GLOBEMED at AMHERST COLLEGE Amherst, Massachusetts
students fighting for global health equity
2010 â€“ 2011 ANNUAL REPORT
Bucknell University Columbia University Cornell University CU-Boulder Depaul University Duke University Florida State University GWU
Georgetown University Indiana University Lawrence University Loyola University Middlebury College Northeastern University Northwestern University
Penn State University Princeton University Rhodes College Truman State University University of Chicago UCLA University of Michigan UMKC UNC-Chapel Hill University of Rochester USC
San Salvador, El Salvador
ASOSAP Salud San Limite ARM Rwanda Village Concept Project
Minga Peru CEMOPLAF-Cajabamba FUNPRONID La Primavera Africa 2000 Network
Alta Verapaz, Guatemala Siuna, Nicaragua Orissa, India Huye District, Rwanda
Iquitos, Peru Cajabamba, Ecuador Riobamba, Ecuador La Primavera, Guatemala Tororo, Uganda
Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization
The HOPE Center
EAPSEC Jambi Hwasi AMOS Maison de Naissance ASPAT Amuru Youth Center
Chiapas, Mexico Otavalo, Ecuador Managua, Nicaragua Torbeck, Haiti Lima, Peru Anaka, Uganda
Tiyatien Health Joy-Southfield Development Corp
Zwedru, Liberia Detroit, Michigan
Bushenyi District, Uganda
Health-Alert Uganda Kallpa Iquitos Care Net Ghana
University of Texas-Austin
Clinica Ana Manganaro
Dios es Amor
WashU in St. Louis
to improve the health of people living in poverty.
partner with grassroots organizations around the world
GlobeMed is a network of university students that
Gulu, Uganda Iquitos, Peru Hohoe, Ghana Guarjila, El Salvador Lima, Peru Iganga, Uganda
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10 COMMUNITY BUILDING 11 GRASSROOTS ON-SITE WORK INTERNSHIP 12 WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE 14 GLOBEMED GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT
It’s been an honor to be a part of the inception and growth of GlobeMed at Amherst over the past year. In the summer of 2010, as the two of us set out on this journey, we worried that we would not even be able to fill up the executive board, let alone find a whole chapter. And yet, by the end of the fall semester, we had over 30 committed student staff members working hand-in-hand with our partner organization in El Salvador for social justice and health equity. We invite you to peruse our 2010-2011 Annual Report. These pages contain a remarkable array of accomplishments, such as getting our message out to hundreds of Amherst students through our events and campaigns, sending four of our members to visit our partner, Pastoral, and raising over $5000 to support their projects in community health worker training and income generation. What can’t be conveyed in any report of numbers, however, is the learning and personal growth that occurred this year. As co-presidents, we refined our senses of motivation and management, while our staff and executive board responded admirably to the high standards of accountability to which GlobeMed at Amherst holds its members. Most importantly, we cultivated relationships with each other, with the GlobeMed network, and with Pastoral. We truly came to feel a part of a larger GlobeMed family stretching from Ho, Ghana to Evanston to Amherst to Cojutepeque, El Salvador.
15 OUR FUTURE 16 FINANCES 17 STAY CONNECTED 18 THANK YOU
Looking ahead, we feel confident in the continued success of GlobeMed at Amherst next year and beyond. Thanks to growing interest in our cause and your continued support, our chapter will be able to raise more money for Pastoral, reach out to greater numbers of students, and carry on preparing our members for lives spent in pursuit of global health equity and social justice. Yours in solidarity, Ethan Balgley and Lais Miachon-Silva 2010-2011 Co-Presidents
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GLOBEMED AIMS TO STRENGTHEN THE MOVEMENT FOR GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITY BY EMPOWERING STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF THE IMPOVERISHED
AROUND THE WORLD.
our vision ONE BILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD LACK ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS*. EACH DAY, MORE THAN 36,000 PEOPLE DIE PREVENTABLE DEATHS. W ITHOUT ADDRESSING POVERTY AND POOR HEALTH, WE CANNOT BREAK THIS CYCLE OF SUFFERING. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAVE THE PASSION AND ENERGY TO HELP TACKLE THIS CHALLENGE. GLOBEMED AIMS TO MEET THIS CHALLENGE BY ENGAGING AND TRAINING STUDENTS TO WORK WITH GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF THE IMPOVERISHED. BY PARTNERING STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES TO COMBAT POVERTY AND POOR HEALTH, WE IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF IMPOVERISHED PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD TODAY AND SHAPE TOMORROW ’S LEADERS ACROSS ALL PROFESSIONS WHO WILL SHARE A DEEP COMMITMENT TO HEALTH EQUITY AND SOCIAL
JUSTICE. *World Bank, World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).
