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Research Articles

An Evaluation of the Mental Health Facilitator Programme in Rural Uganda — Successes and Recommendations

James M. Van Leeuwen, Sara Adkins, Tavia Mirassou-Wolf, Wendi K. Schweiger & Ryan Grundy

This study evaluated the impact of a Mental Health Facilitator training protocol conducted with individuals from a local community in rural Uganda. The training programme is designed to facilitate the development and delivery of basic mental health services in under-served communities globally. This article aims to communicate the best practices and limitations of the training programme in the affected area.

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Study Abroad’s Double Culture Shock: A Social Action Solution

Donalyn White, UC Denver (Political Science)

This paper will interpret the pedagogical, social, and personal benefits of study abroad by applying the insights of Addams’ historic social activism as described in her biography Twenty Years at Hull-House. When one lives in the richness of America and attends some of the best schools in the world, one inevitably becomes disconnected from the brutalities, injustices, and human tragedies elsewhere, and even in one’s own community.

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Staffable Social Impact Report (GLI)

Jamie Van Leeuwen, Shane McLean, Lauren Reising, Jerry Amanya and Ryan Grundy.

Staffable is a recruiting and training company based in Kampala, Uganda. As a workforce accelerator, Staffable’s mission is to match local talent with employment opportunities aligned with an individual’s skills, knowledge and background. This model has created a pipeline of job seekers who, as a part of the Staffable database, are either paired with a current client, or contacted at a later point once an opportunity becomes available.

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Water and Sanitation Practices Surrounding Lake Bunyonyi Uganda (A general Assessment)

Evan Thompkins (MPH) & Jacinta Do (MBA Health Administration)

Water is critical for human life and for day to day activities. It is an important resource that needs to be protected. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can lead to healthier lives and the prevention of morbidity and mortality caused by diseases related to unclean water and poor sanitation practices. Worldwide at least 1.8B people are exposed to microbial contaminants in their water, and an estimated 2.4B lack access to adequate sanitation.

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A Baseline Analysis of the Katanga Slums: Informing Urban Policy in Kampala, Uganda

Jamie Van Leeuwen, Tinotenda Sekeramayi, Christine Martell, Michael Feinberg, Sam Bowersox-Daly

The spread of urban slums and their growing number of inhabitants creates a challenge for both policy makers and service providers in delivering resources more strategically and efficiently. While a variety of definitions and criteria of what constitutes a slum, the terms commonly relates to an urban congested region that contains inadequate shelter, limited access to basic utilities such as water and/or sanitation, healthcare, and an overall poor quality of living conditions. A challenge to service delivery in slum areas is the lack of information regarding household demographics and conditions of area residents.

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