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GHS grad learns lots about public health

Daharsh attends Rotary’s world affairs seminar in Wisconsin

Carlin Daharsh’s generation is the first in the history of the Western world not expected to outlive their parents.

“I think it is very terrifying simply because of how advanced we are as a society and that the top 10 causes of death in the United States and the world, by the World Health Organization, are all preventable,” she explained. “So we are dying but not by natural causes.”

Daharsh learned this fact and others about public heath issues when she attended Rotary’s Annual World Affairs Seminar for high schoolers in June at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI.

This year’s theme was public health, she said, noting that last year’s was gender equality. Next year, it will be global energy.

More than 15 nations were represented such as Kenya, Haiti, Nepal, England and Germany.

Daharsh said the purpose of the seminar was to create a worldwide understanding of public health in other countries. As a result, participants were posed with challenges to solve.

She said she learned that the number one cause of death in the world, for people ages 15-29, is transportation accidents whether it be by car or bike.

A solution students discovered, Daharsh said, is that countries with more accessible public transportation had the lowest cause of deaths by this means.

With culturally diverse students in both the United States and world in attendance, she said they talked about health problems in their communities.

By the end of the week, different groups of students built a capstone project they presented to the other 300 students about a pressing public health issue.

Daharsh’s group chose to create a website entitled “Care Through Convenience.” On it, they shared how people can be informed and helped and how money can be donated through apps on their phones.

The group found five apps and encouraged people to download them to see which one worked the best.

She noted that one app, Charity Miles, became extremely popular. On it, there are 29 different charities from Girls Lead to Wounded Warriors.

Because many people exercise in the morning, they could start the app.

“And the more they ran or biked, the more money was donated to the organization of their choice,” Daharsh said.

Throughout the week, students also listened to renowned speakers such as multimillionaire Eric Plantenberg who has completed the Ironman Challenge four times, trains Olympic athletes on mental and emotional stamina and who has also done a TED talk.

They also heard Micheal Barber, a GE board member, who was originally from an impoverished area of Milwaukee.

Barber talked about his career that involved working in health around the world.

A disability panel was also part of the seminar where a blind man (who was a counselor for the summit), a deaf woman and a schizophrenic man shared their perspective on life and how they have overcome difficulties.

Daharsh described the experience as amazing and encouraged other students to look into the opportunity because it offers so much insight on the world.

For more information about the annual seminar, go to www.worldaffairsseminar.org.

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