Develop 21st Century Leaders for Global Health

by GlobeMed
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.

Aloysious Luswata, Founder of Adonai Child Center
Aloysious Luswata, Founder of Adonai Child Center

Dear Friends of GlobeMed,

Nine years ago, a Northwestern University student named Victor Roy traveled to Ghana to visit a health clinic that he and his fellow students had been supporting with medical supplies. When he arrived, he found an empty building. He asked Joseph, the community leader, "why didn't you tell us that you didn't want or need a health clinic?" 

Joseph responded: "Victor, we are African. We listen to our donors."

Shortly after this encounter, Victor went on to found GlobeMed, which seeks to overcome this power dynamic by uniting young global health leaders with grassroots changemakers who are already impacting the health of their communities. Through our long-term partnerships, local organizations gain resources, power, and relationships, while students interested in global health gain experience, skills, and mentorship. Together, our students and partners seek to change the way change happens. 

Last year at GlobeMed's second annual Partner Forum, we asked our grassroots partners what changing the way change happens means to them. They told us it means global health practitioners valuing community needs and voices. It is global health relationships that have mutual respect, trust, and accountability at their core. Changing the way change happens means allocating resources and power equitably and inclusively across the globe. 

Last week, we brought our grassroots partners together again for the third Partner Forum. Together, we explored how our partnerships can continue to thrive and influence the field of global health while the field itself changes and evolves in the Post-2015 Agenda. We explored the concepts required to develop thriving organizations, including the ability for an organization to foster an inclusive environment, the ability for an organization to capture and share its stories of impact, and the ability for an organization to articulate its purpose and engage supporters who look to them for guidance on how to best make change. 

In collaboration with our grassroots partners, GlobeMed learns what it means to cultivate leaders for global health, and with your support, we put our learnings into action. Together, our network will change the way change happens, and in doing so, change the world. 

Thank you for your ongoing love and support. We hope to introduce you to our partners, students, and alumni in the future and look forward to your continued feedback and guidance. 

With gratitude,

Alyssa Smaldino

Partners from Uganda & Kenya learn from each other
Partners from Uganda & Kenya learn from each other
Alyssa & Dr. Noerine Kaleeba, Founder of TASO
Alyssa & Dr. Noerine Kaleeba, Founder of TASO
Colin with ghU coordinator from UMich
Colin with ghU coordinator from UMich

To cultivate the potential of our next generation of global health leaders, GlobeMed provides our chapters with a national curriculum called globalhealthU. This program engages all students, from Engineering to Business to Pre-Med majors, to leverage their cross-disciplinary diversity and build understanding around global health equity. 


We are grateful for generous contributions from donors like you, which have fostered opportunities for students, like Colin at University of Michigan, to have a space to investigate his passions and to motivate him on how to become a lifelong advocate for global health. He writes: 


The beginning of my sophomore year I was looking to make a sustainable, positive global change. I was disillusioned by well-meaning pre-med clubs which didn’t fully engage students in important conversations about the work we were doing. Then I found GlobeMed. 


Because of GlobeMed, I was able to define my true passion: ensuring no person dies from curable disease. Specifically, globalhealthU  has taken my initial passions and helped me become confident that I can lead informed conversations around global health equity and systems level change. I’m also a member of the globalhealthU working group, which empowers students to actively participate in creating a curriculum and toolkit designed to be adaptable for our needs.


These globalhealthU sessions, led by professionals and student speakers who are passionate about an ideal global society, engages all majors and lowers the barrier for students to engage in global health dialogue. It is a safe space on campus—without the threat of grades—to discuss real ideas with fellow students. globalhealthU has helped me clarify the areas I wish to understand more in depth: how the private sector can support the global health movement and the biological and cultural implications behind HIV/AIDS. 


GlobeMed has offered me amazing opportunities. I have travelled around the country and immersed myself in enlightening summits. I’ve been inspired by speakers like Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, or Jonathan Gruber, writer of both Obama’s and Romney’s health care insurance plans. 


GlobeMed helps students realize the power they have to shape their own educational future, which then shapes the direction of the universities in which they study. GlobeMed inspires students to investigate global health from all disciplines, follow through and do something. 


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Location: Evanston, IL - USA
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Alyssa Smaldino
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