Modeled after the Ontario and Montreal World Health Organization conferences set in Canada, AMWHO’s primary focus is to raise student awareness of pertinent and current global health issues, along with promoting an understanding of the many roles that students can engage in through a career in global health policy. The organization aims to nurture an interest in global health and health policy, two fields that are often neglected in a standard health education curriculum. Every year, AMWHO conducts an international model-WHO conference that invites undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and world to simulate the World Health Assembly. AMWHO chapters similarly create smaller-scale conferences that reach students in their state – offering the ability to utilize skills of diplomacy, problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication.
As the national model for the United States, AMWHO seeks to form chapters within universities in each state that incorporate model-WHO simulations and various global health policy activities. With the hope of encouraging greater discourse on relevant health threats to the nation and world, the organization’s chapters require strong leadership intent on gathering student interest and spreading knowledge of global health policy within their student bodies. If you are interested in beginning the process for starting an AMWHO Chapter, please read the below document called “AMWHO Chapter Manual.” Only after having read this manual, follow the outlined steps in the “Steps to Becoming an AMWHO Chapter” section of the Manual.AMWHO Chapter Manual
The American Mock World Health Organization, Inc. is the premier national model-WHO organization for leading annual simulations of the World Health Assembly in different universities. The organization’s entire purpose is centered around interactive student learning on the WHA to fill the gap in current U.S. global health policy education. Similar to model-UN, model-WHO simulates this structure by having students represent either WHO Ambassadors, NGO Representatives, or Media Correspondents, and debate and discuss with their fellow delegates to form concrete resolutions, or policies, on the conference theme. The organization creates an international conference annually, and forms chapters across the nation that start local conferences. Moreover, AMWHO seeks to have chapters in all universities for furthering the standard of global health policy education in the nation.
AMWHO is a national nonprofit organization that has a Board of Directors, and chapters across the United States. The Board of Directors consist of the Chair, President/Vice-President, Chapter Directors, Co-Directors, and Financial Director. Each chapters will have a President/Vice-President, or Co-Presidents, structure, along with an Executive and Committee Board.
AMWHO chapters can utilize one of two models during an academic school year: 1) an activities model, or 2) a conference model. Please review the AMWHO Chapter Manual in the “How to be a Chapter” section of this page for more information.
Qualifications to form an AMWHO chapter include:
1) extensive leadership and management experience,
2) passion for health/public health/policy, and
3) proven and strong commitment towards strategic/time-consuming extracurricular activities.
Chapter creation cannot occur during the months of May-January, if you have not attended an AMWHO international conference. However, once you have attended an international conference, please follow the steps outlined in the AMWHO Chapter Manual.
AMWHO National firmly believe that our chapters are structured around understanding global health policy in practice, and that there is no such experience better than attending an international conference. Understanding the true simulation of the World Health Assembly allows potential chapter leadership to shape their future chapter activities in a light that represents the skills that they utilized in the conference. After you become a chapter, your organization is still required to send a delegation (minimum of one person) to the annual international conference, so that members can still experience the simulation, greatly impacting the sustainability of the chapter.