BIOL 6686: BE REAL About Health: Brown Enriching RITS Residents' Experiences in Adolescent Life

Student Leaders: 
Jess Velasquez, MD20; Julia Hadley, MD20; Thea Belay, MD20; Raj Anand, MD20
Faculty Adviser: 
Dr. Elizabeth Lowenhaupt

BE REAL About Health is open to all medical students who are interested in providing sexual and general health education to incarcerated youth at the Rhode Island Training School (RITS). As part of this course, students will teach ten 45-minute lessons to a group of 4-8 students at the RITS. Students will teach various health topics, including sexual education, mental health literacy, sleep hygiene, nutrition and exercise, as well as promote healthy decision-making and relationships. Prior to each teaching session, students are required to attend a 30-minute lesson prep meeting. The course will also include lectures and discussions to better understand the Rhode Island youth correction system, how healthcare works for RITS residents, and the health disparities faced by incarcerated youth. No teaching experience required. Students must attend 9 out of 10 teaching sessions, at least 80% of lectures, and give a brief oral presentation at the end of the semester outlining your experience or a relevant topic of interest  for course credit.