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GlobeMed at Boston College 2016 – 2017 ANNUAL REPORT


Imidido Project | Ruhengeri, Rwanda Project Bona Fide | Ometepe, Nicaragua RE-PARTNERSHIP Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development | Tamil Nadu, India Ungano Tena | Nairobi, Kenya CCC-UNSCH | Ayacucha, Peru Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS | Western Kenya Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization | Gulu, Uganda AMMID | San Marcos, Guatemala Himalayan Health Care | Jawalakhel, Nepal Kachin Women’s Association Thailand | Chiang Mai, Thailand SHED Foundation | Shirati, Tanzania Migrant Assistance Program Foundation | Chiang Mai, Thailand Escuela de La Calle | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Set Her Free | Kampala, Uganda Primeros Pasos | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Nancholi Youth Organization | Blantyre City, Malawi Trailblazer Foundation | Siem Reap, Cambodia Health Development Initiative | Kigali, Rwanda Hope Through Health | Kara, Togo Gardens for Health International | Gasabo, Rwanda RE-PARTNERSHIP RE-PARTNERSHIP Young1ove | Gaborone, Botswana Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization | Masaka, Uganda Adonai Child Development Center | Namugoga, Uganda Komera | Kayonza, Rwanda COVE Alliance | Kapeeka, Uganda A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope | Managua, Nicaragua ChangeALife Uganda | Migyera, Uganda Jambi Huasi | Otavalo, Ecuador RE-PARTNERSHIP Asociación Tierra | La Concepcioón Masaya Mission for Community Development | Uganda PHASE Nepal | Kathmandu, Nepal RE-PARTNERSHIP Social Action for Women | Mae Sot, Thailand Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative | Mukono, Uganda Dhulikhel Hospital | Kavrepalanchok, Nepal Buddhism for Social Development Action | Kampong Cham, Cambodia RE-PARTNERSHIP Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation (PEOF) | Morazán, El Salvador Kyetume Community Based Health Care (KCBHCP)| Mukono, Uganda Young1ove | Gaborone, Botswana Population Education Development Association | Vientiane, Laos Choice Humanitarian | Piura, Peru Social Organization for Voluntary Action | Odisha, India Alternative for Rural Movement | Odisha, India SparkMicrogrants | Mbale, Uganda Wuqu' Kawoq | Tecpan, Guatemala Sacred Valley Health | Cusco, Peru Build Your Future Today Center | Siem Reap, Cambodia Network for Ecofarming in Africa | Molo, Kenya Children of Peace | Lira, Uganda Uganda Development and Health Associates | Iganga, Uganda RE-PARTNERSHIP Burma Humanitarian Mission (BHM) | Eastern Burma Logan Square Neighborhood Association | Chicago, IL, USA

About GlobeMed Mission GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.

Vision We envision a world in which health – the ability to not only survive but thrive – is possible for all people.

We believe every human life has equal value. This belief has drawn us together from all corners of the world. Health for all is within our grasp if we work together.

Message from

The Co-Presidents Dear Staff, Donors, and Partners, Thank you for sharing our commitment to social justice and global health and to our spectacular partner organization Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development Siruvani. It has been an honor to serve as the Co-Presidents of GlobeMed at Boston College during its fourth year of growth. Throughout the 2016-2017 year we were able to grow our membership and increase the impact of GlobeMed at Boston College by hosting a myriad of events. Some of these events included panels and speakers, including the CEO and Founder of Janji, Dave Spandorfer. We also collaborated with several other groups to host and participate in important events such as a civil rights rally for Muslims and Immigrants and a Business and Healthcare event in collaboration with the Boston College business school. In addition, we were able to expand our advocacy and fundraising events. This past year we hosted public ghU’s with the goal of advocating and educating the wider community, and we surpassed our fundraising goal for the second year in a row. After this fruitful year we are confident that GlobeMed at Boston College will continue to expand in membership and the reach it continues to have on the Boston College campus, as well as on our partner, CORD. In the coming years, we hope to see more students joining the organization and preparing to fight for global health equity. However, this will not be an easy task. In coming years, the chapter will have to develop new methods to grow our membership, while still maintaining the comfort of having small group discussions during the weekly meetings. In addition, we hope to see our fundraising goal increase, with the end goal of positively impacting the lives of more individuals. This past year has been an integral part of the development of our leadership skills. One of the most important takeaways from this experience is the importance of working collaboratively as a team to achieve goals. This leadership has truly prepared us to continue our fight for social justice. Sincerely, Ayana Griffith and Isra Hussain 2016-2017 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Boston College

