Member Spotlight: Tiana Hickey

By Gordon Younkin

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Cognitive Science

Minor: Global Health Studies

Siblings: Two sisters, who are 12 and 19, and one brother, who is 11.

Favorite food: “PIZZA! I love pizza so much it’s only a tad bit ridiculous.”

Favorite place she’s ever been: Anchorage, AK

Involvement on campus: Tiana is on ASG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, works in a children’s thinking lab, and teaches swim lessons at SPAC.

Ideal Saturday: “My ideal Saturday would be completely spontaneous. Nothing would be planned, no alarms would be set, homework would not exist, and I would do whatever came to mind.”

When she grows up: “I don’t have a specific career/profession in mind, but if I had to choose, I’d want to get involved with crisis management. Hopefully that would let me travel the world and help a lot of people.”

“Helping Students Who Give”

By Amanda Blazek

NSH Impact Week here at Northwestern kicked off Sunday night, with the seven opposing teams joining for a dinner of Indian food and team rallying before the week of rivalry ahead. GlobeMed had a strong turnout and (I would say) the loudest cheering section.

Impact Week stretches from May 4th to May 10th and is hosted by Northwestern Student Holdings – an entrepreneurial student group that launches and finances on-campus businesses. For NSH Impact week, each NSH business has been paired with an on-campus philanthropy to raise money and awareness for each club and cause.

GlobeMed has six strong competitors this week including Peer Health Exchange, Best Buddies, Tufaan, NCDC, Applause for a Cause and Mimo. Each team made a video representing their organization and the work it does. As with all things in today’s world, the competition boils down to the number of votes, or “Likes”, on social media. Whichever video is most popular will receive the grand prize.

As of now, NSH has donated $2500 for the Impact Week prizes, ranging from  $1000 for the grand prize to $100 for the 7th place prize. But this week is also about fundraising. Donations can be made online to increase the monetary prize for each philanthropy, providing even more support for each cause.

Most importantly, this week is about raising awareness for each organization and their work. As the token orange balloons of Impact Week appear all over campus, NSH hopes to encourage others to reach out and get involved. Although the NSH money will tremendously help each organization, the long-term support from the NU community will be even more impactful.

So stop by the arch this week, where a tent will be set up every day selling raffle tickets and handing out orange balloons. But most importantly, go to and VOTE for your favorite video (i.e. GlobeMed). Voting will help the philanthropy of your choice (i.e. GlobeMed) to win Impact Week and the $1000 prize. This could have a huge impact on organizations (i.e. GlobeMed) and the work they are doing (i.e. saving lives). Impact Week has officially started, so vote now by clicking the “Like” button on the left of the linked page! (For GlobeMed.)

Finding inspiration at the 2014 GlobeMed Global Health Summit

By Matthew Zhou

From the sandy beaches of California to the metropolitan areas of Washington D.C, GlobeMed chapter members flooded into Evanston from across the nation for the GlobeMed 2014 Summit. Co-presidents, chapter members, speakers and panelists of all different walks of life gathered during this dreary forty-degree Evanston weekend for the purpose of sharing their experiences and ideals and reaffirming their commitment towards achieving global health equity through partnership and collaboration. In seven years, GlobeMed has achieved rapid expansion to 55 chapters, 2000 college students, 1.4 million dollars raised, and over 200 projects in water sanitation, disease prevention, nutrition programs, and a vast diversity of other issues. As a student summit delegate, it was a lot to take in.

My GlobeMed summit experience was a powerfully inspiring experience, a space where intelligent and ambitious students and professionals all gathered to seriously deconstruct and discuss the million dollar question: how do we achieve global health equity? There were plenty of interesting and constructive panels and speakers, but the overarching theme was one familiar to every member of GlobeMed: partnership. More specifically, negotiating power and privilege relationships to make true collaboration possible. From Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a professor at Columbia University, utilizing his experiences as a victim of hate crimes as a platform to advocate for structural change or GlobeMed at Morgan State GROW Coordinator Kayla Walker leveraging her minority status as a black woman for better opportunities in education, one crucial theme emerged from reframing disadvantages to your own advantage. These are not passive populations that we are trying to support – they are strong men and women hindered by structural obstacles that we are helping to empower. We talk a lot about global health in abstract terms – it’s how we brand and present ourselves. What we really work with and what we need to emphasize, however, are human relationships. We work with women, children, fathers, mothers, across races, genders, sexualities, professions, and varying levels of education. It’s more than treating sickness and poverty – it’s about hearing these people’s stories, empathizing and caring, and then coming up with concrete, relevant programs to address these people’s specific needs. These people deserve better than to be generalized – their nuanced stories demand the more intimate understanding and partnership that GlobeMed has recognized as crucial in resolving health disparities.

This instinct for empathy is essential in any future global health leader. It is something that GlobeMed actively cultivates within each and every member. As health professionals, we will be responsible for the next generation of public health and medical advancements; Lawrence Summers, former Harvard President and U.S. Treasury Secretary, claims that:

“We could achieve universally low rates of infectious, maternal and child deaths by 2035.”

