GlobeMed

MISSION STATEMENT: GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. WHO WE ARE: GlobeMed is a network of university students who partner with grassroots organizations to improve health around the world. We nd high-impact organizations already transforming the health of their communities and connect them to a group of visionary students who mobilize their resources to power more change. Today, there are 46 GlobeMed chapters on university campuses across the U.S., each collaborating with a unique grassroots organization to improve health in the U.S., Africa,...

GlobeMed
601 University Place
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
8477865716
http://www.globemed.org/

Interim Executive Director

Alyssa Smaldino

Management Team

Alyssa Smaldino, Alina Kostreba

Board of Directors

Brian Hanson, Lee Greenhouse

Project Leaders

Alina Kostreba
Bradley Halpern

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT: GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. WHO WE ARE: GlobeMed is a network of university students who partner with grassroots organizations to improve health around the world. We nd high-impact organizations already transforming the health of their communities and connect them to a group of visionary students who mobilize their resources to power more change. Today, there are 46 GlobeMed chapters on university campuses across the U.S., each collaborating with a unique grassroots organization to improve health in the U.S., Africa, Asia, or South America. VISION: One billion people across the world lack access to health care systems*. Each day, more than 36,000 people die preventable deaths. Without addressing poverty and poor health, we cannot break this cycle of suffering. University students have the passion and energy to help tackle this challenge. GlobeMed aims to meet this challenge by engaging and training students to work with grassroots organizations across the world to improve the health of the impoverished. By partnering students and communities to combat poverty and poor health, we improve the lives of thousands of impoverished people across the world today and shape tomorrow's leaders across all professions who will share a deep commitment to health equity and social justice. HISTORY/FOUNDING: GlobeMed began with a shared dream between one village in Ghana and a group of students at Northwestern University. The village, near Ho, Ghana, faced extreme poverty, poor health, and little access to care. Their community leaders envisioned a health center for their people but confronted the challenge of finding the resources to bring this vision to life. Students from Northwestern University volunteering in Ghana saw the community's suffering and heard a call to action. Realizing they could help make this health center a reality, they mobilized their campus to work in partnership with the community's leaders. In 2006, the HOPE Center was born. As the campus continued to marshal support for the HOPE Center, several students recognized that there was negligible follow-up on the status of the Center. One of these students decided to travel to Ho, Ghana and check up on the HOPE Center. Upon arrival, he found an empty building. The response from the director of the clinic after he asked how this could have happened: "we're African; we listen to our donors", incensed him, and he returned to Northwestern with the conviction that there had to be a more just solution. These students realized that for true and lasting change to occur, long term partnership and human relationships had to be at the center of their work. Since then, the Northwestern chapter's partnership with the HOPE Center has transformed an empty building into a growing clinic with community health nurses, a pharmacy, nutrition programs, and a pathology lab. The promise of this first partnership sparked a question: Could students create a network of university-based chapters, connecting each group of passionate young activists with a unique partner community? Could these students and grassroots leaders work together to develop projects similar to the HOPE Center? To explore this possibility, they organized GlobeMed's first Global Health Summit in March of 2007, bringing together 45 students from 7 universities alongside leaders in global health. Inspired by their peers, the young activists began to shape their own vision: a movement of students and communities working together to improve the health of the poor today, and changing the face of global health as the leaders of tomorrow. In the Fall of 2007, a group of recent graduates and student volunteers launched the GlobeMed National Office to put this vision into action. In the years since, GlobeMed has expanded to 46 chapters and 18 countries, each working alongside community leaders and activists on the front lines of poverty and injustice around the world. From renovating rural health centers in post- genocide Rwanda to developing health education programs for the uninsured in Detroit, GlobeMed's partnerships are saving lives and improving health. Its unique model is training over 1,500 students to become lifelong advocates for global health equity.

