A lack of knowledge about various healthcare practices is a common cause of widespread illness in many communities. For example, some cultures emphasize a high carbohydrate diet that can lead to obesity and hypertension. Other cultures perpetuate a strong stigma towards mental illness. FIMRC works to provide free lessons, materials, and advice to willing communities around the world, hoping to shed light on various preventable diseases. Lessons on hand-washing, a healthy diet, and exercise can go a long way. Working with children is the easiest way to promote a healthy lifestyle for future generations. The Harvard chapter aims to provide both a local healthcare curriculum in Boston as well as send materials, posters, and books to FIMRC clinics around the world.
GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Harvard FIMRC partnered with Students In Mental Health Research and Student Mental Health Liaisons to host an Advocacy Event on Campus on Global Mental Health Day to bring awareness to mental health inequities on a worldwide scale as well as to promote mental health awareness among the undergraduate student population.
Read Harvard FIMRC's former-president's blog post on the event and the importance of making Mental Health a Global Priority here.
BOSTON HEALTHCARE FOR THE HOMELESS PROGRAM VOLUNTEERING
Harvard FIMRC volunteers on a monthly basis at the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in-patient site. At the facility, volunteers present a health education poster and interactive handout concerning topics such as hygiene, mental health, nutrition, and exercise, which distinctly impact persons living in a state of homelesness.
Global health and leadership conference
Harvard FIMRC mentors students for the annual Global Health and Leadership Conference with Harvard VISION, creates case study competitions for the event and gives a presentation for High School student's who attend the conference.