AMWHO 2015

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Theme: Universal Health Coverage - Sustainable Development Goals
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AMWHO 2015 Director’s Letter

Dear prospective delegates and esteemed colleagues,

It is our honor and pleasure to welcome you to AMWHO 2015, the second American Mock World Health Organization conference in the United States. We had the opportunity to serve on the Dais and Executive Board of AMWHO 2014, and witnessed a momentous event in the American history of global health policy opportunities for students. As Executive Co-Directors of AMWHO 2015, we are thankful to have a fantastic framework founded by Neha Acharya, AMWHO’s President, and we look forward to innovating, advancing, and expanding AMWHO 2015 to be America’s premier global health policy conference.

We are thrilled to see such great student interest in the development of global health policy. Our ultimate goal is to create a realistic simulation of the World Health Assembly and empower students with the knowledge and skills to change the world. We strive to create a forum for open dialogue on these complex multi-player issues, providing students with the opportunity to balance national interests with the goals of the international community while learning the strengths and limitations of policy.

We are excited to present the theme of this year’s AMWHO conference – Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, describes UHC as “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” In a world of increasing global inequities and changing global health needs, UHC serves as a powerful social equalizer. Although there is no single pathway for countries to achieve UHC, this theme will challenge delegates to discuss health from economic, political, social, and scientific perspectives. In writing resolutions, we urge delegates to consider the definition, fiscal and political sustainability, stakeholders, measurement, and implementation of Universal Health Coverage. We are excited to witness real-time the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals and in the hopes of reflecting this evolution in global health policy, we will look to our delegates to also incorporate the concept of sustainability into their resolutions. Our theme guide will detail all notable dimensions of Universal Health Coverage that we expect delegates to keep in mind and address in their.

We lead a distinguished secretariat with members of diverse experience– from student body presidents to medical doctors,– and from numerous fields– from business to health policy to psychology to biology. Our secretariat hails from across America and from around the globe, and we are dedicated to provide you with an outstanding conference experience.

It will be our privilege to be your host this October 2nd to 4th, 2015 at the University of North Carolina in the beautiful town of Chapel Hill. In the mean time, feel free to explore our website and sign up for our listserv to receive more information. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will be posted on March 15th.

Questions regarding the conference can be directed to us at amwho@unc.edu. We encourage you to become involved in AMWHO as a delegate, and to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to contemplate, collaborate, and connect here in North Carolina.

We look forward to meeting all of you in October!

Sincerely,
Mia Lei and Edith Lee
Co-Directors, AMWHO 2015


AMWHO 2015 Secretariat

AMWHO 2015
Conference
Co-Director

Mia Lei

AMWHO 2015 Conference Co-Director

Hello wonderful people! My name is Mia Lei, and I will serve as your Conference Co-Director for AMWHO 2015. I am currently in my third year at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, majoring in Health Policy and Management. I am interested in global health policy because it is a way to implement sustainable systems level change to enable people to not just survive, but thrive. My passions in global health lie in health for the underserved and in capacity building, so providing a space for students to learn how to create global health policy is right up my alley. Outside of AMWHO, I love discussing global health equity in GlobeMed, spending a lot of money to attend live music shows, and reading Kurt Vonnegut. I also consider Chicago my hometown, so deep dish pizza and Portillo’s hotdogs are a favorite of mine. I have big plans for the upcoming year and am so excited to present to you AMWHO 2015!


AMWHO 2015
Conference
Co-Director

Edith Lee

AMWHO 2015 Conference Co-Director

Hello, my name is Edith Lee and I am honored to serve as the Co-Director for AMWHO 2015. I am currently a junior pursuing a double major in Economics, and Health Policy and Management, with a minor in Chemistry. My academic interests include epidemiology, health economics, and game theory. I am originally from Hong Kong, and I spent seven years living in the San Francisco Bay Area before joining UNC-Chapel Hill. I served on the first AMWHO dais as the chair of the Americas region, and I have has been involved with Model United Nations for seven years. Outside of Model UN, I enjoy traveling; I have taken culinary classes in Barcelona, trekked the Himalayas, and zorbed in New Zealand. I look forward to be working with a talented and committed staff to make AMWHO an educationally and socially fulfilling experience!


AMWHO 2015
Sponsorship
Co-Director

Crystal Ki

AMWHO 2015 Sponsorship Co-Director

Hello there! My name is Crystal Ki, and I serve as the Sponsorship Co-Director for AMWHO 2015. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2013. Currently, I am the Project Coordinator for the Water Institute at UNC. This Fall, I will pursue a dual degree Master’s program in Business Administration at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Healthcare Administration at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. My passion in global health sprouted whilst working with Health Alert Uganda to develop, monitor and evaluate microfinance and intervention programs for mothers and children with HIV/AIDs. My passions in global health lie within the mission to contribute to the empowerment of all with the environment and resources needed to create a prosperous world. Outside of AMWHO, you can find me binge watching House of Cards, playing tennis, or aspiring to be a foodie. Growing up on the east coast in Wilmington, NC, I have a strong affinity for seafood, scuba diving, and strumming the ukulele at the beach. I look forward in engaging external organizations to invest in this invaluable experiential conference that is the AMWHO 2015!


