Michael Owusu Budu, recipient of a Janes Corbett Community Health Practice Award, became involved in rural community health projects focused on disease prevention and health education. When he saw how impactful these projects were, he was inspired to pursue a Master of Public Health degree.
For their group capstone project, Budu and his team used an equity-centered approach to reduce gender-specific barriers that women who use drugs face when accessing supervised consumption services and overdose prevention sites. Budu found it fulfilling to connect with multiple high profiles stakeholders, and have them eventually take the group’s proposed solution back to their organizations.
During the pandemic, Budu worked with Scott Lear’s CoHeaRT lab to assess the psychological impact of COVID-19 on people with pre-existing chronic illness in BC. He hopes to continue engaging in work that promotes health equity and social justice.
During his free time, Budu enjoys watching and playing soccer as well as watching history documentaries.