La Tasha Lucas, Tulsa Schweitzer Fellow

 

MSW student La Tasha Lucas was selected as one of the inaugural Tulsa Schweitzer Fellows. These students will be working on projects that address the causes of health disparities. Below La Tasha shares about her project and motivation. You can find more information about the program in the recent Tulsa World article and in the OU-Tulsa post.

The goal of my community service project is to contribute to the local and national efforts of reducing the rate of obesity by promoting good nutrition and increasing the rate of physical activity among minority youth and families. This goal is consistent with some of the current initiatives being proposed at the national and local level. My project site is Kipp College Preparatory School in North Tulsa and the target population for the project is African American children, boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 and their primary caretakers. The project interventions were chosen in collaboration with the Kipp principal and coach. Through this collaboration the activities were thought to be not only fun and engaging but culturally relevant to the project’s target population.

The inspiration behind this project is my life. I am inspired to make a difference in this way because of my own efforts to promote healthy food choices in my family and my own struggle with health issues that have been connected to lifestyle choices. I'm excited to see the influence the project will have and I'm humbled by the opportunity to serve in this way.

La Tasha Lucas

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