ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT AASHNA KAUR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

Cornell University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 6

" Public health regards the protection of the health of an entire population, yet is not provided for millions of people in this world. After my initial work in the rural villages of India, I understood how the health care system is inherently inequitable. I use this knowledge, this lens, as how I view public health and a method by which I can act for health care reform. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Equity Project

Caste and health outcomes in India are heavily linked by a number of factors, including a lack of education opportunities, which ultimately affects the knowledge, socioeconomic status, forms of employment, and overall living conditions of the lower castes, labeled the 'Scheduled Castes and Tribes' ("Dalits" in Hindi). The intertwining of these facets of life creates asymmetric health inequities, with the highest burdens on Dalits. The best approach to measuring impact will be to directly communicate and talk to the individuals the Fellows are trying to help; this will be done by first building trusting relationships throughout the 4 months, such that they can collect transparent data on how the interventions are affecting their lives. The team will disseminate surveys that ask questions such as "how many times do you use your toilet per day, on average" and health workers will be trained to monitor the health progress of these communities over the time period. Aashna aim to make the project work alongside internal organizations in India that fight for human rights for Dalits but still need enough momentum to cause long-term change. By receiving this support, they can create an even larger umbrella organization that can pool monetary sources that they can allocate towards improving education access for Dalit children and toilet construction for this marginalized population.

About the Millennium Fellow

Aashna is a senior at Cornell University studying neuroscience and health care policy. She is determined to use her knowledge to push for health care reform in the United States. Besides being an advocate for equitable health care, she is an activist for racial justice and gender equality, among other social issues!

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