Student Spotlight: Students for Health Innovation and Education (SHINE)

May 13, 2020

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Contributed by University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine medical students Helen Cai and Divya Shah

Students for Health Innovation and Education is a medical student-led, project-based initiative at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, where teams work with local under-served communities. We were fortunate to serve as co-presidents of SHINE during our first two years of medical school. Our teams worked incredibly hard to support their populations and they have set an exceptional example for future SHINE and other student-led initiatives.

Indigenous wellness

Working primarily with the Tsuu T'ina Nation to support local health initiatives, this team liaised with a community nurse to understand health care gaps and needs, supporting initiatives such as Breastfeeding Bingo and the Diabetes Walk.

On campus, they collaborated with Indigenous health representatives to host screenings of the First Contact documentary series, generating fruitful discussion around Indigenous history and its intergenerational impact.

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