Student Field Post: Health in Artisanal Miners Communities: The Harsh Realities of Cobalt Mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cobalt mine in Democratic Republic of Congo

By Benita Kayembe Rose Service Learning Fellow SM Candidate, Global Health and Population When talking about the economic development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is usual to hear people highlight how rich this country is in natural resources. The Congo is indeed rich in natural resources and lately has been at the center of discussions regarding Cobalt since up to 60% of the global reserve of this…

Student Field Post: Connecting with the Massachusetts Firearm Community on Matters of Lead Exposure

A day of many firsts: Shooting at the range and discussing sources of lead exposure with gun owners

By Christian Hoover Rose Service Learning Fellow MPH Candidate, Department of Health Policy and Management In 2021, my research team made an alarming discovery: children living in communities with more gun licenses, or more lead ammunition, had higher blood lead levels than children from lower-licensed communities. When a gun is discharged, lead dust explodes into the air. This dust is inhaled by the shooter, leading to a primary exposure. Additional…

New Community Engaged Learning Fellows in the field

Twenty new fellowships have been awarded to students and post-docs at Harvard Chan to support their community engaged learning work spanning the U.S. from Boston to Alaska, and globally in El Salvador, Uganda, and Madagascar, among other locations. The fellowships include the flagship Rose Service Learning Fellowship, now in its fifth year, and the Herbert S. Winokur Fellowship in Public Health for the Mississippi Delta. The newest Global Mental Health…

James H. Ware Award 2022: Patience Sumbawiera Saaka

Awardee: Patience Sumbawiera Saaka Program: MPH in Global Health Project Title: Stories for Impact – Ending dehumanising widowhood rites in Bolgatanga, Ghana, through Storytelling Organization: Widows and Orphans Movement (Bolgatanga, Ghana) More about Dr. Saaka Across several ethnic groups in Ghana, women go through a set of rites and rituals as part of the funeral rites of their dead husbands. The practice of widowhood rites is particularly very onerous on…

Thirteen students awarded Rose Service Learning Fellowships for winter, spring projects

Fose Service Learning Fellow Ayah Hamdan - 2022

Over the next few months, students in the latest group of Rose Service Learning Fellows at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are launching a diverse array of field projects with focuses ranging from gender-based violence against widows in Ghana to HIV prevention among people who inject drugs in Boston. Read more

Announcing the spring 2021 cohort of community engaged learning fellows

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring 2021 Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Fellowships. Of the nineteen fellows in the cohort, fourteen were awarded the Rose Service Learning Fellowship and five are Harvard-Mississippi Delta Fellows in Public Health.   Community Engaged Learning Fellows are students from various degree programs, departments and fields of study across Harvard Chan. They come together in a cohort-based learning community that cultivates peer…