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Young Global Health Catalysts

Engaging, Equipping, and Entrusting Young Catalysts in Global Health Scholarship & Practice 

The 2023 Global Health Catalyst Summit hosted by University of Pennsylvania May 4-6, 2023 was a resounding success. Young catalysts ranging from high school through early career professionals were fully engaged as participants, volunteers, and presenters. 

Congratulations to all our Young Catalyst Award Winners:

2023 Calvin Johnson Outstanding Young Catalyst Award

Kids Fighting Cancer

Gavriel Akonwi, Logan Rodriguez, Ariel Azinwi, Gavin Rodriguez

(Libertas Scholars Inc)

2023 Best Young Catalyst Abstract Award

TeleCatalyst: A Deep Learning-based Educational Mobile Platform for Medicinal Herb Identification Leveraging CNN Model

Dang Nguyen, Akul Gupta, Phat K. Huynh, Gayarthi Mannem, Ishan Chaplot

(University of South Florida)

2023 Best Emerging Catalyst Abstract Award

Feasibility of Smart Biomaterial Loaded Caflanone Fiducial for Pancreatic Cancer

Michele Moreau, Tejaswini Appidi, Shahinur Acter, Gnagna Sy

(Johns Hopkins University)

Global Health Catalysts Befu Service Award

Marielle Ngamije

Special Recognition

Young Global Health Catalysts Champion

University of South Florida

Judy Genshaft Honors College

For 5 years of sponsorship & support of student ngagement in global health including GHC Summits & "Marie's Friend Jean"       November 2022

2023 GHC Summit Young Catalyst Speakers are listed on the summit program

Please note that high school participants at all GHC  face-to-face and virtual events must be accompanied by a responsible parent, guardian, or adult such as a school representative throughout their participation.



Young Global Health Catalysts Clubs

We are thrilled to launch Young Global Health Catalyst Clubs to Engage, Equip, & Entrust young catalysts through global health scholarship and practice. We invite you to join us to learn more about this program for young people from high school students through young professionals.  Clubs May be hosted at institutions, organizations, or community programs.  Club expectations are general and can be adapted based on a particular club’s location, areas of interest, and available resources. Examples of expectations include a community service project, participation at some GHC live or virtual events, and a cultural humility event.  

We look forward to offering this opportunity for young people around the world to actively engage in global health including facilitated collaboration with other Young Global Health Catalysts as well as exposure to global health practitioners within our expansive GHC network. To participate in the info session on Saturday October 28, 2023 Register 

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Youth Conference

Young Catalyst Collaboration Opportunities and Outcomes

Discover Excellence; Empowering Young Global Health Catalysts for the future

Some benefits of participating in GHC Young Catalyst Opportunities Include:

  • Opportunities to engage with accomplished, inspiring, individuals impacting the world for good (see website for examples)

  • Opportunities to learn about cutting edge research, innovative approaches, and collaborative initiatives involving diverse stakeholders worldwide

  • Opportunities to participate in life – saving, life-changing collaborative projects leading to publications and application across the globe

  • Opportunities to gain skills and experiences to that enhance the personal profiles of Young Catalysts including public speaking, publication, event coordination, and cross-cultural competencies

  • Opportunities to be supervised by members of the GHC network who are then able to provide strong recommendations for academic and career purposes for Young Catalysts

  • Opportunities for students and youth to represent their school, club, community, organization etc. on a global platform

  • Mentorship and support from current and past Young Catalysts, many of whom attest to the significant role the GHC has played in their academic and career growth including support in gaining admission to college, medical school, graduate school, and global health related career opportunities

  • Being part of a network of change makers catalyzing collaborations for global health and development.

Past Summits & Projects

Young Catalysts in Global Health

Young Catalysts Creativity

Young Catalyst Learn from Oxford University Professor

Interview with Young Global Health Catalysts

Stop Motion on Avengers Vs Cancer

Career development opportunitie

A Young Man in the Library

Young Catalysts as contributing authors

Approaching Global Oncology: The Win – Win Model

Chapter 13: Key steps for youth inclusion

Young Catalysts build leadership skills at the summit

Professional Development

Leadership Presentation

Young Catalysts present research and experiences

Future Global Health innovators

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