GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati

GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati (UC) is charged with inspiring the next generation of global health leaders through the mobilization of undergraduate students for the movement for global health equity. We believe that health is a human right and a matter of social justice. By doing what we can from where we are, we can help to ensure that no one needs to die of a treatable disease because of where he or she was born. On a local level, GlobeMed at UC uses the national GlobeMed curriculum to hold GlobalhealthU educational sessions every week. These are open to staff and general campus community members with an interest in learning more about health disparities around the world. We also...
Aug 7, 2014

GlobeMed at UC, August 2014 Update

Children at school in Mae Sot
Children at school in Mae Sot

Dear GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati Supporters,

We first would like to thank all of you for your continued support since our founding in 2011. We would not be where we are today without people like you supporting us. To those of you who participated in GlobalGiving's Bonus Day, we appreciate your generosity towards our cause and were able to raise nearly $300 in just a few hours! As we near the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year, we are just $1,000 shy of our $14,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. We were able to send enough money to Social Action for Women to start the implementation of the Community Health Outreach Program (CHOP) Phase III which focuses on the expansion of reproductive and preventative health education workshops as well as the creation of a personal and dental hygiene education program in migrant schools. 

For six weeks during May and June, the 2014 GROW team was able to work closely with Social Action for Women to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of our partnership and projects. We are very excited to utilize this feedback to plan an even more impactful project for this upcoming year and continue to strengthen our amazing relationship with our incredible partner. We have been very fortunate to be partnered with such generous, kind-hearted, and compassionate individuals at Social Action for Women and look forward to the life-changing work we will do in the next few years. To learn more about what the GROW team did this summer, check out their blog found in the links below! 

As we approach the beginning of the new school year, Codee (Internal Co-President for 2014/15) and I are preparing to attend the GlobeMed Leadership Institute. We are very excited to come together with the rest of the network's co-presidents and other delegates for a weekend of leadership workshops, global health talk, and GlobeMed fun! We can't wait to use the skills and tools from this conference to help shape and plan the upcoming year and hopefully have even greater success than we have in the past. 

As our chapter starts to become more and more established, we cannot help but think of those of you who have been supporting us since the beginning. We hope that you feel connected to our mission and work still and that you feel as though you have grown along with us. Thank you so much for anything and everything you have done to help our chapter and know that we value your role in our success. 

Yours in Health,

Ceejay & Codee Boyce, Co-Presidents

CHOP III Workshop
CHOP III Workshop

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May 9, 2014

GlobeMed at UC, May 2014 Project Update

Fall Recruitment Fair
Fall Recruitment Fair

Dear GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati supporters,

We have wrapped up our school year and cannot be more grateful for all the support we have received from donors, students, faculty, family and friends! Looking back on our year, we have accomplished so much in our third year on campus. We have held 13 campaigns and 4 external globalhealthU events, we have built a chapter nearly 50 members strong, and have continued to gain recognition and visibility on both our west and east campuses.

We have also worked throughout the year to strengthen our partnership with Social Action for Women. This year, we said goodbye to our partner contact Thwin Linn Aung as he returned to his home country, Burma, and began a new career working with student activists. Fortunately, his replacement was our translator from the 2013 GROW trip: Aung Tun Linn. Aung has been great to work with and will hopefully to continue to be our partner contact and GROW translator for the next few years.

This year, not only did we say goodbye to Thwin, we also had quite a few seniors graduate. The following chapter members graduated this spring: Julia Tasset, Stephanie Lux, Mahima Venkatesh, Charles Ebersbacher, Daniel Ruter, Madeline Niederkorn, Jarred Campbell, Alyssa Vah, and Erin Slater. All of these amazing individuals have put a lot of time and dedication into our chapter and all held a position on the Executive Board during their time in GlobeMed. We are grateful to have such an amazing chapter and now a bright group of alumni.

We were able to raise a little over $12,000 in just nine months to go towards our project and we hope to continue to fundraise throughout the summer so we can ensure implementation of our personal and dental hygiene project. As this year’s co-presidents, Mahima and I are so impressed by the work our chapter members put in to making this year a success. While we faced some challenges, especially with some of our campaign ideas, we still came out on top and have gained some wonderful and talented new members! As our journey comes to a close for the year, the 2014 GROW team will soon be embarking on their 6-week internship at Social Action for Women. Please check out the team’s blog here for updates and more information about their trip!

Thank you for your support!

 

Yours in Health,

 

Ceejay Boyce and Mahima Venkatesh
Co-Presidents, GlobeMed at UC

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Feb 10, 2014

GlobeMed at UC, February 2014 Update

Phop Phra Community
Phop Phra Community

Dear GlobeMed at University of Cincinnati supporters,

Since our last update, we have been able to raise 50% of our fundraising goal of $14,000. We are so thankful to have such a dedicated support network. Since November, we have been able to have several successful campaigns and awareness events at the University of Cincinnati. We have partnered with our local Potbelly’s, the Asian American Association, and Colleges Against Cancer for various campaigns. We have celebrated World Peace Day, united on World AIDS Day, and are working on an awareness event and video for World Day of Social Justice on February 20th.

While we have been busy raising money and awareness on campus, our partner – Social Action for Women (SAW) – has been busy providing education workshops for Burmese migrants on the topics of reproductive health, preventative health, and mental health. Since our last update, SAW has conducted over ten workshops in the various communities in the Phop Phra region of Thailand. They have been able to reach out to over 300 community members and help them understand the importance of good mental health, contraceptives, and seeking medical attention when needed.

Though we work specifically on our one project with SAW – the Community Health Outreach Program (CHOP) – SAW’s work in Thailand is much more expansive and impactful. They have nearly 20 programs to help victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and unemployment. Included in this report is a link to a video that shows the difference SAW is making in Thailand. We encourage all of our donors and supporters to watch this video to help you understand how incrediable this organization is and how important their work, and our project, is to the Burmese migrants living in Thailand.

Our hope is to reach our fundraising goal by May of this year so we can begin the implementation of CHOP III in June. The Community Health Outreach Program is a project very close to the hearts of GlobeMed at UC members, SAW staff and the community members in the Phop Phra region. The direct impact of this project alone will reach over 1300 adults and children who would not have access to hygiene education otherwise. By implementing this project we will be able to help these communities prevent diseases, increase their job productivity and incomes, and hopefully extend their lives. We hope that you will continue to support our cause and spread the word about this project and its impact on the people in rural Thailand. We cannot thank you enough for all of your help thus far but we will continue to try our best to express our gratitude for your constant support. 

Warm Wishes & Thanks,

Ceejay Boyce, Mahima Venkatesh, and the GlobeMed at UC Chapter

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