LVSIF Blog#6

List ten things that make you feel human. Mistakes/failures- whether they are small or big.  Ability to adapt to almost any situation- this builds resilience over time.  Having emotions- empathy, compassion Love and relationships- family, friends, and more Ability to learn and think creatively.  Having a strong sense of self-concept.  Understanding/knowing your core values and…

LVSIF Blog#5

Authors: Jamila Shah, Sofía Espinoza, Hope Smith 1. Does your work require IRB approvals…right now? At a later stage? If Yes, articulate your detailed IRB strategy. If No, explain why you don’t need IRB approval and identify situations when you might need IRB approval. Currently, our work would not require IRB approvals. This is due…

LVSIF Blog#4

1. Based on your life experience, skills and interests, what would a design process that is both uniquely yours and effective look like? When I am faced with a problem, my first thought is always to come up with sustainable solutions. I grew up in a rural town in Kunduz where there is a lack…

LVSIF Blog#3

Authors: Jamila Shah, Sofía Espinoza, Dhrunal Belani, Hope Smith List the top 20 questions your team needs to answer to advance the venture forward. Categorize the questions if necessary. What are the specific gaps in mental health services in the Lehigh Valley?  Are resources underutilized?  If so, why are they underutilized? Which demographic groups lack…

LVSIF Blog#2

Authors: Jamila Shah, Sofía Espinoza, Dhrunal Belani, Hope Smith What SDGs does your project target? What might be reasonable indicators for those SDGs? Mindfull, the LVSIF project whose priorities include increasing access to mental health resources to communities of color and decreasing the stigma around mental health, targets SGD numbers 3 and 10: good health…

LVSIF Blog#1

I grew up in a very rural and disadvantaged place in Afghanistan where I constantly experienced and witnessed the lack of basic healthcare services. This, in particular, affected the elderly, the children, and the women the most. My experience in Afghanistan has taught me the interconnectedness of medicine with social, economical, and cultural factors. To…

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