Each week we spotlight one of our fine college or high school chapters doing amazing work both locally and globally. Our chapters work to accomplish the three pillars of a Timmy Chapter: Advocacy, Service, and Fundraising. This week we are taking a look at Wayne State University!
Give us an update–what are some recent events you have done, or goals you have achieved?
Timmy Global Health WSU has been especially focused on engaging our student body, the Detroit community, and the healers of tomorrow. We’ve organized several events for Wayne State students to learn and get involved such as Timmy Week, where we had events for a whole week to advocate for health equity and our mission, to raise funds for medications, to register bone marrow donors, and more. Additionally, we’re planning a panel event called Biosocial Factors of Health where medical professionals and professors will discuss the many facets and challenges that affect health care locally and globally. To engage our community, last semester our Annual Banquet surpassed our goal for the night by raising over $5,000! This money will be used to cover medical care costs for those in our referral system in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Finally, to reach out to the healers of tomorrow, we’re creating a Pipeline Program that will enable high schoolers to have an undergraduate mentor guide and encourage them to attain higher education. We have set up monthly Crafts with Kids events and a Pen Pal system with elementary school children to provide them with creative outlets and positive role models that they may otherwise not have. Timmy WSU is making an active effort to include our entire community in our mission of local and global health for today and tomorrow.
What events or goals are you gearing up for in the near future? What are your plans to make these happen successfully?
We are currently working on our annual Easter Basket Drive. Last year we were able to make 200 Easter basket to give to children in need in the Metro Detroit area. This year we wish to double our goal and make up 400 baskets by requesting donations from local businesses. We are also getting ready for our End of Year Banquet, which will take place on April 13th. During this event we will highlight the work of our members as well as university faculty. We will be giving out awards to those who made a positive impact in our community this year and those whose work resonates with our Timmy ideals. Next month, we are planning Timmy Foodie Week. This week focuses on partnering up with local restaurants in order to have fundraisers with them and secure more funds for our partner organization. We also wish to invite other WSU students to share a meal with our current Timmy members to encourage them to join our mission and stay involved.
Is your chapter heading out on a trip soon? How is that part of your chapter preparing, and how is the rest of your chapter supporting the trip?
We are currently accepting applications for our medical relief trip in August and are very excited to see others within our University be as passionate for global health as we are. We will be traveling to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic and will visit a few bateys while there. As of now, the medical recruitment specialist is working diligently to assure we have the proper number of medical professionals to join us during this service trip. Additionally, our trip leader has a tremendous job these upcoming months as trip preparations are now in full effect to arrange for medications, brigade training, encouraging applying, and more! The rest of our chapter’s executive board is focused on promoting our trip and assisting the trip leader whenever possible. Once applications are all in our whole chapter will review and rate them together in anonymity in order to choose the students who demonstrate a passion for fighting against health disparities and also advocating for changes in the healthcare system.
What kind of assistance or support do you need? This is your platform to reach out!
We have talked about going on a Local Timmy Trip for a while now and would love to make it a reality. Our initial idea was to travel to Indianapolis and visit HQ and stay for a weekend or so. Since the drive from Michigan is a long 5 hours each way we would love some assistance with regards to finding a place to stay, a place to volunteer while we’re there, maybe even at HQ, or a local clinic. We would love to have our founder Dr. Chuck be involved; for many chapter members, Dr. Chuck is more of figure since they have never met him. If he could join us at our annual banquet November 18, 2017 as he did a few years ago we would be extremely happy to host him.
What are you most excited for during your year with Timmy?
The most exciting part of Timmy is definitely the life-changing medical relief trip. Even if we cannot all travel abroad to help those in the Dominican Republic, it is still amazing for us to see the difference it makes in students’ lives once they experience a different reality. It is even greater to be able to see the impact that our chapter makes in the bateys which is highlighted in the yearly Medical Relief Trip Reports. The changes in mindset some of our members experience after going on a trip are even taking action. The similarities between some of the children in the Dominican and in Detroit are what prompted our pipeline program. Our pipeline committee members are having a lot of fun setting up the foundation of this mentorship program with Detroit Public school kids. We realize that help cannot be done for a week in a distant land. We don’t want to let our altruism fade, and that truly is why Timmy WSU works locally as well as globally.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
We LOVE what Timmy stands for and we are extremely proud to be Timmies. Some of our students are graduating this year but their work tackling health disparities will not stop there! We understand that we have a dual mission, and the second part of that mission is to empower the next generation of healthcare professionals, and we are doing just that!