GlobeMed at the University of Southern California 2016 â€“ 2017 ANNUAL REPORT
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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 â€“ the ability to not only survive but thrive â€“ 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.
The Co-Presidents Dear Friends, This year was a big year for GlobeMed at USC! After forming our new partnership with Spark Microgrants in 2015, we had a lot of questions: How would GlobeMed fit into the unique development model of our partner Spark and their community-designed and community-implemented projects? How could we use our resources and skills as college students to best support missions of health equity, sustainability, and empowerment? How can we fight to alleviate health disparities both abroad and in our own backyards? In the 2016-2017 year, we answered a lot of these key questions as a chapter. We formed close bonds with Spark Microgrants through our fundraising efforts and GROW interns, fully funded a community project in Pugwaro, Northern Uganda, and established a new local partnership right here in South Los Angeles with the urban gardening organization Los Angeles Green Grounds. At the same time, we also continued to explore difficult questions of ethics in our weekly member meetings, exploring topics ranging from Female Genital Cutting to Mental Health for Students to the 2016 Election and its Aftermath. We also hosted a number of community building events to foster a sense of cohesion within our chapter. We hope that in this new year we will continue to forge a network of GlobeMedders, the Spark Microgrants team, the LAGG staff, and the communities that we serve! Sincerely, Tessa Meurer and Shweta Tatkar 2017-2018 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at USC
About our Chapter
GlobeMed at USC GlobeMed at USC began in August 2007 and has become one of the premier global health organizations on campus and the only organization that prioritizes the idea of social justice in its pursuit of health equity. We partnered with Spark Microgrants in Spring 2015 and since then have fundraised $19,000 in order to fund the projects of two communities in Northern Uganda and have sent five GROW interns to work on the ground with Spark. In Fall 2016, we also began a second partnership with local South LA organization Los Angeles Green Grounds to help community members gain access to fresh, healthy food.
since our founding in 2007, our chapter has grown from 3 to 30 members
since partnering with Spark in 2015, our chapter has raised $19,000
KEY FACT: Spark has partnered with 150 communities to date and their projects have had 94% sustainability.
Our Global Partnership [Spark MicroGrants]
Founded in 2010 Founded in 2010, Spark Microgrants aims to promote a ‘community-driven, expert-supported’ model of development by empowering rural community members in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Ghana to be their own primary drivers of social change. GlobeMed at USC has worked with the Northern Uganda branch of Spark Microgrants for two years (and counting!).
Northern Uganda Population: 5 million Gulu in Northern Uganda is home to one of Spark MicroGrants’ teams and is where GlobeMed focuses. The rural communities in this region are still recovering from years of conflict with neighboring countries as well as the Lord’s Resistance Army. Many communities are still recovering from forced internal displacement and poverty as a result of these conflicts.
Our 2016-2017 Project BY THE NUMBERS: Number of villages that will benefit: 6 Cost of project: $9000 What the money directly funded: purchase of 6 pairs of oxen
GlobeMed at USC raised $9000 this year to fund an ox-rearing project in Pugwaro in Northern Uganda to increase their agricultural output and financial security. In the wake of the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army insurgency, many natives of Northern Uganda have returned to their homeland to rebuild their lives. Spark MicroGrants and GlobeMed at USC partnered this past year to provide funding for a community in northern Uganda with this goal in mind. Pugwaro, a community made up of six smaller villages, proposed an income-generating project to rear oxen and increase their seasonal output. GlobeMed at USC funded the purchase of six pairs of oxen, which will improve upon the farmersâ€™ abilities to produce an abundant crop. Outside of improving crop output, this project will allow the communities in Pugwaro to make efficient use of the lands they took back (after being internally displaced), and will also foster a sense of financial security for the inhabitants of the six villages.
Our Local Partnership Los Angeles Green Grounds
GlobeMed at USC believes that we need to work to address health disparities in our own nearby communities as well as on a global scale. Therefore, last year we began a partnership with the grassroots organization Los Angeles Green Grounds, founded in 2010 by Florence Nishida and Ron Finley. LAGG turns South LA residentsâ€™ front lawns and parkways into edible gardens and urban farms to address issues of food scarcity as well as obesity and its related diseases. We are excited to continue to develop this partnership in the upcoming years!
Follow this link to watch a TED talk about the movement, by LAGG cofounder Ron Finley: https://www.ted.com/speakers/ron_finley
Campaigns Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.
GlobeMed Ugly Sweater Sale
Thrifted and sold ugly Christmas sweaters in November so that the USC population could be well-dressed for ugly sweater parties.
Partnered with educational companies to offer discounted MCAT courses.
Krispy Kreme and Coffee
Sold Krispy Kreme donuts and Starbucks coffee in the height of midterm season.
