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Student Groups

Health-related student groups at Northwestern

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AIESEC AIESEC's mission statement is to contribute to the development of our countries and their people with an overriding commitment to international understanding and cooperation. AIESEC's vision is peace and the fulfillment of humankind's potential.
Alternative Student Breaks Alternative Student Break is dedicated to the creation and implementation of community service trips to various underserved communities in the United States. In efforts to broaden students’ understanding about the effects of poverty on health and health care, our program provides medical students with hands-on experiences working with marginalized and/or underserved communities
American Red Cross at Northwestern The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, preparefor and respond to emergencies. 
Camp Kesem Camp  Kesem  empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent's cancer. 
Cancer Outreatch Prevention Education (COPE) C.O.P.E. unites and empowers college students in their initiatives to fight cancer through public awareness, fundraising, and patient support (volunteering) for a variety of cancer-related organizations.
Challah for Hunger Challah for Hunger (CfH) raises awareness of and money for hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread. 
China Care Our mission is to sponsor education, surgeries, and medical treatments for orphans in China. Within the Chicago area, we aim to create and foster a stronger community with the adopted children and with China Care families by holding playgroups and a mentorship program for adopted orphans. 
Chinatown Health Initiative  We are a student group that supports a free clinic in Cermak Chinatown. Get involved by volunteering as a translator or joining the student board.
Engineers for a Sustainable World  Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) mobilizes engineers through education, training, and practical action, building collaborative partnerships to meet the needs of current and future generations. The Northwestern University chapter has been actively involved with several engineering projects including wind power in Nicaragua and water pumps the Phillipines.
Engineering World Health Northwestern  Engineering World Health (EWH) Northwestern seeks to inspire and mobilize the engineering community; to improve the quality of healthcare in vulnerable communities; and to provide the members of EWH Northwestern with the opportunity to repair, build, and learn about medical devices. 
Engineers Without Borders EWB-NU supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. 
Global Architecture Brigade Global Architecture Brigades (GAB) designs and constructs socially responsible and sustainable architecture solutions in developing nations. A think tank design approach that utilizes extensive community dialogue and independent research to create efficient, appropriate, and elegant structures to be embraced and utilized by those for whom they were built. 
Global Engagement Summit The Global Engagement Summit (GES) is a five-day international training conference for students committed to global change. Created in 2005, the summit was first organized by Northwestern's  Center for Global Engagement. The summit brings together student delegates to focus on understanding the challenges and opportunities for their engagement, develop their skillsets, and connect with like-minded peers from around the world.
Global Medical Brigade Medical Brigades at Northwestern University is a chapter of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The Medical Brigades at Northwestern University chapter systematically works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of nine skill-based programs that benefit more than 130,000 Honduran and Panamanian community members annually. 
Global Medical Missions Alliance Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA) members are Christian Healthcare Professionals striving to TEACH and CARE for the well-being of the WHOLE PERSON in Mind, Body, and Spirit. GMMA members strive to reach out to the Next Generation to EQUIP them for World Missions, and to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. 
Global Water Brigade Global Water Brigades is powered by groups of students and professionals dedicated to finding and implementing clean water and sanitation solutions. Each of these groups comes on a "Brigades" to Honduras to support the development of rural communities.
GlobeMed GlobeMed, which originated at Northwestern University in 2006, is a network of university students, which partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of the impoverished. The Northwestern University GlobeMed Chapter is actively involved in a partnership with the  Adonai Child Development Centre in Namugoga, Uganda.  
International Gender Equality Movement (iGEM) International Gender Equality Movement is a campus chapter of the UN Foundation campaign Girl Up that promotes the education, leadership, and well-being of girls both in our community and in developing countries around the world. Through campus events, iGEM fundraises, advocates, and raises awareness for UN programs specifically aimed at adolescent girls in Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, and Guatemala. 
MEDLIFE Our mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. MEDLIFE aims to achieve this goal through partnering with motivated individuals in underserved communities working to improve their access to medicine, increase education and enhance community development. 
Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) is an all-male peer education group affiliated with CARE, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Its purpose is to engage and educate men about the issues of rape and sexual assault.
MiniChefz MiniChefz is a non-profit organization comprised of college students. We have worked together to develop a curriculum based around nutrition, healthy eating, and a healthy lifestyle. Our volunteers dedicate themselves to improving their cooking skills and learning the curriculum in order to travel into neighboring communities and work with the youth population in order to help encourage healthier life choices. Nutrition is a key component to a healthy life. Our goal is to create healthy eating habits for youth in order to prevent many of the health issues that arise in adulthood. 
Mountains for Moms Mountains for Moms is a student group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to support the treatment of women who have been socially exiled by their total loss of excretory control after the stillbirth their children due to Obstetric Fistula. 
Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC) NCDC is a student-run organization that seeks to engage students in community development at Northwestern, in Evanston, and throughout Chicago. NCDC promotes civic engagement through direct service, social awareness, and advocacy. NCDC offers an interactive guide to volunteering sites in the area. 
Northwestern Emergency Medicine Organization Northwestern Emergency Medicine Organization serves to promote a greater visibility for the broad-range applications of emergency medicine on campus and within the Greater Chicago area. Whereas other health organizations on campus attract pre-health students exclusively, NEMO teaches life-saving knowledge and skills to the entire Northwestern community.
Northwestern Pre-Dental Society Northwestern Pre-dental society (NUPDS) strives to unite NU pre-dental students and serves as a resource as students explore careers in oral healthcare or prepare enter to dental school. NUPDS is focused on educating students about career options in dentistry and offering support to undergraduates navigating pre-dental preparations.
Northwestern University Community Health Corps (NUCHC) The Northwestern University Community Health Corps is a group dedicated to improving health outcomes in the Evanston and Skokie area by increasing access to health information and resources. We are creating student-run health desks at the Evanston and Skokie Libraries, training community health advocates for Erie Family Health Center, forming a health  database and website of community resources, and organizing local public health-related events. 
NU Active Minds

