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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



New York University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 8


" I am excited to meet like-minded people who are also driven to change the world. There are many problems that are arising today and it is our generation's job to step up and make the necessary changes. By having the materials to do something for others, I want to help others the best that I can. And by being in the Millennium Fellowship, I can work with others to make sure important goals and objectives get done. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: MedConnect

Our group has been working on a project that is centered around SDG #3, “Good Health and Well-Being” and SDG #10, “Reduced Inequalities.” As students living in New York, we know that one of the most beautiful aspects of the city is its diversity. Many New Yorkers speak other languages and although this contributes to the city’s cultural richness, certain characteristics of our medical system can make it difficult for those who cannot speak English fluently. With that, our project is Med-Connect. Med-Connect is a web app that aims to bridge the linguistic and cultural gap between medical professionals and their patients. 25% of New Yorkers have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and according to the Oman Medical Journal, patients who do not share a language with their healthcare providers are “disadvantaged in terms of access to healthcare services.” Given this data and research, Med-Connect works to combat these problems as it strives to enable potential patients and doctors to connect with each other based on their similar languages and backgrounds on an easy-to-use platform. Both doctors and patients easily create their profiles on our application (which will be accessible both on mobile phones and computers) with extensive personal preferences such as native language, languages one is comfortable speaking in, cultural expectations, medical specialization (for doctors), and medical need (for patients). The system will be able to match patients with physicians who are “right” for them based on their personal preferences. Doctors will be notified when being matched with a patient and the latter will be able to directly message the doctor allowing both parties to communicate (by text message, phone call, video call, or in-person). The web app has additional functions including a multilingual dictionary, a series of key medical documents translated into the top most common languages spoken after English in NYC, a map of local hospitals with language services installed, and an emergency call button. By providing all these services via a simple system, Med-Connect will help those in NYC who would otherwise not be able to receive good healthcare.

About the Millennium Fellow

Natalia Cao is a passionate, hard working, and caring indiviudal who is majoring in International Relations at NYU. She was born in Pennsylvania with a Serbian mother and Chinese father. With her international background, she is extremely interested in different languages and cultures as well as meeting other diverse individuals. For as long as she can remember, she has been passionate about social justice, environmental sustainbility, and many other important topics. During high school, Natalia was a part of many clubs and held many leadership positions. By using her time to lead clubs such as Amnesty International and Leo Club (a volunteer club with 150 members), she was looking for more ways to impact her community when arriving to New York for college. Therefore, she is extremely excited to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship to work on important projects with diverse and driven people.

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