It's been an incredible year! Together, our dream to harness the passion and resources of students to improve global health has become a reality.When I joined GlobeMed back in 2008, I never imagined that we would be where we are now: 2,000 students; 55 college chapters; 55 partner organizations; 19 countries, 200 community projects. This network of changemakers improves the lives of people in poverty, and today there are over 1,000 alumni carrying their passion for health equity into every field and sector.
Your support has enabled GlobeMed to develop a new kind of leader for global health.Leaders who know that communities must be at the center of their own change.Leaders who approach health disparities with both their head and their heart.Leaders who are committed collaborators, recognizing that 'we' is more powerful than 'I.'This is the generation of global health leaders our world needs.Hannah Judge, a recent alumna of GlobeMed at Middlebury, exemplifies this leadership. Hannah’s chapter is partnered with Gardens for Health International (GHI), an NGO providing agricultural solutions for malnutrition in Rwanda. During her senior year, Hannah and her chapter raised $20,000 to support GHI’s dreams of expansion. As a GHI team member told us, “Their total willingness to be a complete partner with GHI in an every day way is amazing.”
But Hannah didn’t stop there. Leveraging her skills as a Geography major, she spent a summer in Rwanda, training GHI’s staff to use handheld GPS to map their community’s “malnutrition hot spots.” They collected data from each family in the region and mapped the areas of greatest nutritional need.These maps became invaluable as GHI worked with the Rwandan Ministry of Health to plan malnutrition interventions for the year ahead.After reflecting on her GlobeMed experience, Hannah was inspired to launch a company called Broad Street Maps, which trains community organizations to use mapping technology. Today, Hannah continues to demonstrate a new kind of leadership, prioritizing collaboration in her lifelong commitment to health.
Hannah is not alone. By 2016, GlobeMed will have trained 3,000 students to devote their intellect, passion, and talent to global health. With your renewed support, they can be the change our world needs. Join us and invest in the next generation of global health leaders.
With unwavering hope for a healthier future,Maya
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As the summer winds down, the last of GlobeMed's Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) teams are returning from the field and preparing for an exciting academic year ahead.
The power of GROW lies in its ability to help chapters and partner organizations grow together. Year after year, students work alongside their partner organization staff, gaining a first-hand look at community health issues and how their partner is addressing them.
While on-site, students and partners engage in mutual learning – a key pillar to effective collaboration. Together, they work to strengthen the capacity of the organization. Together, they reinforce their commitments to health and social justice. The stories and knowledge that 180 students gained this summer will inform their perspective as leaders, advocates, and life-long catalysts for change.
With your help, we sent more GROW interns into the field than ever before, with a greater capacity to ensure that 96 individuals had the necessary financial support to grow together with their partners.
Read some of their personal reflections on the transformative GROW experience below:
"I learned that it's messy, it's urgent, it's not perfect, and it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. There is so much value in partnership in global health. The GROW internship showed me how feasible improving global health can be." – Emily Anderson, Bethel University
"Rather than impose our ideas of what we think is best and what we think should be done, our mission in global health should be to help empower community members themselves to create the sustainable changes they want to see in their communities."– Beatrice Secheli, Emory University
"Working with a grassroots organization on-site opens up a whole new horizon to global health. Talking about global health in a university classroom is very, very different than actually living it. Those big topics like community health and sustainability are very different when they take shape in the faces of exhausted co-workers, smiling people, and bustling papers. In this way, the internship is a visceral perspective of global health. You will never feel hungrier for change."– Katrine Lettang, Oberlin College
"[GROW] showed me that while there are differences between people, the similarities are what connect us and allow us to overcome the problems that the globe faces. There is no first world and third world, there is only one world. It is only by coming to this realization that we, as a force of good, can make real change in the world." – Ryan West, University of South Carolina
Thanks to your support, GlobeMed has reached new heights.
Over the past three months, GlobeMed has equipped over 200 young leaders to work on-site this summer with their partner organizations through trainings in four cities across the U.S. In April, GlobeMed hosted its sixth annual Global Health Summit in Evanston, Illinois -- our largest conference to date. As the school year comes to a close for our university chapters, we are thrilled to share that our network has raised over one million dollars since 2007 for health projects around the world.
