Dear future AMWHO participants,
Welcome to the American Mock World Health Organization! I am deeply humbled by the response of students nationwide to the country’s first and only 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 assisted in the widespread growth of AMWHO chapters throughout the country.
After some research and discovery of the Ontario Model World Health Organization (OMWHO) 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-WHO conferences within America directed me to the path of creating this organization. I strive for AMWHO to create two things: chapters within all universities to improve global health education, and a yearly international 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 to increase their ability in problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication skills. The ultimate goal is educational, where delegates can learn about pertinent global health policy issues through the lens of their respective roles. The toolbox of leadership, public speaking, and organization skills are becoming essential for a future career in global health diplomacy, positioning AMWHO as a groundbreaking organization offering experiences that go far beyond any classroom teaching. The AMWHO Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Secretariat, and I are grateful for your interest in our ever-expanding organization, and look forward to seeing you at our many conferences, or establishing a chapter at your own university.
The American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) 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 now president of AMWHO, attended the conference as an undergraduate junior, and was inspired enough to introduce model-WHO conferences within the United States. With the help of her university, UNC Chapel Hill, and her incredible executive board, the very first simulation of the World Health Assembly occurred in 2014. The success of the conference was enormous, with approximately twenty universities from America, Canada, and France represented. Delegates created nine resolutions on the theme of “Health in Times of Conflict,” and all documents were passed to the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for commentary.
AMWHO stands as the national model-WHO organization for leading annual simulations in different universities. The organization strives to create chapters across the nation, where students can debate and form local conferences, and gather delegations from their school to attend AMWHO’s national conferences. The organization’s entire purpose is centered around interactive student learning on pertinent global health events like the World Health Assembly. Moreover, AMWHO seeks to have chapters in all universities for furthering the standard of global health policy education in the nation. Given our rotating national conference from different chapter to chapter, students involved in AMWHO can receive a chance to host this now distinguished event at their own university.
The Executive Chair, also referred to as “Chair,” shall act as top executive of the Board of Directors, overseeing all monthly board meetings to enact the goals, strategies, and missions of the National organization. The Chair appoints the President and Vice-President of the organization, has voting rights on all matters regarding the organization, offers instructions and guidance to all Board members, and has seniority over the organization and conference decisions. The Chair acts as spokesperson of the organization and Board, prepares monthly meeting agendas along with the President and Vice-President, and oversees the logistics, finances, and governance of the Board and organization. Most organizational and conference matters will be put to a vote for the BOD; however, in times that require executive-level decisions, the Chair will have final jurisdiction.
The Co-Presidents shall serve second in seniority within the Board, presiding over the vision and oversight of the annual international conference and their chapter. Appointed by the Chair, they shall maintain all logistical responsibility over the conference, appoint the Co-Directors and an Executive and Committee Board, and have Board voting rights. They shall periodically consult with Board members on conference and their own chapter proceedings, serving as the primary authority on such functions, with the exception of Chair instructions. They shall serve as the organization’s chief representative to the chapter student base and university’s administration.
The Executive Co-Directors shall be responsible for all internal and external logistics of the international conference. Elected by their chapter, the Co-Directors determine the action plan, conference theme, theme guide, Dais members, and other logistics, after explicit approval from the President/Vice-President. They shall have full jurisdiction of the conference, with the exception of Chair instructions. They shall have Board voting rights.
The Chapter Directors shall be responsible for the facilitation, enactment, growth, and monitoring of AMWHO chapters. This position involves being fluent in the AMWHO Chapter Manual, approving all new requests for chapters, discussing with new chapters their annual strategy as per the AMWHO Chapter Manual, providing all relevant manuals and documents to chapters, and ensuring all new and old chapters submit a monthly update form. They shall have Board voting rights, and serve as primary authority of all chapters, with the exception of Chair instructions.
The Board’s Financial Directors shall be responsible for all financial planning, procurements, and vision for the organization. The Financial Directors shall work extensively with the Chair to establish a sound budget for the organization, and with the Chair, President/Vice-President, and Conference Directors to establish a sound budget for the international conference. They shall oversee all organization payment processes, 501(c)(3) processes, and have voting rights.
