ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CATARINA MARIA FERREIRA ALVES MATTOS SARMENTO VALLADA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Faculdade Israelita de Ciências da Saúde Albert Einstein | São Paulo, Brazil | Advancing SDG 10 & UNAI 6

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" Being a Millennium Fellow is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put my knowledge and energy into projects with the potential to change lives and the world for the better, especially for those who need it the most. It will also enable me to work with people from all around the world, as well as my community, and give us the tools to expand our impact towards equality. I am incredibly honored to be a Millennium Fellow and I intend to live up to it. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Colors of Care | Cores do Cuidado

Research shows that black Brazilians have notably less access to healthcare than their white counterparts. Moreover, nearly a quarter of them feel or have felt discriminated in their health appointments. This situation isn't any different in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, where death rates are 40% higher for Afro-brazilians. In light of such disparities, we understand race as a Social Determinant of Health, which drives this share of our population to less access and poorer care. Colors of Care focuses on diminishing racial prejudices in healthcare, through the awareness and education of healthcare professional teams in Brazil. Colors of Care has three fronts:
(i) Listening to patients and health workers who have suffered, witnessed or practiced any form of racism. These videos and written statements are to be gathered into an awareness material;
(ii) Building a booklet and posters which explore racism in healthcare to be distributed digitally and in primary care clinics (PCCs) of our Public Health System (SUS);
(iii) Enable PCC teams to identify and act on racism in the healthcare environment, through workshops and short training sessions of multiple workers. Our dream is that, after this fellowship, we have the tools to expand our project and, perhaps, create a public ambulatory specialized in the needs of the Afro-brazilian along with the PCC teams we have trained. In the future, we hope this project grows and inspires other healthcare professionals and undergraduates to keep looking for ways to decrease racial disparities and improve quality in care.

While struggling to move on with phases (i) and (ii), we focused our efforts on social media, to educate healthcare professionals and the general population.

3. Who are you serving?
All people who seek healthcare, specially those who are impacted by racism, students and healthcare professionals.

About the Millennium Fellow

Catarina Vallada is a Medical School Undergraduate at Faculdade Israelita de Ciências da Saúde Albert Einstein (Class of 2023), a member of IHI Open School, and a strong social justice and gender equality supporter. She sees love as the thing that keeps the world turning, so naturally, loving people is what she considers to be her ultimate goal in life. She also understands health as being one of the most important pillars in society, for without it, people's bodies and minds perish. Therefore, her inspiration stems from joining these two concepts: she wants to love people by caring for them and fighting to give them the healthcare they deserve. Each of us has something unique to offer the world, and this is hers.