As an inclusive network, we strive to bring all voices to the table. This network -- filled with creativity, openness and innovative spirit -- is driven in large part by diversity. With our bold vision of a healthier world with human dignity for all, we must make sure every voice is heard and every perspective considered. With your help, we have lowered barriers -- from lack of funding to lack of training -- so that all young leaders have an opportunity to meet their full potential.
As we shared in our last report, your generosity has helped fund travel grants for delegates attending the 2013 Global Health Summit this past April. With support from the National Office, students like Ria Pal, Co-President of GlobeMed at the University of Rochester, experienced an inspirational weekend with over 300 GlobeMed students, alumni, partners, supporters, and visionary leaders like Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee.
“I was totally unprepared for how profoundly the Summit impacted me. I saw that our generation can unlock its potential with humility, responsibility, communication, respect, and open-mindedness,” Ria remarked. This year, we were honored to have GlobeMed at Rochester’s partner, Kallpa Iquitos in Peru, join us at the Summit. With this unique opportunity to interact with her partner, Ria explains, “Partnership fosters mutual respect and rapport. It doesn't just make action possible, but it is a catalyst itself with concrete effects.”
Under Ria’s leadership, GlobeMed at the University of Rochester has become more deeply connected with the Rochester community, has seen their partnership with Kallpa Iquitos flourish, and has exceeded their goal, raising $13,000 over the course of the 2012-2013 school year.
“I don't have to look hard to see how much I have personally grown and benefited from my involvement in GlobeMed. It has made me a more reflective, articulate, and conscientious person and has solidified my values. It has defined my college career, and my career beyond that,” Ria reflected.
Together, we can empower a generation of young people, like Ria Pal, who are being equipped to transform the world. Thank you for your investment and belief in our vision.
GlobeMed envisions a healthier world in which everyone has the chance not only to survive but thrive. Now, more than ever, students have the ability to contribute to this vision. Innovative, optimistic, and connected to the resources of top universities, students can play a key role in improving community health.
To help unlock the full potential of our students, GlobeMed equips them with a toolbox of leadership skills and field experience with grassroots organizations around the world.
But there are often barriers, from lack of funding to lack of training, that prevent emerging student leaders from meeting their full potential as change makers. With the challenges facing our world and future, we cannot afford to leave any potential for problem-solving untapped.
Thanks to you, GlobeMed can ensure that students from all backgrounds have the chance to learn alongside community leaders and harness their passion to make long-lasting change. With your recent support, we funded travel stipends for delegates attending the 2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit this April, and students traveling to work alongside their partners on the Grassroots On-Site Work (GROW) internships this summer.
Opportunities like the GlobeMed Summit and GROW internships ignite the passion of students, like Madison Klim, to become lifelong catalysts for change. As a freshman, Madison knew she wanted to make a difference in the world. She was searching for a community that would help foster her own personal growth and challenge her to do more. She found that opportunity in GlobeMed. With support from the National Office, Madison attended her first GlobeMed Summit and today recounts it as her “spark moment.”
She recalls, “I looked around the room at 300 of my peers, alive with passion in their hearts and hope in their eyes, and thought ‘We can do anything together.’ Knowing that I have this global community to work alongside for the rest of my life is absolutely invaluable.”
Since her first GlobeMed Summit, Madison was inspired to take part in a GROW internship with her chapter’s partner organization, Clinica Ana Manganaro, in Guarjila, El Salvador. While on-site, she worked to strengthen their partnership and learned alongside the community’s health leaders. Today, she serves as the Co-President of the GlobeMed at UT-Austin chapter and hopes to advocate for Clinica Ana Manganaro’s vision of “health for all” in the Austin community. Madison explains, “These key experiences have shaped what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Together, we can continue to support these transformative opportunities for students like Madison Klim who otherwise would have been unable to experience them.
Thank you for investing in our future as we build a generation of young people equipped to transform the world.
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