At the 2012 Summit, we examined partnership in various contexts and celebrated GlobeMed's fifth year of partnerships.

2012 GlobeMed Global Health Summit

Walking Together, Walking Far: Partnership as a Framework for Meaningful Action

April 12 – 14, 2012 | Evanston, IL

The 2012 Summit’s central theme, “Walking Together, Walking Far: Partnership as a Framework for Meaningful Action,” examined the role of cross-sector partnership in bringing about a healthier world. The weekend proved that we will walk together, and that we will walk far.

 “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.”
– Burkinabè proverb

At our largest Summit yet, 300 delegates, alumni, and speakers, came together to participate in a narrative of progressive tasks: Explore organizational models and partnership methods, Define values and best practices, and Apply these findings to real-world situations, after the weekend’s sessions came to a close.

View the 2012 Summit program.
View the 2012 Summit photo album.

Students at the 2012 Summit Closing Dinner

Students came together to discuss questions such as: Who are the various players in global health and what do they bring to the table? How can we better leverage our partnerships to build a more just and equitable world?

Read GlobeMed at UT-Austin’s “Top 10 Takeaways from the 2012 GlobeMed Global Health Summit.”


Sessions at the 2012 Summit featured not only professionals in the health, business, and non-profit sectors, but also key members of the GlobeMed network, including – for the first time – representatives from partner organizations on three continents. A panel on AIDS United’s Access to Care (A2C) explored the path of sponsorship in non-profit health services: from Bristol-Myers Squibb to AIDS United to Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama, which is partnered with GlobeMed at Princeton University. Students as well had an opportunity to present their own independent research to one another as an extension of Global Health University. The program took an interactive approach to the theme of partnership, through academic dialogues examining policy and advocacy, facilitated small groups, and sharing of best practices in organizational leadership.

Panel at 2012 Summit

Vision in Action panel (from left: Fran Kalaftis, Manager of Virology Advocacy at Bristol-Myers Squibb; Victor Barnes, Interim President and CEO of AIDS United; Will Rutland, A2C Coocrdinator; Medical AIDS Outreach; Pat Casey, GlobeMed at Truman State ’11)

Keynote speakers
Opening Keynote: Melissa Covelli

Melissa Covelli is the Senior Program Officer of the Polio Strategy in Global Health for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her efforts at the Gates Foundation have lent her an intimate knowledge of the resources necessary to reach the last 1% of the world’s polio victims. In her presentation, she examined the complex structural processes that perpetuate the virus, and how agents like herself seek to address its root causes.

Honorary Keynote: Pamela W. Barnes & Pamela Angwech

Pamela W. Barnes, President and CEO of EngenderHealth, has more than 30 years of organizational leadership and global health experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she served as President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, overseeing successful programs across 18 countries in Africa and Asia with more than 1,000 employees. During her five-year tenure, Ms. Barnes led a significant expansion of the foundation’s program portfolio and budget, from $45 million to $150 million. She developed global health policies with NGOs such as the World Health Organization, created strategic partnerships with leading public health organizations, and led fundraising efforts with government agencies and corporate and private donors, including Johnson & Johnson and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Pamela Anwech (left), Maya Cohen (center) and Pamela W. Barnes (right) take the stage for the honorary keynote address.

Pamela Angwech is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G), a health and women’s empowerment organization based in northern Uganda. She has over 15 years of experience in community-based human rights policy and mobilization, mitigation of gender-based violence, promotion of reproductive rights, peacebuilding, and post-conflict development. In 2004, Ms. Angwech founded GWED-G, the region’s first grassroots human rights organization focused on women, in response to the human rights violations she witnessed during the conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Amry and the Ugandan government.

Plenary Keynote: Dr. Gary Slutkin

Dr. Gary Slutkin serves as the Executive Director of CeaseFire, an organization dedicated to preventing urban violence by treating it as an infectious disease and using disease control methods to prevent its spread. He received his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and did his internship and residency at San Francisco General Hospital, where he was also Chief Resident of Medicine. CeaseFire has been recently profiled in “The Interrupters,” a film following four “interrupters” who work directly with community members to stop street shootings and killings in Chicago neighborhoods.


Dr. Gary Slutkin of CeaseFire delivering the Plenary Address on Saturday afternoon.

Special Guest Address: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since October 2005. Prior to his current position, Dr. Tedros Adhanom served as State Minister of Health in the Federal Government for one year. He has served in various expert and leadership positions at the federal and state levels since 1986. His major interest is on malaria and he has published numerous articles on the topic. Currently, Dr. Tedros serves as a co-Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Board member of GAVI and Chair of the Board of Directors of Addis Ababa University.


Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Minister of Heath of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, speaks to GlobeMed students during a surprise Q&A on Saturday afternoon.