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Jul 25, 2011

GlobeMed at Northwestern Summer Update

The school year came to a close and summer has officially begun, and both have had many exciting events for GlobeMed at Northwestern.  The year closed out with a fun and informative retreat in Chicago, which included a photo safari and picnic and bonding activities in Millennium park, as well as a fundraising party and barbeque. 

Another important event for our chapter was the GlobeMed Ultimate Frisbee Tournament on May 21st.  As our first year hosting this event, we were very excited to raise 500 dollars for the H.O.P.E center! The tournament was a huge success as we had many teams participate and enjoy a day full of Ultimate Frisbee and some friendly competition and exercise. 

Although we were all sad to see such an incredible year come to an end and to say bye to our amazing presidents, Allyson Westling and Katie Smiley, and senior members, we are all excited about summer and planning for our next year with our new presidents, Deepa Ramadurai and Heather Polonsky, and exec board. 

Summer has started with Deepa, Parul, Neha, and Kerianne all visiting the H.O.P.E center.  They have all become well acquainted with the members of the center, including the newest member, Head Nurse Perfect Titiati, who according to them is full of humor and wisdom.  Her core value is hard work, one that our chapter strives to embody as well. 

At the H.O.P.E center, our members have done everything from helping celebrate Ghana’s Republic Day, which falls just days before the 4th of July to the weighing children at the center and comparing the results with other children of the same age.  Supplements and vaccinations are given to the children and their weight is screened for the next five years.  Overall, the center is a great for helping children fight malnutrition as well as diagnosing common diseases in the area, like Malaria. 

Our chapter has raised over $10,000 this year, but we are hoping to continue to raise more throughout the summer, so anything that you can donate would be greatly appreciated, and donations can be made directly on this site.  A donation of even $10 can help with diagnosing diseases through necessary microscope slides while $120 can pay for 6 months of the community farmer’s allowance. We would love to get our donors involved in our many projects as we look ahead to a new and exciting school year. Thanks for your continued support and for taking the time to keep up with our chapter.  

Apr 25, 2011

GlobeMed at Northwestern Spring Update

Showing some GlobeMed love at the 2011 Summit
Showing some GlobeMed love at the 2011 Summit
We have some exciting updates on successful initiatives on campus as well as some some exciting developments in the works for GlobeMed at Northwestern! 

The highlight for our chapter this past winter was the World Day of Social Justice, which took place on February 20th. Members of GlobeMed cultivated campus-wide awareness of global health inequities by displaying and handing out balloons all over Northwestern with facts about the health care injustices around the world. We were able to use this day and event to connect with other organizations involved with social justice on campus. Plus, it was a great way to get the chapter involved and engaging with their peers about important social justice issues. 

 We've taken on another exciting endeavor with our local partnership at Healthy Albany Park, a community-based coalition that plans projects in the Albany Park area geared towards developing a positive youth program and community safety. We are planning on sustaining this volunteer site for the rest of the school year and beyond. Volunteers have enjoyed tutoring the school children, making arts and crafts with them, and participating in all kinds of positive and engaging after school activities.

We've recently come off of an incredibly successful 5th annual GlobeMed Global Health Summit, which took place the weekend of April 7th -10th here in Evanston. With keynote speakers including Andre Banks of Purpose, a movement-building coalition, and Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health, combined with supplementary informational sessions and group discussions, the Global Health Summit was an exciting event for GlobeMed at Northwestern. Over the course of the weekend, we were we able to connect with other chapters and share best practices, form lasting friendships, and advance ways we can strengthen the movement for global health equity. GlobeMed as an organization has grown exponentially over the past few years and will continue to do so with such strong support from our loyal donors, including our friends and family (especially those who follow us on GlobalGiving!). 

 Our 4-student GROW Team is gearing up for an exciting summer interning at the H.O.P.E. Center.  The team will stay in Ho, Ghana, at the site of our partner to administer Community Needs Assessments as well as observe and contribute to the daily rigors at the clinic. The team's main focuses will be to assess the need and demographic for sexual health education as well as maternal health education. These projects will help facilitate the partnership between the H.O.P.E Center and GlobeMed as well as strengthen existing outreach programs. 

 We want to thank you all for following GlobeMed at Northwestern and continuing your support for our organization. We wouldn't have the impact in Ghana or on campus without our loyal donors and positive feedback!

Some NU delegates at the 2011 Summit
Some NU delegates at the 2011 Summit
Co-president Katie Smiley
Co-president Katie Smiley's senior speech
World Day of Social Justice balloon campaign
World Day of Social Justice balloon campaign
WDSJ balloon campaign
WDSJ balloon campaign
What is a human right?
What is a human right?
Jan 18, 2011

Kicking off 2011 with GlobeMed at Northwestern

The new chapter t-shirts have arrived!
The new chapter t-shirts have arrived!

Happy New Year! GlobeMed at Northwestern has lots of new and exciting opportunities planned for 2011!

Our fall fundraising campaign, the Global Marketplace, was a huge success. During this event, we collected clothing, books, accessories, DVDs, etc. on and off campus in Evanston to bring together on October 19th to sell in our very own marketplace. The venture was highly successful, and we were thrilled by the outcome. A lot of students from around the campus donated for the cause, and we definitely appreciated each effort. Almost all of the 66 members of our GlobeMed chapter contributed in some form for the event, ranging from publicity to sorting items and volunteering on the day of the marketplace. All of the hard work paid off, and the chapter raised over $1,300 for the reproductive health project at the H.O.P.E center in Ghana!

