Health for America's Summer Program enabled three Fellows to work with communities in five cities around the country to develop solutions for childhood asthma, which affects 7 million children (almost 1 in 10) in the US.
Key highlights included:
- The Health DataPalooza, MedCity Engage, and Southland conferences
- Meetings with startups, insurance companies, and asthma practices in Louisville
- A workshop at IDEO on childhood asthma
- Visits to Oakland Chidren's and DC Children's hospitals
- A Lean Startup Machine workshop in New York
- Meetings with congressmen and senators
The result? Our amazing fellows working through this novel framework to:
- Organize #GamifyAsthma, a hackathon-style design challenge won by a team of ten-year-old girls who beat the adults in the competition.
- Produce a white paper outlining potential solutions accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society in Vancouver.
- Create an online community on health innovation.
- Design a novel device to improve the delivery of asthma medicines and a strategy to raise awareness.
The program was an incredible experience for the fellows, and their impact demonstrates not only the power of Health for America's novel approach, but their incredible potential.
Meet our amazing Fellows:
Abena Dakwahene recently completed her bachelor's degree in community health with a concentration in global public health and received the Undergraduate Community Health Service Award from George Mason University. A New Jersey native, she has used her charisma and go-getter attitude to land internships and pursue her passion for public health. Abena previously interned for the American Diabetes Association, Altarum Institute, and the US Department of Health and Human Services. In the future, she hopes to enroll in a dual-degree (J.D./M.P.H.) program and work in global health policy and program planning. Abena is very excited to continue making a difference in healthcare delivery.
Glenn L. Means III is a graduate student at Morehead State University, where he is currently pursing a master's degree in Public Administration. As an undergraduate student, Glenn earned a B.A. in Psychology and served in many leadership roles on his campus. To name a few, Glenn served as the Student Body President for the Student Government Association, Morehead State University Board of Regent, Board of Student Body Presidents Vice Chair, and President of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Glenn has worked in the past with various National Boards, including America's Promise and Do Something!. Glenn is also a proud alumnus of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. He plans on continuing his education at the University of Kentucky, pursuing a second master's degree or a Ph.D.
Miki Lendenmann is a graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a master's in international development, a global health certificate, and a concentration in microfinance and economic development. Also part of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program, Miki has unique experiences working internationally in Kenya, Ecuador, and Honduras. In Kenya, she helped develop and implement multiple projects involving training, education, and advocacy. She is excited for the opportunity to develop and implement community-based health solutions.
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