GlobeMed at Amherst In 2010, GlobeMed at Amherst was launched by a group of students looking to be part of a movement that would allow students to have a tangible impact on global health issues. Upon its founding, Amherst's GlobeMed chapter formed a partnership with Pastoral de la Salud in Cuscatlรกn, El Salvador. GlobeMed at Amherst now has 29 committed members. We've cemented our relationship with Pastoral with a visit in June 2011 and have raised over $5000 to support projects run by Pastoral.
since our founding in september 2010 , our chapter has grown from to members.
PASTORAL DE LA SALUD [WORKS IN COJUTEPEQUE, CUSCATLAN, EL SALVADOR] POPULATION: 70,000
KEY FACT: Cuscatlan and the rest of El Salvador are undergoing an epidemiological transition in their disease burden. It is now possible to see malnutrition and stunted growth side by side with childhood obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Pastoral de la Salud began their work during the civil war (1980-92), delivering health care to civilian populations in conflict areas. They soon realized that the population in nonconflict zones were in just as much need for health services. Although GlobeMed at Amherst works directly with the zone of Cuscatlan, Pastoral de la Salud is also present in the departments of San Salvador and La Libertad. The state's health system is patchy at best. Unidades de Salud are located in some of the bigger municipalities and have very large catchment areas. More recently the government has created the ECOS (Equipos Comunitarios de Salud), which have smaller catchment areas and are supposed to reach the most rural populations that previously had no access to health services.
[About Pastoral] FOUNDED IN 1984 Pastoral de la Salud was created as a means to deliver health care to civilians during the civil war. It quickly became clear to them that populations from non affected areas needed health services as much as those from conflict zones. Ever since, Pastoral de la Salud has been working in many communities throughout three of El Salvador’s fourteen departments. The partnership with GlobeMed at Amherst, which started in 2010, seeks to connect our chapter with 50 of the communities in the Cuscatlán department, more specifically those under the Cojutepeque vicarage. Pastoral de la Salud’s mission is to contribute to improvement on health conditions through participative processes of organization, training and inter-institutional coordination. Pastoral de la Salud is involved in projects involving nutrition, education, sanitation and child and maternal health.
Partner Contact: Mercedes Tejada, Tecnica of the Cuscatlán zone
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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PARTNER
The work of Pastoral with GlobeMed is a new experience for us. In the little time we’ve known each other we have maintained good communication, supporting the work that we carry out with the community health workers and communities in the area of Cuscatlán. We hope this connection remains for a long time so we can go on supporting other communities and families, since health is directly related to quality of life and, according to the WHO, health is the physical, social and mental well being, not only the absence of illness. We also thank the GlobeMed office for having included us as partners in their work. It makes us happy that there are people with the social sensitivity and the interest to work towards helping others improve their living conditions. Additionally, this effort comes from the youth, and we know it is an effort outside their academic activities and responsibilities. Our first experience working with GlobeMed has been very good. During this year we have kept good communication, and they were able to support two project proposals. The first one is the training of community health workers from the Cuscatlán area. Once a month, about 40 participants meet, coming from different municipalities and communities. We are also about to begin our second project, an income generating initiative with youth. In the recent GROW trip, there were opportunities to get to know the volunteer work of CHWs, their strengths and limitations. To the Pastoral de la Salud office, this type of support is very valuable. (written by Mercedes Tejada)
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[Why community health workers?] Community Health Workers/Promotores are the lifeline between Pastoral de la Salud and the communities with which they work. Training sessions are meant to keep their knowledge and skills up to date so they can better serve the population in their communities. Through 50 CHWs, Pastoral de la Salud is able to reach 47 communities in the Cuscatlán area.
