Develop 21st Century Leaders for Global Health

by GlobeMed
GlobeMed at GWU interns onsite with Set Her Free.
GlobeMed at GWU interns onsite with Set Her Free.

This week only, you can double the impact of your new recurring gift with a 100% match from GlobalGiving!

In our tenth year, more people engaged with GlobeMed than ever before, helping the network raise almost $1 million for the first time (only $25,000 left)! Your gift could help us cross this threshold and contribute to a monumental year.

We heard more feedback from our students this year than at any other time, and we’re ready to turn our dreams into action. We hope to answer three big questions.

  1. How might we put the “local” back in “global”? We hope to transform our global reach by building a network of students around the world, partnering with grassroots organizations in communities from Kampala to Chicago.

  2. How might we disrupt the systems that stand in the way of health equity? We hope to instill systems-level thinking and advocacy skills in the next generation of leaders.

  3. How might we become pathologically collaborative? We hope to redefine growth to be about new collaborations with like-minded organizations and funders, social justice activists, media, politicians, and others who can spark new ways of thinking about ourselves, each other, and our global community.

Ready? Join us in building the future and double your impact.

In solidarity,


PS: Learn how you can be a part of this action when we launch of our new strategic plan in September!


GlobeMed Alumni and Seniors
GlobeMed Alumni and Seniors

Dear friends,

The past week has been an exciting one for GlobeMed! With a community of over 300 people united in Evanston, IL, we celebrated GlobeMed's 10th Anniversary.

The excitement started when our Executive Director was featured on WBEZ's Worldview on Wednesday afternoon. You can listen to the recording of her 15-minute interview at this link.

On Thursday evening, March 31, the 10th Annual GlobeMed Summit kicked off with a bang. Five GlobeMed students shared their stories with delegates in the GlobeMed Story Slam. Our Opening Keynote Speaker, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, the Director of the Health Department for the City of Detroit, concluded the evening with stories from Detroit.

As the weekend evolved, inspiring conversations took place on panels, in small groups, and in workshops. Some featured speakers include two GlobeMed partners, one from Thailand and one from Nicaragua, as well as representatives from Adhikaar, Inner-city Muslim Action Network, Partners in Health, Child Family Health International, and #LetUsBreathe Collective. 

The 21st Century Leadership for Global Health keynote panel, moderated by former GlobeMed Executive Director Maya Cohen, had delegates laughing, crying, and thinking critically.

Dr. Sharon Rudy, Director of the Global Health Fellows Program II, made everyone laugh with her wit and charisma. Not only that, but she made us think hard about what it takes to thrive in the field of global health as she presented compelling data from her survey of global health employers. Not only do global health leaders need technical skills, she explained, but also a learner's heart and an awake inner observer.

Dr. Jacob Gayle, Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy, helped the audience reflect on the intersections of local and international action in the realm of global health. He also helped shift perspectives on global diversity by encouraging our students to think about why certain racial groups are considered minorities when the majority of the world's population is non-white, and by focusing on the importance of language as a tool for creative thinking. 

Anil Parajuli, Founder and Director of Himalyan HealthCare, brought tears to our eyes with stories of living through the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, as well as the Nepali civil war and everything the country has gone through since. He inspired us to believe in the power of resilience and hope, as he is now leading an organization that uplifts some of the most poor and marginalized people in his country.

Recordings from the GlobeMed Summit can be found on GlobeMed's Youtube page. We encourage you to watch them and relive the experience with us!

Endless thanks to our supporters from the Global Health Fellows Program II, Northwestern University, and Medtronic for making the Summit possible. And a special thanks to YOU for believing in us and supporting this transformative work. We couldn't do it without you!

With gratitude,

Alyssa Smaldino

Dr. Htin Zaw and Sadia Nawab, Community Inclusion
Dr. Htin Zaw and Sadia Nawab, Community Inclusion
Dr. Jacob Gayle and Dr. Sharon Rudy, Keynote Panel
Dr. Jacob Gayle and Dr. Sharon Rudy, Keynote Panel
GlobeMed's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Thanks to all who made the past decade possible!
Thanks to all who made the past decade possible!


A school girl at Escuela de la Calle (Guatemala)
A school girl at Escuela de la Calle (Guatemala)

Dear friends,

Thanks for making 2015 spectacular. With your support, we worked to expand our community of bold, compassionate, and humble global health leaders.

In 2015 alone:

  • We grew to 3 new chapters at the University of Texas - San Antonio, Morehouse College, and Wilbur Wright College. This brought our total up to 56 university chapters and over 1,500 students.

  • We met with contacts from 29 of our partner organizations through partner visits and the Africa Partner Forum. There we learned from their experiences and discussed how we can better support our partner organizations.

  • We had over 160 Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) interns work alongside their partners to strengthen their relationships and increase their impact.

  • We graduated 411 seniors who are now working to create change in their own communities.

  • We provided over $200,000 in grants to students and partners so that they could attend trainings, conferences, and internships related to global health education and experience.

And finally, we launched two new videos highlighting the passion and drive our students, alumni, and partners have for global health and social justice. Check them out:

  • FIU + EDELACLearn how GlobeMed’s Grassroots Onsite Work internships help students gain experience, knowledge, and skills for future careers in global health.

  • Rhodes College + AMOS Health & Hope: Learn how GlobeMed’s partnerships increase our alumni’s and partner organizations' ability to succeed in the field of global health.

To see more, check out Storify review for 2015.

Thank you again for your support! We couldn't do any of this without you.

With gratitude,

Caroline Nguyen
Director of Communications

FIU + Escuela de la Calle
FIU + Escuela de la Calle
Rhodes + AMOS Health & Hope
Rhodes + AMOS Health & Hope


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!


GlobeMed Alumni at a Global Health Corps Event
GlobeMed Alumni at a Global Health Corps Event

At GlobeMed, our alumni often share stories of how deeply their GlobeMed experiences influence their lives beyond academia. As we enter 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.


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Location: Evanston, IL - USA
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Project Leader:
Alyssa Smaldino
Executive Director
Evanston, Illinois United States
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