Agents of Change
The Abundance Agents of Change Challenge Grants charge Harvard students to create projects that promote innovation in health care delivery. The innovations must be designed for populations in the Greater Boston Area who are served by community health centers. The program connects HMS students, community health clinics, physicians-in-training from Harvard-affiliated hospitals, and members of the Harvard University graduate schools.
In February, the inaugural cohort of innovators was announced! Grants up to $20, 000 each have been awarded to the four multi-disciplinary teams listed below:
“Integrating Oral Health into Diabetes Group Visit Models: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Primary Care, ” with HMS and Harvard School of Dental Medicine students working in collaboration with Windsor Street Health Center. Participating students are Raina Chandiramani, George Chen, Sina Hedayatnia, Viet Nguyen, and Helen Yang.
“Reducing Barriers to Care: Reproductive Health Group Visits at Malden High School, ” with students from HMS, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Graduate School of Education working in collaboration with Malden Community Health Center. Participating students are Abby Kaufman, Sara Martin, and Laura Vaughan.
“Innovative Weight Loss: Support via Mobile Technology and Social Networks, ” with students from HMS, Harvard Business School, and MIT in collaboration with Union Square Family Health Center, Cambridge Health Alliance. Participating students are Shuo Deng, Christine Hsieh, Jesus Trevino, and Yu Xin.
“Novel Educational Game for Improving Adherence in Pediatric Asthma Patients, ” with students from HMS, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Business School working in collaboration with the Dimock Community Health Center. Participating students are Matthew Cohlmia, Komal Kothari, Harpreet Sood, and Lulu Tsao.
For more info on the program, watch this excellent short video.