400 MEALS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR TRAINING SESSION ATTENDEES.
$1,500 TO PURCHASE MEALS TO PROVIDE TO ATTENDEES DURING TRAINING SESSIONS
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GlobeMed at Amherst is supporting the training of fifty Community Health Workers from Cuscatlán in order to improve the health of 47 communities. The project GlobeMed at Amherst College supported this year was a series of trainings aimed at the Community Health Workers in the zone of Cuscatlán. The trainings happen on a bimonthly basis and aim to empower the promoters to be agents of change in their communities. The trainings are led by outside experts or the office technicians. They include themes such as community organizing, the human right to health, food security, environmental risk, family medicine, first aid, and Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI). Since the speakers are volunteers and the venue is owned by the church, the $1,500 is being used to pay for meals. The trainings start at 8am and go through 1pm and they serve breakfast, snack and lunch as a way to make up for the cost of a missed day of work and costs with transportation.
[Why a popular market?] The Popular Market project will provide the community of Cerro Colorado with a wider choice of grocery products at an affordable price, thus helping to improve the quality of nutrition in that community. Additionally, by creating and managing a store, the local youth group will create employment opportunities for young professionals. In an area where jobs are scarce, working at a popular store can be an alternative to joining gangs or other illicit activities.
STUDENTS WILL GAIN AN INCOME AND BUSINESS EXPERIENCE FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROJECT
$3,500 TO PURCHASE A REFRIGERATOR, SHELVES, AND PRODUCTS TO BE SOLD IN THE STORE.
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The Tienda Juvenil (Youth Store) created by the youth group in Cerro Colorado, El Salvador will give the community varied products and accessible prices while providing local young adults with a source of income and a chance to develop marketable entrepreneurial skills.
The popular market project was an initiative by the Grupo Derechos de la Juventud, affiliated with the Catholic church in Cerro Colorado, an area belonging to the San Rafael Cedros municipality. The seed capital of $3500 will fund both the equipment necessary for the store (such as a refrigerator and shelves) and the initial stock of products that will be sold at the store (cleaning supplies, groceries, produce, etc). The member of the youth group are responsible for re-stocking the store, managing its finances, and taking shifts working at the store. As a long term goal, they want the market to yield enough to pay for their salaries as well as to reinvest money to purchase more groceries to sell. Currently, there are 14 people from the group that are involved in this project. The idea is to provide the youth with alternatives to joining gangs as well as developing marketable skills and securing an income through a job that is flexible and is able to accommodate their school hours.
CAMPAIGNS Campaigns are on-campus events and initiatives that raise funds for GlobeMed partner organizations' grassroots projects abroad.
$ MONEY RAISED
Holiday Giving Campaign
Non-student supporters donated funds online and via mail to celebrate the holiday spirit of giving.
Jungle 2 Jungle Health Equity Rumble
Students purchased tickets, t-shirts and refreshments at this jungle-themed dance party.
Instead of Starbucks
Donated Starbucks coffee was given to students who donated money for items that cost Pastoral about what a cup of coffee does.
GlobeMed Date Auction
Prominent members of the Amherst community were auctioned off as dates to the Spring Formal.
TOTAL FUNDS RAISED FOR PASTORAL IN 2010 â€“ 2011:
In the first year of our partnership, GlobeMed at Amherst raised over $5000 to support Pastoral's community health worker training initiatives and an income generation for local youth.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR Jungle 2 Jungle Global Health Equity Rumble March 25, 2011 The Jungle 2 Jungle Global Health Equity Rumble campaign consisted of a dance party with a DJ in one of the large dorms on campus. There was a suggested donation at the door to the dance floor as well as handmade shirts promoting health equity and GlobeMed for sale. This event raised over $600 and promoted GlobeMed throughout campus! We helped turn a Friday night study break into a meaningful opportunity to help others. Students on campus responded well; it was a great event and helped raise considerable funds.
"Our Junge2Jungle: Health Equality Rumble sought to help our global health partner, Pastoral, through doing what college students love most: partying. It was a great way to introduce GlobeMed to the Amherst College Campus.â€? - Adam Medoff '13
"The GlobeMed Date Auction at Amherst College was, by any measure, a smashing success. Dancing police officers, a cute biker gang, and lots of laughs highlighted the entertaining and profitable event. The newly-dubbed annual event will surely become a staple in Amherst's social calendar!" - Kim Snyder '12
Date Auction April 28, 2011 The GlobeMed Date Auction was another event that proved to be a great success. Pitting students' wallets against their hearts, we raised significant funds for Pastoral, while also putting on a memorable show. The Date Auction was a great way to get members of the campus involved with GlobeMed. We auctioned off 25 high-profile students who strutted down the runway in order to help raise money for our partner. It was one of the most successful events, raising $1136.69. The Date Auction was so well received and successful that we are planning to bring it back in the future as an annual event!
