On October 25, over 200 Northwestern alumni, parents, faculty, and staff gathered at the iconic Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco, California, to hear about Northwestern's interdisciplinary global health work and to celebrate the launch of the Campaign for the Institute for Global Health.
“Disease knows no geographic boundaries, and global means everywhere. The work we do benefits us all,” said Robert J. Havey, ’80 MD, '83 GMER, '84 GMEF, associate professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and founder of the highly successful Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Feinberg, which helped to host the event.
Alumni and parents from schools including Feinberg, the McCormick School of Engineering, the Kellogg School of Management, the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, among others, were in attendance. They learned how Northwestern is creating global leaders in a variety of disciplines. Working in synergy under the proposed Institute for Global Health, the University as a whole is collaborating to address health disparities and reduce the global burden of disease.
Dr. Havey spoke to the need for sustainability and collaboration, noting that Northwestern leads the nation in global health rotations for medical students. Event attendees heard from Class of 2018 Feinberg student Brianna M. Knoll who spent a month in rural Tanzania with several other Feinberg students thanks to support from the GHI.
“My fellow students and I shared many valued experiences during out trip—we saw diseases that only reside in text books back home; we watched families choose between paying for medication or food; and we performed surgeries with minimal electricity and anesthesia. We also were humbled by the appreciation of the community,” said Ms. Knoll. “We learned so much during our time in Tanzania, and we know that it is just the beginning of Northwestern’s impact in this rural village.”
Global Health Work Abroad: Making a Difference at the Source
As a cardiologist, global health researcher, and educator, Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH, has been working for nearly a decade in some of the poorest areas of the world. During that time, he has created a global team of emerging leaders from 42 countries who are working to contextual, implement, and scale a cardiovascular prevention playbook to settings and populations in greatest need.
The Institute for Global Health at Northwestern – Making a World of Difference Globally
In September, Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean of Feinberg, announced the launch of the Campaign for the Institute forGlobal Health. This high-priority fundraising campaign within We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine will endow the Institute for Global Health and propel the expansion of Northwestern University’s collaborative global health work.
The Institute for Global Health, like no other in the world, will be singular in its design and scope, as it will support global health education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Driven by the medical school, the Institute will focus on nine distinct centers in global health: education, infectious disease, primary care, global surgery, cancer, cardiovascular risk, brain and neurological disease, rehabilitation, and eHealth distance learning.
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“We need global partners to help us to solve the most pressing, most challenging global problems,” said Dr. Huffman, who is associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine at Feinberg. “We have an opportunity to make fundamental discoveries about underlying diseases. We cannot do this alone, but we are well-positioned to lead the global efforts to do so.”
The evening included a young alumni panel moderated by William R. Leonard, PhD, professor and director of Weinberg's Global Health Studies program, in which panelists described their post-graduate global health work. Devora Grynspan, ‘76, ’82 PhD, vice president for International Relations and co-founder of the Global Health Studies program, shared remarks articulating the need to present the Campaign for the Institute for Global Health to our alumni across the country and around the globe.
“The endowed Institute for Global Health will serve as the epicenter for global health research and medical education at Northwestern, and will link with all of our schools, programs, and majors,” said Dr. Havey. “The Institute will ensure that our work will not only be sustained, but expanded, continuing in perpetuity as Northwestern becomes the world’s leader in global health, making an impact that ensures that our children and the children of generations to come can enjoy long lives in a healthy and productive world.”