Eight student-led teams win inaugural Social Impact Innovation Grants

(Berkeley Public Health)

The School of Public Health is delighted to announce the eight teams led by UC Berkeley students who’ve been selected as the inaugural cohort for the Social Impact Innovation Grant Program. Each team will receive up to $15,000 to work with community partners to address important public health opportunities, collaborating to turn ideas into actions.

Supported by a generous gift from Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao—the program supports undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley to develop and implement community-based projects to improve health equity. The program encourages collaborative project teams that include participation from students across academic disciplines, including public health, business, engineering, data science, and beyond.

One of the eight funded projects includes:

Supporting Childhood Literacy for BIPOC Children Through Culturally Diverse Books

This project will promote early childhood literacy through funding the expansion, diversity and distribution of books to support historically under-resourced families in the Bay Area, working with Reach Out and Read.

Team lead: Kameswari “Kamu” Potharaju, MS/MD student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

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