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GLOBALHEALTHU globalhealthU is a GlobeMed designed curriculum that enables students to develop a critical understanding of issues in global health and apply this knowledge to their work with communities around the world
by the numbers
07 TOPICS GlobalhealthU increased chapter awareness of social justice issues and health disparities around the world. In a typical session, small group discussions gave members an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences with each other. Members then returned to the larger group conversation and shared what they had discussed in the smaller groups. Many learned a lot from their peersâ€™ experiences and increased their own understanding by gaining different perspectives. GlobalhealthU strengthened the cohesiveness of the chapter because it provided a collective space to form a group ideology as well as to share individual thoughts. The discussions also helped us see how health disparities tie in with other social issues relating to religion, economics, political systems, etc. We not only discussed these issues to gain a culturally sensitive understanding of them, but we also discussed possible solutions to these problems.
PHILOSOPHICAL FRAMEWORKS OF GLOBAL HEALTH INFECTIOUS DISEASES CONFLICT AND GLOBAL HEALTH FOOD AND NUTRITION LGBTQ AND GLOBAL HEALTH GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH
RELIGION AND GLOBAL HEALTH
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 # OF CHAPTER MEMBERS: # OF COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENTS:
Community building is integral to the success of GlobeMed's campaigns, staying power in the school, and personal growth of each member. Trial and error showed social activities could be casual and offer opportunities for everyone to get to know one another without relying on liquid courage, and potlucks in particular were good ways to introduce oneself to the rest of the group, especially when tied to a personal story. We also learned that community building events helping campaigns should not be optional because every campaign needs to be a team effort. Those who helped make t-shirts to raise money for our first party developed strong ties based on more than just GlobeMed-related topics, and earned mutual respect for their extra effort. Service trips need to be planned at least a month in advance so members can plan accordingly, and since many organizations require orientation modules, such as Habitat for Humanity. Overall, the biggest lesson learned was that community building needs a lot of staff input, avid eboard support, and lots of planning. Not all of our trips came to fruition, but we never got discouraged!
[GRASSROOTS ON-SITE WORK] Through Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) internships, students make a positive impact in the community by working alongside their partner organization to further ongoing and new projects.
MAY 23, 2011– JUNE 8, 2011
"They were so nice to us and so appreciative of GlobeMed’s rather small contribution that I often felt embarrassed. Saying goodbye reemphasized the friendships, despite the language barrier (especially for me), that we formed over these two weeks. None of us wanted to say goodbye; it was painful to leave as I could see tears forming in Mercedes’ eyes.” -- Sophia Meyerson, c/o 2013
04 LENGTH OF STAY: 2 weeks # OF GLOBEMED GROW INTERNS:
WORK DESCRIPTION: We spent our trip primarily in Cojutepeque, the capital of the Cuscatlán region of El Salvador. From there, we took day trips to various communities in Cuscatlán to meet with community health workers and area youths. We also met with staff members at Pastoral de la Salud's central office. Our goal was to strengthen our relationship with Pastoral, our partner organization, by engaging with them and learning about their experiences.
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WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
GLOBEMED AT AMHERST joined 31 other GlobeMed chapters across the nation in a networkwide commemoration of the 3rd Annual World Day of Social Justice on February 20, 2011, by asking students, professors, and community members on campus an open-ended, thought provoking question relating to social justice. OUR QUESTION: [Everyone deserves ____.]
BEHIND THE SCENES: During one of our chapter meetings leading up to the World Day of Social Justice, we broke into small groups to brainstorm questions, and then came together to vote on what we produced. We selected this fill-in-the-blank phrase because we felt that it distilled the essence of social justice, while still being extremely openended. Chapter members then volunteered to get photo responses from various figures in the Amherst community, such as police officers, athletes, and well-known professors. Answers ranged from the whimsical to the comprehensive, as can be seen in the examples here.
WE ASKED OVER 30 PEOPLE AT AMHERST.
HEREâ€™S HOW THEY RESPONDED >>
WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE GlobeMed at Amherst asked people to fill in the blank,
Everyone deserves _________.
View more responses: www.imagine2030.org/wdsj
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2011 GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT
2011 DELEGATES: Ethan Balgley, Lais Miachon, Ellen Swiontkowski, Megan Curry, James (Jim) Jones, Sara Abrahams
"I now realize the importance of forming all of those personal meanings [for words], because when you can speak passionately and intelligently about a topic, your meaning becomes both believable and contagious. Who knows, with that kind of power you might even start a movement."
