From November 11-13, GlobeMed at Columbia was the proud host of the 2nd GlobeMed HillTop, a regional conference of GlobeMedders from the Northeast. More than 100 students were in attendance, hailing from 14 colleges including Tufts, GWU, Penn State, and Cornell. Delegates participated in 3 days of lectures, discussions, and panels with the theme ‘From Philosophy to Practice: Partnership as Paradigm for Health Equity,’ addressing the advantages and pitfalls of the partnership model as a means of attaining global health equity. Emphasis was placed on small group discussion to facilitate both self-reflection and the sharing of best practices across chapters. In addition to student-led groups, a session of discussions was led by professionals in the global health sector, including representatives from the Clinton Global Initiative, the Acumen Fund, and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
The opening keynote was delivered by Peter Luckow, Director of Operations for Tiyatien Health, and co-founder of GlobeMed. Pamela Barnes, President and CEO of EngenderHealth, presented the honorary keynote the following evening. Both speeches were inspiring, and called for a new generation of leaders in the movement for health equity. The 2011 HillTop was a great success, and resulted in the creation of stronger partnerships and friendships within the GlobeMed network.
A special thanks to Lillian Jin and Karina Yu, co-chairs of the HillTop, who worked tirelessly for months to organize such a successful and inspiring weekend!