April 16th, 2021

Dear colleague,

Our April bulletin contains a great deal of information you will not want to miss! This includes an overview of our March 2021 annual meeting. More than 7000 individuals from over 100 countries attended the satellite sessions and the conference. We are extremely grateful to all who attended, our executive planning committee members, host institutions, vendors, sponsors, and speakers. Preparations are underway for CUGH2022 which will be in Los Angeles California, Mar. 31 to April 3 with virtual satellite sessions occurring March 20-24.
Below you will see several recent publications and our Guide that you can use to advance the adoption of gun safety regulations in the United States. This guide will only have an impact if it is utilized so please use it every week and share it with your network.
Also included are links to tools to combat disinformation. Please use this material. This is particularly important in the face of the pandemic where too many people are refusing to take the vaccine.
Even though people are being vaccinated, large swaths of the world do not have access to a Covid-19 vaccine. This is a global injustice and a threat to everyone’s health. High income countries should release excess vaccines to the Covax Facility for distribution to low and middle-income countries.
Please stay safe during this precarious time.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CUGH Events & Updates

Please see an overview of CUGH2021. Over 5000 people attended our 30 satellite sessions and 1950 individuals registered for the conference. It was our most successful conference to date. We are extremely grateful to all the registrants, host institutions, committee members, sponsors, vendors and volunteers who assisted us in this effort. The satellite sessions are open to all and the conference material is available to all the registrants until March 2022. Please continue to share material from the meeting widely.

CUGH held 2 Keynote Interviews, 5 Leader Interviews, and 10 plenary sessions.

CUGH hosted 30 satellite sessions at CUGH 2021. These half to full day sessions, on a range of important global health issues, were open to all. Please see and share these recordings of the sessions with your networks.


Distinguished Leader Award Co-Winners

Dr. Patricia Davidson, PhD, Med, RN, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of Health

Mid-Career Award
Dr. Cheryl Moyer, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan
Early Career Award
Ms. Grace Umutesi
Research Department Manager at Partners In Health’s sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima, Rwanda

We are very grateful to the editor of the Lancet Global Health, Ms. Zoe Mullan for publishing some of the top abstracts submitted to CUGH 2021. Check them out here.

How do we build forward better in a post Covid-19 world? Please see and share this editorial by the Lancet Global Health’s editor Zoe Mullan and CUGH’s Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin as they describe specific reforms the global health community can adopt to have a more profound impact on the global challenges we are facing.

Read it HERE.

In case you missed it, the Fogarty Center at NIH has published an overview of CUGH 2021: read it here!

Over 100,000 people are shot every year in the US. Of these, more than 30,000 die of their wounds. In response to this, CUGH has released a guide on what you can do to reduce this public health disaster. Please use this guide, share it and above all else, take the simple actions in the guide every week until Congress passes gun safety regulations. It's a matter of life and death. See the guide HERE.

Gun Violence is a growing global public health problem, especially in the Americas. Firearms and other weapons contribute to countless deaths, devastating harm, permanent disabilities and disruptions of communities that result in humanitarian crises in this region. This region has the highest rates of lethal and non-lethal gun violence in the world.

One Health approaches are crucial to national and international plans and strategies to address zoonotic diseases, food safety antimicrobial resistance, and climate change. However, their integration into global health and medical training programs is largely missing.

Read this Op-Ed by CUGH's Executive Director Dr. Keith Martin, CUGH Board Chair Dr. Michele Barry and Dr. Russell Andrews about addressing the violent coup in Myanmar.

The Lancet Global Health is seeking input on a fundamental question: What's wrong with global health? Your ideas will be compiled and some of them will be shared widely. This effort will help us to understand how global health can reform to be more effective and equitable.

Please submit your ideas via the following link:

First Draft News ( www.firstdraftnews.org ) provides free information and tools on how you can combat disinformation. Learn how to combat the spread of conspiracy theories, false claims about vaccines and other disinformation with Flexible Learning Courses and material, designed and run by First Draft’s highly experienced team. You can join as many online workshops as you wish. They’re free, easy to access and only take 30 minutes. The course is available in nine languages and across three time zones.

