The mission of the Harvard Chan Mental Health Student Alliance (MHSA) is two-fold: (1) To create an academic forum for all students to engage with relevant and current issues in public mental health research, practice and policy; (2) To promote a positive and inclusive environment for student mental health at Harvard Chan.
In this 2017/2018 academic year, we aim to concretely shape the narrative of Africa at the Harvard Chan School. Our vision of leadership for the Harvard Chan Africa Health Student Forum (AHF) is to build a tightly networked community both within Harvard Chan and across Harvard’s graduate schools that serves to 1) expand the presence of Africa in thought, dialogue, and instruction, and 2) create a platform for Harvard Chan students to engage with opportunities in Africa.
Wampanoag Outreach Group has worked with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to provide better access to oral and systemic health care for the tribe and other underserved community members on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Faculty and students from HSDM and Northeastern University’s Bouve School of Allied Health volunteer one Saturday each month to provide care at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. MVH provides much of the dental supplies, and each session is staffed by at least one faculty dentist and up to four students. Students assist with all dental procedures, including extractions, endo, prophy, cleaning, composite/amalgam restorations, crown preparation, and dentures. Wampanoag Outreach Group also participates in the Harvard University Native American Program Pow wow, the Mashpee Pow wow, and the Aquinnah Pow wow where students provide oral education to pow wow participants.
AADA provides services specifically targeted for the Asian-American population in Boston. Our goal is to promote oral health by participating in events such as the Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Boston Children's Museum. Volunteers will give presentations that educate people about the proper way to brush and floss, how to maintain good oral health through diet, and the importance of dental visits.
The A.C.T.I.O.N. Program consists of a student volunteer-run pediatric dental clinic offered one Saturday per month at Windsor Clinic in Cambridge. Under the supervision of an attending dentist, 1st and 2nd year students assist 3rd and 4th year providers at the clinic. Since its inception, the A.C.T.I.O.N. Program has held over 30 clinic sessions, providing dental treatment to hundreds of pediatric patients totaling over 750 appointments. A.C.T.I.O.N. is one of the only clinical volunteer projects available to 1st and 2nd year students at HSDM. It is a great way to meet students from various years and to gain experience with pediatric patients.
The business aspects of starting up and managing a dental practice can be challenging. The Harvard Practice Management Club educates and informs dental students of the issues and challenges in starting and managing a practice.
The John Warren Surgical Society (JWSS) at Harvard Medical School was created to foster interest in the various fields of surgery among Harvard medical and dental students. As an all-encompassing surgical society, JWSS aims to provide resources in every surgical specialty and encourages students to explore these specialties through various events and programs throughout the four years of medical and dental school. Since its inception, the JWSS has provided resources to hundreds of medical and dental students who have gone on to match in residency. Although our society has changed throughout the years, our values continue to inspire us to fulfill three goals: 1) Promote interest in surgical specialties among HMS/HSDM students 2) Integrate HMS/HSDM students into the broader community of Surgeons throughout Boston 3) Prepare HMS/HSDM students to apply to residencies in surgical specialties
The Harvard Student Human Rights Collaborative (HSHRC) is a group of medical students dedicated to addressing human rights issues in our local community and beyond. We provide a student-run clinic that provides forensic medical evaluations to survivors seeking asylum in the United States, as well as raise awareness about human rights through hosting talks, our newsletter, and articles that our members publish in the media.
The Racial Justice Coalition is a group of students taking action to promote diversity and equity at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine with an emphasis on admissions/recruitment, curricular reform, and representative leadership.
The Arts and Humanities Initiative aims to foster creativity and scholarship in the arts and medical humanities at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, to support a community of faculty and students engaged and interested in the arts and humanities, and to enhance patient care through reflection and compassion.
The HMS Civilian-Military Collaborative creates a network of engaged professionals seeking to develop, support, and mobilize expertise in the overlapping and transferable domains of the civilian and military medical sectors, including Trauma Care, Operations Management, Humanitarian and Disaster Response, and Leader Development. Key tasks: -Improve medical education and healthcare operations using military lessons learned
-Improve military medicine through open collaboration with HMS students, faculty and system resources
-Leverage the network to identify guest speakers for civilian-military topics influencing medicine
The Native American Health Organization hopes to establish a foundation for unity among students interested in Native American Health issues and culture. Through a variety of special programs, NAHO seeks to improve the health status of indigenous people of North America by encouraging and recruiting indigenous students into medicine and increasing the awareness of indigenous heritage and health care issues.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
For a very long time, surgery was not included in the discussion of how healthcare could be improved worldwide, especially in the most remote corners of the earth. Only recently has surgery been brought to the table, being called the “forgotten step-child” of global health by Paul Farmer and many others. At the very core, global surgery is "a field that aims to improve health and health equity for all who are affected by surgical conditions or have a need for surgical care, with a particular focus on underserved populations in countries of all income levels, as well as populations in crisis, such as those experiencing conflict, displacement, and disaster.” Important to this effort is all aspects of surgery, including anesthesia, OB/Gyn, and nursing.
thirdspace is an online journal dedicated to recording the unique experience of medical education. We give voice to an international community of writers and artists creatively exploring the challenges, rewards, and peculiarities of premedical and medical education, residency, and fellowship training. This journal seeks to transcend the strictures of personal and professional identities by providing a space for the unrepressed consideration of physicians in training as self-aware, complex human beings.
The Harvard Health Innovation Network highlights key healthcare and life sciences innovation & entrepreneurship events and opportunities offered by Harvard organizations & Harvard affiliated hospitals.
The Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at Harvard Medical School is a high school science enrichment program aimed at recruiting high school students from the Boston area, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds, into science and medicine.
The Crimson Care Collaborative aims to provide an enriching professional development experience for learners at all levels and across all disciplines, and the Medical Education Committee creates activities that empower volunteers to deliver excellent, compassionate primary care for their patients.
The purpose of the HGSE Mindful Educators student organization will be for students to (1) learn and practice the foundations of mindfulness meditation; (2) actively practice self-care during a high-stress academic period; (3) gain a deeper understanding of a practice whose presence in education today is burgeoning; and (4) cultivate a deeper sense of community as a student cohort.
HUGHF aims to provide the Harvard undergraduate community with a comprehensive view of global health issues alongside opportunities to actively address them through field work. HUGHF will (1) raise awareness in the Harvard undergraduate community of pressing global health challenges by using meetings as a forum to discuss these issues and disseminating information on pertinent world health topics; (2) provide undergraduates with an expert opinion on confronting global health challenges by hosting dinners, presentations, panel discussions, and conferences with notable experts in the field, both from Harvard faculty and NGOs; (3) engage students in global health field projects abroad under the umbrella of large NGOs and partner organizations, thereby realizing the volunteer potential of an informed Harvard student body.