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2014 award recipients

GlobeMed and Raising the Village: Goat Cooperative
Establish a goat cooperative in rural Uganda to promote positive economic growth, community collaboration, financial literacy, good health and sustainable farming practices. The project is sustainable both because the goats will continue to reproduce and because of the training in goat-raising, marketing, selling, and purchasing goats, and funds management. The cooperative provides the resources to promote change and the means of taking that change further, and overall will have a positive impact on a community still suffering from the burden of poverty in the wake of war.

  • Gihani Dissanayake ’15
  • Helena Archer ’15
  • Julie Saracino ’14

Galapagos Science Center Water Survey
The project aims to provide first-of-its-kind research to establish baseline measurements of fecal contaminants in drinking water on the island of San Cristobal. This research will link the levels of contamination to health outcomes with the aim of emphasizing the importance of clean water to the local government and residential population. Furthermore, the project will help guide the efforts of the local government as they upgrade their water infrastructure systems. Finally, the project will work with local scientists to create a lab that can assess the effectiveness of water treatment and distribution systems on the island for years to come.

  • Billy Gerhard ’14

Firm Foundations/Fundamentos Firmes
Firm Foundations/Fundamentos Firmes is devoted to sustainably restoring health disparities among refugees and immigrants in the Oak Creek Apartments neighborhood through community and friendship. Firm Foundations/Fundamentos Firmes will initiate a wellness program providing support and education for improving nutrition and physical activity choices. These will include community potluck dinners, farmers markets and physical activity initiatives. The project leaders have committed to living in this community to build the relationships necessary to be successful.

  • Kate Magee

Prevention through Education
The families at the Oak Creek Apartment are from all over the world — Burma, Sudan, Ethiopia, Vietnam– and may not know much about proper oral home care or have access to dental care. The goal of this project is to educate families, especially parents who will supervise their child’s oral habits, at the Oak Creek Apartments about behaviors that promote better oral health and help understand the importance of practicing these behaviors to prevent caries and oral disease.

  • Jaehee Yoo ’15

2013: A Drink for Tomorrow

A Drink For Tomorrow A Drink For Tomorrow (ADFT) is a student run organization associated with the School of Public Health that works closely with UNC’s pan-campus water theme and raises funds and awareness for the global water crisis. ADFT works to raise funds and awareness for the global water crisis through Las Cocas Sustainable Water Project in Peru.

2012: GlobeMed at UNC

Ugandan HIV Positive Youth: Empowerment Through Technology
Elizabeth Cotton ‘12, Gabrielle Neri-Mynatt ‘13 and Alecia Westphalen ‘13

GlobeMed at UNC interns, Trini Thach and Susan Violet will travel to Gulu, Uganda in partnership with Health Alert Uganda to empower youth through technology. Interns lead a three part technology based workshop series focusing on computer basics, Mircosoft office, Gmail, Google docs, basic typing and computing skills. They will work toward furthering Health Alert Ugandan’s mission in providing opportunities and skills for HIV infected and affected youth to continue the fight against HIV and AIDS.

2011: Engineers without Borders

Gillings School of Global Public Health
Sustainable Sanitation in Cuidad de Dios

2010: Mujeres En Solidaridad Apoyandose (MESA)

Laura Ziemer