Cultivate 2,000 New Leaders for Global Health

by GlobeMed
2014-2015 GlobeMed Impact Report
2014-2015 GlobeMed Impact Report

Dear Friends, 

Today, October 7, starting at 12:00 PM EST, GlobalGiving is matching all donations up to $1,000! Can you help us celebrate GlobeMed's 10 year anniversary by giving today?

There are so many things that make us proud of our network and the work we have accomplished, and we invite you to learn more about our progress in our 2014-2015 Impact Report. Personally, the data on pages 18, 21, and 25 excite me. What does it tell us?

  • GlobeMed has successfully decreased barriers to accessing our programs and, in doing so, developed a highly diverse cadre of 2,000 students at 56 universities.
  • GlobeMed's programs have directly benefited 56 underserved communities and the organizations within them.
  • GlobeMed alumni are continuining to apply our leadership practices for careers that advance health equity.

Thank you for your support in helping us advance a more equitable global community. I hope that you'll join us today so we can continue our good work together.

With respect and appreciation,

Alyssa Smaldino 

PS: Is the 10th Annual GlobeMed Summit on your calendar yet? It's March 31-April 2, 2016 in Evanston, IL. We hope to see you there!

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GlobeMed Alumni at the 2015 GHC Celebration in NYC
GlobeMed Alumni at the 2015 GHC Celebration in NYC

At GlobeMed, our alumni often share stories of how deeply their GlobeMed experiences influence their lives beyond academia. As we prepare for a new academic year, we want to share some inspiring stories of a few alumni who are continuing to advance the movement for global health equity. 

This year, five GlobeMed alumni have been chosen to be part of the 2015-2016 Global Health Corps Fellowship class. Global Health Corps is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity. 

Learn more about three GlobeMed alumni who are beginning their time as Global Health Corps fellows in their profiles below.


Carly Hubbard

University: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: International and Area Studies
Graduation Year:  2013

What are you doing as a GHC Fellow? I am working as Development Coordinator for Last Mile Health based in Boston, MA.

How is partnership relevant to your work now? Last Mile Health’s mission is to extend access to healthcare to the most remote, difficult to reach communities in Liberia by recruiting, training, and employing local Community Health Workers. This vital work is done through a strong partnership with Liberia’s Ministry of Health, exemplifying the idea that solutions to some of the most difficult issues of accesibility to healthcare come from within (particularly in a time of intense scale-up after the Ebola epidemic). Furthermore, my role of Development Coordinator involves maintaining private partnerships with collaborators and funders across a wide spectrum of individuals, foundations, and multilateral entities – each one being a vital piece we could not function without.


Molly MacInnes

University: University of Colorado at Boulder
Major: Integrative Physiology
Graduation Year:  2012

What are you doing as a GHC Fellow? I am working as a Health Counselor at Covenant House New Jersey. Covenant House is a homeless youth shelter offering services for young people ages 16-21 to become successfully independent. My role is to ensure that the residents of Covenant House have access to health and wellness services. I do an initial Physical Wellness Assessment for each youth that walks into the shelter. Then I create an individualized Health Plan for each young person and manage their medical case throughout their time at Covenant House. I also bring community partners into the shelter to lead health education sessions for our residents. My goal is for our youth to exercise agency over their own health and decisions made about their healthcare.

How is partnership relevant to your work now? Partnership is essential to my current work as a Global Health Corps Fellow. Many of the youth staying at Covenant House have not seen a doctor in many years so their medical needs are often quite extensive. I am not a licensed medical professional so I cannot provide medical services. My job is to address these medical needs using existing resources in the community. I can only do my job if there are partnerships between Covenant House and the organizations that will directly service our youth. One current partnership I manage is with a traveling clinic that comes on site twice a week to hold various medical appointments. Another example of a partnership that I maintain is with a testing van that comes to Covenant House every other Friday to test the youth for STIs. These are just two of the vital partnerships that maintain the health and wellness of my clients. This year I am very excited to build new partnerships and deepen existing relationships in order to expand my capacity to serve.


