AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Global Hunger & Poverty Week
Project type(s) Community Service
Date completed 09/04/2007
Chapter UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School
Project Coordinator Nakul Raykar
Summary of project Global Hunger & Poverty was a week-long focus at the New Jersey Medical School on the issues of hunger & poverty around the globe. In addition to offering a variety lectures from speakers ranging from Jim Goodman of The Hunger Project to Dr. Carl Prey, a biotech and agricultural scientist at Rutgers University. Tom Weidlinger's "Heart of the Congo" was also screened, along with service events like working with the Newark Salvation Army's food distribution program.

Content area Other
Number of participants 8
Participant hours involved 40 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $900
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Traditional means -- school email, posters. Worked very effectively.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions Spreading out the service aspects of the week (we had teams of med students help with the Salvation Army and another local soup kitchen) beyond a week could have made it easier on those involved. Also, spreading the lectures out over 2 or more weeks could have kept the fire burning in terms of the issue's prominence.

Comments Get the best speakers you can find and advertise them well. Integrate it into something people can do in the community (like volunteering locally)!