 In order to put each of our talents to the best use, the members of our chapter have now been divided into specific committees. The community building team has organized two local partnerships, Healthy Albany Park and Evanston Community Assessment, where members volunteer on a regular basis. The GlobalHealthU group presents a different global health topic during the beginning of each meeting, allowing the chapter to discuss various health issues around the world. We have also gotten the chance to hear from many of our members that have just returned from global health programs aboard! Listening to their experiences motivates all of the newer members to pursue similar goals.

 We are still striving to achieve our goal of raising $10,000 for the H.O.P.E. Center this year. We thank the donors for all of their efforts and truly appreciate each contribution! We have made great progress towards the child nutrition and the sexual and reproductive health programs for the H.O.P.E Center in Ho, Ghana, and are looking forward to continuing the tremendous growth!

 Thanks so much for taking the time to read up on our progress and for your continued involvement with GlobeMed at Northwestern!

Looking good in blue!
Looking good in blue!
GlobeMed cupcakes taste great!
GlobeMed cupcakes taste great!
Second Annual "Global Marketplace" Fundraiser
Second Annual "Global Marketplace" Fundraiser
All about GlobeMed
All about GlobeMed

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Oct 14, 2010

Chapter updates, matching campaign and more!

Learning to make the GlobeMed symbol with our hand
Learning to make the GlobeMed symbol with our hand

A new school year is officially underway and a new GlobeMed team has been established at Northwestern! After a pretty intense application process (we had over 150 applicants!), our Northwestern chapter has grown to 66 members strong! The members were informed about a week ago and we had an official "meet and greet" to get to know everyone last Sunday where the treat du jour was cupcakes glazed with the GlobeMed symbol! 


Our first official chapter meeting was held this past Wednesday evening (October 6th) where we outlined the objectives of GlobeMed as an organization and introduced our new members to our partner organization, the H.O.P.E. Center in Ho, Ghana. We also highlighted our current campaign: the Global Marketplace! This is an initiative we created collecting clothing, books, accessories, DVDs etc. on and off campus in Evanston to bring together on October 19th to sell off in our very own marketplace. The event lasts from 11am-4pm in the Norris Student Center. 


Other important information on the agenda was setting goals for this upcoming year and explaining our progress in Ghana from the past summer. Things have been going very well at the H.O.P.E. center and the G.R.O.W. trip members from this past summer did an outstanding job with their own personal research projects and with exceeding the expectations for the work we had in mind. We are currently starting up the childhood nutrition outreach program for a new batch of kids! In addition also over the summer, we decided to set a chapter goal of $10,000 to fundraise over the next year!



Thanks so much for taking the time to read up on our progress!

Some members of the 2010-2011 executive board
Some members of the 2010-2011 executive board

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Aug 13, 2010

Expanding the Childhood Nutrition Program

Allyson shares some photos with her new friend
Allyson shares some photos with her new friend

After an amazing summer working at our partner site, the Health Outreach and Peer Education (H.O.P.E.) Center, in Ho, Ghana, I am pleased to announce that exciting new initiatives are looming on the horizon.

With the support and guidance of the Center’s staff and community members, the four of us GlobeMed students were able to help develop new avenues to take the Childhood Nutrition Program. During our time in Ghana, the number of community demonstration farms was expanded to a total of four (one at the Center, two in the nearby village Ando, and another one in the village Kodzobi). The addition of these farms will help to reach a broader community, as more people are taught how to properly plant and harvest soybeans to fortify their children’s meals.

To promote sustainability, the peer education training materials of the program were updated and six more people will be trained in the coming year. Currently, three women have been educated as nutrition program ambassadors. They are responsible for helping run the cooking demonstrations and counsel community members in proper nutritional practices. These peer educators will act as liaisons between their community and the H.O.P.E. Center by promoting the nutrition program and identifying any concerns that come to light.

In addition, each student conducted community mapping surveys to better identify areas of health (infectious diseases, nutrition, sanitation, and sexual health) that can be improved among the Center’s catchment areas. Our results indicate that there are specific knowledge gaps, especially in relation to proper nutrition, that exist within certain subgroups of the communities. For instance, there is the potential to expand the nutrition program to include pregnant women. This population group could greatly benefit from the lessons taught during the nutrition program, since healthier eating during pregnancy can lead to a healthier mother and child. Already, work is underway to expand the nutrition program to include pregnant women.

Our time working at the Center this summer convinced us of the significance of the Nutrition Program; we have seen first-hand its positive effect on the community. One mother in Ando explained to me how she has gained a much deeper understanding of proper nutrition and consciously works to promote healthy eating practices among her friends and family. It is our sincere desire that more people will have the opportunity to experience the positive effects of the Nutrition Program and act as advocates within their own communities. It is easy to see that this dream is rapidly becoming a reality and we can’t wait to see what the upcoming year will bring!

GlobeMed students with their "baby backpacks"
GlobeMed students with their "baby backpacks"
Kente cloth fashion show with nurse Margaret
Kente cloth fashion show with nurse Margaret
A busy day at the H.O.P.E. Center
A busy day at the H.O.P.E. Center
Some of the Center
Some of the Center's younger patients
Playing games in Ando
Playing games in Ando
Visiting the demonstration farm in Ando village
Visiting the demonstration farm in Ando village

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