
  • Benjamin Garcia
  • Christina Gonzalez
  • Uyen Hoang
  • Se-Jung Hong
  • Sharon Jacob
  • Ricardo Juarez
  • Kristin Krozel
  • Longxiang Kuang
  • Li Liu
  • Julian Lopez
  • Hanh Ngo
  • Tiffany Nguyen
  • Brenen Ostler
  • Christopher Perry
  • Shireen Rasheed
  • Mathew Rios
  • Sarah Tapia
  • Daniella Tran
  • Christiana Winters

School of Public Health

  • Mustafa Ahmad
  • Nikhat Bahal
  • Yarielka Batista
  • Lakshmi Bhagavatula
  • Brenna Brown
  • Ashton Cain
  • Ninfa Cruz
  • Victoria Cruz
  • Faith Elenwa
  • Sama El-sherif
  • Sofia Estrada
  • Minaal Farrukh
  • Tatum Gillespie
  • Anna Glanzer
  • Romyssa Hashim
  • Sarah Hardin
  • Jessica Hsu
  • Praisy Johnson
  • Hunter Jones
  • Serena Joseph
  • Roshani Khatri
  • Nima Khodakarami
  • Alexander Le
  • Lesleigh Lee
  • Michelle Lee
  • Presley Limon
  • Tho Mac
  • Wah Wah Myint
  • Yeka Nmadu
  • Chinelo Nsobundu
  • Ayobami Ogunsola
  • Uju Okeke
  • Oluyomi Oloruntoba
  • Natalie Olson
  • Ifeoluwa Oginni
  • Wisdom Osisioma
  • Victor Oyebade
  • Hannah Payne
  • Mariya Rahman
  • Savannah Rios
  • Andrew Rocha
  • Juanita Rocha
  • Celeste Saenz
  • Princy Sam
  • Michelle Strong
  • Zain Syed
  • Samia Tasnim
  • Amna Tehsin
  • Jonathan Thomas
  • Sarah Waraniak
  • Gracie Woodland

Main Campus Students

  • Victoria Adams- Forne
  • Emilee Allis
  • Anna Armstrong
  • Rahul Balakrishnan
  • Ramya Bathala
  • Stephanie Bautista
  • Kyla Brown
  • Christine Chasse
  • Sadia Hakim
  • David Hiatt
  • Brian Jafari
  • Julius Jang
  • Evelyn Jones
  • Daphne Joubarne
  • Jordan Kuhlman
  • Tyler Lalonde
  • Mark Levchenko
  • Cana Matthys
  • Anne McGowan-Schooler
  • Mary McQuade
  • Myra Mudassar
  • Shelby Nichols
  • Rebecca Obregon
  • Andrea Perez-Abreu
  • Jessica Pfrenger
  • Abigail Riley
  • Carolyn Robert
  • Emily Rose
  • Vivian Shi
  • Zachary Skrehot
  • Madeline Tibbs
  • Mathew Vasquez
  • Eber Villazana
  • Kathryn Wakefield
  • Brooke Wilhelm
  • Stephanie Yianitsas
  • Deven Pierce

Staff

  • Tamara Gnecco
  • Cindy Kates
  • Tyler Lalonde
  • Anne McGowan

2020-2021 TRAINERS

College of Pharmacy

  • Monica Deleon
  • Longxiang Kuang
  • Cameron Stone

School of Public Health

  • Wah Wah Myint

Main Campus Students

  • Stephanie Bautista
  • Brian Jafari
  • Vivian Shi

Staff

  • Anne McGowan

AMBASSADOR EVENTS

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we regret to inform you that we have cancelled all in-person opioid overdose education and naloxone trainings until further notice.  We are developing an online training and will report back when there is more information available about its dissemination.

Feb. 11, 2020

Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Administration Training

Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Administration Training as part of Disaster Week Activities

6-8 p.m. in Rudder Theatre

As part of Disaster Week, the Opioid Task Force will be providing Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Administration Training to TAMU students, faculty, and staff. All student ambassadors are invited to participate as we will need many of you to checkoff participants for the training. Additionally, there will be a panel of speakers that will discuss their experience with substance use disorder.

Opioid Task Force Ambassadors can sign up through the Opioid Task Force Ambassador App.

Individuals not affiliated with the Opioid Task Force Ambassadors that would like to attend the event can sign up through Qualtrics.

If you have any questions or comments, please email: opioidtaskforce@tamu.edu

For more information about Disaster Week, please visit the Disaster Week webpage.


Feb. 8-9, 2019

2nd Annual Opioid & Pain Management Conference

The Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center is hosting the 2nd Annual Opioid & Pain Management Conference: The Path Forward on February 8th and 9th at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. The event starts at noon on Friday, Feb. 8 and concludes at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Conference registration fees will be waived for all student ambassadors.

Student Volunteer opportunities:

  1. Booth/Reflection Wall Management: The Opioid Task Force will have a booth/table at the event and the Opioid Reflection Wall that was utilized in conjunction with the September 26th viewing of the Showtime docuseries, The Trade. Volunteers are needed both days to assist with the booth and the reflection wall during registration and breaks. We need 4 volunteers each day.
  2. Naloxone Demonstration on Saturday: Dr. Joy Alonzo will also be providing naloxone demonstration during the Saturday sessions scheduled for 11:15 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. You must have participated in one of Dr. Alonzo’s “train the trainer” events for students if you want to volunteer. If you have not yet been trained, Dr. Alonzo is planning a training via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 28 from 7 -8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

For more information, please  contact Angie Alaniz.


Jan. 28, 2019

Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Administration Training

7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom

All student ambassadors are invited to participate.  If you have volunteered to assist with Dr. Alonzo’s training at the Opioid and Pain Management Conference on Saturday, February 9th, you are required to take this training if you have not yet done so. This will be the only student ambassador training prior to February 9th.

To participate, please  contact Angie Alaniz.

Ambassador Reporting System

 If you elect to serve as an Ambassador, you must:  

  • Be a degree seeking student from A&M. Minors in A&M Health-related disciplines will be considered as well
  • Be in good Academic Standing (at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA)
  • Attend/Participate in at least 1 activity/event related to the Texas A&M Health- Opioid Task Force such as these below:
    • Texas A&M Health- Interprofessional Education & Research (IPER)
    • Opioid Education & Naloxone Training (OENA) Events (i.e. conferences, symposiums, and etc.)
    • Promoting the Opioid Education Survey
    • Identifying substance abuse resources to be added to MyHealth Finder (MHF) 
    • Working with an HSC Faculty, staff, preceptor, or program coordinator on an opioid-related project.

All participated events/activities must be reported in the Ambassador Reporting System.

For events, you will be required to register for them prior to attendance. At the event, you will sign in with the Program Coordinator.

For activities, you will be required to report them at least one time by the designated deadline.

The Opioid Task Force utilizes Quickbase as their Reporting System.

All items need to be reported by April 30 of the Spring Semester.

 

To access OTF’s quickbase site, please go to this link: https://tamsph.quickbase.com/db/bp2qv3jd3

If you have any questions or comments, please email: opioidtaskforce@tamu.edu.