Month: January 2015

Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale

About the Conference

Date of Conference: March 28 ~ 29, 2015

Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Want to know more? Click here for more information on the conference, and the meeting of the minds!

About Unite for Sight

Unite For Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Unite For Sight applies best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship to achieve our goal of high-quality eye care for all. The programs are locally led and managed by ophthalmologists at Unite For Sight’s partner eye clinics. Unite For Sight’s international eye care services with partner local eye clinics are provided year-round and are comprehensive, including examinations by local eye doctors, diagnosis and care for treatable conditions, education, and preventative care. Outreach services are brought to the people in their villages, in some cases including villages seven or more hours from the clinics. These patients are provided with regular follow-up care by our outreach teams throughout the year. To date, we have provided eye care services to more than 1.9 million people worldwide, including more than 87,378 sight-restoring surgeries.


Student Life Awards – 2015

The University of Connecticut Student Life Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions to, and leadership of, our campus community by students, student organizations, and staff.

Every spring, students, organizations, and advisors are nominated by their peers for their work throughout the academic year. Individuals and organizations may be nominated for a variety of awards recognizing scholarship, community service, outstanding programming, leadership, school pride, and more.


Nominations may begin February 2, 2015.

For more information, please visit the Student Life Awards website.

‘I Don’t Understand How This Could Be’ UConn Students Try to Solve Life-Threatening Medicine Mix-Ups

(12/17/2014) – When Steve Graf, and dozens of fellow volunteers, traveled to Ghana to help the sick, they brought 35 suitcases of medications and provision—and an endless supply of good intentions.

After a week of triaging patients, and distributing medications, Graf and his colleagues made a startling discovery. 862Many of the patients weren’t recovering, and some were consuming medications too quickly.

Some adults were doubling up on blood-pressure medications. Children were guzzling liquid acetaminophen from the bottle. And, compounding the problem, many of the patients were illiterate. Sometimes parents would leave the clinic with as many as 20 different prescriptions for their four children, leading to endless confusion.

Everyone on the medical mission was frustrated with the situation, but Graf just couldn’t let it go.

“I thought, ‘This is a terrible thing. I don’t understand how this could be,'” he said. Graf, now a UConn senior majoring in healthcare management, thought about the problem often after he returned from the trip in May of 2013.

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Healthcare Solution Night

“Healthcare Solution Night” January 13, 5:15 at UCHC Room EG013 (ARB Large Conference Room.)

A night aimed at connecting medical practitioners and entrepreneurial students from engineering, business and other graduate programs, to find innovative solutions to problems in the healthcare arena.   Healthcare practitioners pitch their problem for 4 minutes and meetup with entrepreneurs and engineers to work together on a solution.

Sponsored by: the Office of Vice President of Research, Technology Commercialization Services