Empower Nepalese Women-Goats, Latrines, Cookstoves

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Chapter members at our Eat-to-Feed Fundraiser
Chapter members at our Eat-to-Feed Fundraiser

It’s hard to believe that the fall semester at our GlobeMed chapter has gone by so quickly! We have been quite busy this semester and we are already looking forward to what we have planned for next semester.  Our seven-year partnership with Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) is strong, and our relationship with the CU Boulder community is truly being strengthened. This report will give you a glimpse of what our chapter has been up to! 

 

In October, our chapter helped plan the fourth annual Colorado Global Health Conference, which was themed around global health and the Syrian Refugee Crisis. We heard from wonderful speakers and panelists about the complexities of this complex situation. Because the event was co-hosted with the University of Denver and Colorado College chapters, it was a fantastic opportunity for idea sharing with other GlobeMed chapters and community leaders that share GlobeMed’s passion and values. 

 

Our chapter’s ghU Team wanted to develop a more coherent and interactive learning experience that promoted critical thinking and deep discussion around issues of inequity. This year, the team developed a lecture series, in which we focused on a single topic for about a month at a time. Some of the themes we have explored this semester include mass incarceration, immigrant and refugee health, and the social implications of disease. We promoted active learning through activities like GlobeMed Jeopardy, AIDS and Immigration simulations, and workshops. We also built stronger connections with our community by having guest lectures from members of our Community Advisory Board as well as other student groups such as bridgeCU--an organization that focuses on creating dialogues that bridge partisan lines. This kind partnership with other student groups will be a huge focus for us next semester. 

 

The Community Outreach Team’s goal this semester was to coordinate multiple events in order to build a connected community for all chapter members. These events have consisted of both social and volunteering opportunities, with the goal of making our members feel involved and connected to GlobeMed’s community and mission. Volunteering in the community has been something GlobeMed has long wanted to do but until this year was not a priority. We are excited to see this become a priority in our chapter and we plan to continue to search for volunteer opportunities that give us an outlet to put our rhetoric around global health equity to action in our own community.

 

In order to inform our new and existing members on our chapter’s goals and mission statement, the Marketing Team created a handout that was distributed to each member. We believe that this will further the understanding of what is important to our chapter and GlobeMed as an organization. The Marketing Team will be focusing on putting together videos from the interviews conducted by the past GROW teams. We are excited as to the possibilities this presents to integrate HHC into our chapter conversations.

 

To read more about HHC’s core programming and earthquake relief and recovery options carried out in rural Nepal in 2015, please visit: https://issuu.com/himalayanhealthcare/docs/hhc_2015_annual_report_final?e=21160042%2F41355012

 

Our chapter’s Campaigns Team has so far held two Eat-to-Feed events, in which we have been able to raise funds for our partner, in addition to building a sense of community among our members. We have also been partnering with local businesses and organizations to sponsor our chapter. We will be ending this semester by sending out letters and emails for our Individual Giving campaign. Next semester we plan on holding a Benefit Brunch event in February. We will send out more information as the event approaches and look forward to seeing you there!    

 

We are very excited to announce that a team of interns were selected for the 2017 Grass Roots Onsite Work (GROW) Internship. Five interns have been selected and will represent our chapter by participating in field work in Nepal this summer. The application process included weekly discussions, written responses, creative projects and an interview. The GROW Internship is constructed around four core values: Inquire, Engage, Reflect, Express. Next semester, the GROW interns will prepare for their fieldwork in Nepal by educating themselves about relevant issues, including Nepali language, history, and culture. This will allow the interns to further explore the role of GROW in building lasting partnerships and development abroad with our partner in Nepal.

 

We are looking forward to the many things to come next semester and we will continue keep you updated. Thank you very much for your donations to GlobeMed at CU Boulder. We truly appreciate your support and boundless generosity! 

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Dear Friends, Family, Staff Members, and Invaluable Supporters,

It is with great humility that we share what we've accomplished this 2015-2016 academic year. We have raised a total of $12,000 that will be used to support our partner, Himalayan Health Care (HHC), in three Nepali villages: Tipling, Sherthung, and Lapa. The money raised will be used to build a new school in the area. This year, we were also graciously able to send two students on our GROW trip. The GROW trip allowed our students to personally see the work done in these villages and helped our chapter build a deeper relationship with our partner.

 

This year, we hosted another great benefit dinner and our third annual Colorado Global Health Conference on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.  These accomplishments do not include our other ghU, community building events, and staff meetings that were meticulously organized every week. The outstanding members of our organization are truly unique in their ability to combine empathy, discernment, and effective leadership and turn ideas into action. Each event took coordination, time, and effort from every staff member and would not have been possible without them.

 

Since our founding, we have formed a substantial presence on the Boulder campus. We have formed partnerships with other mentors, CU-affiliated organizations, and off-campus organizations and businesses. In this upcoming year we look forward to continue building these relationships and strengthening our relationship with HHC. In addition, we want to continue critically analyzing and re-evaluating our beliefs, especially in terms of global health.


All of these accomplishments would not have been possible without your helping hand. We can't thank our donors, advisors, and partners enough for the endless encouragement and support. Together, we will continue to push the status quo in global health and make a positive impact.


