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 KRISTINA KHAW, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1

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" I am excited and honored to be chosen as a 2021 Millennium Fellow, and I look forward to collaborating with other like-minded individuals to further global initiatives such as health inequities in order to improve communities, both domestically and around the world. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Philadelphia Mental Health Initiative

The Philadelphia Mental Health Screening Initiative provides free mental health screenings and workshops to individuals in impoverished and underserved communities within Philadelphia. These communities, particularly minorities, have increased risk of mental health illnesses. With the coronavirus pandemic, increased isolation and economic instability have only increased this risk. Many also do not seek help for their issues due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. Collaborating with health professionals, community leaders and organizations, and social workers, we seek to provide access to mental health screenings and education to destigmatize mental illnesses. While the pandemic restricted the screening to virtual settings, we are planning to incorporate these screenings as a station in other screenings that diagnose diseases such as chronic kidney disease to encourage attendance. This combined screening format will allow individuals to receive health information, educate themselves on the illnesses, and be more open to receiving mental health treatment.

About the Millennium Fellow

Kristina Khaw is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Bioengineering with minors in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Chemistry. She currently serves as the Co-President of the Penn Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, a national organization that provides free kidney disease screenings to underserved communities. Kristina also conducts research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as well as fences epee on Penn's Division I Fencing Team.