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Collaborative Systems for Solving Complex Social Challenges: Mental Health Prevention in Chile

25 August, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event: Community Resolution of Complex Social Challenges, Mental Health in Chile

On Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, an event titled “Community Resolution of Complex Social Challenges: Mental Health in Chile” will take place at the Thompson Room, Mahindra Humanities Center, located at 11 Prescott Street, Warren House 111. For those interested in attending in person, registration for this event can be completed by clicking here


The event is part of the Worldwide Week at Harvard. Representatives from Harvard’s Chile Regional Office and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, as part of the Mahindra series Pedagogies for Life, will be discussing collaborative systems for addressing complex social challenges.


The Worldwide Week at Harvard will take place from October 9 to 13, 2023. This event serves as a platform to showcase the extensive global engagement of Harvard University. 


The Mental Health Coalition (Coalición de Alto Impacto) unites diverse institutions with a shared goal: crafting sustainable, innovative solutions for mental health in Maipú and Peñalolén, with a focus on women and children. During this session, they will be sharing insights and challenges related to the prevention of mental health issues in Chile.


To address this complex challenge, collaboration is essential. It involves actors across society, academia, government, business, NGOs, and various professions. They work together, guided by trust, knowledge, grassroots experience, and a commitment to proactive solutions.


The Coalition’s impactful work deepens their understanding of prevention and drives innovation for multifaceted mental health challenges.


Throughout Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations will host academic and cultural events with global or international themes.


Speakers: Claudia Bobadilla, Board Business Member, Founder Puente Social and Senior Fellow, Harvard ALI; Fawwaz Habbal, Former Executive Dean for Education and Research, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Senior Lecturer on Applied Physics; Carolina Leitao, Major in Peñalolén, Chile; Benjamin Miller, Leader, Speaker, Advocate Empower Program; Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, African and African American Studies, Harvard University; Brian Trelstad, Faculty Chair, Advanced Leadership Initiative and Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and Joseph L. Rice, III Faculty Fellow, Harvard Business School; Susana Torres, President of the Board of the Chilean-Swiss Chamber of Commerce; Mario Valdivia, Former Dean and Professor, Medical School, Universidad de Concepción; Benjamín Villa, Master’s in Design Engineering, Harvard University, and co-instructor with Professor Habbal; Tomás Vodanovic, Mayor in Maipú, Chile


Presented in collaboration with:

The Mahindra Humanities Center

Cultural Agents

Puente Social

Viñedos Chadwick

Municipalidad de Maipú

Municipalidad de Peñalolén

Universidad de Concepción

Cámara Chileno Suiza de Comercio


25 August, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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