About our Chapter

GlobeMed at Boston College Boston College is a Jesuit University that encourages its students to become “men and women for others� through the promotion of social justice. This was the perfect setting for the founding of GlobeMed at Boston College, the first global health oriented organization on campus. Since its founding in 2010, GlobeMed at BC has focused on spreading advocacy and awareness throughout the Boston College student body. In addition, our chapter has been partnered with the Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development since 2013, and has focused on improving our partnership while understanding the issues that CORD Siruvani faces.

Since our founding in September 2010, our chapter has grown from 20 to 75 members

Since our founding in September 2010, our chapter has raised over $16,000

Siruvani is a CORD project with outreach in 42 villages, 79 self help groups with 920 members, and an OPD clinic run by Dr.Meera which has about 2,600 patients in a year.

Our Partnership CORD Siruvani

Founded in 2006 CORD is a secular non-profit that aims to aid communities in holistic welfare. This organization was created to “facilitate integrated, sustainable social help programs in local communities and in the Indian subcontinent through processes of self-empowerment and enrichment.� CORD works to address all contributing factors to promote sustainable change in the community. Our chapter of GlobeMed works with CORD on their initiatives targeting education, health and sanitation, and empowerment.

Tamil Nadu, India Population: 79,096,413 Population of Thennamanallur village: 5,098 CORD began their partnership with Dr. Meera in 2006 after she had moved there and volunteered to serve the rural community. In this rural village, most houses did not have toilets and women rarely left their homes. Healthcare, education and community support were all lacking in some capacity. A particular social problem that plagued the village along with health and sanitation issues was lack of empowerment of women. Alcoholism among men was particularly common and contributed to poverty. Dr. Meera and CORD work to improve the health of the village by addressing the social roots of these and other problems, while encouraging sustainable change.

Our Project BY THE NUMBERS: $2,500 for toilet doors = 528 people/year $100 for dustbins = 760 people/ year $144 Rubella vaccines = 96 people immunized $720 Hepatitis B Vaccines = 482 people immunized $520 Pap smear s= 60 people immunized

GlobeMed at Boston College raised $4,225 to fund a sanitation program, vaccines, and mental health and alcohol awareness programs in Tamil Nadu, India. We sent a total of $8,375 to CORD Siruvani. For the sanitation project, GlobeMed specifically funds the doors of toilets, dustbins, and cloth bags. The sanitation program has expanded greatly since its implementation, and now includes the promotion and distribution of cloth bags to reduce the use of plastic ones, and the provision of individualized household compost repositories. In addition, our chapter funds vaccinations for Rubella and Hepatitis B (which are primarily given to children, Assam migrants, and young married women), pap smears, and a psychologist for an alcoholism de-addiction program. Alcoholism is very common in the region and can foster an abusive environment, so CORD focuses a large percentage of its efforts on alcohol awareness and women’s empowerment community building groups. Our total of $4,225 in fundraising directly impacted an estimated 3,421 individuals, with far more people being indirectly affected.

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Our Partner: CORD Siruvani

Campaigns Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.

Event Title

Event Description


Tailgate Fundraisers

During home football games GlobeMed members walk through the tailgates spreading awareness of public health issues and raising funds for CORD.

Marathon Monday

GlobeMed sells themed tank tops and hats to celebrate the Boston Marathon each year.

