New Student Health Empowerment Curriculum Now Available

New Student Health Empowerment Curriculum Now Available


Chicago, IL, February 28, 2018—Team SOAAR is pleased to announce that its’ Student Media-based Health Research Team (SMHRT) curriculum is available—at NO COST—for schools, community-based organizations and other youth-focused programs to implement. SMHRT’s goal is to empower students to better understand their own health conditions and how their environment/community helps or hurts their health.

Students become researchers as they explore their neighborhoods and document their findings with pictures, journal entries, and discussion with peers. They then develop interventions that are used to educate the community and improve overall health.

“We tested an asthma version of this curriculum in Chicago schools and found that students were empowered to improve their own management and quality of life”, says Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, Director of SOAAR. “The students researched and developed interventions to improve the community’s health and asthma knowledge. The SMHRT curriculum was expanded to include any chronic health condition. We are pleased to share it with anyone who wants to implement it in their community.” 

SMHRT bridges the goals of educators, public health practitioners and the community to improve population-level health.

The SMHRT Curriculum includes a syllabus, goals and objectives, lesson plan, Power point slides, resource sheets, homework activities, and evaluation forms and can be modified to address specific health needs of different communities.

To order your free copy, please email


Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research (SOAAR) is a research team based out of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Our team aims to find answers and shape policies surrounding pediatric food allergy and asthma. To learn more about Team SOAAR, visit and follow us on Facebook at: and Twitter at: and