May 5, 2023

CONTACT: Jack Cardinal,, 781-960-5208

BOSTON, MA — The Center for Community Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst (the Center) recently welcomed Rohit Dahal of Nepal and Matija (Matt) Miljanić of Montenegro to support the organization’s work through the U.S. State Department’s Community Engagement Exchange Program. For 12 weeks, Rohit and Matt, emerging international young leaders, are working at the Center at Community Catalyst, collaborating on civil society initiatives and preparing the community engagement project they will undertake upon their return to their home countries.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the State Department to help foster and grow another generation of world leaders working to make the health system more responsive to the communities and people it serves,” said Dr. Brandon G. Wilson, senior director of the Center at Community Catalyst.

While at Community Catalyst, Rohit hopes to learn more about research, policy, and advocacy as well as learning productivity and management skills in a multicultural setting. When he returns to Nepal, he hopes to incorporate lessons learned to implement a community engagement project focusing on implementing health hygiene literacy or a project on women in tech.

The areas that Matt would like to contribute during his practicum experience are his knowledge and skills in project management, qualitative data analysis and creative project development. During this experience, he hopes to learn more about program development, more qualitative data analysis, and leadership and team development.

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues.  CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries. A transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement. 

The CEE Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

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About Community Catalyst:    

Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for race equity and health justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill.