WGA Sponsors Harvard School of Public Health Spring Challenge


William Gallagher Associates (WGA) recently sponsored the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Spring Challenge through the firm’s Engage in Health Foundation. This annual exercise has student teams examine a health policy issue and devise recommendations on how to address it.

The 50 students who participated this year listened to talks by nearly 40 experts on health issues before setting to work on policy recommendations. This year’s agreed-upon topic was “bicycle safety in Boston” following a string of fatal accidents over the past year. The student’s proposal was to develop a better understanding of how bicyclists use city streets to determine where dedicated lanes or other interventions are needed. They discussed their plan with Boston City Councilors on Friday and as a result, Boston Police has collaborated with HSPH on a report on bicycle safety that is nearing completion.

The HSPH Spring Challenge was launched in 2012 by John McDonough, a professor of the practice of public health and director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, modeled on a similar program at the Harvard Kennedy School in order to give students experience translating their public health training into real-world policies.
WGA’s Engage in Health Foundation supports health and wellness strategies that promote healthier lifestyles and the benefits of a healthier workforce.

For more information on WGA’s Engage in Health initiative, visit http://www.wgains.com/wellness.

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