2016 Summit.

2016 Summit.

2019 GlobeMed Summit: Changing the Way Change Happens

We are incredibly excited to host our 12th annual Summit in Chicago, IL from February 21-24, 2019.

Our 2019 Summit theme, Changing the Way Change Happens, honors GlobeMed's roots of challenging the status quo by examining ourselves, others and systems that influence health while imagining the both the future of GlobeMed and the movement for global health equity. Together, we journey across four areas of exploration and examine the importance of the social justice lens on global health equity work:

IDENTITY: Understanding ourselves, our privilege, our power, our voice

DIVERSITY: Connecting with others across similarities and differences and uplifting voices

ACTION: Working collectively toward health equity by challenging existing structures

JUSTICE: Imagining a better world

Event Schedule | Speakers & Facilitators

What is Summit?

The GlobeMed Summit catalyzes collective learning & collaboration between ~150 students, grassroots partners and peer organizations from around the world. This conference provides students with a critical understanding of the intersections between global health and social justice, educates about ethical practices in global engagement, and provides a space for like-minded individuals to network and form relationships grounded in values of social justice and health equity.

Who can attend Summit?

The Summit is held every Spring in the Chicagoland area. Full Summit registration is made available only to GlobeMed chapter members and alumni, which includes lodging, some meals, and access to all workshops and events throughout the weekend. Applications typically open every December for the following year.

What can I expect from Summit?

We have been privileged to host a variety of speakers including non-profit leaders, corporate executives, and our own GlobeMed alumni and partners.  Past Summits have featured organizational representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Company, the Abbott Fund, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, FACE AIDS, GBCHealth, Global Health Corps, Partners In Health, Public Health Institute, Human Rights Watch, Chevron, APCO Worldwide, Purpose, AMPATH, and USAID.

All featured keynote events are open to the public. Past keynote speakers include global leaders such as Paul Farmer, Joseph Amon, Stephen Lewis, Joia Mukherjee, and Gary Slutkin.

Can GlobeMed sponsor me?

We have a limited amount of funds designated to assist students who otherwise would not be able to attend the Summit. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, you will be asked to fill out a Summit Financial Assistance Application. Please email for more information.

How can we support Summit?

We would be happy to have your support. Please send a note to if you or your company are interested in providing sponsorship for Summit events.

A special thanks to our current and former sponsors:



Northwestern University is a private research university located in Evanston, IL. The home of GlobeMed’s original founders, Northwestern and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies have provided GlobeMed immense, continued support over the past 10 years. Northwestern’s Evanston campus also hosts the annual GlobeMed Summit.



Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is an American medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs nearly 50,000 people in more than 50 countries throughout the world.


The Public Health Institute (PHI), in partnership with five organizations, implements the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II. GHFP-II supports the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse, culturally competent group of global health professionals at all career levels. GHFP-II supports financially disadvantaged and underrepresented students’ attendance at the GlobeMed Summit.


Interested in presenting at the Summit? Feel like writing a love note? Contact us at – we look forward to hearing from you!