Recently I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 GlobeMed Summit in Evanston, IL. I traveled four hours to the event constantly imagining the kind of people I would meet and all the fun I would have. I kept thinking about all the new campaign ideas and marketing strategies I would learn from other chapters. Little did I know, on top of everything I was expecting, I would find a new aspect of GlobeMed and find a deeper meaning of why this amazing organization exists.
What is GlobeMed?
GlobeMed is a national, student-run organization that believes it is everyone’s basic right to have access to medicine, treatments/cures, check-ups, health education, etc regardless of race, location religion, or social class. We do this by empowering students and communities to work together to advance health equity.
How are we different?
Each GlobeMed chapter works with a grassroot organization overseas to help build sustainable projects for progress in poverty stricken communities. However, GlobeMed is different than most mission/service organizations in the sense that we don’t just go over to a community and provide resources and services, instead, we work with the people in these communities and listen to what their actual needs are. As global health equity advocates, we provide people within these communities resources they don’t have and help educate the communities in order for them to prosper and sustain their own growth. We work in long term partnership with these grassroot organizations to help them make changes in these communities.
Our role as student advocates
Being college students, we don’t have the money necessary to provide these communities with the resources, instead we act as advocates of their struggle. We advocate for social justice. We give voices to those who don’t necessarily have a voice. It is our job to teach other college students, no matter what their field of study is, about the role they play in achieving global health equity. GlobeMed at IU brings together students from different backgrounds and fields of study to start a social justice movement for global health equity. The funds we raise are great in the sense that we will be able to afford project supplies, but it's the reason why we gather that money that makes all the difference!
People in these communities have the potential to make change within their own communities. We need to use our privilege and resources to help get the communities what they need! As Dr. Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer in Partners in Health, stated “We need to empower the governments and the people of these communities to give everyone the access to health.”Although our goals are extremely challenging we need to collaborate and make the impossible, possible. It all starts with us, GlobeMed student advocates. Although change is not immediate we must “keep our eyes on the prize and hold on” (Dr.Joia Mukherjee).
written by: Bella Chavez | sophomore | GlobeMed student advocate