Dear Colleague,

The coronavirus outbreak is six months old, and we just passed a grim milestone: the virus has killed over 500,000 people. Despite this staggering loss of life, we are still seeing some nations that are not taking this threat as seriously as they should. Nor are we witnessing the international community working together as they must. At CUGH we will continue to do all we can to contribute to the response across research, education, service and advocacy.

We released our site for our 2021 conference, ‘Addressing Critical Gaps in Global Health and Development,' Mar.11-14 in Houston, Texas. We would like to assure registrants that we will assiduously follow CDC guidelines appropriate at the time of the meeting. Your health comes first. We will keep everyone informed of any changes on the conference website www.cugh2021.org .
 
Please share this newsletter with your networks. Above all, stay safe and thank you for all the work you and your colleagues are doing to address this pandemic and the many other health challenges we are facing.

Best wishes,
Keith Martin MD
Executive Director
CUGH
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This newsletter is divided into the following sections:
  • Advocacy efforts
  • Recent pandemic updates
  • Resources for educators
  • Resources for researchers
  • Resources for health practitioners
  • Member requests
  • Other resources


 The WHO’s State of the World’s Report on Nursing and Midwifery was released this year, the Year of the Nurse. Nurses represent 59% of all healthcare professionals and are the backbone of health systems worldwide. How can this sector be strengthened and what of the future challenges it faces in helping to deliver effective health coverage especially during the COVID-19 pandemic? Dr. Patricia Davidson, Dean of the School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Nancy Reynolds, Associate Dean of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Sheila Tlou, Former Minister of Health, Botswana, and a co-chair of the report will present on these important issues will present on these important issues. The report is available here .
ADVOCACY EFFORTS

CUGH is partaking in The Campaign to Support WHO, a call to action focused on ensuring US support for the WHO and PAHO. They have created an easy form for individuals to be able to contact their members of Congress on this matter via email.  We are asking you to please participate in this campaign by contacting your Congresspersons through   this form .

If your organization would like to request an organization sign-on, please see here . Additionally, if you work with WHO collaborating centers, it is vital that your Congresspersons hear from you and how this decision will negatively impact the US and the world.

Please use this letter and call your Congressperson to reverse these decisions. Once you take action, complete  this short post-engagement form in order to help us track our members' efforts.

Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 is a cornerstone of the UN strategy for a better recovery. Two Canadian leaders in global health call upon the WHO and global partners to re-examine how the WHO Global Allocation Framework addresses the structural drivers of exclusion, inequality and discrimination. Learn more in the link above.

Structural inequalities between Black and White Americans have always had devastating impacts, and these disparate health outcomes have become even more apparent in the COVID-19 era. In this University of Minnesota webinar, panelists discussed the impact of structural racism on overall health outcomes of Black Americans, the framing of police brutality against Black Americans as a public health crisis, how the record of systemic racial injustice in the United States relates to the country's human rights law obligations, racial and economic disparities that exist outside of the U.S., and strategies for addressing gaps on a national and international level to guarantee the right to health in a post-COVID world.

The COVID-19 crisis and its impacts are disproportionately affecting certain marginalised racial, national or ethnic communities and population groups. The pandemic has highlighted and exposed underlying structural inequalities and fundamental problems in various areas of social, economic, civil and political life, and exacerbating racism and racial discrimination, which exist in many parts of the world.

A commentary in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) on racism in the context of COVID-19 and what actions can be taken to stop it.
RECENT PANDEMIC UPDATES

This daily (M-F) newsletter from the University of Washington provides a succinct summary of the latest scientific literature related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here  to subscribe.

This website from Johns Hopkins University is an outstanding resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives. It includes access to an interactive COVID-19 map.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 Center provides tailored guidance to keep people safe. The site also contains a number of resources on the virus, including cases, data, and surveillance.

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. Together, they're gathering the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.

Preventing Epidemics release, Weekly Science Review, a snapshot of the new and emerging scientific evidence related to COVID-19.
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

T hursday, July 2nd 2020, 11:00 AM (Pakistan Standard Time)

The rapid changes in the world economy, technology, and digital society have transformed people’s traditional ways of life at local, national and global levels. In this digital world, the changing demands of knowledge and skills acquisition continue to challenge formal education systems and call for alternative modes of learning. This online symposia aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of virtual learning.

New research suggests that for a large campus dealing with COVID-19, accurate testing and limits on class size and social contact may be of critical importance.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 2:00 PM (ET)

Inside Higher Ed’s new special report,  Taking Colleges Online: How Smart Institutions and Their Leaders Can Approach Online Education Now and in a Post Coronavirus World , studies the unprecedented transition to remote learning made by colleges and universities across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For institutions with little online experience, the coronavirus served as a stunning wake-up call. Colleges that had long resisted moving online, perhaps harboring concerns about quality and efficacy, or lacking the required capital and drive to do so, suddenly found themselves abandoning traditional classroom instruction out of necessity.

This webcast will discuss what it takes to build a sustainable and scalable presence online, whether that means select courses delivered virtually, entire programs that are permanently online, or some hybrid format blending in-person and digital elements.

In this article, Beckie Supiano covers the following matters regarding teaching during COVID-19.
  • Thoughts on supporting vulnerable students during the pandemic.
  • A new paper on participation gaps in an active-learning course.
  • Additional resources on inclusive teaching.
  • A new student survey about emergency online teaching.
RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHERS

The pandemic declaration of widespread transmission of COVID-19 presents unique challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities for public health practice in the United States and globally.   Public Health Reports (PHR) ,  a peer reviewed journal of public health research and practice, is  calling for papers   focused on the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global emergency that has now infected more than 3 million people worldwide and is already the most lethal new pandemic since the emergence of AIDS nearly 40 years ago.