NU Active Minds acts as a liaison between the Northwestern community and university mental health services. We work to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through education, advocacy and awareness events. We encourage positive mental health for all through open conversation in safe environments.

One Step Before

The purpose of One Step Before is to serve the minority premedical students of Northwestern University, by providing valuable information that premedical students need, prior to attending medical school, through meetings, workshops, events, etc. This organization works diligently to try to stimulate the interests, of premedical students at Northwestern University, in the medical field by encouraging and promoting all minorities in medicine.  

Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange's mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. PHE's vision is that, one day, all teens will have the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions.

Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity

The Illinois Gamma chapter of PhiDE International Medical Fraternity at Northwestern University provides its members with mentorship, leadership and volunteering opportunities, social activities and scientific education. 


Pre-Med Peer Mentoring

Pre-Med Peer Mentoring Program (PPMP) is designed to bridge the gap and provide a simple way for pre-med freshman and sophomores to connect with upperclassmen mentors. 

Project RISHI

We are Project RISHI, a national college-based organization dedicated to improving health care in rural India. Currently, we are working with a village called Charnia. Working with community leaders, we hope to create a fully staffed health clinic at the epicenter of the village, where any Charnian can come for support and treatment.


NU Rotaract dedicates spring break to international service, connecting with Rotaract chapters abroad and working on a weeklong project. We also join other Rotaractors and Rotarians from all around the nation at the annual forum held before the Rotary International Convention. This event offers Rotaractors from all over the world the chance to meet, discuss issues of mutual interest, and develop bonds of international understanding and goodwill.

Save a Child's Heart

Northwestern for Save a Child's Heart supports an Israeli-based organization called Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) that provides life-saving cardiac surgeries for children from developing countries who cannot afford these treatments. 

Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE)

Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE) is a student organization affiliated with CARE that provides education, organizes events, and generates campus dialogue about sexual health and sexual assault.  SHAPE's mission is to increase students’ comfort about sexuality, encourage them to learn and adopt healthy sexual behaviors and help them recognize and address unhealthy and dangerous behaviors and attitudes regarding sexuality. 

St. Baldrick's 

The purpose of our organization is to support the overall mission of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by fundraising for pediatric cancer research. On campus, our primary goal each year is to organize a successful year-end fundraising event, where volunteers shave their heads to raise money. 

The Medical Decoder

The Medical Decoder is a student-produced publication run by, and designed for, those interested in the world of medicine and health care. The Medical Decoder, The MD for short, features easy to read, concise articles on topics important for aspiring physicians to know and provides a collaborative environment for aspiring physicians to share their interests, passions, and concerns about the directions medicine is heading in.


UNICEF NU seeks to engage Northwestern University students in global health issues and encourage them to advocate for children’s rights. UNICEF NU benefits the Northwestern community by connecting students to a major intergovernmental organization - UNICEF

Unite for Sight

Unite for Sight is a nonprofit global organization that aims to improve eye health and eliminate blindness by providing free eye care services to more than 200,000 people worldwide each year. Unite for Sight has provided free eye care to 1,600,000 of the world's poorest people and 69,076 sight-restoring surgeries by coordinating and sponsoring local eye clinics and ophthalmologists in Ghana, Honduras, and India.


The mission of NU Listens is to provide all Northwestern students, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or gender representation, with a free, confidential peer listening service. We also aim to improve the mental health climate at Northwestern by promoting education and conversation regarding mental health issues. 


Wildcats Advancing Total Campus Health (WATCH) is a group of peer health educators born out of the Red Watch Band Bystander Intervention Training and operating under Health Promotion and Wellness (HPaW). We focus our efforts in line with the direction and wellness needs of our campus as identified by HPaW. With a strong focus on alcohol and other drugs, we continue to expand our outreach into other areas of health and wellness by taking a holistic approach through the Eight Dimensions of Wellness model.
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