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Jensen clinic aids in community outreach program

Written By: Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians | Updated: April 18, 2023
Jensen and Cover the Girls

Members of the Gustavia Pearls Women's Outreach and UT Physicians Multispecialty – Jensen clinic pose together. (Photo by Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians)

Cover the Girls, an initiative by the Gustavia Pearls Women’s Outreach, found themselves in search of help, and the UT Physicians Multispecialty – Jensen clinic answered their call for assistance. Through this collaboration, women and young girls in need will receive care packages filled with essentials.

During a recent meeting between clinic leaders and community members, Dwantrina Russell, founder and executive director of Gustavia Pearls Women’s Outreach, asked for support for the now 10-year-old program. 

Marlon Stewart and Dwantrina Russell pose together with a Cover the Girls care package. (Photo by Simone Sonnier, UT Physicians)

“I truly didn’t expect it, and I’m honestly shocked,” she shared. “It’s an absolute blessing to have UT Physicians be part of this movement and it’s afforded us the ability to expand our reach and support even more people.”

Moved by the request, Marlon Stewart, practice manager, and Xochitl K. Olguin, project manager, spearheaded the plan to donate enough supplies to fill approximately 400 care packages.

“This initiative is extremely important because it’s for women that are victims of violence or recently released from incarceration and they don’t have access to things we take for granted,” said Olguin.

The Cover the Girls care packages include feminine products, undergarments, educational information on surviving domestic abuse and menstrual health, an affirmation journal, healthy snacks, and a lavender plant to promote relaxation. Russell plans to hand out the kits at local schools, shelters, and community events.

“Dwantrina has been a stark community advocate, voice of empowerment, and servant leader in bringing light to the various social disparities in health,” said Stewart. “We are happy to support and contribute to the Gustavia Pearl Women’s Outreach Cover the Girls initiative and look forward to future endeavors.”

As the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, UT Physicians has locations across the Greater Houston area to serve the community. To schedule an appointment, call 888-4UT-DOCS.