Hello everyone, Labor Day has come and past, and the new school year is almost upon us. We, the GlobeMed chapter at Northwestern University, have made it a big goal this year to update our official blog, the GlobeMed Grapevine, as often as possible. We hope that by increasing blog activity, including posting and sharing articles, posing important questions, and even offering opinions on current issues, we will educate and inspire our followers and readers on relevent public health and global health topics. Additionally, our blog will extensively cover all of the current activities within the chapter as well as detail GlobeMed events and other global health events on and around campus. Our mission statement as a national organization is: “to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.” Through this blog, we will attempt to fulfill this mission statement by sparking conversations and informing students about not only the problems we face but also the myriad of potential solutions and what we as a community can accomplish.
We start today with an article published yesterday on NPR’s health blog, “Shots”. It discusses the power of what has been called “herd immunity”, as well as the utter importance of vaccinations in fighting epidemics such as cholera. Share your thoughts and remember to keep checking back here all throughout the school year!