Community Relations

Community Relations

The Division of Community Relations builds and maintains key relationships with communities, individuals and organizations that work with UTMB to improve the overall health of a community. Staff members specialize in health promotion and heath education activities, events planning, and grant writing and management for the development of new models of care and increased access to care.

Community Health Initiatives

Shrimp Scamper

Registration is underway for the 2014 Shrimp Scamper, a family fun run along Seawall Boulevard, benefitting both UTMB and the Ronald McDonald House. The annual event is part of the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival that returns Sept. 26-28.

The Scamper will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.

All fitness levels are invited to join this non-competitive event. Costumes and teams are encouraged. Skateboards, roller skates, strollers, and bikes are all welcome! Bring your dog along for the fun too!! Entry fees include an event T-shirt, gumbo cook-off tasting cup and a Shrimp Scamper surprise!

The Scamper is again benefitting the Justin David Hughes Fund at UTMB. The fund was created by the Hughes Family following the suicide death of their son, Justin, who was a student in the UTMB School of Medicine. The monies help to educate students and faculty on the warnings signs, treatments for and dangers of depression.

Entry fees are $30/$15 (adult/child) through August 29 when prices increase to $35/$15. To sign up, visit Volunteers also will be needed for Shrimp Festival weekend. If interested, please contact Diana Davison at

Volunteer form

Run information

Run online registration

Festival information

Community Health Fairs

UTMB’s participation in a variety of community health fairs is coordinated through Community Relations. A complete listing of upcoming health fairs is available at Upcoming Health & Community Events. To participate, complete the registration form and email it to Diana Davison or fax it to (409) 747-2757.

UTMB Speakers Bureau

The UTMB Speakers Bureau can provide your organization with expert speakers on a variety of topics related to health care ranging from end-of-life care to health care reform to medical careers. If your organization is interested in booking a UTMB speaker, please complete the Speaker Request Form and fax/email it to Becky Trout or (409) 747-2795.

Health Policy Lecture Series 

The Health Policy Lecture Series brings health policy experts from Texas and the nation to campus to discuss health care policy and its impact. The lectures are free to students in the UTMB schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Biomedical Sciences and are open to the public.

Previous lectures are available through the link below.    

Health Policy Lectures

                          Guest Lecturer, Robyn O'Brien

Project Medical Education

Complete four years of medical school in a single one day and gain a greater understanding of the complexities of an academic medical center like UTMB. This program is open to policy-makers and others whose actions impact the education of health professions students and the operations of teaching hospitals. Click below for a typical Project Medical Education itinerary.

Project Medical Education Itinerary 

                     Spring 2010 Project Medical Education Class

Galveston County Health Fair

The Galveston County Health Fair is an annual spring event organized by UTMB students in conjunction with UTMB Community Engagement staff. The fair brings the Galveston County community and health professionals together to provide free health screenings and education to the public. Watch for further details on the 2011 fair!

The Grand Kids Festival

The Grand Kids Festival, benefitting children’s programming a the Grand 1894 Opera House, is a favorite springtime activity for families throughout the Houston/Galveston area.

UTMB partners with the festival to offer a variety of healthy fun children activities.

Walking the Walk

UTMB helps sponsor a number walks/runs/races to raise funds and awareness about serious health conditions. The UTMB Office of Health Policy & Legislative Affairs, UTMB Cancer Center, and the Departments of Cardiology and Internal Medicine are spearheading UTMB’s teams of volunteer runners/walkers/fundraisers for the following annual events. UTMB employees and students are encouraged to participate and help us show how much UTMB cares about our health and our community.


Community Events 

Juneteenth Emancipation Proclamation Event

Galveston holds the distinction of being the place of the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South. Texas State Representative Al Edwards sponsored two legislative bills establishing Juneteenth as a state holiday. The event commemorates this historic occasion. Douglas Matthews and Rep. Al Edwards welcomed dignitaries, community leaders and guests to the Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Proclamation, prayer vigil and breakfast at the historic Ashton Villa.  Our office assisted in the coordination of logistics for the celebration which included commemorative hand fans, programs, stage, chairs, decorations, sound system and staff support. The UTMB Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs staff help coordinate this historic event.

State Employee Charitable Campaign

UTMB employees have given millions of dollars over the years to help those less fortunate in their communities. Community Engagement staff and a team of UTMB volunteers coordinates UTMB’s participation in the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign.

Galveston Youth Leadership Awards

Galveston Youth Leadership Awards (GYLA), recognize Galveston high school seniors for their academic success, cultural awareness, physical fitness and service to the Galveston community.

UTMB Earth Day

The UTMB Conservation Initiatives has a rich history of celebrating its accomplishments during the annual Earth Day event on campus. UTMB is dedicated to conserving and preserving our environment. Employees from across campus and the neighboring community gather in the Moody Medical Library plaza to learn how they can support UTMB’s extensive conservation efforts.

Celebrating Women: Mind, Body and Spirit

The annual Galveston women's conference, co-sponsored by UTMB and the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, provides participants with a full day of professional and personal development. Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit is an outstanding opportunity for women throughout the Galveston area to hear UTMB experts on health matters important to women as well as nationally known speakers on topics of interest to all ages.

Oceans of Opportunity Job Fair

UTMB partners with Congressman Ron Paul, the City of Galveston, the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, the Galveston Economic Development Partnership, and Workforce Solutions to host the Oceans of Opportunity Job Fair each spring in the Galveston Island Convention Center in the San Luis Resort on Seawall Boulevard.

Galveston's EducationFEST

UTMB joins with the City of Galveston Families, Children and Youth Board to bring this education awareness event to the Galveston community. The fair features educational opportunities and achievements from all institutions and training programs throughout Galveston Island. Galveston College, the City of Galveston and UTMB are proud sponsors of the event.


Community Resources

Grant Writing/Grants Management/Coalition-Building

The Division of Community Relations provides a comprehensive range of grant proposal development services for UTMB departments and local community partners. These services include:

  • Building coalitions of key partners to secure grant funding
  • Locating grant funding sources
  • Providing grant writing and editing services from the idea stage to finished product
  • Providing the necessary expertise with the various administrative tasks necessary to submit a fundable proposal (e.g., locating and completing forms, managing grant tasks to meet funding entity deadlines)
  • Managing or assisting in the management of grant funding


Community Relations Staff

For more information about UTMB’s Community Relations efforts contact Becky Trout, executive director, 409-747-2734

Contact Diana Davison for information regarding community events, 409-747-2739


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Becky L. Trout

Executive Director, Community Relations




Diana Davison

Diana Davison

University Events Coordinator, Community Relations




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