Dr. Chenkai Wu, assistant professor of global health, was recently selected as a mentor in the YSEALI-ENGAGE program. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, the East Asia and Pacific Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, and RTI International, this program is part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, YSEALI. This year, 44 young leaders in Southeast Asia were selected to develop and implement projects in their home communities to combat the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and poor mental health. Mentors and the young leaders will be matched based on research interests and skillsets. As a mentor, Dr. Wu will play a key role in guiding the YSEALI leaders to develop ambitious but feasible project plans in their home countries.
The 2019 YSEALI-ENGAGE program received over 600 applications from more than 10 countries in Southeast Asia—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Each chosen YSEALI leader has been enrolled in a six-week online learning experience designed to provide focused training on global NCDs and mental health. These online learnings serve as the prerequisite to a 5-day workshop in Bandung, Indonesia from April 29th - May 3rd. Following the workshop, 44 young leaders will implement project between late April and August 2019.
YSEALI-ENGAGE: Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative—Empowering the Next Generation for Advocacy and Grassroots Engagement on Non-communicable Diseases
More info: http://www.ncdaction.org/yseali_engage
Dr. Wu’s main research interests include (1) prevention of cardiovascular disease, frailty, and disability, (2) promotion of healthy aging and longevity, and (3) implications of big data in clinical practice. Dr. Wu has over 10 first-authored papers in the fields of epidemiology, gerontology, and cardiovascular disease. His work has been featured in major national and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the National Public Radio, and Harvard Business Review. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he was a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at New York Medical College. Dr. Wu has a M.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences, an M.P.H. in Biostatistics, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Oregon State University.