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Our Summit Team!
Our Summit Team!

This semester has been wrapped up after lots of hard work that paid off! Our relationship with Himalayan Health Care continues develop and we are building a tighter community with CU Boulder.

We are actively futhering our public health awareness. We hosted a public event where grad student Galen gave a talk about the post-earthquake effects on Nepal. He himself worked in Nepal before and after the earthquake, and it was incredible to see his view. We also hosted a benefit dinner with keynote speaker Dr. Cain who shared her perspective on cross-cultural communication and development. In addition, seven of our staff members attended Summit, a national Globemed conference which takes place in Chicago. Here, our members attended several panels and talks that helped broaden our understanding of partnership with Himilayan Health Care and the importance of the public health world. We believe that public health awareness is really important; if you don't understand the problem, how can you help it?

We also have very exciting news: the GROW trip is happening! Last year we were unable to send students to Nepal due to the earthquake. This year, we are sending two of our hard working staff members to work with our partner organization, Himilayan Health Care in Nepal, hands on. They will be there for approximately three months, and will work to ensure the money raised is being used the most effectively and is actually benefitting the people living there. Similar to last semester, we are continuing to fundraise money to sponsor the building of a school in the Dhading District in Nepal. We are very excited to see everything come together!

This summer, we will continue planning our major events such as the Colorado Health Conference and next year’s benefit dinner. We also have a new hard-working team for this year that we can’t wait to see what all we can accomplish this year.

For more information - please visit http://www.globemedcu.org/. If you have any other questions please feel free to email us!

Thank you again for your donations to Globemed at CU Boulder. We truly appreciate your support; we wouldn’t be able to do this without you!  


GlobeMedders on the last meeting of the year!
GlobeMedders on the last meeting of the year!

Our semester here at GlobeMed has gone by so quickly with lots of great learning opportunities for our members and fantastic events.  We are looking forward to spring semester as we have quite a few more events coming up!  Our partnership with Himalayan Healthcare continues to develop along with our relationship with our CU Boulder community.

The Colorado Global Health Conference, themed around girls’ empowerment, occurred in November and was a fantastic opportunity for us to get to know the other GlobeMed chapters in the state and learn more about Global Health.  Our Keynote speaker was Celeste Montoya, a professor in Women & Gender Studies here at CU Boulder, and we also had an incredible panel of speakers including David Hintch, Stefanie Mollborn and Sue Hammerton, all of whom have quite impressive backgrounds in public health and working with women around the world.  It was a great learning experience for everyone involved!

Our partnership with Himalayan Healthcare has also developed, and this year we have decided to sponsor the building of a school in the Dhading District in Nepal.  All of the funds that we have and will raise throughout the 2015-2016 school year will go towards the building of this new school.

Locally, our relationship with organizations at CU Boulder has also grown as we have started to talk to other health-oriented organizations about how we go about the incredible challenge of global health equity and do so in a sustainable way.  In addition, we continue to keep ourselves educated about global occurrences and healthcare around the world with the lessons provided to us by our Global Health University Coordinators.

We have also been planning lots of incredible events for next semester.  We will be hosting our annual benefit dinner and will also be adding a 5K run to our events.  Currently, our teams are working hard to find donors and supporters for these events.

Thank you again for your donations to GlobeMed at CU Boulder.  We truly appreciate your support and your boundless generosity!

GlobeMed around campus!
GlobeMed around campus!
GlobeMed members creating the GlobeMed logo
GlobeMed members creating the GlobeMed logo

GlobeMed at CU Boulder has had a great start to the new school year.  Our first meeting was on September 9th, and we have over 50 excited members ready to contribute to the GlobeMed mission and promote global health equity and social justice.  We have GlobeMedders from all different disciplines and majors that are all united by their vision for global health equity.

This year we welcome to our community advisory board Matt McQueen and Gay Lynn Olsen.  Matt McQueen is the director of the Public Health Certificate here at CU, and Gay Lynn Olson teaches Global Health for the Public Health Certificate.  We are excited to have their support and expertise in our goal of global health equity.

Our Global Health University coordinators have been working hard to ensure that all members are well informed about what is going on in the world, not only surrounding health, but also social inequalities and current events.  From presentations about the history of Nepal to different health systems to diseases like AIDS, our Global Health University coordinators have quite the agenda planned out for us this semester to learn more about global health equity.

Coming up on the first weekend of November is the annual Colorado Global Health Conference.  The theme of the conference this year is women’s empowerment, and we are currently developing the schedule and are also working on finding amazing guest speakers.  We are looking forward to this great opportunity to unite Colorado GlobeMedders in their passion for social justice.

We have also be in contact with Anil, the director of Himalayan Healthcare, a lot this year.  HHC has been continuing work on earthquake relief and is really seizing the opportunity to help rebuild a better, more advanced Nepal.  We are also working with Anil on our GROW internship, which is on track to occur the summer of 2016.

Again, thank you for your continued support.  We could not do what we do without your generosity!

In Solidarity,

Kianna

GlobeMedders in Boulder for staff retreat!
GlobeMedders in Boulder for staff retreat!
 

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