Kalin Werner

University: University of California - Los Angeles
Major: Geography and Environmental Studies
Graduation Year:  2012

What are you doing as a GHC Fellow? Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer at Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia

How has your commitment to global health changed since graduation? Since graduating I have become more passionate about the development of policy and management systems in global health– shifting from a more narrow programs view to seeking opportunities that will allow me to address health from a systems perspective. Experiences working in the field for the CDC, with GlobeMed alumni Ankur and Amee on Article 25, and later on in Kuala Lumpur, have really helped pushed me to radicalize my thoughts on what possibilities lie ahead for global health. They’ve pushed me to not only see what is possible in the next few months of a project, but really look at how we can flip the system on its head to get to the root of social injustice.

Emily & Hannah - GlobeMed at Bethel
Emily & Hannah - GlobeMed at Bethel

After spending five weeks with their partner, Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) in Cambodia, these two young leaders have learned what partnership is really all about:

"Partnership is real and genuine when you’re at a loss for solutions. When you sit in meetings and have to think so hard to make little or no progress. When you leave with more questions than answers, and wonder if your work is solving problems at all.

Partnership is real and genuine when you spend time together, and realize that relationships are what can really bring change. When you sing karaoke together at a beer garden in the middle of rural Cambodia. When Serey brings us to his farm, and picks us apples off his tree while we swing in his hammock. When we hang out with the kids at the river, and communicate by playing rock paper scissors. And even though these seem like trivial details, these are what bring results – we better understand what humanity is and how it unites us, no matter what “boundaries” are set in place.

Partnership is real and genuine when we realize the weight of our privilege as GlobeMed members, and the responsibility it brings. When the tension we experienced in those meetings drives us to seek, and search, and pray for answers. It’s real when it gets put to the test. When we feel at the core of our being, “now that we’ve seen, we’re responsible.”

We do have stories about the impact of the latrines, water pumps, and income grants our chapter has contributed to. And this is nothing to dismiss – these results are phenomenal, and the projects/REDA are making an impact on the health of the community. We couldn’t be more thankful for that. But partnership became beautiful to us in its messiness, and that’s the real life partnership that we want to be a part of."

This summer, GlobeMed will send 218 students from 52 chapters to work in the field alongside their partners. From Cambodia to Haiti, these students will gain an understanding of true partnership in action, just like Hannah and Emily. Your invaluable support has helped make this possible – thank you.

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Cindy w/ Milagros, ASPAT-Peru
Cindy w/ Milagros, ASPAT-Peru

Cindy Sui shares her unique experiences as a student leader at GlobeMed at the University of Chicago. From on-going mentorship with GlobeMed alumni to annual leadership trainings and conferences hosted by the National Office, Cindy feels empowered to make collaborative, community-driven change today & into the future.

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Why is GlobeMed so special to me? The University of Chicago is partnered with Asociación de Personas Afectadas por Tuberculosis del Peru (ASPAT – Peru), a grassroots organization that works to improve the quality of life for people affected by tuberculosis.

Through our partnership, I got the chance to dig deep into the challenges around equitable tuberculosis care in Peru. I was able to take action while learning alongside the leaders of ASPAT – Peru who are working on the front lines of global health. These leaders model the kind of leadership I strive to emulate: collaborative, authentic, community-centered and empathetic.

GlobeMed also exposed me to the gross health disparities that continue to pervade our world. Before college, I had no understanding that there were social or structural barriers to accessing healthcare. Through GlobeMed’s signature global health and social justice educational curriculum, I was exposed to systemic challenges, like food insecurity and poor healthcare infrastructure, that perpetuate ill health and inequality. This education revolutionized my understanding of the world and my ambitions for the future.

And finally, GlobeMed introduced me to a network of incredible leaders in global health and social change. Whether they are fellow students, health promoters in our partner organizations, speakers at the Global Health Summit, or the inspiring GlobeMed alumni, the people within the GlobeMed network inspire and push me everyday. They have helped me understand that with humility and commitment, change is possible. To put it simply, GlobeMed gives me an outlet for inspired, informed action with tangible impact that I’ve found nowhere else in my college career.

Thank you for your invaluable support. Let’s continue working together for a more just and equitable world.

With gratitude,
Cindy

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Location: Evanston, IL - USA
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