2017-2018 Executive Chair
Neha grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina studying immunology research prior to attending UNC Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree. After taking courses on international development and the socioeconomic determinants of health, Neha realized her passion lied elsewhere in the fields of global health policy and health systems strengthening. She formed the American Mock World Health Organization as a junior in the college, and sought to improve the level of global health policy education currently existing in the country. After graduating in 2015, she interned at the World Health Organization’s Gender, Equity and Rights Division, attended the Emory Rollins School of Public Health for her MPH in Global Health, worked at CDC in Atlanta for two years, and now works in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Policy and Governance Fellow.
Sanjay Gadi is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He’s particularly interested in maternal & child nutrition, nutrition as a preventive medicine, and social determinants of health. As a pre-medical student, he finds the intersection of medicine and public health to be of paramount importance. And as a result of his resonating experience with AMWHO, the impact of health policy on this intersection has become increasingly significant to him. He is also pursuing a minor in Studio Art and particularly enjoy painting and drawing. Some of his less relevant yet equally as important interests include eating sushi, binge watching entire seasons of shows for possibly unhealthy stretches of time, and making HGTV references. AMWHO is near and dear to him, and he wholeheartedly believes in its power to get people engaged in global public health and health policy. He’s very excited to see what our organization accomplishes this coming year!
Nupur Jain serves as Co-President for AMWHO National during the 2017-2018 year. She is a senior undergraduate studying Health Policy & Management with minors in Spanish and Chemistry. She is passionate about healthcare disparities amongst vulnerable populations, specifically across racial and gender barriers. AMWHO has been a great way for her to explore global public health and find her passions. You can find her sampling new cuisines, dancing, or walking her two dogs, Ozzy and Mojo!
2017-2018 Executive Co-Director
Pooja Joshi is a third-year student studying Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She is deeply interested in technology and innovation as it applies to public health, and hopes to pursue a career in the same! Pooja is excited to be serving as Executive Co-Director for the 2018 International Conference, as she believes AMWHO is an incredible platform that brings together students of diverse interests and skill sets to formulate tangible solutions to global health issues.
2017-2018 Executive Co-Director
Nishita Sheth is a junior studying Nutrition and Biology with a minor in Neuroscience at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She is interested in connecting a biochemical understanding of the human body to public health interventions, particularly through the impacts of nutrient restriction on disease progression. She strives to explore the intersection of the body, medicine, and public health through global lens in the future. Her involvement with AMWHO began on Dais for the 2016 UNC Regional Conference, and expanded to the Co-Conference Director for the 2017 UNC AMWHO Regional Summit. Nishita is excited to serve as the Executive Co-Director for the 2018 International Conference, hoping to engage a variety of delegates through a first hand experience in discussing global public health policy.
2017-2018 Chapter Co-Director
Mali Khan is a junior studying Health Policy and Management and Global Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is currently the Chapter Co-Director for AMWHO and has been involved with the organization since Fall 2016 when she attended UNC’s Regional Conference on Reproductive Health Equity. She decided to join AMWHO because of her passion for global health and environment and its intersectionality with her studies in policy. She is interested in global health, nutrition, maternal and child health, and hopes to work abroad upon graduation in health policy. Outside of AMWHO, she is involved with UNICEF, Global Studies Student Association, and the Carolina Union, and enjoys creative writing, reading, and different kinds of music and dance. She is very excited to be an integral part of expanding AMWHO and its mission across the nation.
2017-2018 Chapter Co-Director
Rida Shams is a junior from Atlanta, GA studying Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill along with a minor in Spanish for the Health Professions. She is passionate about building resilient and sustainable health systems as well as the intersections of public health and environmental health. She became involved with AMWHO in the 2015 National Conference as a delegate and was thoroughly inspired by the constructive debate about universal healthcare coverage. Since then, she has remained involved with AMWHO by participating in Dais in the 2016 Regional Conference and 2017 Summit at UNC. She is enthusiastic about hosting the 2018 International Conference and making it a worthy experience for all delegates!
2017-2018 Finance Co-Director
Brian Tanner is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also pursuing a second major in Economics. His interests include global development, health policy reform, health economics, and how businesses can positively impact health. He is a proponent of experiential learning, as demonstrated by 2 years of involvement in AMWHO and his role as President of the Carolina International Relations Association (Model UN). He is inspired and excited about the collaborative nature of AMWHO’s conferences. Upon graduation, he will be moving to Washington D.C. to start his career at McKinsey & Company.
