Author: Virginia Nowakowski

Virginia is a junior studying Journalism and Global Health. She is from Rochester, Minnesota, home of Mayo Clinic and the growing Destination Medical Center, which first interested her in health issues. After an amazing semester studying health in Paris, she is looking forward to future opportunities for combining journalism and health.

More Than a Gym: World YMCA

YMCA. There’s probably a local fitness center near your town with these letters. In 1978 the acronym became almost inseparable from the popular Village People song. However, the Young Men’s Christian Association doesn’t just provide a place for people to workout or an easy line dance for weddings; it works to “bring social justice and

Practical Advice from a Doctors Without Borders Nurse

Rebecca Singer, R.N., N.D., has been working with Doctors Without Borders since 2005, helping survivors of violence get the care they need in countries like Chad, Liberia and Papua New Guinea. Not only does she offer medical assistance, Singer has advocated for policy changes and helped develop better relations at places where health intersects with

A Chat with UNICEF’s Whitney Cross

Whitney Cross, the Global Citizen Fellow for Chicago’s regional UNICEF office, recently came to speak to Professor Diamond’s Global Health 390 class about the work that UNICEF does around the world, from trick-or-treat programs to vaccination campaigns. Cross first discovered UNICEF when she researched global efforts to alleviate the poverty in Haiti, after she witnessed

“Let’s talk:” World Health Day 2017

Every year, the World Health Organization marks the anniversary of its founding with World Health Day. The organization, which officially came onto the international stage on April 7, 1948, uses World Health Day to call attention to important health issues impacting a large portion of the world. Topics for World Health Day vary considerably, reflecting

Northwestern takes a field trip to a Baby-Friendly hospital

Early in March, a group of Northwestern students in Professor Young’s “Ecology of infant feeding” class had the chance to visit Advocate Trinity Hospital on the southeast side of Chicago. From the outside, it looks like a regular clinic, but the hospital is really quite special–it’s Baby-Friendly. Shouldn’t all hospitals where mothers deliver be “baby