Category: Global Health Studies

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

Five Northwestern Students Attend Emory Global Health Case Competition

This past March, five Northwestern students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the Emory Global Health Case Competition. The diverse team, which was comprised of students hailing from Feinberg School of Medicine, Kellogg School of Management, and Weinberg College were tasked with creating an initiative to address mental health issues in Liberia. With a

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