Global health equity possible within our generation at 2035. As emerging young professionals, there is a great pressure on us to lead future global health initiatives in the correct direction. As college undergraduates, there is also a great pressure to think pre-professionally in terms of resume-building and executive positions. Many students are uncertain about their futures and obsess over jobs, internships, and their general future. We need to stop putting our faith in degrees and jobs, and start putting our faith in ourselves. No person can control the future, nor should we try to make the future safe or predictable. It is not possible. The one secure fact in one’s life is that you can prepare yourself to handle any situation that comes your way. Develop yourself, empathize with others, and live in the moment and the future will change from scary to exciting. If there is one thing that summit has taught me, it is that no person or situation is unchangeable. It is simply a matter of reframing disadvantages into advantages. Utilize the current opportunities around you to grow, and success will follow in your footsteps.

A Message from your 2014-2015 GlobeMed Co-Presidents!

Matt Zhou
Year: Junior
Hometown: Palatine, IL
Major: Anthropology
Fun Fact: I’ve broken my arm by falling out of my bed while I was asleep
Brittany’s Spirit Animal (chosen by Matt): Chipmunk
Previous GlobeMed Experience: GROW Coordinator, GHU Co-director

Brittany Zelch
Year: Junior
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Major: Biology, Global Health minor
Fun Fact: I can’t remember the last day I didn’t eat hummus
Matt’s Spirit Animal (chosen by Brittany): Sloth
Previous GlobeMed Experience: Co- director of Individual Giving

A message from Matt and Brittany:

We’re really excited to introduce ourselves as the incoming co-presidents for next year! We are looking forward to not only continuing to develop relationships within the chapter, but also to engage the Northwestern/Evanston community through new local partnerships and collaborations. We believe that a closer and more connected community is critical for the continued success and expansion of our chapter. The coming year will focus on building off of a solid foundation and implementing new structures that will help drive us towards our goals and strengthen the way in which we operate as a chapter. Giving chapter members more opportunities to act as agents of change, both on campus and with our partner in Uganda, will help us move towards our goals of generating a greater degree of community awareness and creating sustainable change with the Adonai Center. As co-presidents, we have a vision of GlobeMed at Northwestern becoming something really special over the next few years. This vision depends on the commitment of our chapter members, who understand that through sustainable, grassroots empowerment, we as students have our own unique power to affect change and improve health conditions throughout the world.

Kicking off winter quarter 2011 in style

Photo courtesy of Allyson Westling / GlobeMed at Northwestern

Happy New Year! GlobeMed at Northwestern is back to work this quarter, having met for our first chapter meeting of the quarter last night. This year, we’re looking forward to our new globalhealthU curriculum on nutrition (especially relevant to our current project at the H.O.P.E. Center), continuing our fundraiser for the H.O.P.E. Center, collaborating with Healthy Albany Park and much more, all leading up to the 2010 GlobeMed Global Health Summit later in April (early deadline for applications: January 9; regular deadline: January 23). Look for a GlobeMed at Northwestern member on campus in one of our new, bright blue T-shirts and ask them about what global health equity means to them!

This Quarter’s Book Club Selection: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Mountains Beyond Mountains Discussion Questions

1.     Paul Farmer believes that “if you’re making sacrifices…you’re trying to lessen some psychic discomfort” (24). Do you agree with the way that Farmer makes personal sacrifices? For what kinds of things do you make sacrifices, and when do you expect others to make them? Are we obligated to make these same sacrifices as Farmer in order to make a genuine contribution?

2.     Paul Farmer finds ways of connecting with people whose backgrounds are vastly different from his own. How does he do this? Are his methods something to which we can all aspire?

3.     Farmer’s work is well received by mostly everyone, but some of his practices could be considered unethical because of his lack of medical training in certain situations. How do you respond to this? No one can argue that Farmer hasn’t made a huge contribution to the people of Haiti, but how do we justify his same practices that we usually frown upon in GlobeMed?

4.     What does the Haitian proverb “beyond mountains there are mountains” mean in your life?

5.     What does Dr. Farmer believe the role of a doctor should be, and how do his beliefs mesh with your own ideas about how physicians should practice medicine?

6.     How has Paul Farmer’s work, and the work of PIH, shaped Global Health? How has it enabled GlobeMed to create this movement for global health equity?

7.     What do you think the book achieves? For you personally? For society? Do you think that Paul Farmer inspires others to work for the common good? How can global citizenship and civic engagement be empowered on NU’s campus? –REEMA GHATNEKAR

Comment to share what you think!

Wrapping up fall quarter with GlobeMed at Northwestern

It’s hard to believe that the end of fall quarter 2010 is already in sight! Here’s what GlobeMed at Northwestern will be the up to, all the way up until Finals Week!

Civically Engaged Young Alumni Week
The Center for Civic Engagement’s Civically Engaged Young Alumni Week kicked off tonight with a keynote speech by Will Butler of Arcade Fire. The week’s event also includes a Global Health Alumni panel on November 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the McCormick Tribune Forum.

Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 pm (location TBA): GlobeMed/GES/NUCHR panel on local versus global engagement and the role we as students can have in important social justice movements.

Monday, November 15 (time and location TBA): GlobeMed/Living Wage Campaign/NCDC/Peace Project present health and human rights activist Cleve Jones. He will be speaking on a variety of issues that night and it should be pretty insightful!

Tuesday, November 16 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tech LR4: GlobeMed/Engineering World Health speaker event: Kellogg professor Kara Palamountain will be speaking about affordable diagnostic devices for infectious diseases in developing countries and the challenges that confront researchers in these fields.

Thursday, December 2 (afternoon time and location TBA): First book club event that will center around discussing Mountains Beyond Mountains.