Harshita Rai, Wayzata High School sophomore, was one of 84 students chosen worldwide to present at the 2022 Global Health Leader Conference. The international conference, which was held virtually this summer, is a premier global health education program led by Johns Hopkins University students and faculty. At the conference, emerging global health leaders in grades 9-12 from around the world learn from one another and some of the world’s leaders in global health and medicine. Speakers at the annual conference have also included Nobel laureates, world-renowned professors, humanitarians, researchers and physicians.
Rai was one of two Minnesota students admitted into the highly-selective program this year. In her brief presentation, she discussed the science of nicotine addiction and its negative effects among adolescents, urging the involvement of communities in anti-vaping campaigns.