AMWHO 2015
Media
Co-Director

Grace David

AMWHO 2015 Media Co-Director

Hey everyone! My name is Grace David and I am glad to be the Media Co-Director for the AMWHO 2015 Executive Board. I am currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel and I will be majoring in Psychology with a minor in Medical Anthropology. I am interested in global health mainly because it aims not only to provide equal treatment for people worldwide, but improve their overall health too. I am also interested in global health because it coincides with my love for medical anthropology. Besides discussing health related topics, I love music as well. I make it a priority to attend local concerts whenever the opportunity arises. I also enjoy playing tennis, watching great films and seeking out the best thrift shops. I am very excited to be participating in AMWHO this year and to meet everyone who has chosen to be a part of it!


Conference
Logistics
Co-Director

Nupur Jain

AMWHO 2015 Internal Conference Logistics Co-Director

My name is Nupur Jain and I will serve as your Assistant Director of Internal Logistics for AMWHO 2015. I am a First Year Student from Apex, North Carolina and I am hoping to be majoring in Health Policy and Management with a minor in Spanish. I have always been interested in healthcare as well as government, so health policy is very much my cup of tea. I dream of a day where healthcare is equally accessible to everyone in the world and that’s why public health at UNC fascinates me. Outside of AMWHO you can find me sampling new foods on Franklin Street, at Chalkaa practice (UNC’s Bollywood Fusion Team), or telling puns to my friends. I am really excited to work with the AMWHO team, and I can’t wait to get involved! What? Where? Who? AMWHO!!!


Sponsorship
Vice
Director

Nikki Trupiano

AMWHO 2015 Sponsorship Vice Director

Hi everyone! My name is Nikki Trupiano and I am a member of the Class of 2018 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I will be serving as the Assistant Director for Sponsorships for AMWHO 2015. I am a Business Administration major if accepted into Kenan-Flagler next year, as well as a Mathematics minor and Spanish for the Medical Professions minor. I am also on the pre-medicine track. I am from East Greenwich, Rhode Island and have been enjoying adjusting to life in North Carolina. I have had a significant interest in service for as long as I can remember so my passion for global health stems from my care and concern for all of those around me, especially those in need. I feel that reforming policies to provide adequate healthcare is the best possible way to achieve this. Outside of AMWHO, I enjoy working with those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. At UNC, I am also a member of the Autism Society of North Carolina, as well as on the Event Donations Committee for Relay for Life. In my free time, I love taking my dogs for walks, reading Jodi Picoult novels, shopping at J. Crew, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family. I can never turn down a bowl of pasta or watching a good football game. I am very excited to begin working with all of you and the American Mock World Health Organization!


Public Relations Co-Director

Samantha Croffut

AMWHO 2015 Public Relations Co-Director

Hi! My name is Samantha Croffut, and I am so excited to be serving as the AMWHO 2015 Public Relations Co-Director. I am originally from Seattle, but I’ve most recently spent my time abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger (2010-2011) and in South Africa (2011-2014). Witnessing the structural disparities present across the world through living and working in a rural village, an urban township, and two large cities has prompted me to engage in broad level work that can make a difference at the ground level. My interests lie specifically in global public health nutrition with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. To meet this end, I am currently pursuing my Master of Public Health in Nutrition and plan to become a registered dietitian once I graduate. I am looking forward to working with and learning from like-minded people who share my passion and commitment for focusing on meaningful, sustainable change!


AMWHO 2015
Finance Head Director

Danni Fang

AMWHO 2015 Finance Head Director

My name is Danni Fang, and I am this year’s Director of Finance for AMWHO. I am currently a junior at UNC, majoring in Business Administration and Economics. My hometown is in Gastonia, NC. Having traveled to rural parts of China at a young age, I have always been interested in economic development and social mobility in developing countries as a way to lift these countries out of poverty and provide more educational and work opportunities for its people. Outside of AMWHO, I can be found at UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives brainstorming and reaching out to students about international opportunities to make global change (such as improving global health!). In an alternate universe, I would be living in a remote island somewhere, spending my days doing some of my favorite things: reading, hiking, and painting.


Public Relations Co-Director

Marie Lina Excellent, MD

AMWHO 2015 Public Relations Co-Director

I graduated High school from a highly regarded Christian school named College Marie Anne in 1999, and then did my Medical training at the State University Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy in Haiti from which I graduated in 2005. I am committed to HIV/AIDS field since 2007 and benefited trainings from Haiti, Paris and USA (Brown University, UNC-Chapel Hill). From June 2010 until July 2014, I was the Leader of Quality Improvement Committee HIVQUAL/HEALTHQUAL and Chief Department of HIV/AIDS & Community Health Programs at two Hospitals in Haiti: Grace Children’s Hospital / International Child Care (GCH/ICC) then Saint Damien Hospital / Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs (HSD/NPFS). I had the opportunity to successfully lead several Quality Improvement Projects in the HIV/AIDS field which are published on IHI, BMJ and HEALTHQUAL International websites. Since 2010, I volunteer as Instructor for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Methodology at National level and Clinician for weekend clinics in poorest areas in Port-au-Prince, Haiti upon Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa’s request. I am a Fulbright Scholar currently enrolled in the Residential Master program of the Public Health Leadership Department (PHLP) and I am also pursuing a Certificate in Global Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My triple career focus includes Continuous Quality Improvement mainly in Healthcare and Public Health, Global Health especially HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Research. I have a huge Faith in GOD and my Philosophy is “Know to Better Serve People in Need”.


