Connection with Communities: Berkeley Public Health Expands Student Social Impact Programming


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A new program at the University of California, Berkeley, aims to help the next generation of public health innovators, changemakers, and arc benders make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.

The Social Impact Innovation Grant Program, funded by a $1 million gift from Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, is open to teams of up to 15 students from any academic discipline who plan to work with communities to improve health equity, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The idea is for students to identify public health challenges and then work with communities to devise sustainable, people-centered approaches to those challenges.

Up to $15,000 in funding is available to the winning team for up to 15 months to work on a community-based project.

"Students are increasingly seeking service learning opportunities," Kelly Horan, an MPH alum and manager of social impact innovation programs at Berkeley School of Public Health, says in a press release.

"Innovative social impact programs like this allow students to put concepts from the classroom directly into practice in support of health equity."

The program is part of a larger effort to educate and inspire the next generation of public health innovators, changemakers, and arc benders.

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