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Northwestern Hosts Annual Global Health Summit

GlobeMed summit prepares students to lead on global health equity, social justice issues

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Students and global health leaders will come together on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus April 12 through 14 at the 2012 GlobeMed Global Health Summit to advance the movement for social justice and global health equity.

“Walking Together, Walking Far: Partnership as a Framework for Meaningful Action” will bring together more than 275 students from 46 universities around the country to participate in a series of lectures and workshops focused on knowledge sharing, collaboration and community building.

Speakers will include Melissa Covelli, senior programs officer, Polio, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gary Slutkin, executive director, CeaseFire; Pamela Barnes, CEO, EngenderHealth; and Pamela Angwech Judith, executive director, Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization, Uganda.

The honorary keynote with Pamela Barnes and Pamela Angwech will take place at 7:15 p.m. on April 13 and the plenary keynote with Gary Slutkin will take place at 1:15 p.m. April 14. Both events are free and open to the public and will be held in the University’s Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road.

Paul Farmer, Joseph Amon, Stephen Lewis and Nils Daulaire are among the leaders who participated in previous GlobeMed summits to advance the movement for a healthier world.

Founded in 2007 by a group of Northwestern undergraduates, GlobeMed is a network of University students dedicated to improving the health of people living in poverty; it now has 46 chapters on university campuses across the United States. Each of GlobeMed’s chapters collaborates with a unique grassroots organization to improve health in 18 countries in Africa, Asia, North America and South America. 

Fundraising and on-site efforts at each chapter contribute to one or more of six key project areas: maternal health, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, income generation, sexually transmitted infections and disease prevention and capacity building.

For more information, contact Jill Shah at (201) 895-2014 or email or visit

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