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Student & Alumni Achievements

BU: Alum Wins CAMTech Award in Opioid Epidemic Challenge

Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) alum Ms. Chia-Ying Wendy Lin was part of a team that won a Community Engagement Award at the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technology’s (CAMTech) Empire State Opioid Epidemic Demo Day last month.

The Demo Day competition was the third segment of the Empire State Opioid Epidemic Innovation Challenge, an initiative of the CAMTech Accelerator Program (CAP), which provides support for early-stage global health technologies that aim to improve health outcomes in low and middle-income countries. The competition showcased progress that participating groups made after creating solutions to curb the national opioid crisis at the challenge’s previous two events, the Challenge Summit and Solutions Sprint, held in September 2018.

[Photo: Ms. Chia-Ying Wendy Lin]

Ms. Lin’s nine-member team, dubbed Team Recovery-We, impressed a cross-disciplinary panel of expert judges by creating a widget that offers compassion and recovery resources for substance misuse in an online format. Ms. Lin, who studied global health at BUSPH and is currently a procurement planning and monitoring report analyst for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program, says her group was inspired to create the widget because of the frustration that people often experience when seeking help on overcoming substance misuse.

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