2017-2018 Finance Co-Director
Jarred Lobo is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, and is interested in majoring in Health Policy and Management with a minor in Spanish for the Health Professions. His first experience with AMWHO was as a delegate from Australia at the 2016 UNC Regional Summit on Infectious Diseases. At the summit, he enjoyed discussing pressing public health issues and collaborating with other representatives to create a proposal to address them. Participating in this process showed him how complex the world's health problems are and emphasized the importance of health policy as an effective way to confront them. This year, he looks forward to helping AMWHO grow so that students across the region and the country will have an opportunity to partake in this unique experience. Outside of AMWHO, he is involved in the UNC Executive Branch of Student Government, GlobeMed, and the Newman Center. His other interests include eating ice-cream, running, and traveling.
The Advisory Board members are members voted on by the Chair and rest of the Board of Directors to provide advice and support for all organizational functions, including, but not limited to: strategy, organizational design, financing, growth, and development. These members first propose advice and strategic design to the Executive Chair during quarterly meetings, along with offering advice to BOD members when asked; however, BOD members are not required to implement such guidance. AB members shall not have voting rights.
2017-2019 Strategy and Leadership Advisor
Edith Lee served as AMWHO Co-Director for the second AMWHO international conference in 2015, and as Chapter Co-founder at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015-2016. She is passionate about helping health systems become more efficient through innovation, investments, and partnerships. She was a healthcare consultant with EY before moving to Hong Kong to work for Flexport, a global logistics start-up. Edith loves AMWHO for its forward-thinking mission to empower students and prepare them to influence global health at a policy level, and she's always up to answer any questions for anyone who's interested in learning more!
2017-2019 Strategy and Leadership Advisor
Somnath Das is a current first-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University. He graduated in 2017 from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. For him, AMWHO taught him to be cognizant of contemporary issues in global and public health when practicing as a physician. Somnath served as a delegate to AMWHO 2015 and went on to serve as Co-Founder of the Emory Chapter later that year. In 2016, he worked with the Emory Executive Board to host the 2016 Georgia Regional Conference. Later that year, he served as Theme Director for the 2016 International Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance. His interests include cooking, fitness, and coffee-making.
2017-2019 Growth and Development Advisor
Mia Lei served as AMWHO Co-Director for the second AMWHO international conference in 2015, and as Chapter Co-founder at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015-2016. Mia is obsessed with using Health in All Policies to align initiatives for greater collective social impact. Since graduation, Mia has served the City & County of San Francisco – first as a San Francisco Fellow where she administered various WaSH and climate change-related projects, and now as a VisionZero Research Assistant with the Department of Public Health where she analyzes data to build tools that link transportation and land use to health outcomes. Mia is deeply committed to AMWHO’s mission to prepare future generations with the practical skills and insights necessary to catalyze the change that they want to see in the world.
2017-2019 Finance and Sustainability Advisor
Ashwini is a Junior in Emory’s Goizueta Business School, born and raised in Rolla, Missouri. Studying finance and global health, Ashwini's diverse set of interests stem from an understanding that cross-collaboration between business and science is critical towards economic and social improvement. She started as a First Year-Representative member during AMWHO Emory’s founding year, and since, has immersed herself with the organization. Ashwini represented the Republic of Cameroon in the 2015 International Conference, where she won Best Position Paper. She then served as the Co-Director for External Logistics during the 2015 Georgia Regional Conference and the 2016 International Conference. As Emory Chapter President and Co-Director for the 2017 International Conference, she was motivated to create an enjoyable and immersive conference to help future healthcare professionals become more fluent in health policy and the interworking of the World Health Organization. Outside of AMWHO, she is pursuing a career in finance and plans to start her own healthcare company. Summer 2018, she will be interning at Centerview Partners in New York. On campus, she serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Emory Impact Investing Group and conducts renal research at the Emory Medical School under Dr. Robert Hoover and Dr. Brandi Wynne. She also enjoys hiking, tennis, contemporary art, and searching for the best burger in Atlanta.