External Logistics
Director

Nae Won

AMWHO 2015 External Logistics Director

Hello everyone! My name is Nae Won, a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, double majoring in Global Studies Global Health and Public Policy Health Concentration with a minor in Medical Anthropology. This year I will be serving as the 2015 AMWHO Director of External Logistics. I am interested in global health because as the world becomes even more interconnected, health becomes not an isolated problem, but a problem of the entire world. In order to find effective solutions, I believe countries must come together and communicate. I fell in love with the impact that global health has on our society now and will have in the future; I want to be a part of that greater change. Besides working with AMWHO, I currently serve as a peer mentor, sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc., a House Manager for the Student Union, and a Health Workshop and Resource Coordinator at the Human Rights Center- Refugee Community Partnership. I love getting involved in my community, but also enjoy relaxing with tea, scented candles, and Netflix. I am excited for the upcoming AMWHO experience and what we will have to offer for the future leaders!


External Logistics
Vice
Director

Veronica Kapoor

AMWHO 2015 External Logistics Vice Director

Hello everyone from near and far! My name is Veronica Kapoor, otherwise known as your Assistant Director of External Logistics. I am a junior undergraduate student, majoring in Environmental Health Sciences within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. I came from Ellicott City, Maryland to study at this wonderful university and the experience has been well worth it! I have always found public health issues intriguing, not only because of their depth but also because they present the opportunity for such great change. I am particularly concerned with water quality and international development programs. The latter fits well with my love for learning new languages and exploring different cultures. Perhaps less integrable, I also have a passion for dance of all kinds. I really hope to be able to reach out and meet all of you who attend! Get ready for the best weekend of the year.


AMWHO 2015
Sponsorship
Co-Director

Manish Sreevatsava

AMWHO 2015 Sponsorship Co-Director

Hey everyone! My name is Manish Sreevatsava, and I am Co-Director of Sponsorship for AMWHO 2015. I am a junior Biology and Political Science double major from North Brunswick, New Jersey. Being a part ofAMWHO last year was an amazing experience, and I am even more thrilled for this year’s conference. It is an exciting time to be involved with public health because the need to examine and debate global health policies has never been greater. Outside of AMWHO, I spend a significant amount of time with undergraduate research, Model UN, and various volunteer organizations. I look forward to meeting you all and working together to make AMWHO 2015 a success!​


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Travel Information

Note: We cannot provide for your travel or accommodation costs. Only the Host-A-Delegate Program is free of charge.

Transportation:

We suggest using Uber and carpooling with other delegates. You may use the Uber codes v8u2d or veronicak344ue to get $20 worth of free rides. Another alternative is Lyft, for which you may use the code NAE564846. If you are staying with a host, you could potentially ask them about bus routes and the best way to get to campus. Taxis are also an option. One company option is Mr. Taxi, which you can reach at (919) 260-2560.

Accommodations:

This year we will have two options for accommodation for those traveling to UNC. Foremost, we will conduct a Host-a-Delegate program in which delegates living in the Chapel Hill area will open up their homes to traveling delegates. The accommodations may just be a couch or futon, but it will allow the traveling delegates to stay in the area for free. The lodgings will have some form of accessible transportation to UNC’s campus. This program is also a great opportunity to connect with other delegates!

For those who prefer to lodge in a hotel, we have arranged a discounted rate at the Quality Inn Hotel, located at 1740 North Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC, 27514, USA. Delegates may call the hotel at (919) 968-3000 to make a reservation, and they may simply state that they are with the American Mock World Health Organization to receive the discounted rate of $69.00 plus tax. There are limited rooms available at the discounted price.

Host-A-Delegate

If you have signed up with Host-A-Delegate: Veronica Kapoor will keep in touch with you about your placement. Feel free to contact her at (vkapoor@live.unc.edu) if you would like to participate, or if there are any changes in your preferences. Note that this program is entirely voluntary on the part of the hosts and thus we cannot guarantee that there will be enough available hosts.

Hotel Options near UNC

We suggest the Quality Inn as other delegates will be staying there, and so it will be easier to share rides. However, there are alternatives in the area, and we have included a list of possible locations. Please refer to the list below for reference. If you are interested in sharing a room with another delegate, let us know and we will try to match you with someone.


Hotel Name: Quality Inn Chapel Hill

Address: 1740 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: 919-969-3000

Price: $69.00 per night if you mention “AMWHO” while making the reservation


Hotel Name: Days Inn Chapel Hill

Address: 1312 N Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: 844-378-7322

Price: $63.74 per night


Hotel Name: InnTown Chapel Hill

Address: 609 Hillsborough St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: 919-933-5296

Price: $79.00 per night (Apartment style, on bus route)