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Thursday, February 21, 2019  
BGSU joins national social health partnership | Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity
The BGSU contingent at the National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health in New Orleans
Root Cause Coalition
BGSU joins national social health partnership

Last fall, a group of talented young leaders embarked from Bowling Green State University to New Orleans. Their mission: tackling health inequities.

Organized by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, BGSU students had the opportunity to attend the third annual National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health. The conference was sponsored by the Root Cause Coalition, which seeks to engage projects and best practices that tackle the social barriers affecting community access to health care.

Established in 2015, the coalition is a nonprofit, member-driven collaborative of health care providers, hospital associations and academic research and policy experts. The organization of 61 partners works together to bridge the gap of health inequities, creating a society in which a person’s location has no effect on their eligibility to be healthy.

The conference launched the University’s first step as an inaugural partner with the Root Cause Coalition. While the coalition comprises different sections and centers of national university partners, BGSU as an institution is the first, full university partner to join.

What makes the coalition unique is its membership. National and local organizations work together through Root Cause to tackle health inequities from multiple angles of the issue.

Health equity means ensuring that all communities have access to the health care they require. Root Cause coordinates research and implementation of practices that resolve the root causes of avoidable, chronic health conditions.

“Social factors determining health are not talked about enough,” said Lauren Ridgeway, a senior majoring in applied health science with a specialization in health care administration. “I find myself utilizing the knowledge from the Root Cause summit to better inform class discussions here at BGSU.”


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Student Chloe Pearson (right) explains her research to judge Hannah Mueller-Miller, theatre and film faculty member.
Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity
Diversity in its many aspects explored by student researchers

The fourth annual Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity: Opportunities and Challenges for the Inclusion of Diversity in Higher Education on Feb. 15 showcased student research into a broad variety of related topics. Keynote speaker Amy Fidler, in her talk on “Inclusion X Design,” addressed a subject less often heard about in the current conversation: neurodiversity.

Fidler teaches graphic design at Bowling Green State University and is the parent of a neurodiverse child. She is committed to the idea that “a neurodiverse environment can serve everyone,” and incorporates teaching methods and activities in her classroom that support student mental health, such as brief, simple yoga breathing and movements, to optimize their ability to focus and learn.

“I try to meet students where they are, no matter their challenges,” she said.

Citing a popular Facebook meme, she asked listeners to consider: “What breaks your heart most about this world? What are your unique talents and gifts? And where are you called to service?” Her teaching is based on the belief that “design can make change and create public good,” and she advocates for “human-centered design,” encouraging her students to deeply invest themselves in who they are designing for. She also engages classes in high-impact, community-based projects.

The event is hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

“As every year, even though it does not seem possible, the quality of the poster presentations was even better than in previous years,” said CURS director Dr. Cordula Mora.” It is incredibly important for students to have this opportunity to showcase their scholarly and research work related to such a wide array of diversity issues.”