Health Disparities

What is the injustice we are solving?
Through our model of peer-to-peer workshops, students will feel empowered to speak to friends, family and community members about health disparities. As conversations around health take root in these communities, community members will begin tackling this injustice through independent initiatives like renovating cafeterias or reestablishing relations with healthcare professionals. We have already begun to see these projects blossom in the weeks and months after workshops. Our initiative with middle and high school medical internships will allow minority students to conduct health disparities research on their own communities. This groundbreaking experience will make students more passionate about the health of their community knowing the stark disparities present in incidence and mortality of cancer. Students create posters with their data that is shared with community leaders and healthcare professionals alike in their neighborhoods. This kickstarts further action to alleviate health disparities on the local level.
Our Compassionate Solution
To solve this injustice of
Health Disparities
we will address
lack of knowledge of disease predisposition in minority communities
by
organizing workshops where students of color can learn about social and genetic determinants of health.
Our Plan
Our Project Goals
Host workshops for 5000 people of color (currently at 3500)
Integrate the topic of health disparities in 3 school curriculums (currently at 2)
Measure impact of workshop through distribution of Institutional Review Board approved survey to attendees (target of 200, now at 25)
Partner with 5 different non-profits working towards a similar goal (currently at 3)
Participate/host 40 workshops/posters throughout New York City (currently at 30)
We will increase my / our compassion by...
As we organize more events and interact with more student attendees, we will better be able to empathize with their struggles and develop a sensitive plan to provide attendees effective support in their healthcare needs. Speaking and partnering with community leaders will allow us to hear their experience in the field and bring those lessons to our workshops.
How will you show courage?
It certainly takes courage to enter into and interact with communities different from your own. For this reason, we invite members of underserved minority communities to join the non-profit and help sensitize our team to members of their community. For example, we have already partnered with a group African American cancer survivors from Flatbush, Brooklyn to inspire and educate us to speak about sensitive topics around healthcare with minority communities.
How will you collaborate with others?
We already have a diverse set of national partners ranging from healthcare centers, governmental organizations, community activists and researchers. However, we are looking to expand and partner with other organization to further our mission of educating minority students. To do this, we speak at conferences to share the progress our non-profit has made,. We have a robust social media presence, for example in the last 90 days alone we have received over 50,000 impressions on our twitter page @HDisparity.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction?
We survey our attendees before and after our workshops using an Institutional Review Board approved survey to measure our impact. Guided by this feedback, we continuously make changes to increase our impact. Our initiatives have already received recognition from institutions like Brooklyn Borough Hall, which awarded us a citation, and New York Presbyterian Medical Center, Lang Youth Program. Our theory of change would be corroborated if we receive feedback from organizations that have hosted our workshops that they have changed their view towards health and have become activists in the field of health disparities. We would also like for researchers too to take the initiative to investigate genetic determinants of health disparities.

Through our model of peer-to-peer workshops, students will feel empowered to speak to friends, family and community members about health disparities. As conversations around health take root in these communities, community members will begin tackling this injustice through independent initiatives like renovating cafeterias or reestablishing relations with healthcare professionals. We have already begun to see these projects blossom in the weeks and months after workshops. Our initiative with middle and high school medical internships will allow minority students to conduct health disparities research on their own communities. This groundbreaking experience will make students more passionate about the health of their community knowing the stark disparities present in incidence and mortality of cancer. Students create posters with their data that is shared with community leaders and healthcare professionals alike in their neighborhoods. This kickstarts further action to alleviate health disparities on the local level.
Create a list of key steps you will take
Identify our audience (community centers, schools, after-school clubs, health fairs etc)
Complete our 501c3 status (currently under review by IRS)
Identify schools and administrators who will collaborate with us to change their health curriculums
Create an online health disparities curriculum for our module with the University of Maryland Baltimore CURE Scholars Program
Kelsey T.

February 02, 2018

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below

Strengths:
Wow-- you are doing incredible work and I am so excited to see how your project continues to evolve! You've done an incredible job of articulating the injustice and your compassionate insight and setting clear goals for this phase of your project. I am also very impressed with how well you are representing the three C's of courage, compassion, and collaboration through your project -- you have reached out to those who are different from you to assemble a wonderful team of collaborators. Keep up the amazing work!

Things to Consider:
I don't have much advise to offer your incredibly well thought out project, but I'm interested in how you can capture additional stories of your impact! It sounds like you are doing an incredible job of measuring impact through surveys and getting feedback from organizations hosting the workshops. I'm wondering if there are also ways to connect with participants after some time has passed to capture stories of how the workshop continues to impact them and highlight the human stories that I'm sure are out there?

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
RaulPF C.

December 26, 2017

Thanks for continuing to provide information on your project. Is there any area where you are currently needing support the most?
Malhaar A.

December 30, 2017

Hey Raul,

We'd love to connect with other student-led nonprofits in the NYC area working on similar issues to collaborate and share experiences. That would be a great way to meet similar minded youths.
RaulPF C.

January 02, 2018

Hey Malhaar. We definitely have other young people in NYC doing really interesting projects. Let me see how we can put a list together so that you can get in touch with them. We even ran a small accelerator event there late last year. Happy New Year!
Malhaar A.

January 04, 2018

Hey Raul,

That sounds great. Happy New Year to you too!
Fish S.

December 11, 2017

Hi, Mahaar! Thanks for posting the project. The next step is to post a little bit about what the issue is you're trying to solve (which you described to me very well when we met) and what your plan to solve it is. You can find the tools to do this on the Dashboard.

Then we can help you come up with a plan for the next few months, after which you can apply for a mini-grant.

Let us know how we can help!
RaulPF C.

December 11, 2017

Hi Malhaar! What types of health disparities are you trying to address? How can we help?