Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Nominates Nigerian Into 2024 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar Programme | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

2024-04-02 21:11:23

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

LAGOS - Simon Obi has been accepted to the 2024 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar Programme of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and will be attending the Lifesavers Conference on Roadway Safety between April 7-9.

According to a press release, scholars are either pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Public Health (Health System & Policy) at the University and Obi is one of 19 U.S. students selected through a competitive application process.

The Lifesavers Conference showcases the latest research, evidence-based strategies, proven countermeasures, and promising new approaches for addressing the nation's most pressing traffic safety problems.

This is the ninth year of the Traffic Safety Scholars programme, the press release revealed, stating that the college provides students the opportunity to attend the Lifesavers Conference, the largest gathering of traffic safety professionals in the U.S.

The programme's goals are to showcase the diversity of opportunities in traffic safety and encourage students, regardless of discipline, to pursue a career in a dynamic field that draws from a variety of disciplines from engineering, education and enforcement to communications, business, marketing, medicine, public health, political science, counseling, and more.

Lifesavers TSS Programme will pay scholarships to help full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of fields defray the cost of attending the nation's largest gathering of traffic safety professionals. A letter of accreditation will be sent to the Scholar upon completion of the Traffic Safety Scholars Programme Requirements.

Simon Obi and his fellow Scholars will kick off their Lifesavers experience on April 6, 2024, as they learn about career opportunities from a panel of young traffic safety professionals working in the public and private sectors.

The Scholars will continue this career discussion when they meet with state and national traffic safety leaders during the reception.

Once the Lifesavers Conference begins on April 7th, the Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in three plenary sessions and over 80 workshops featuring leading experts in the fields of distracted and impaired driving; child passenger, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, teen, and aging driver safety; occupant protection; vehicle technology; law enforcement and criminal justice; public health, commercial motor vehicles; roadway design; and more.

Multiple awards winning Simon Obi is a distinguished Road Safety Activist who started from his compulsory (National Youth Service year National Youth Service Corps NYSC) programme when he founded GreenLight Initiative with the initial focus to make positive impact in a community in Abuja by showing greenlight to the downtrodden until 2017 when he institutionalise the organisation and expanded the focus to an a National Road Safety, Health and Environment project.

The initiative won him 'the overall Best Corps Member Award' from the then incumbent Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.

Despite being denied admissions twice into the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, before being admitted, Obi was eventually selected as one of the 5 recipients of the year's Bloomberg Leadership Hall of Fame Award by the Student Assembly!

The BSPH Student Assembly presents him the award for leading positive, sustainable changes in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the larger Hopkins community as nominated by students and determined by the Student Assembly Awards Review Committee.

The award honours him with the outstanding collaborative spirit and extraordinary devotion to improving student experience that Bloomberg student leaders exhibit through the unique ways in which they engage with the Hopkins community.

The body received a total of 187 nominations for the awards this year, and are excited to celebrate the honour with Simon Obi.

The Award winners were announced and recognized during the Bloomberg Gala this year and printed in the Honors and Awards booklet at the Commencement Programme.

Obi is currently serving as the Vice President Student Group, where he oversees over 30 student groups at the University.

2024-04-02 News