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  1. Looking For Summer Opportunities?

    February 23, 2015 by Madelaine Hack

    Hey GlobeMed! Although it’s cold and snowy here, summer is coming up soon and we have some great internship opportunities you should check out this week.

    Monday, Feb 23, there’s an info session in Axinn 229 from 4:30-5:30 for on-campus internships, research positions and volunteer opportunities.

    Tuesday, Feb 24, there’s an info session for the Saha Global Leadership Program, a 3-week program in Ghana to train local women how to launch clean water and sustainable electricity businesses.

     


  2. MiddHackathon

    January 19, 2015 by Madelaine Hack

    Are you interested in leading a life of social impact? Do you believe in social impact through global health? Do you want to generate solutions to health challenges, both local and global?  Do you believe in meeting of minds to hack solutions to chronic health problems? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then join us at our first MiddHackathon this January 23rd at Middlebury College where students, with support from locally and internationally recognized mentors, will meet to present challenges, share ideas, and propose possible solutions to tackle some of the pressing health problems of our time. A panel of leading experts in the field will select the best solutions in the fields of HIV AIDS, Ebola, and Collage Sexual and Drug Abuse.

    Dates: January 23-24, 2015 

    Locations: Wilson Hall

    Schedule

    Friday 01/23 – Wilson Hall

    2:00 PM -Kickoff, keynote speaker

    2:15 PM – Challenge Pitches

    2:30 PM – Mixer and Team Assembling Networking

    3:00 PM – Hacking Begins

    3:30 PM – Sanity Check (Mentors circle around teams)

    4:30 PM – Hacking Continues

    5:30 PM – Teams Spread to Continue Hacking

    9:30 PM – Live Skype line Sanity Check

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    Saturday 01/24 – Wilson Hall

    9:30 AM – Students gather to continue working on their challenges

    10:30 AM – Live Skype Line Sanity Check

    1:00 PM – Solution Presentations

    1:30 PM – Judges’ Deliberation

    2:00 PM – Prizes and Closing Remarks


  3. Holiday Giving

    December 6, 2014 by Madelaine Hack

    Happy Holidays! To donate to our Holiday Giving Campaign and support Gardens for Health International in their capacity-building efforts click on the link below!1505499_999382573420986_3803576449279104986_n

    http://www.razoo.com/story/Middlebury


  4. World AIDS Day

    November 29, 2014 by Madelaine Hack

    AIDS Day 2014


  5. #EBOLA

    November 23, 2014 by Madelaine Hack

    Hey Midd! Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about such an important global health issue hosted by our friends Umoja: African Student Organization :

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  6. Our First Newsletter!

    November 3, 2014 by Madelaine Hack

    NWS


  7. GlobeMed Glows // Thursday, January 9

    January 8, 2014 by Ryan Brewster

     

    GlobeMed Glows

    Tomorrow night, Thursday, January 9th, we will be hosting a fundraising campaign at Two Brothers Tavern. It is our first event of J-Term and hopefully a continuation of the success we have had this year!

     


  8. Chapter Meeting // 10/13/13

    October 23, 2013 by Ryan Brewster

    Eliza Butler, our Director of Internal Community Building, began an exciting developments regarding our local partner, the Vermont Food Bank. Food insecurity has emerged as a critical public health issue in the state, with more than 8,600 citizens relying on the charitable food system every year. The mission of the Vermont Food Bank is to “gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry” (For more information, visit their website at www.vtfoodbank.org). To achieve this, the organization has formed a coalition with food retailers, manufacturers, farmers and other sources around the state to collect quality goods. The food stream is then allocated to Network Partners (Including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters etc.), who distribute the food to the most vulnerable populations. Given our commitment to food justice in an international context, the chapter believed a partnership with the Vermont Food Network would be extremely valuable. The organization will be enlisting us as communications personnel in order to tell the stories of food stamp recipients and local producers that are a part of the Vermont Foodbank community.

    It was also announced that Hannah Geldermann will be the 2013 GROW Trip Coordinator. She, along with one or two fellow chapter members, will be working on-site for a 6-8 week internship with GHI. We couldn’t have chosen a better ambassador to represent GlobeMed at Middlebury!

    Investments in infrastructure and administrative growth – otherwise known as overhead – are seen as necessary expenditures to sustain long-term stability. However, unlike the for-profit sector, non-profits are expected to cut any costs that don’t directly enhance their service. Dissecting the “Overhead myth” was the topic for this week’s GlobalHealthU. It essentially calls into question the double standard between corporations and NGOs, arguing instead that spending on communications, monitoring and evaluations, salaries, fundraising and other internal development needs are inseparable for the intervention itself. In other words, it should be the outcomes that measure performance of an organization, not how trim their budget is.  A provocative TED talk delivered by Dan Pallotta sparked some really engaging conversation:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html

    The partnership between GlobeMed at Middlebury and Gardens for Health International has chosen to acknowledge capacity building needs by designing their annual project around an unrestricted grant. Born out of this past summer’s internships with GHI, this will allow the organization to allocate funding to support their operational costs as they continue to expand and effectively address chronic malnutrition in Rwanda.

