The Overlap Between Digital Health and Peace-building

Medical researcher or non-profit volunteer? How can two unrelated positions in completely different fields have some things in common? Article written by Sidra Raslan, medical researcher at Medicus AI.

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01 | The importance of taking the time to ask a genuine “How are you doing?”

Oh but the tempting feeling to just knock on someone’s door or directly ping someone with a request! I still struggle in finding the balance between speed and the satisfaction of getting a task off my chest, and the necessity to express genuine interest and build connections. However, I am now capable of collaborating more transparently, and productively with whom I have taken the time to check up on every now and then.

02 | The need of empathy in leadership and the workspace

“No matter where you find yourself — in the home, the larger society, civil society, government, etc, remember you are a leader.” — Min. Arthur B. David

Being a leader in the conference and a team member at Medicus AI, I found that I grew more tolerant, understanding and motivated. As if I was learning a language and teaching another, I was able to gain perspective on both sides.

03 | Effective written communication comes in the form of short, straight to the point, and when possible, visually appealing text

Delving into skill-related learnings, I’ve come to realize that positive written communication is an art, one that is of high necessity in the ever growing online world. Being someone who’s in love with details, I found myself constantly writing paragraphs clarifying the purpose, only to realize that, 99% of the time, the recipient was uncomfortable with the amount of words written. After this realization, I started making sure that my emails only have the most necessary information and never exceeded a couple of action points, while carefully outlining the purpose in the subject.

04 | Meaningful data analysis is the key to project development

Medicus AI, since its inception, used data analysis as a form to evaluate, validate, develop and present its projects. Once we started analyzing data in our small conference team, we managed to identify our expected vs the actual target audience, understand the regions where and when our participants are most active, and analyze the overall commitment level, amongst many other findings. All of this information, when handled and used carefully, provided solid foundations to make informed decisions.

05 | Everyone has the right to the protection of their own shared personal data

A totally new concept, profusely emphasized by both organizations based in the EU region. I learned to always ask myself questions before dealing with personal data: Do I absolutely need to collect this data? Do I have the individual’s consent? Can I safely store this information? Can I delete this information upon request?

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