-- Sara Abrahams, c/o 2014
April 7 â€“ 10 in Evanston, IL Featuring Honorary Keynote
DR. JOIA MUKHERJEE Chief Medical Officer, Partners in Health
“What really stands out about GlobeMed to me, which became even more apparent at the GlobeMed Summit, is the network of people that were all wholeheartedly committed to acting on their convictions of social justice and human rights. The highlight of that weekend for me was Joia Mukherjee's speech. This was the first time I have ever felt the inspiration being shared by each individual in the room, resulting in a very positive and connecting energy between all present. All in all, my experience with GlobeMed, not even one year strong, has given me more confidence in my pursuit of a career in global health.” – Megan Curry, c/o 2011
GlobeMed at Amherst is striving to become one of the highest-profile groups on campus in the 201112 academic year. We hope to expand our presence on campus by hosting more events throughout the year that will promote awareness of our work with Pastoral and our mission to promote health equity. Our ultimate goal is to have a permanent effect on the discourse on-campus and throughout the Pioneer Valley, and to create a stronger sense of community within our chapter, on campus, and with Pastoral. We also hope to expand our impact to the sizable and diverse Five College community by reaching out to the four other college campuses in the Amherst area. Financially, we plan to raise $8000 for our partner. To do so we will have another Date Auction and many more “Instead Of" Campaigns in 2011-12, as these events were two of our most successful fundraisers this past year and will continue to provide a solid foundation for our future efforts. As a fledgling chapter we have a lot of work to do, but we have a group of talented and committed people who will strive for nothing less than greatness this coming year.
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CHAPTER FINANCES In 2010 – 2011, GlobeMed at Amherst raised $5,173.71 for Pastoral to support projects in Cuscatlán, El Salvador. CAMPAIGN DONATIONS
GlobeMed National Office
Operations (i.e. member dues) SUBTOTAL
OPERATIONS & GRANTS
Current Finances Cash Reserves
2011-2012 University Funding EXISTING BALANCE
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EXECUTIVE BOARD Co-Presidents
Lais Miachon-Silva • firstname.lastname@example.org Ethan Balgley • email@example.com
Directors of globalhealthU
Amber Khan • firstname.lastname@example.org Josef Ntim • email@example.com
Campaign Coordinators Director of Community Building Director of Finances
Tim White • firstname.lastname@example.org Kim Snyder • email@example.com Brittny Chong • firstname.lastname@example.org Will Biche • email@example.com
Director of GROW
Ethan Edmondson • firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications
Sophia Meyerson • email@example.com
A sincere thanks to the following advocates, mentors, donors, and colleagues for making our 2010 – 2011 year a great success:
INDIVIDUALS Professor Chris Dole, Dean Hannah Fatemi, Dean Richard Aronson, Ethelyn Adina Gordon, Stephen J. and Melanie P. Hoenig, Marc and Susan S. Levitte, Adam J. Meyerson, Paula and Howard Balgley, Diane Leary, Jennifer and Peter Shore, Arthur Lazarus Jr., Dororthy A. and Robert K. Haley, Caroline J. Jones, Matthew L. and Sandra M. Meyerson,
Edward V. and Rachel Coughlin, Margy Ellin Meyerson, Ginger Woolridge and Peter Biché, June and Georgeanne L. White, Judith R and Michael White, Marc F. and Beth E Swiontkowski, Jon Balgley and Chris Coughlin, Richard Goldstein, Scott C. and Heidi L. Schuster, Janice J Arrott, The Holliday Family, The Snyder Family
ORGANIZATIONS Association of Amherst Students, Interdepartmental Student Fund, Campus Center Fund, Student Community Engagement Fund, Amherst AIDS Coalition, Antex Exterminating Company, Autodesk Inc., Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, Center for Community Engagement, Amherst College Program Board
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GlobeMed 2010 â€“ 2011 Board of Directors Marjorie Craig Benton Paurvi Bhatt Jobi Cates David W. Cromer, MD Lee Greenhouse (Treasurer) Brian T. Hanson (Chair) Ken Lehman Erin Linville Peter Luckow Jenny Merdinger Victor Roy Keith Sarpolis, MD (Secretary) GlobeMed is a 501(c)(3) independent non-profit based in Evanston, Illinois, with chapters at 32 universities across the United States.
GlobeMed at Amherst's annual report for the 2010-2011 school year.