The committee coordinates the HBA’s Interprofessional Drug Education Alliance (IDEA) in the fall and spring each bar year. The committee is responsible for recruiting medical professionals and attorneys to volunteer to educate 5th graders on the medical and legal consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. The committee reviews and updates the legal information included in the training materials used for the volunteers.

Thanks for making the program a success!

IDEA volunteers and faculty at Meador Elementary School in Pasadena ISD pose with four fifth grade students in front of a mural of the school's mascot, the mustang.

Lyons Elementary School presentation
“On behalf of our Principal, Cecilia Gonzales, the Lyons Elementary Fifth Grade Team and myself, I would like to thank each of you for your time and efforts with the IDEA Program. The program was a great success…. The students not only learn the legal and medical reasons why to stay away from drugs, but they also get to interact with doctors and lawyers in a friendly environment. It gives them other, out-of- school, role models delivering the same message to stay away from drugs.” – LaShawnda Harris, MS, RN, Lyons Elementary School

 
Atkinson Elementary School students
“All went well at Atkinson. As I’m sure many have, we also got the kids to practice saying ‘no’ to us. Thank you!” – Derick Mendoza, IDEA Presenter

 
Crenshaw Elementary School presentation
“I had a good talk with the students at each session.” – Angelica Hernandez, IDEA Committee Co-Chair & Presenter

Smith Elementary School presentation
“Dr. Rueda Castrillon and Mrs. Chang were wonderful!!” – Olga Chavez, Smith Elementary School

 
MacGregor Elementary School presentation
“Great presentation!” – Cheryl Hensley, MacGregor Elementary

 
Francone Elementary School presentation
“The program went very well. We had two lawyers and one doctor. Dr. Patterson is a young and brilliant doctor. She did great. Thanks again for the opportunity.” – Benny Agosto, Jr., IDEA Presenter

 
Meador Elementary School presentation
“The kids and teachers really enjoyed both presentations from the Lawyer & the Doctor. Carlos Garcia and Reginald Nguyen were great!” – Tara Merida, Meador Elementary

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2019-2020 Co-Chairs:
Suewan Johnson, BNY Mellon
Derick Mendoza, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Megan Scott, Harris County District Attorney’s Office

For more information on this committee, contact Ashley Gagnon Steininger at ashleyg@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.