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 FERNANDA DALGÉ CARVALHO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW 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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" I see assisting women as a life mission and I hope to have a leadership role within my work environment to ensure adequate and respectful assistance to women and show my peers new non-violent ways of care. This fellowship will give me essential experience and training to do so - and much more. "

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

Fernanda Dalgé de Carvalho is a med student at the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. Fernanda is and always has been passionate about bringing respectful and appropriate assistance to women. Whether they are teenagers in search of knowledge about their own bodies, consent and their reproductive rights, or pregnant women in search of respectful, safe labor, respecting their wishes and based on scientific evidence. Through her high school years and currently in her College years, she has been extremely engaged with the needs and health specificities of minority groups, such as LGBTQIA+ population (mainly the trans population, which is extremely neglected in health and society in Brazil), women (health and rights) and black population.
Fernanda believes the future of healthcare is shared: decisions, ideas and assistance and aspires to contribute to a more respectful and inclusive medicine: inclusive to listen and share decisions with patients - their ideas, complaints and needs - family members, nurses, midwives and many other professionals who are indispensable for truly complete care.