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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.



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


" I believe that being a Millennium Fellow will allow me to meet people from whom I will learn a great deal, in addition to discovering ways to deal with problems that until then seemed to have no solution. As a doctor I want to take care of people, but not just in hospitals or offices, but in my community, working to welcome, benefit and provide a good quality of life for everyone. I know that for this to be possible I will need help and teamwork. I am sure that Millennium Fellow will be a valuable experience to learn to deal with difficulties and to know how to act in the best way even in the face of differences. "

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

Mariana Lucieto do Rego is a medical student whose life objective is to offer the best to other people. Medicine allows for the care and promotion of health, however it wants to go beyond that and fight for a more just and integrative world, where everyone can value their own well-being and the well-being of others. He is a person who likes to make those around him feel good and does not measure efforts. It does not support injustices and always tries to analyze all sides of a situation.

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