GlobeMed NFP

Students and communities improving health around the world.

aka GlobeMed   |   Evanston, IL   |


GlobeMed aims to mobilize a community of students and grassroots leaders to work together to improve the health of people around the world. Founded by students in 2006, GlobeMed creates a space for students at 36 university-based chapters throughout the US and in Rwanda to learn about global health through hands-on, real world experiences. Each chapter is partnered with a community-led health organization in Africa, Asia, or the Americas. By building long-term, one-to-one partnerships between students and grassroots organizations, GlobeMed fosters the dialogue, collaboration, and mutual learning we need to tackle today’s complex global health challenges. Through their involvement in GlobeMed, students and partners commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice.

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Executive Director

Ms. Priya Fremerman

Main address

1800 Sherman Avenue, Ste. 3-000 Attn: GlobeMed

Evanston, IL 60201 USA

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NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Community Health Systems (E21)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

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Global Health Summit

GlobeMed's Global Health Summit conference brings together students, alumni, and partner organizations from the GlobeMed network as well as members of the global health equity movement. GH Summit provides students with a critical understanding of the intersections between global health and social justice, educates about ethical practices in global engagement, and provides a space for like-minded individuals to network and form relationships grounded in values of social justice and health equity.

Population(s) Served

GlobeMed’s annual Leadership Institute (LI) prepares student leaders from GlobeMed’s 36 university-based chapters with knowledge and resources to run high-caliber student organizations. Picking up where the classroom leaves off, this training program aims to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of key social justice concepts as they relate to the global health equity movement as well as the 7 Leadership Practices of GlobeMed:
1. Dig Deep
2. See Possibility
3. Grow Together
4. Be Brave
5. Follow Through
6. Build Sustainably
7. Cultivate Belonging

Leadership Institute also contains specific sessions for members of each chapter’s executive board to learn about best practices for leading their chapter.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

As a part of each chapter’s partnership, a group of two to five students participates in a Grassroots On-site/Online Work (GROW) internship. This experience allows students to build strong relationships with their partners, engage in mutual learning and collaboration, and reflect on strengths and areas for growth in the partnership. The GROW internship provides an opportunity for students to learn directly from and in a hands-on way about global health work. Each GROW intern participates in training prior to starting the internship that focuses on building cultural competency and skills to engage ethically and equitably with their partner organization and the community. After participating in the GROW internship, students bring back what they learned and experienced to share with the rest of their chapter.

GlobeMed leads an intern pre-departure training program that focuses on building the knowledge, skills & cultural competency needed for students to safely, ethically & equitably engage in with their host grassroots partner organizations & in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Much of GlobeMed’s programming takes the form of self-directed, experiential learning in each university chapter and the chapter’s relationship with its partner organization. The chapters are currently at 36 universities across the United States and one in Rwanda and are made up of undergraduate students of all races, genders, sexual identities, and disability status.

Chapter activities fall under one or more of three function areas: anti-oppressive partnership, peer learning & leading, and community & movement. Students in the chapter build and maintain a relationship with their grassroots partner organization, which is located in Asia, Africa, or the Americas. By following the lead of the organization and the community they serve, students support the work to meet the needs identified by the community. Students also have the opportunity to share what they have learned about global health with each other in their chapter through information and learning sessions. Each chapter is encouraged to connect the global health issues that they are learning about from their partner organization back to the global health movement that is taking place in their local community as well and to engage with a local organization or issue. Throughout the academic year, each chapter receives personalized coaching from GlobeMed to work through leadership challenges and navigate working in partnership across cultures.

Throughout the year, GlobeMed also hosts virtual programming focused on various health equity topics for students, alumni, and the global health equity community to attend. Speakers share their expertise on a health equity issue and create space for a dialogue about the topic with the attendees. Through this ongoing community programming, GlobeMed aims to strengthen the global health equity movement and increase the knowledge and understanding of all the ways to engage with the movement.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Young adults

Where we work

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GlobeMed takes learning into the “real world" to help students develop essential skills and perspectives that advance the movement for global health equity.

Our model partners university students with grassroots organizations who see the potential of their own communities and are already working to unleash it. Through the evolution of these partnerships year after year, students grapple with the challenges of global health work, learn from their grassroots partner and peers, and build a life-long commitment to the movement for global health equity. The relationships, skills, and knowledge developed in GlobeMed spark a commitment to mutual learning and critical thinking that will help these young leaders thrive in their careers.

