Category: Community Health

Interning at Médicos del Mundo: insights from working globally

I spent last fall in Barcelona, interning at Catalonia’s branch of Médicos del Mundo – or translated in English, Doctors of the World. This is an international human rights organization that empowers and provides health services for vulnerable populations. Today, 400 programs exist in over 80 countries, and the programs are largely spearheaded by local

Northwestern expands faculty collaborations in health-related fields

In a step towards continued cross-cultural collaborations, eight Northwestern faculty members and administrators traveled to Havana, Cuba, this past June to explore possible joint research opportunities with Cuban peers. Four days of back-to-back meetings with University of Medical Sciences of Havana faculty and visits to family doctor offices, hospitals and specialty clinics highlighted Cuba’s public

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

“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