     


  9. Chapter Meeting // 10/6/13

    October 23, 2013 by Ryan Brewster

    A startling fact opened up this week’s meeting – The average weekly income of families enrolled in GHI’s health center program is $3.77, with 37% of these families earning less than $2.00 per week. GHI works within these financial constraints, but hopes to ultimately shatter this cycle of poverty through community-driven self-agency.

    Lindsay and Olivia held their first biweekly Skype meeting with GHI. For the duration of the academic year, our partner liasions will be Eve, the US Operations Coordinator, and Christiana, who is a Princeton in Africa Fellow stationed on-site. They reported the impressive progress made in their ongoing expansion four new health centers in the Musanze District. The official enrollment was greeted with unprecedented interest levels amongst the communities. Accordingly, each center will be training a full class of forty families.  Here’s an excerpt from GHI’s blog explaining the decisions to scale up into the district:

    We consider Musanze to be an ideal fit for GHI’s mission based on a number of factors, particularly its high level of demonstrated need and a local leadership committed to a productive partnership. With a chronic malnutrition rate of nearly 63% (compared to the national average of 44%), Musanze represents both a challenge and a tremendous opportunity for the type of change to which GHI has long been committed. District leadership and those in charge of our partnered health centers are well aware of the problems faced by their community—and have demonstrated a willingness and desire to support our efforts.

    To get a glimpse at GHI’s health center program, we watched a video detailing a family’s trajectory towards agricultural self-sufficiency. Innocent, one of GHI’s field educators, was shown working with a family to implement a home garden and to address their individualized needs. Please feel free to enjoy the short film here:

    http://vimeo.com/70683769

    Our GlobalHealthU discussion for this week looked at the recent controversies surrounding the Affordable Care Act, especially as it pertains to the government’s role in securing either health equity or healthy citizens. Aside from political and legislative interventions, it was suggested that collaborations with the private industry are indispensable for a strong public health infrastructure. For instance, the high accessibility to fats, sugars and salts is engendering an unprecedented rise in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Without effectively checking the market-driven interests of food manufacturers, these alarming trends will continue in spite of policymaking initiatives. Community-centered health care must be coupled with work at the state and national level. The decentralized nature of Rwanda’s health care system is being recognized as a model program for developing and developed countries alike. As part of their Mutuelles de santé, the country provides universal health insurance and enlists 45,000 community health workers throughout the country to provide psychosocial support and primary care services. The outcomes speak for themselves – Maternal mortality has decreased by 60%, life expectancy has doubled, and the prevalence of once widespread diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria) is exponentially declining. Perhaps the United States can take a lesson from resource-constrained countries like Rwanda, who are able to prioritize both equity and affordability.


  10. Chapter Meeting // 9/29/13

    October 23, 2013 by Ryan Brewster

    GlobeMed at Middlebury held its second meeting of the semester on Sunday, September 29th. Having solidified our now 40+-person membership, we are thrilled to begin a productive year working towards global health equity on campus and with our partner, Gardens for Health International.

    The chapter has introduced a new model for member participation, breaking down into teams focused on campaigns, speakers and grants. Our campaign directors, Cate Stanton and Margaret Reed, are coordinating a promising year for fundraising events. Amongst the many traditional and new campaigns in store include the Ski Race, a 5k, an acapella jamboree, and a Holiday Giving campaign.

    To begin the night’s GlobalHealthU, members attempted to define poverty and the elements of what makes somebody poor. Responses touched on the manifold dimensions of poverty, from the economic to the political to the personal. The discussion then opened up to the following questions:

    How does GHI approach poverty and development? How would you address poverty?

    Where do we want to be in 2030? What do we want accomplished? How will poverty be different? 

    How do we want to get there? Is GHI’s model the only model we should be following? Are there other models that complement GHI’s mission?

    Sustainability was identified as the most critical dimension to contemporary international aid. In supporting the beneficiaries to developing their own solutions, global health initiatives can ensure a long-lasting, targeted and deep impact in the community. Moreover, community empowerment lends itself to partnerships with like-minded organizations, thus creating a network that approaches their respective issues from a multidimensional purview. For GHI, sustainable practice is embedded in their Turi Kumwe, or We Are Together, philosophy. Local leaders, trained as agricultural field agents, are dispatched into communities to sensitize families to GHI’s agricultural training and health-related educational curriculum. In turn, mother mothers are equipped with the self-sufficiency to life their households out of malnourishment. Out of this integrated, rather than parallel, system have emerged many strategic partnerships with the Rwandan government, UNICEF, the European Union and other sectors involved in food security policy.