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iCels Hackathon

On July 22, selected high school students from the Worcester area participated in a "hackathon" – a pilot program to devise creative goals tom improve community health. Yasmin Carter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Division of Translational Anatomy and Founding Director of the iCELS Innovations Lab was quoted in the UMMS News "Our goal is to better employ iCELS resources for a wider audience, in order to make a greater impact on the people of Worcester, and what better way to do that than leveraging great young minds to help us. One of the first things we’re looking at is how simulation could be used in public health. We’re looking for creative solutions that people who work in the field all day, every day don’t necessarily think of, and hope that it will help the participants see that their voices matter and not all health solutions come from health professionals.”

According the UMMS News Article, written by Sandra Gray, "the lively, four-hour hackathon began with a tour of iCELS to introduce participants to the technologies available and a presentation by Dr. Carter about the larger citywide public health project. Next, teams comprising members of the High School Health Careers Program’s Class of 2019, UMass undergraduates in the BaccMD Pathway and medical student volunteers brainstormed how the resources could be deployed to address public health issues. These included substance use among teens, teen pregnancy, healthy diets for people with diabetes, obesity awareness, promoting healthy lifestyle habits, language barriers and job training."

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UMMS iCels Hackthon
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