The Education Committee works to raise awareness about global health issues in Boston high schools. Using the knowledge we have gained from academic and extracurricular work with global health, we hope to motivate high school students to become more involved in the health of their own community and more engaged with the health of the world around them.
In Fall 2010, the Education Board held its first series of “Global Health High School” classes at the Edward Kennedy Academy, a medically-focused charter school in the Fenway area. Topics covered include the HIV/AIDS epidemic, tobacco use in the developed and the developing world, and important historical epidemics. Using an approach that combines interactive features and group discussion, we hope to continue to make these issues interesting and accessible to a younger generation and expand our program further.
In Fall 2011, we began our partnership with the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. There, we worked with students in the Health Assisting Program, a three-year course of studies designed to allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in various health care fields. In Spring 2012, we will expand our curriculum to teach a course on global health epidemiology.