Individual Giving

Each year GlobeMed members reach out to family and friends and request donations to help fund CORD’s operations and programs.


Wonderbar Fundraiser

We collaborated with a local bar & restaurant to hold a fundraiser in support of CORD.


Tasca Fundraiser

We collaborated with a local Spanish restaurant to raise funds for CORD


Pancake Fundraiser

Members cooked pancakes and made hot chocolate to sell to Boston College students during Fall finals.


Prior Year Reserves

We donated our remaining funds from dues to meet our goal




Total funds raised for CORD Siruvani in 2016-2017:


In the four years that GlobeMed at Boston College has been partnered with CORD Siruvani, we have raised over $16,000 in support of their operations and public health programs.

Campaign Highlights PANCAKE FUNDRAISER This event, held just before fall finals, was a new experiment for our chapter this year, selling pancakes and hot chocolate made by staff members. It was a cold night, so we hope to try this event again earlier in the year, potentially during midterms. Then, we hope even more people will venture out for pancakes.

MARATHON MONDAY CAPS & TANKS FOR A CAUSE Situated at Mile 21 at the top of “Heartbreak Hill”, BC is perfectly situated to celebrate “Marathon Monday” every year. Many campus organizations sell gear to students, and our new tank designs and baseball caps were a huge success. Following historic trends, this campaign was our most successful of the year.

Community Building Through service and team-building events, community and camaraderie is fostered around global health and social justice within GlobeMed chapters, the GlobeMed network, and surrounding communities.

Total number of chapter members in 2016 – 2017: Fall – 50, Spring – 46 Number of community building events: 2 During our first retreat, GlobeMed members got into small groups of new people and had fun asking each other questions about college experiences, where we live, and the impact GlobeMed has played in our lives. The best part of this retreat was meeting new people and hearing senior GlobeMed members share personal stories about their journey through BC and the positive outlook they have for their futures. We developed a comfortable community environment that will allow members to express their feelings and opinions during weekly meetings. The semester was rounded off with fun coffee dates and cute selfies of each other posted to the GlobeMed group chat. Our second retreat was more intimate on an emotional level. This retreat focused more on furthering GlobeMed’s mission for global health equality and social justice. We wrote three paragraph haikus about GlobeMed’s impact on the world and read them out loud to each other, treasuring the gift of creating a powerful movement together. Lastly, we ended the retreat by playing Tapfirmations, a game where you close your eyes and touch people’s shoulders if you felt someone embodied the GlobeMed spirit and mission. It was a nice way to spread the GlobeMed love and to remind ourselves that change starts with us, spreads to others to become a movement, and raises national and then global awareness so that we become the change – so we can “be the change.”

globalhealthU globalhealthU is GlobeMed’s signature year-long global health curriculum. This student-designed and driven program equips students with the critical thinking skills that will inform a life of leadership for global health.

KEY QUESTIONS WE ASKED THIS YEAR What does justice look like to you?

This year, globalhealthU was largely an opportunity to discuss the events in politics and society that are influencing health, global resources and international aid. The election, change of administration and change of policy allowed for a rich resource for topics. We focused on the pros and cons and ethical arguments on both sides of these policy changes that influence not only the United States, but the entire world. For the ghU leaders in addition to the entire general staff, ghU was an opportunity to process what was happening in the world around us. In a time of change, uncertainty and conflicting viewpoints, ghU was consistently a safe space to process these events with like-minded, passionate individuals. Each meeting we learned something new, looked at current events in new lights, and discussed definitive action items that we as individuals could take to be the change we wanted to see in the world. Favorite topics included the Global Gag Rule, Environmental Policy, Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health, the Muslim Ban, Prison Reform and more. Despite a wide array of topics in a variety of fields, we were always able to bring these ethical and justice oriented issues back to the importance of long term partnership and commitment in a culturally competent and equitable way.

