About Us

The American Mock World Health Organization was created on January 10th, 2014 on a plane ride home from the Ontario Model World Health Organization Simulation (OMWHO) in Toronto, Canada. Neha Acharya, the founder and director of AMWHO 2014, and now president of AMWHO, attended OMWHO as a junior in undergraduate studies, and was inspired enough to formulate a model-WHO conference in America. With the lack of such simulations of the World Health Assembly in the United States, Acharya believed that one should be introduced in her university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and quickly gathered funds and a strong team to create AMWHO Conference 2014. The success of the conference was enormous, with around seventeen universities in America, and even Canada and France, represented, and nine resolutions were created and passed to the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for commentary.

AMWHO aims to stand as the national model-WHO organization, leading model-WHO simulations annually in a different university each year. Such an organization strives to create AMWHO chapters across the nation, where students can debate and train amongst themselves, as well as gather individuals from their university to attend AMWHO’s annual conferences. The organization’s entire purpose is centered around student learning, and the possibility of every university in the nation including a model-WHO organization for furthering global health education. Additionally, universities with the financial and logistical means of supporting national AMWHO conferences can send proposals annually for review by the organization’s President and Board of Directors.

Dear future AMWHO participants,

Welcome to the new and improved website for the American Mock World Health Organization! I am deeply humbled by the response of global health students nationwide to the country’s very first WHO simulation-based organization, founded at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The university’s great prestige and long-standing achievements in public health provided an excellent atmosphere for such an innovative and educational organization and conference, and I look forward to witnessing the spread of AMWHO throughout the country.

After some research and discovery of the Ontario Model World Health Organization in Toronto, Canada, I attended the conference as the World Health Organization Ambassador for the Republic of Korea. The conference immensely expanded my understanding of global health affairs, diplomatic relations and the World Health Assembly, and I understood how necessary such knowledge was for me and my fellow global health policy-oriented delegates. The realization I had of the lack of model World Health Organization conferences within America directed me to the path of creating this organization and the first AMWHO conference.

I aim for this organization to create two things: an AMWHO chapter within all universities, and a yearly establishment of a national conference with an environment similar to that of the World Health Assembly, all to educate future global health leaders in the proceedings of international health entities. I intend for this organization to nurture an interest in global health and global health policy often neglected in a standard health education curriculum. Students will receive the opportunity to sharpen their diplomacy skills, as well as increase their ability to engage in problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication skills. The ultimate goal is educational, where delegates will have the chance to learn about pertinent global health issues through the lens of their respective roles particularly at an AMWHO conference. With prior research, they will learn to read and write health policy, develop their leadership, public speaking and organizational skills, and grasp the tools needed for global health diplomacy. I hope AMWHO provides an opportunity that goes far beyond any classroom teaching and furthers national global health education.

The AMWHO Board of Directors, AMWHO Conference Secretariat and I look forward to helping you establish an AMWHO organization in your university, and expanding your ever-growing knowledge of global health affairs.

Neha Acharya

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“AMWHO gives students the experience of debating policy and current issues in order to strengthen their skills and build our future leaders."

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