Launch Event: Mfangano Community Health Field Station
The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility invites faculty and staff to join us at the launch of the Mfangano Community Health Field Station @ the Ekialo Kiona Center. This community-rooted enterprise is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota, Maseno University, and the Organic Health Response (OHR) of Mfangano Island in Kenya.
At this launch event, Mfangano Field Station leaders Chas Salman of the UMN Medical School Dept of Family Med & Community Health and Joel Oguta, cofounder of Organic Health Response, together with Shailey Prasad, Executive Director of Center for Global Health and Responsibility, will make a brief presentation of their vision for this new collaboration, followed by a discussion to explore potential faculty collaborations and student/fellowship opportunities for research, training, and community health. In partnership with OHR, CGHSR seeks to foster collaboration in the following areas:
- Health navigation for maternal and newborn health - we support the region's first ambulance boat service for 30,000 people and a health navigation program serving primarily moms and babies in these remote island communities
- Sustainable agroforestry & nutrition - we support the island’s first organic demonstration farm and re-forestration initiative
- Community health promotion, mass communications, & linguistics - we support program development for EK-FM, the first wind powered radio station in East Africa broadcasting in the endangered Suba language. EK-FM’s programming features health, environmental education, sustainable agriculture and fishing, Suba culture and language, and youth empowerment.
The Field Station is a new initiative and CGHSR is looking to engage with faculty, mentors, and learner communities across the university who want to join us as the possibilities of this unique collaboration are cultivated.