Legal & Medical Professionals Educate Students on Dangers of Substance Abuse


On Tuesday, October 22, two dozen medical and legal professionals visited 10 elementary schools in Harris County through the HBA’s IDEA (Interprofessional Drug Education Alliance) program. Together, the pairs of experts delivered interactive presentations to fifth-graders about the medical and legal consequences of substance abuse. These semiannual presentations are coordinated by the HBA IDEA Committee.

Thank you to the participating schools: Chancellor Elementary (Alief ISD), Cobb Elementary (Channelview ISD), Crenshaw Elementary (Channelview ISD), Jefferson Elementary (HISD), Lyons Elementary (HISD), MacGregor Elementary (HISD), Meador Elementary (Pasadena ISD), Osborne Elementary (HISD), Piney Point Elementary (HISD), and Pleasantville Elementary (HISD).

Thank you to the volunteers: Dr. Veena Charakula, Angelica M. Hernandez, Alexander Herrera, Celeste Herron, Savana Hooper, Dr. Rida Khan, Keona Lanae, Daniella Landers, Mac Light, Deanna Longo, Derick Mendoza, Dr. Ngozi Okorafor, Ruben Perez, Jessica Platt, Erika Ramirez, Arturo Roque, Dr. Liliana Rueda, Meagan Scott, Dr. Divya Subramanian, Dr. Lisa Thoyakulathu, Dr. Ama Vega, Rehana Vohra, and Michael Von Blon.

If you are a medical professional or legal professional and would like to volunteer as a presenter for the next IDEA session on February 4, 2020, submit the electronic form here. If you would like to request an IDEA presentation for your fifth grade class, click here. Questions about IDEA? Contact Christina Trevino at christinat@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.