Wabash College senior Matt Hodges has been selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University conference, hosted by former President Bill Clinton.

Approximately 1,200 students from 112 countries will be in attendance at the 11th annual event and will collaborate with university representatives, celebrities and topic experts to develop solutions to global problems.

Hodges won admission to the conference by submitting a proposal to help eliminate some of the barriers Montgomery County residents face when trying to obtain proper healthcare. 

The goal of Hodges’ project, also called a “Commitment to Action,” is to provide “safe and consistent transportation” to current and future patients of the Montgomery County Free Clinic.

Hodges will begin providing transportation starting today. Wabash College Professor of Spanish Dan Rogers will serve as a translator that day.

Before submitting his proposal, Hodges interviewed local community leaders in healthcare and public policy. 

He also attended the community conversation about local transportation facilitated by Wabash’s Democracy and Public Discourse.

Hodges is a Global Health Initiative Fellow and has worked at the Montgomery County Health Department, where he analyzed data from the Community Health Needs Assessment and accompanied inspectors to restaurants and public facilities.

The conference will be held Oct. 19-21 at the University of Chicago. It was launched in 2007 to engage the next generation of student leaders from around the world.

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