ghU Recap: Voluntourism

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By Amy Lin Last quarter, the ghU sessions delved into the topics of gender and sexuality. While the sessions were empowering and fun as a woman, it was easy to get swept up in the feminist movement and start saying things like “gender is a social construct” and “down with the patriarchy.” The ghUs addressed these topics, but went even further in discussing the surrounding social environment. We talked about the personal issues with acceptance and social norms, and then went on to shed a light on the larger implications of the inequalities, especially with regards to access to healthcare and other rights. While ghU’s always create dialogue about these important issues, the discussion often feels like it ends when the meeting ends. With our new focus on advocacy, it’s exciting…
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GlobeMed Summit 2013; Violence as a Disease

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If you haven't heard already, the National Office proudly announced that the keynote speaker for the annual 2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit is Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women in 2011.  GlobeMed at Northwestern is extremely excited about this opportunity and we are looking forward to the summit in April.  More information here: There was an interesting article featured on NPR today that we wanted to share; it discusses the role that epidemiology can play in combating violence by treating murder like a disease and a public health issue: This directly links back to a fantastic speaker featured at last year's GlobeMed Summit, Dr. Gary Slutkin, who is working locally in the Chicagoland area to combat violence with a…
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Food for Thought

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[caption id="attachment_328" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Global Distribution of Death by Nutrition Deficiency"][/caption] How does individual behavior affect the international realm? In the past 50 years, the rapid growth of the fast food industry has stimulated the industrialization of food. As a result, a few big businesses have come to control the food industry: what is produced, how it is produced, who produces it, how it is distributed, to whom is it distributed, and, even, how is it regulated and by whom is it regulated. The grand-scale commercialization of food, especially meat, has given rise to a new type of agriculture--factory farming. [caption id="attachment_329" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Overproduction of corn from a farm factory."][/caption] Factory farming is not only unsustainable, but also perpetuates inequity among nations with regards to food abundance. Consumers, as an…
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