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Student makes health initiative goal a reality

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Leigh Loving's idea for a way to improve the world started in St. Louis, but came to fruition in Panama. 

Loving, a pre-med junior in biology and anthropology, attended CGI University, an extension of the Clinton Global Initiative, last year at Washington University in St. Louis. After that meeting with 1,000 student leaders working to take on global challenges, she returned to the University of Kansas ready to start her own program.

Loving, with support from the University Honors Program, founded the Jayhawk Health Initiative to give experiential learning opportunities to pre-health students while caring for those in need.

After extensive fundraising and planning, 25 students left in May 2013 to provide medical care to an underdeveloped area of Panama. With the help of doctors, the students provided medical and dental care, medication, and health education.

The JHI program will continue to provide students these unique hands-on opportunities, while aiding areas in need of medical resources.

Read more about Loving and the JHI from KU Features.