CGHE Kicks off Inaugural Global Health Equity Challenge for U-M Student Organizations
The University of Michigan's Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE) launched its first ever Student Organization Global Health Equity Challenge with a workshop preparing U-M student organizations to co-design interdisciplinary global health equity solutions. The Challenge is a multi-month long program supporting aspiring student innovators working to build equitable collaborations that improve the health and well-being of people in low- and middle-income countries.
The introductory workshop, which marked the formal launch of the challenge and is a first step for competing student organizations, was designed to equip student groups with the knowledge and tools necessary for developing effective proposals for a project they will ultimately pitch to a panel of judges. Emphasizing CGHE's unique approach to global health, the workshop provided invaluable insights for crafting impactful project ideas. It was not only a cornerstone event for the challenge but also a testament to the university's commitment to global health equity.
Held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 1, 2023, the in-person event spanned four hours of intensive learning and interactive discussion with sessions led by trainers from CGHE, The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, and Taubman Health Sciences Library.
"I came into the event not knowing what exactly to expect beyond the fact that this was the introduction event to the competition, but I feel like I stepped away with a strong foundation in an understanding of what my project is working towards and how we can be more effective in achieving our mission to make an impact," said student Asmita Tuladhar, who attended the workshop on behalf of U-M student organization Project Mesa.
Participants engaged in a series of presentations and workshops, focusing on topics such as sustainable health interventions and community partnerships. Interactive segments allowed for dynamic discussions and brainstorming sessions.
"It was truly inspiring to witness such high levels of engagement and interest from our student organizations during the workshop. Their innovative ideas and their willingness to take a critical eye to their work are clear indications that the future of global health equity is in capable hands,” said Alana Rodriguez, MA, MPH, CGHE’s Education and Outreach Program Manager.
Following the workshop, organizations are now poised to submit their project proposals. CGHE will mentor selected finalists, offering guidance and a chance to compete for funding up to $5000 for project implementation. The success of this inaugural workshop not only highlights the CGHE's pivotal role in fostering global health equity but also reinforces the University of Michigan's commitment to addressing health challenges worldwide.