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CALS project awarded 2022-2023 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship

The 2022-23 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships have been awarded to seven outstanding undergraduate projects at home and across the globe. CALS student Magic Vang is among the awardees.

The projects, which are all rooted in the concept of addressing needs identified by community partners, range in topic from food insecurity, the disparity in education, civic responsibility and more. A total of 13 UW–Madison undergraduate students are part of this year’s projects, sponsored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Now in its 24th year, Wisconsin Idea Fellowships (WIF) are awarded annually to UW–Madison undergraduate projects working to address issues identified by local or global communities. Fellowships are awarded to semester- or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student or group of students in collaboration with a community organization and a UW faculty or staff member.

About Vang’s project:

Increasing Awareness of Lyme Disease in the Hmong Population of Wisconsin
Student: Magic Vang, Global Health major
Academic Advisor: Susan Paskewitz, Entomology
Community Partner: The Hmong Institute

Magic Vang
Magic Vang

This project aims to increase the overall awareness of Lyme disease in the Hmong population. Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is becoming a major concern as reported cases have increased rapidly in recent years. The Hmong are vulnerable for contracting Lyme disease due to a lack of awareness and informational materials. Through current knowledge, attitudes and behaviors (KAB) of the Hmong population, this project aims to build a network of Hmong-led organizations throughout Wisconsin where informational and research materials will be disseminated to. Through achieving these goals, the hope is to not only increase the awareness of Lyme disease but to strive towards increasing the health and wellness of the Hmong population.