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SHSP Participates in United Nations Day

M.P.H. Student Maryam Albarakati Takes Part In Session On Higher Education And Multiculturism

October 31, 2022
Maryam Albarakati
Maryam Albarakati

Drs. Murthy and Ansehl selected a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) student in health policy and management, Maryam Albarakati, who serves as president of Student Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, for the honor. Ms. Albarakati sat in the session, “Higher Education And Multilateralism: Academia Responding To Global Challenges,” and participated in the panel discussion, “Student Activism And Engagement On The United Nations Goals And Principles: Actions And Voices From Campus.”

“It was a great experience and I was privileged to be there although very nervous and excited at the same time,” said Ms. Albarakati. Citing her experience as a dental hygienist in Saudi Arabia, she spoke on the importance of preventive care rather than treatment. “After my studies, my goal is to return home and raise awareness of preventive care which is much less expensive than treatment and determine why people neglect their preventive care. I hope my knowledge in the public health field will significantly impact my people,” she said. Ms. Albarakati also noted the occasion to speak at the United Nations was a huge source of pride for her family and Saudi women. “I am grateful for the opportunity and thankful to Drs. Murthy and Ansehl for all their support,” she said.

“I am pleased we were able to showcase NYMC and highlight our work on Sustainable Development Goal 3,” said Dr. Murthy.

“It was an incredible opportunity for Maryam and we are so proud of her for representing NYMC,” said Dr. Ansehl.