A public health graduate student in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has been chosen as the 2015 Chapter Student Recognition Award from the national Society for Public Health Education. Ms. Meagan Cain was selected from dozens of undergraduate and graduate students for her contributions to public health, both locally and globally.
Earlier this year,Ms. Cain was also recognized by the Colorado School of Public Health at the 2015 Public Health in the Rockies conference with the school’s first Student Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice. In addition to her work in Nepal last summer where she acted as a lead relief distribution coordinator and emergency medical supply organizer following Nepal’s devastating earthquakes, she also established the Girls Moving Mountains project to educate and empower young girls before they are victims to sex trafficking. The project aims to establish a new generation of sustainable health educators — a passion for Ms. Cain.
Ms. Cain regularly teaches a weekly health education class geared toward Somali refugee women and successfully recruited several of her classmates to be Citizenship Instructors for incoming refugee populations. Ms. Cain has been active in bringing attention to women’s public health issues through organizing International Women’s Day events at UNC and presenting related data at conferences. She also organized and distributed more than 2,000 art kits to local families in need, while coordinating art nights for families as well as the Colorado Refugee Student Mural Project.
Ms. Cain will receive her award at the Society for Public Health Education’s 67th Annual Meeting’s award gala on March 29, in Charlotte, NC.