Programs

GlobeMed's programs, piloted through partnerships with grassroots health organizations over the last four years, have shown very promising results: our chapters have helped 46 community-based organizations on 4 continents build capacity in four areas: hospital infrastructure (e.g. electricity, running water, new-wing construction), local workforce development (e.g. community health worker training), incorporating new technologies (e.g. EMR systems, satellite mapping, cell phone technologies), and pilot program launches (e.g. micro-lending, nutrition programs). In addition to interning on-the-ground, students have raised over $600,000 to implement these community-driven projects, which have directly impacted over 220,000 individuals worldwide. PROGRAMS-------------------------------- CHAPTER FOUNDERS PROGRAM //Selection Recruit top student-leaders from universities across the country to apply to be a Chapter Founder. Chapter Founder applicants complete a rigorous written application and participate in a phone interview. Fewer than 50% of applicants are accepted to be Chapter Founders. //Training Chapter Founders participate in a series of 4 webinars the summer before launching their chapter to learn basics of launching a successful chapter. Participate in the Chapter Founder's Day at the Leadership Institute - all Chapter Founders come one day early and spend it in a celebratory and community building set of experiences. $500 launch grant to give Chapter Founders seed capital to begin their campaigns and on-campus events. NATIONAL OFFICE SUPPORT & LEADERSHIP TRAINING //Chapter leaders have access to a full time chapter advising specialist who provides guidance and advice through bi-weekly conference calls and ongoing support. //Chapter leaders also have access to a web-based resource manual with all of the tools and resources to run a high-impact GlobeMed Chapter. //Two training events are held each year by the National Office at Northwestern University - the Leadership Institute and the GlobeMed Global Health Summit CHAPTER PROGRAMMING //Campaigns - Students at each chapter organize year-long fundraising campaigns to raise between $5,000 and $20,000 each year to fund public health projects at their grassroots partners. //globalhealthU - Each chapter member participates in our year-long global health curriculum to learn about broader issues in global health and make connections to daily issues faced by their grassroots partner and community. //GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) - Chapters organize a small team to travel to work with their grassroots partner, usually over the summer. Internships strengthen the partnership, allow students to contribute on-site, and enable ongoing clear communication. GlobeMed's National Office has limited funding designated towards GROW travel grants, which are awarded to economically disadvantaged students each year through an application process. ANNUAL GLOBEMED GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT The GlobeMed Global Health Summit mobilizes students to explore philosophical as well as pragmatic concepts in global health and to apply this knowledge to their work on community-based health initiatives around the world. Three days of intensive lectures and workshops will bring university students together with global health leaders to advance the movement for health equity and social justice. This year will mark the Sixth Annual GlobeMed Global Health Summit! Each year, the Summit has grown in the number of student participants, global health leaders, and in the growing sense of community and solidarity. The previous Summits, Activism for Health Equity (2007), A Generational Calling: Solidarity in Global Health (2008), From Idea to Implementation: Securing Health as a Human Right (2009), Ubuntu and Social Justice: Building global partnerships for a more equitable world (2010), and A Call to Action: Leveraging history to build a movement (2011) have brought together over 600 students from 32 universities to engage in informative and inspiring lectures, workshops, and discussions. Each year, the GlobeMed Global Health Summit draws in experts in global health from universities, organizations, and public and private institutions. Featured speakers have included representatives from the Harvard School of Public Health, Partners In Health, Global Fund for Women, Health GAP, AIDS-Free World, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria, Abbott Fund, and other leading global health organizations. //Educate Students learn about current challenges and opportunities from leaders in global health. //Train Qualified professionals train students with the skills needed to become global health leaders. //Energize Three days of intensive learning and fellowship inspires and strengthens a student-led movement for global health equity. ANNUAL GLOBEMED LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The annual GlobeMed Leadership Institute is an intensive multi-day training event for chapter presidents and up-and-coming chapter leaders. Students attend workshops to hone their team management and leaderships skills, create plans to be implemented by their chapters upon starting school in the fall, and foster a nation-wide community of students dedicated to global health equity. PARTNER SEARCH FELLOWSHIP The Partner Search Fellowship drives GlobeMed's model forward by expanding GlobeMed's connections with effective grassroots community-based health organizations around the world. Partner Search Fellows meet with amazing grassroots health leaders, develop an intimate understanding of health partnerships, and contribute significantly to GlobeMed's ability to further the movement for global health equity. //Preparation Fellows research the region where the trip will take place, selecting the countries to travel to, finding and connected with potential partner and feeder organizations, and planning all trip logistics. //Travel & Search Fellows spend 4+ months traveling to the countries decided upon to meet with potential grassroots partners and other feeders organizations to discuss GlobeMed and the possibility for collaboration. //Partner-Chapter Matching Fellows return to the National Office and along with staff, review all of the field notes, Partnership Proposals, as well as the interests/resources of incoming Chapter Founders to match community-based organizations with new GlobeMed chapters.

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