In recognition of the urgent need to analyse research, review policy and exchange frontline experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAS will host a virtual COVID-19 Conference on 10 – 11* July 2020, shining a spotlight on the latest science, policy and practice of the pandemic.

The virtual COVID-19 Conference will take place online on the last day of  AIDS 2020: Virtual . It will feature a free-of-charge, stand-alone programme of plenary, invited-speaker and abstract-driven sessions exclusively dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about how the NIH Fogarty Center is coming together to fight against COVID-19.

To help speed development and commercialization of COVID-19 testing technologies needed to ensure a safe reopening of society, the NIH has announced the $1.5 billion RADx initiative. The NIH also continues to ramp up clinical studies of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Imaging Research Registry (CIRR) will advance medical science’s understanding, prevention and treatment of coronavirus. The registry fosters integration and knowledge sharing across the clinical research community, representing clinical medicine, genetics, biomarker discovery and laboratory sciences.

The American College of Radiology will collect images and data performed as part of routine clinical care in diagnosing and treating COVID-19 patients in the U.S. since January 1, 2020. Participating sites will contribute demographic information, clinical data on signs and symptoms, imaging exams, laboratory test data and outcomes. The data collected will be used for educational purposes, AI algorithm development and research studies.
RESOURCES FOR HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

Chemonics partnered with People that Deliver for the supply chain webinar: The Essential Role of Health Supply Chain Workers in COVID-19 PandemicResponse. On June 10, a panel of multisectoral experts provided key insights on how to face COVID-19 disruptions to global supply chains. 

The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hosted a discussion on global and local maternal health disparities and COVID-19.

The UK-hosted Global Vaccine Summit heralds a new era of global health collaboration as world leaders show overwhelming commitment to equitable immunisation coverage and global health security in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event raised US$ 8.8 billion from 32 donor governments and 12 foundations, corporations and organisations to immunise 300 million children and support the global fight against COVID-19.

Intensivists Flavia R. Machado, MD, PhD of the Federal University of São Paulo and Jorge Salluh, MD, PhD of the D’OR Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janeiro discuss the surge of COVID-19 cases and ICU management of patients in Brazil.
MEMBER REQUESTS

Thursday, July 9th, 2020 9:30 AM (ET)

Join Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions for a conversation with scholars from three different countries to look at the intersection of ageism, racism and class through the lens of COVID-19, and how intersectionality differs locally and globally. Specifically, the panel will examine how stigma about age coupled with historic systemic and structural racism have been revealed and heightened by the pandemic.

Graciela R. Meza Sánchez, MD, MPH, PhD (c), Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the National University of the Peruvian Amazon, discusses challenges faced by Peruvian healthcare workers in the Amazon region of Loreto. Dr. Meza shares insight into the shortage of medical supplies, personal protective equipment and caring for sick medical personnel on the front lines of the pandemic.
OTHER RESOURCES

Public health physician Dr. Tom Frieden reflects on the ongoing global pandemic. An expert in infectious disease, Dr Frieden is a former director of the US States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was a leading figure in the global response to the Ebola outbreak and he now heads Resolve to Save Lives, an Initiative of Vital Strategies, an organisation dedicated to the prevention of epidemics. From his New York apartment, Dr Frieden provides his unique insight on the unfolding international situation. He records his response to key moments in the development of the pandemic and the measures being taken to face it in the United States, Africa and across the world. As well as analysis, he offers his own personal viewpoint on lockdown life by the Hudson River. Dr Frieden’s home city of New York has become the epicentre of the virus and his recordings give us an individual perspective on the impact of the disease for communities both local and global.

Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH discusses topics in health equity with JAMA Medical News Associate Managing Editor Jennifer Abbasi.

The 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic was devastating in many respects, not least of which was the impact on healthcare systems and their health workforce. Healthcare workers—including physicians, clinical officers, nurses, midwives, and community health workers—serve on the front lines of efforts to detect, control, and stop the spread of disease. Risk mitigation strategies, including infection prevention and control (IPC) practices, are meant to keep healthcare workers safe from occupational exposure to disease and to protect patients from healthcare-associated infections. Despite ongoing IPC efforts, steady rates of both healthcare-associated and healthcare worker infections signal that these mitigation measures have been inadequate at all levels and present a potential critical point of failure in efforts to limit and control the spread of outbreaks. The fact that healthcare workers continue to be infected or are a source of infection during public health emergencies reveals a weakness in global preparedness efforts. Identification of key points of failure—both within the health system and during emergencies—is the first step to mitigating risk of exposure. A 2-pronged solution is proposed to address long-term gaps in the health system that impact infection control and emergency response: prioritization of IPC for epidemic preparedness at a global level and development and use of rapid risk assessments to prioritize risk mitigation strategies for IPC. Without global support, evidence, and systems in place to support the lives of healthcare workers, the lives of their patients and the health system in general are also at risk.

Former United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden says the country is not doing enough to keep the Covid-19 pandemic at bay.

“We may be sick and tired of staying home, but the virus is not tired of making us sick,” Frieden told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Tuesday. 

“The US response is just lagging,” Frieden said. “We’re not doing what we need to do to keep physically distant. We are not across the country scaling up contact tracing as effectively as needed so we can prevent cases into exploding into clusters and outbreaks.” 

Read more here .
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