The mission of the Harvard Chan ASEAN Student Organization (HCASO) is to promote better understanding of public health challenges and developments in Southeast Asia within the Harvard community, as well as to raise awareness about the rich and diverse cultures of the region.
Our members are public health students from one of the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – as well as students with research interests in the region.
• Stimulate conversations about important public health issues in Southeast Asia
• Engage in collaborative projects that address pressing public health challenges in Southeast Asia
• Highlight Southeast Asia’s ongoing progress in dealing with regional public health challenges
• Showcase Southeast Asia’s rich culture and traditions to the Harvard community
President: Renzo Guinto, MD (DrPH)
Vice President-Externals: Stephanie Ko (MPH)
Vice President-Internals/Secretary: Anushka Mangharam (MPH)
Vice President-Finance/Treasurer: Beth Ann Lopez (MPH)
Described by the Lancet as “microcosm of global health,” Southeast Asia is composed of ten countries representing different levels of economic development, political systems, cultural and religious backgrounds, and public health challenges. In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017, the Future of Health in Southeast Asia will bring together an exciting range of speakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing public health in the region.