Each year, GlobeMed adds to its community of 2,000 students, 36 grassroots organizations, and 4,000 alumni who are working to address health in communities around the world. By building a network that thrives off of passion and collaboration, GlobeMed is developing leaders who are equipped to take on the global health challenges of the 21st century.

GlobeMed is focusing on four main strategies to develop 21st century leaders for global health.

Strategy 1: Equip 7,000 young people with knowledge, skills and values for 21st century leadership.
At GlobeMed, leadership development happens through education and relationship-building. In the next five years, we are building programs that will help foster the critical thinking, collaboration, and facilitation skills that are necessary for 21st century leadership. These programs include broadening the reach of GlobeMed's signature educational curriculum, globalhealthU, and the establishment of robust alumni programs that will offer opportunities for lifelong learning, relationship building, and collective action.

Strategy 2: Support 36 university chapters and grassroots organizations to build partnerships that improve the health of communities.
Currently, GlobeMed supports its university chapters and grassroots partners through regular advising, mentorship, and collaboration. In the next five years, GlobeMed is enhancing its support by reinforcing chapter support strategies to encourage development of exemplary student organizations and building and refining partner support strategies to help grassroots leaders guide exemplary partnerships. One new initiative includes increasing the adaptability of GlobeMed's partnership model to facilitate growth to underrepresented institutions, including universities outside of the United States.

Strategy 3: Multiply our impact by being intentionally collaborative within and beyond our network.
Throughout history, transformational change has happened when people from all walks of life have united in solidarity to fight for equity and justice. That's why GlobeMed is investing in online and in person community building to enhance collaboration within and beyond our network. This strategy includes crafting compelling storytelling strategies to spark collaborations with others, expanding our annual Summit to provide tailored content for students and alumni to build meaningful relationships and learn from new perspectives, and hosting and curating a virtual Collaboratory where students, alumni, partners, and peers can learn and grow together.

Strategy 4: Build a resourceful, sustainable Global Headquarters.
The final strategy focuses on building a sustainable Global Headquarters to help support GlobeMed's growing network. Through developing sustainable fundraising and recruitment sources, GlobeMed aims to build an organization and culture that enables the network to thrive.

GlobeMed has built its strategies for leadership development into a framework that outlines specific targets and goals over the next five years. While program implementation relies on GlobeMed's six person staff, outside collaborators ranging from GlobeMed's alumni network to peer organizations to the university students themselves are integral to this framework. These collaborators support GlobeMed through collaborative projects, program feedback, and/or direct training.

Collaborators include, but are not limited to:
Arnhold Global Health Institute
Ask Big Questions
Child Health Family International
Global Health Corps
Global Health Fellows Program II
Northwestern University
Segal Family Foundation

Since its founding in 2007, GlobeMed has grown from a group of passionate students at Northwestern University to a network of 58 university chapters and grassroots organizations worldwide. Through these partnerships, students gain practical experience to supplement their academic studies and grassroots organizations gain resources to accelerate their work.

Over the last ten years, the GlobeMed network has raised $2.5 million and supported 387 health projects across seven impact areas including community health, youth empowerment, women's health, income generation, environmental health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene while also graduating over 4,000 alumni who continue to advance health in their own communities.

In the upcoming years, GlobeMed hopes to expand its reach both domestically and globally. Currently, the GlobeMed model partners university chapters based in the United States with grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia, or the Americas. Recognizing that there are opportunities to engage students from a wider variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, GlobeMed plans to adapt its model to be more inclusive in the next five years. This strategy includes creating a comprehensive strategy for partnerships with domestic organizations so that students can learn about civic engagement and global health in their own backyards and expanding to international chapters to tap into the passion and potential of students around the world.

Key statistics:
97% of alumni state that GlobeMed has strengthened their leadership abilities
93% of alumni say GlobeMed has given them skills and resources that will allow them to be successful in their future
98% of alumni plan to remain an advocate for global health and social justice regardless of career path
94% of partners feel that their organization has changed due to their partnership with GlobeMed.


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Board of directors
as of 6/11/2021
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Board chair

Brian Hanson

Vice President, Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Term: 2019 - 2022

Brian Hanson

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Dominique Hazzard

Johns Hopkins University

Maya Cohen

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Anupa Gewali

University of Washington, Department of Global Health

Laura Knisley Bukiet

Evolve Giving Group

Tana Chongsuwat

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/11/2021

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