2011 Summit
The 2011 Summit drew from a rich history of past social movements to critically assess what role GlobeMed students have in building a more just and equitable world.

2011 GlobeMed Global Health Summit

A Call to Action: Leveraging History to
Build a Movement

April 7 – 9, 2011 | Evanston, IL

The 2011 Summit’s central theme, “A Call to Action: Leveraging History to Build a Movement,” reviewed the history of social movements broadly in order to determine the present capacity of students, grassroots health workers, and their respective communities. What lessons do our precursors leave behind, and in what ways can they be considered relevant? Is it possible to replicate their successes? Throughout the weekend, delegates critically assessed the complex position of GlobeMed itself, which can be defined as both an extension of and a departure from the conventional paradigm of global health development.

View the 2011 Summit program.
View the 2011 Summit photo album.


The Summit schedule included a diverse body of programming, including three flighted sessions – “Global Health at the Grassroots”, “Policy and Advocacy”, and “Historical Lessons Advocating for Justice” – a series of speaker and student panels, facilitated small group discussions, and organizational think tanks addressing the possibilities of GlobeMed’s future growth.

Corporate Panel: Business Leaders in Global Health (from left: Paurvi Bhatt, Senior Director of Strategic Health Initiatives at Levi Strauss; Linda Distelrath, Senior VP of Healthcare Practices at APCO Worldwide; Ernesto De La Torre, Global Public Health Coordinator at Chevron; and Suki McClatchey; Senior Manager of Global Citizenship and Policy for Abbott)

Keynote speakers
Opening Keynote: Andre Banks

Andre Banks is the Senior Advisor for Purpose, an online platform that rallies the purchasing power of millions of consumers to help resolve global problems. Mr. Banks found his start as Student Program Coordinator with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), working to unite students and unions behind economic equality. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of, a 700,000-member peer network dedicated to the promotion of racial justice in the U.S. political arena.

Andre Banks

Opening keynote Andre Banks looking at photos from across the GlobeMed network.

Honorary Keynote: Dr. Joia Mukherjee

Joia Mukherjee, MD, is an Associate Professor with Harvard Medical School in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham And Women’s Hospital. Since 2000, she has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health, an international medical non-profit with clinical programs in various strategic locations. Dr. Mukherjee consults for the World Health Organization on the treatment of HIV and MDR-TB in developing countries.

Honorary Keynote by Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health

Plenary Keynote: Dr. Joseph Amon

Joseph Amon, PhD, is the Director of Health at Human Rights Watch.

 “Interest in global health among undergraduates has really increased over the past decade, and students have influence in inspiring a greater attention to global health in general. I want to encourage students to get involved in this field. It’s an exciting and rewarding career.”
– Dr. Joseph Amon, Human Rights Watch

He joined the organization in 2005 as head of its HIV/AIDS program, having previously worked for more than 15 years conducting research, designing programs, and evaluating interventions related to HIV, malaria, hepatitis and Guinea Worm disease for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for projects funded by the US Agency for International Development. He has also served at the Carter Center and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In addition, Dr. Amon is an associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and a lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Amon has a master’s degree in tropical medicine and a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Plenary Keynote by Dr. Joseph Amon, Director of Health at Human Rights Watch