Media Advisory: UB students will present strategies to improve refugee health, wellness

Students writing on colorful post-it notes and collaborating at tables.

Last year's Global Innovation Challenge focused on sanitation needs of schoolchildren in low- and middle-income settings worldwide. Photo: Douglas Levere

Release Date: May 25, 2017


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Working in teams, University at Buffalo students have spent the past week developing and refining ideas for projects that will ultimately improve health and well-being among refugees and host communities in Buffalo.

This afternoon, teams will pitch their ideas to a jury of UB and community partners. Winners, who will be announced after the pitch presentations are completed, will receive funding to help advance their solutions.

It’s all part of the second annual Global Innovation Challenge, a highly creative and energetic workshop that has brought together undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to develop actionable solutions. The event is organized by UB’s Community for Global Health Equity.

Teams were challenged to develop strategies that bridge the gap between Western and non-Western “cultures of care” in order to improve the continuity of care, which, in turn, will improve health and wellness among Buffalo’s refugee population. Buffalo is one of the largest resettlement sites in the U.S. and is a global model for welcoming refugees.

Who: Teams of UB undergraduate and graduate students

What: Teams will pitch the ideas they’ve been working on all week to a jury of UB and community partners to win funding to advance their projects.

When: 1 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017

Where: 403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus

On-site contact: David Hill, UB’s Office of University Communications, 716-238-1001

Media Contact Information

David J. Hill
Director of News Content
Public Health, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability
Tel: 716-645-4651