Mentor: Brie Buchanan
Project: awareness of sleep disorders
I had an amazing time mentoring Nicole. In the weeks leading up to the conference, we emailed regularly in order to finalize the presentation and paper. Sleep health is an extremely important area, especially for young adults and students. Nicole successfully raised awareness for this issue by distributing flyers throughout her community and creating social media accounts dedicated to educating followers about sleep health. In addition to providing statistics and medical information related to sleep disorders, Nicole also emphasized the benefits of getting a good night's sleep. It was truly a pleasure to see this project come together and be able to observe the impact of this important message. Please see Comfort's blog post below to view Nicole's project.
Mentor: Ashley Cooper
Mentee: Isabella, Shreena, and Shivali
Project: orthopedic effects of backpacks, neurological disorders, and WEEMA collaboration for Ethiopian empowerment, respectively
Being a mentor for the Global Health & Leadership Conference over these past two years has been a highlight of my Harvard experience. It is incredible to see how devoted these high school students are to such a myriad of global health topics. Particularly, I find it exciting that we are cultivating a generation of global-minded thinkers at a younger age than typical. For this year's conference, I am mentoring three students, Shreena, who is doing a project on Neurological Disorders, Shivali who is doing advocacy work and research with WEEMA international to empower the Ethiopian community, and Isabella, who did a comprehensive research study of 67 students at her high school evaluating orthopedic effects of overloaded backpacks on students. It has been an honor to watch these students grow as scientists, and guiding them along the way with their diversity of inquiries. But most rewarding, has been my ability to see these students grow as individuals, and the perspective shift which has been afforded to them through serving as global health researchers.
Isabella and Shivali projects have prompted tangible impacts on communities. Isabella brought awareness to the administration at her school through her data on the orthopedic implications of backpacks, catalyzing their support of a longitudinal study of how to increase locker among the student body, which will continue next year. Shivali surpassed her fundraising goal and subsequently helped fund approximately 23 cataract surgeries under WEEMA.
This year, it has also been a pleasure leading FIMRC to take a very active role in planning the conference. As a part of our Harvard FIMRC Domestic Outreach & Volunteering Committee, Brie, Huong and I created a Case Study for this year's Conference, centralized on lack of accessibility to surgery in rural communities, both domestically and globally. Students from the conference will actively engage with the case study that we created, gleaning a better understanding of how lack of accessibility impacts communities worldwide. Further, our chapter will host a two-hour presentation session at the conference, informing students of volunteer opportunities at the FIMRC project sites and how they can participate in FIMRC as a Summer International Health Fellow.
Isabella's final project paper and PowerPoint are linked below.
The second issue of the global health newsletter has been released! Check out the April newsletter to hear more about Dr. Lindsay Jaacks, our global health spotlight for the month, current news about global health, and how to get involved. Click on the link below to view the newsletter and hear about the April updates for global health around Harvard and the world!
Mentor: Comfort Abuwa
Project: awareness of sleep disorders
I had a wonderful time mentoring Nicole on her sleep hygiene project. Nicole was very diligent about researching her project topic and spreading awareness in her school. Nicole created her own logo to use in Instagram posts from her sleep hygiene Instagram. Her Instagram now has almost 170 followers and 331 likes!
If you are interested in learning more about Nicole's project, please see the link below to her final PowerPoint that she will be presenting at the GHLC.
Harvard FIMRC is excited to announce a new global health newsletter initiative! The newsletters will be published monthly in collaboration with Harvard Engineering World Health, HUGHF, PIHE, Harvard Red Cross, UNICEF, and VISION. Global health newsletters will contain news updates, information on how to get involved in global health, upcoming events at Harvard, and a global health spotlight that will feature innovative research or work related to global health.
To make a submission to the global health spotlight, go to https://tinyurl.com/globalfeature. View the first edition of the newsletter below.
Past Visit - Saturday: February 16, 2019
Harvard FIMRC visited BHCHP and presented educational materials on hygiene, nutrition, mental health, and exercise to the in-patients of the clinic. It was extremely rewarding to see the community enjoy the presentation and learn something new about mental and physical health. FIMRC members volunteered from 12 to 4PM and loved being able to make a difference in the community.
Future Visit - Saturday: March 3o, 2019
FIMRC is excited to return to BHCHP soon with more activities and educational materials to engage with patients.
Harvard FIMRC, in collaboration with SMHL and SIMHR, held a Global Mental Health Day Event on October 10, 2018. The event was held to advocate for global mental health and also to foster mental health care in the Harvard community. We hosted the event in the Science Center Plaza at Harvard from 10 AM-3 PM and over 100 different people were involved with working the table of the event. Our table featured an interactive gratitude board, a mental health solidarity poster board, stickers stating "No Health Without Mental Health", handouts to foster self care in the campus community/educational pamphlets on global mental health. We also did a lot of research on this event about global mental health facts and broadcasted this to the larger Harvard community through posters that we created and postered around campus.
The club held a successful candy-gram drive for Valentine's day! Selling over 110 bags of candy, we raised $225 for the mammography campaign. This will provide 9 mammograms for women in our sister clinic in Alajuelita. To learn more about different Adopt-A-Projects sponsored by FIMRC visit https://www.fimrc.org/adopt-a-project/.
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