Dear Colleague,

Please see the latest material we have accumulated in this newsletter related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this information will be of use to you, your institution and government as we all struggle to address this global health crisis.

CUGH is standing up two task forces. One will identify solutions to threats to the educational mandate of academic institutions. The other will identify solutions to the significant financial threats to the academic sector and what can be done to address them.

Thank you in advance for sharing this newsletter widely.

Best wishes,
Keith Martin MD
Executive Director
Each volume of our COVID-19 newsletter contains new resources. To view previously included resources, see our archive of past newsletters here :

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

On May 8th, the US Senate introduced the “COVID-19 International Response and Recovery Act” (CIRRA). This comprehensive bill allocates $9 billion (US) to strengthen the international community’s response to COVID-19. CUGH strongly urges Congress to pass CIRRA and for President Trump to quickly sign the bill into law. CUGH’s Executive Director Dr. Keith Martin stated, “Pandemics know no borders. The failure to take a multinational response to address COVID-19 threatens every nation. CIRRA asserts the US leadership the world needs in combating this global, public heath catastrophe.”

 Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:00 AM ET

The current COVID-19 crisis enables us to test in real-time not only the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems or services but also the platforms and processes that undergird them. Public-private partnerships have been lauded as a solution to gaps between government programs and community needs. Given substantial shortcomings across the international COVID-19 response, from disinformation campaigns to the global supply chain, what problems were cooperative agreements between industry or nonprofit actors and the public sector able to solve?

This session will feature on-the-ground accounts of what has worked in the immediate term and how those activities might inform improvements for these collaborations moving forward. Specifically, speakers will share what operating principles or protocols they developed, in addition to the impact measured in the short– and longer-term, including unexpected benefits or unintended consequences. We hope examples offered will encourage meaningful scaling of ideas and actions as the COVID-19 crisis continues or in the event of new health emergencies.

Friday, May, 22 2020

7:00 am – 8:05 am US Eastern time
11:00 am – 12:05 pm GMT
1:00 pm – 2:05 pm SAST/CAT
2:00 – 3:05 pm EAT

Join AFREhealth and ACHEST for their upcoming webinar. The COVID -19 pandemic has exposed the global health workforce (HWF) crisis that is characterized by wide spread shortages, mal-distribution and poor working conditions. Today there is a silent scramble to recruit health workers from underprivileged countries by the wealthier countries. This is inspired by the urgent need to fill gaps in the scaled up COVID -19 responses and to address long standing HWF shortages. This unregulated HWF recruitment poses a threat to global health security and is unacceptable. Fortunately, we have a solution in the WHO Code on International Recruitment of Health Personnel ( which was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010.

This webinar will discuss the present situation and make the case for moving from conflict to collaboration in our common quest to enable access to a skilled, motivated and supported health worker for every person in every village everywhere.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm ET

The spread of COVID-19 continues to dominate global attention. Governments are primarily focusing efforts on the domestic impacts of the virus. With 168 million people in need of humanitarian assistance globally, including 70 million forcibly displaced, understanding how the pandemic will impact the most vulnerable is vital to implementing an effective response. 
In this upcoming series, the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda will speak with leaders from across the humanitarian spectrum about the challenges their organizations face during COVID-19. Featured guests will give their insights on how the pandemic is changing the humanitarian landscape and the impact it has on the delivery of lifesaving assistance now and in the near future. 

In many areas of the world, the discipline and profession of nursing has been strengthened through the efforts of strong and effective leaders in education, research and clinical practice. The Seventy‐second World Health Assembly designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife; not only to honour the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, but also to recognize the contributions of nurses and midwives to the health and well‐being of the world's population. Recently, on World Health Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released the  State of the World's Nursing 2020  report providing data on nursing globally (WHO 2020). The report also provides a compelling case for development of the global nursing workforce, investment in nursing education, jobs, and leadership. However, operationalizing these recommendations will require investment and support at all levels of government and across all health jurisdictions.

In this Editorial, The Lancet highlights the importance of the US CDC's leadership within pandemics, and the need to stop curbing their expertise during times of crisis.

The African Union, Gavi, and the Global Fund participated in an online discussion hosted by the Center for Global Development on the key issues and challenges currently facing Africa. Speakers highlighted how their organizations are working together to meet the needs of African countries and review current opportunities for support. Speakers also envisioned the post-COVID world for global health, including the most promising ways forward to realize aspirations towards universal health coverage and the SDGs.

May 19, 2020 at 11:30 ET

Join the U.S.-Mexico Foundation and the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics for their webinar on how COVID-19 will shape the future of immigration policy between the U.S. and Mexico. Migration has for decades been one of the defining features of U.S.-Mexico relations. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are new challenges. Experts from both countries discuss the future of temporary workers and DACA recipients.

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-19 pandemic is impacting physicians-in-training in unique and complex ways. In this webinar, hear from the young, leading voices of our nation’s medical institutions as they share the health equity immediate and long-term considerations and impact this pandemic poses.