Valentineâ€™s Day Photoshoot
Took photos for willing parties (of friends or couples) at USCâ€™s iconic Mudd Hall.
Sold homemade cookies and cupcakes on Trousdale to any passersby.
Drunchies Dorm Storming
Stormed freshman residential areas and sold pizza to any takers.
Miscellaneous fundraising money and other contributions.
Total funds raised for Spark MicroGrants in 2016-2017:
Since 2015, GlobeMed at USC has raised over $19,000 to support Spark MicroGrants and two of its communities in Northern Uganda.
Campaign Highlights UGLY SWEATER SALE Each year, GlobeMed at USC thrifts for ugly holiday-themed sweaters for USC students to wear to their seasonal parties. Not only is this one of our biggest and most visible fundraisers, it is also a great bonding event for GlobeMed members, because everyone gets to get involved, either by collecting or selling the sweaters.
MCAT COURSES One of our newest campaigns, selling discounted MCAT courses through Kaplan and Princeton Review has proved to be one of our most successful as well. We have raised almost half of our annual goal through these courses, and they allow us to make ourselves known to the pre-med community at USC.
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 2015 â€“ 2016: 30 Number of community-building events: 10 Meetings are a good way to meet like-minded individuals, but itâ€™s always fun to get to know GlobeMed members outside of school. This year, we had a number of bonding events, including beach bonfires, bake sale prep (pictured), dinner at our favorite local Mexican restaurant, and brunches at LAâ€™s best restaurants.
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. ghUs are a staple of every general meeting, where the coordinators present fascinating topics at the intersection of social justice and public health to a diverse student body. In meetings, we are able to discuss these topics and come out more educated.
KEY QUESTIONS WE ASKED THIS YEAR Is it right to deem other cultural practices (like FGA) “backwards” just because our culture doesn’t believe they are ethical? How can we destigmatize the discussion around mental health? How can we sustainably provide relief to the citizens in South Sudan who are struggling with the most recent man-made famine?
World Day of Social Justice February 20, 2016
For WDSJ, we wanted fellow USC students to consider the question “What do you stand for?” as well as to inspire others to reflect on social justice issues on both a local and global scale, just like GlobeMed does. We tabled on campus and took photos for a social media campaign, and ended up having a lot of great discussions about the intersectionality of everyone’s unique passions!
Number of GROW Interns: 3 Length of Stay: 6 weeks
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.
For six weeks this summer, interns Ruthra, Tara, and Ivana collected stories and photos of community members about their experience with the Spark process in northern Uganda. They also designed a research project and completed data collection on Spark's health centers in eastern Uganda for a final proposal of a revision of Spark's Facilitated Collective Action Process.
Read our interns blog! https://www.sparkmicrogrants.o rg/single-post/2017/08/01/Gras sroots-Onsite-Work-University-S tudents-Intern-with-Spark-in-No rthern-Uganda
GlobeMed at USC
Our Future Dear Friends, GlobeMed at USC has been around for ten years now, which means that we have solidified our presence as a club within the GlobeMed network and with our partners. With both a local partnership and a global partnership established, we can now set out to increase our visibility on USC’s campus. One of this upcoming year’s main goals remains to branch out of our health bubble and recruit and partner with organizations that fall outside the pre-health community. We are hoping to transition smoothly into our second year of partnering with LA Green Grounds, and continue supporting them by monitoring and evaluating the success of the urban gardens. We look forward to welcoming back our GROW interns and learning from their experiences working with the wonderful Spark team. And of course, we wish to keep learning from our general members and their own experiences, through ghUs and general meetings. We also plan on hosting a HillTop conference in Spring 2018 that focuses on the intersectionality of social justice. We want to show that no matter what your career goals are, activism is never off the table. If you’re interested in donating to our cause, please feel free to do so at this website: https://www.razoo.com/story/Globemed-At-Usc-1. Thank you so much. We can’t wait to get started! Best wishes, Tessa Meurer and Shweta Tatkar 2017-2018 Co-Presidents GlobeMed at USC
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Executive Board GlobeMed at USC 2016-2017 Co-President
Ruthra Maya Umapathi
Shweta Tatkar (Fall), Serina Applebaum (Spring)
Co-Director of Communications
Co-Director of Communications
Director of Community Building
Tessa Meurer (Fall), Lizzy Patton (Spring)
Director of Finances
Supporters A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2016 â€“ 2017 year a great success:
INDIVIDUALS Heather Wipfli, Ph. D Florence Nishida Katy Lindquist Cate Walters
ORGANIZATIONS USC Institute of Global Health Los Angeles Green Grounds Spark Microgrants Spark Microgrants
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