Who deserves access to optimal healthcare? Who bears the responsibility of international health? How do we, as students, make our voices heard in the world? Is healthcare a human right? What role does culture play in global health?

globalhealthU highlights from the year

Trumped by Global Warming On December 5th GlobeMed ghU hosted an open discussion on the 2016 election and its effect on the nation’s environmental policy. This included discussing the lack of conversation in political debates as well as the implications of the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. 70 attendees participated in the conversation as we considered the implications of how climate policy made by high income countries disproportionately affects low and middle income countries.

Mexico City Policy BC ghU explored the reenactment of the global gag rule by the Trump administration, specifically focusing on what the pro and con arguments are for this decision and where the political motivations lie. The conversation focused on cultural competency in healthcare and the implications this policy will have on international aid as a whole.

Discussion on Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health GlobeMed partnered with the Boston College chapter of Timmy Global Health to host a discussion on women’s reproductive and sexual health. This included adolescent pregnancy, STDs/STIs, maternal mortality, female genital mutilation and the Mexico City Policy. Our partnered discussion included about 80 people.

World Day of Social Justice February 20th, 2016

The World Day of Social Justice is one of our chapter’s favorite events every year. We made colorful posters at our meeting that Monday (featuring slogans from the “10 Things We Know to Be True”), brought out our famous golden toilet, and played music in one of the largest dining halls on campus to attract passing students. A large group of Globemed staff members engaged passerby throughout the day. This year, our chapter asked, “What are you fighting for?” With the tumultuous and often hostile domestic political climate, along with additional international and global issues, we were interested to see what concerns were at the forefront of Boston College’s collective conscience, that inspire people to take a stand. Responses ranged from sexual health to Mother Earth, justice to literally “everything”, and re-energized us by exemplifying just how passionate students are about a multitude of social justice issues.

Hilltop Conference 2016 EMERGE: Health and Recovery in Post-Conflict Settings

Hilltop, the largest undergraduate-run global health conference hosted at Columbia University, brings together over 100 passionate students from eight universities across the northeast for a weekend of lectures, workshops, and discussions. November 11th, 2016 List of 2017 Hilltop delegates:

Describe HIlltop in one word: “Connection� -Ali Mills, Class of 2018

Asad Pasha Anna Scheeler Keegan Mueller Michaela SImoneau Ali Mills Isra Hussein

# of GROW Interns: 4 Length of Stay: 17 days DATES OF TRAVEL: July 14th-July 30th

2017 Interns with the CORD Staff

GROW Internship Grassroots Onsite Work

Through Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) internships, students build capacity of their partner organization, engage in mutual learning, and ensure long-term stability of their partnership.

Our interns were able to assess our health and sanitation programs CORD Siruvani runs, with a focus on Hepatitis B, Rubella, and HPV vaccines as well as latrine construction. In addition, they were able to attend many women’s empowerment meetings called Mahila Mandals and to observe various waste segregation programs with hopes of expanding and improving this program in the future.

“Change is a continual process”-Dr. Meera (CORD-Siruvani Director)

Finances In 2016-2017, GlobeMed at Boston College raised $6,408.05 for CORD Siruvani to support projects in Tamil Nadu, India.

Revenue Events (Campaigns)










Internal Chapter Revenue




Expenses Campaigns






Sent to Partner Total sent to partner that was fundraised in the 2016-2017 academic year Total sent to partner that was fundraised prior to the 2016-2017 academic year TOTAL SENT TO PARTNER IN 2016-2017 Current Cash Position