 The American Medical Association talks to experts about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student and resident education, and what resources are available to help them stay on track.

With college courses now online, professors and instructors are looking for ways to make the students’ experience the best it can be. The principles of inclusive teaching — the practice of embracing student diversity and designing courses in ways that reach all students — can help. Hosts Ian Wilhelm, a Chronicle editor, and Bryan Alexander, a higher ed futurist, will talk with two longtime advocates on how to adapt inclusive teaching techniques for remote instruction, how to bring more structure to the online class, and make sure that students remain engaged at this crucial time. 

The International Association of Universities, in collaboration with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, held a series of free webinars on the future of higher education in the light of the global COVID-19 crisis. Click the link above to see past presentations.

The Biostatistics Department at the New York University School of Global Public Health is offering statistical consulting for COVID-19 related research projects. The Department can help with study design, data analysis, machine learning, survey design, observational studies, prediction modeling, and many other methods. There is no charge for this service; projects will be prioritized projects to availability and expertise.

These are FAQs that address federal “policy” questions (as distinct from legislative/funding questions) that the COVID-19 pandemic raises for research universities.

This is a service for COVID-19 researchers. Researchers simply need to state a wish or a task, which can go from a simple time-intensive task to be performed (e.g. transcribe data, manually annotate images), to answering a technical question which is beyond their expertise, or to setting up a collaboration. They only need to explain their request in a few lines. Then, another scientist makes the effort of understanding that request and making it reality.

As public health experts determine that it is safe to see patients and stay-at-home restrictions are relaxed, physician practices should strategically plan when and how best to reopen.

Wednesday, May 20, 7:00 PM ET

This workshop will explore well being and resilience for physicians and health care providers, with an emphasis on managing the compassion fatigue, guilt and moral distress that many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether or not they have been called upon to directly care for COVID-19 patients. In this interactive workshop, we will use reflection-based tools to practice cultivating resilience and wellbeing in real-time.

COVID-19 testing supplies are increasingly scarce, as North American and European countries buy everything, locking African countries out of the market and making it impossible to procure enough tests. New analysis from  Matthew Kavanagh  looks at how to ensure equitable distribution of medical supplies.

Dr. Barry, Board Chair of CUGH, discusses COVID-19 and how human activities have dramatically affected the planet and its environment.

The U.S. response to COVID-19 has fallen short. Failure of U.S. leadership must be reversed to prevent catastrophe as the virus continues its spread in lower-income countries. A new global action plan developed by  Lawrence Gostin Chelsea Clinton , and  Eric Friedman  highlights actions the U.S. should take to address global challenges. 

The Emory Global Health Institute would like to share the winning and honorable mention ebooks from its recent COVID-19 Children’s Ebook Competition. See the winning ebook and the four honorable mentions.

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts -- along with strategies to overcome them.

This video series covers various COVID-19 questions in American Sign Language.

As organizations makes decisions and plans to meet the needs of your community during COVID-19, communications teams will need to effectively convey information, resources, and guidance in a thoughtful manner. The following tips are designed to be useful when thinking through the elements of communicating during a crisis.

The medical, societal, and economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic has unknown effects on overall population mortality. Previous models of population mortality are based on death over days among infected people, nearly all of whom thus far have underlying conditions. Models have not incorporated information on high-risk conditions or their longer-term baseline (pre-COVID-19) mortality. Researchers have estimated the excess number of deaths over 1 year under different COVID-19 incidence scenarios based on varying levels of transmission suppression and differing mortality impacts based on different relative risks for the disease.

Search for instant answers or submit a question to be answered by a scientist.

This collection contains COVID-19 news, research and analysis from the Conversation, an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public.

Wednesday, May 20th, 8:00 am ET

The novel coronavirus is not only imposing an unprecedented health risk to populations globally, but it is also threatening the food security and livelihoods of vulnerable communities. As USAID Food for Peace (FFP)-funded activities are adapting to this new operating context, there is an imperative to ensure that the needs of at-risk groups such as the elderly, refugees, those with comorbidities, and informal sector and migrant workers are effectively addressed in food security response plans. There is also a need to address the rising incidence of gender-based violence due to movement restrictions imposed in most countries to contain the pandemic.

Join  IDEAL  for an online discussion with implementing partners to share and reflect on experiences and early learnings around adapting food security programming to assess and address the needs of at-risk populations during the COVID-19 crisis. This event will be the first in a series, and will feature small-group discussions and peer-to-peer reflection on opportunities, challenges and priorities across FFP-funded activities.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:00 am ET

Join the CSIS Africa Program for a discussion on how digital technologies are playing a critical role in solving some of the region’s most pressing health, economic, and social challenges. The panel—featuring U.S. policy, private sector, and economic experts—will explore opportunities and challenges in leveraging these new technologies, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Create new health habits! Yale professor Dr. Marney White shares her insights on health behavior change and answers questions on the critical role of self-care during the COVID-19 crisis.
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