$5000 $8375.16 $1,408

GlobeMed at Boston College

Our Future Dear Friends, Our chapter is moving into an exciting new era, with tremendous opportunities both for growth and the forging of new connections. We have already been hard at work planning throughout this summer, and are excited to share a few our plans for the upcoming 2017-2018 year, and the years to come. Growing and Reimagining: In response to the dramatic rise in interest in GlobeMed on campus, we are restructuring ghU to welcome more members. To maintain the integrity and intimacy of our discussions while concurrently allowing our membership to grow to an estimated 80 staff, the ghU coordinators have enlisted the help of 12 dedicated members to be small group facilitators. We are excited to provide this new leadership opportunity to our upperclassmen, to keep them engaged and encourage their retention. Moving into our fifth year of partnership with CORD Siruvani, we look forward to continuing to evolve our existing projects as they become independently sustainable, while also discussing how we can be helpful in tackling new challenges. We plan to use the media collected by our past two GROW teams to connect meetings to our partner more frequently, to ensure that all of our staff feel personally partnered with the staff at CORD. We have a number of events lined up for the fall semester, from speakers to panels to simulations, and we are excited to continue to reinforce our connections with other student organizations and faculty on campus by co-sponsoring events. In an effort to increase our fundraising yield, we have been considering how to develop more innovative fundraising campaigns, and to restructure our grants committee. Building for the Years to Come: We are exploring an exciting new opportunity to partner with the Social Work graduate school at Boston College, which would grant us more intimate access to distinguished professors who are active in work similar to that of our chapter, and who share the same approach concerning how to empower communities and shift power to local changemakers. Though in the early stages, we are looking forward to seeing how this relationship could establish our chapter as a strong, well-resourced body on campus for years to come. Our largest goal for this year is to initiate a Boston-area conference hosted at BC, tentatively titled “Barriers to Healthcare”, early this spring. For our inaugural year we are planning more modestly, anticipating a one-day conference where we will invite Boston-based chapters and other interested students, organizations, and faculty at Boston College itself. Our goal is to create an annual conference that will grow into a hallmark of the Boston GlobeMed network, encouraging more discourse and collaboration among the Beantown chapters. GlobeMed at Boston College is an organization that is first and foremost dedicated to the support of our partner, CORD Siruvani, and all of their amazing work. The CORD staff are truly superheroes, and they constantly inspire us to ask unique questions, imagine better, and put ourselves at the forefront of the movement to achieve greater change. Our work towards global health equity and, at a more basic level, the recognition of human dignity, is grounded in our commitment to partnership and accompaniment, from a local to an international level. We thank all of our collaborators for your continued support, and hope that you will continue to walk with us through the next chapter of this adventure. Sincerely, Keegan Mueller and Michaela Simoneau 2017-2018 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at Boston College


there is one thing that GlobeMed has taught me it is to never be afraid to participate in difficult conversations or to discuss topics that make you feel uncomfortable. Not engaging in these conversations upholds systems of oppression. Our weekly discussions have allowed me to gain knowledge on many controversial issues, and have inspired me to pursue a career that will address some of the issues that we have discussed.” -Ayanna Griffith, Class of 2017

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Incoming Executive Board GlobeMed at Boston College

External Co-President Internal Co-President GROW Coordinator

Michaela Simoneau | Keegan Mueller


Grace Harrington


globalhealthU Coordinator

Ali Mills


globalhealthU Coordinator

Asad Pasha


globalhealthU Coordinator

Lori Niehaus


Campaigns Coordinator

Annika Samuelson

Campaigns Coordinator

Ali Hill

Director of Communications

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Anna Scheeler


Director of Community Building

Megi Maci


Director of Finances

Emily Zhou


Grants Coordinator

Audrey Hersman


Grants Coordinator

Mackenzie Hulme


Supporters A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2016 – 2017 year a great success:

INDIVIDUALS Individual Donors Father Jim Keenan (Faculty advisor) Dr. David Barash (GE Healthcare, speaker) Dave Spandorfer (Janji, speaker)

ORGANIZATIONS Our partner: CORD Siruvani GlobeMed Global HQ BC CSOM Honors Program We Run BC Charity Water- BC Timmy Global Health- BC

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GlobeMed at Boston College Annual Report 2016 - 2017  
GlobeMed at Boston College Annual Report 2016 - 2017