The new Planetary and Global Health Program of the St. Luke's College of Medicine welcomes you to attend their upcoming webinar conversation entitled "The Future of Health Professions Education," on Wednesday, May 12, 9:00-10:30am Manila time (11:00 am Canberra, 8am Bangkok/May 11 9pm New York).

This event is the fourth episode in their "Future of Health" series, which adopts a no-powerpoint conversation format. The webinar will begin with an initial round of 3-minute opening statements answering the question "What is your diagnosis of the state of health professions education today, and how should its future look like?" drawing from the personal and professional perspectives of the panelists.

Every year a number of students from the University of California system intern in our office. Mr. Jacob Paredes interned in our office in 2020. He wrote the following commentary on the environment and health during his time with us.

News & External Events

This year we lost the exceptional African scientist and leader Dr. James G. Hakim to Covid-19. We were all devastated to hear of his passing and sent our condolences to his family and friends.

To honour him, Dr. Hakim will be memorialized through an annual award to be established in his name, supported by the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth), the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Dr. James G. Hakim (1954-2021) was an acclaimed researcher, professor and a profoundly important leader in advancing medical research and education in Africa. He was the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare; a founding member of AFREhealth; a member, esteemed partner and friend to CUGH; and a longstanding, prominent grantee of the Fogarty International Center.

Each year, the Dr. James G. Hakim Award will provide an African health trainee or early-career health professional with funding to cover registration and travel to the annual CUGH meeting, where they will be recognized. Applicants will compete for the award by submitting an abstract for CUGH’s annual conference. To be eligible, they must be a citizen of an African country with primary professional affiliation with an Africa-based institution and currently enrolled in a degree-granting educational program from an accredited African university, or no more than five years from receiving a terminal degree.
The inaugural award will be given in 2022.

From April 21st-22nd, 2021, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), located at the Charité in Berlin, is holding the World Sepsis Congress 2021: Advancing Prevention, Survival, and Survivorship of Sepsis and COVID-19. The WSC2021 is a free online congress open to all. Speakers from around the world will be presenting innovative ideas and cutting edge knowledge to clinicians, governments, decision-makers, healthcare workers, industry, patient families, and survivors, who are addressing this often preventable cause of death. CUGH’s Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin will be presenting on the Opening Session, April 21st, 1400hrs CST (Berlin Time) on the ‘Role of Politics in Fighting Pandemics’.


On April 2, 2020, tragedy struck the global health community in Washington, DC. Our friend and colleague Maeve McKean, the Executive Director of Georgetown University's Global Health Institute died in a tragic accident along with her 8 yr old son Gideon. We were devastated by this news.

In memory of Maeve McKean’s dedication to public service, and to honor a legal career devoted to serving others, the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law will support a Maeve McKean Women’s Law and Public Policy-O'Neill Institute Fellow each year to work in the Washington, DC community at an organization focused on solving the most intractable public health issues.

Bookending her dedicated career to serve the local and global communities, the Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program and the O’Neill Institute for Nation and Global Health Law are joining together to ensure Maeve’s legacy and impact continues after her tragic death in 2020.

Join us as we take a deep dive into bioethics in Africa. COVID-19 has raised a plethora of ethical issues – from prevention and containment to cure and management. Please join leading experts to discuss these issues in a Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) webinar series focused on COVID-19 ethical considerations. Hosted by the Office of Research Excellence (ORE), these free webinars will host ethics experts from GW, the United States, and abroad to discuss key ethical dilemmas and principles precipitated by the pandemic. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions brought about during this unprecedented crisis. For more information on BIG, please see the ORE website.

Visit the UC Berkeley and the Health Initiative of the Americas resource page for information about COVID-19 in the US, Mexico, and Colombia.

UC Davis also has a website dedicated to COVID-19 resources which features printable resources, training tools, events, and Spanish and Indigenous language informational videos.

Please also check out the "We Can Do This" campaign, which features various COVID-19 resources translated into a variety of languages such as Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

Sangath, India in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, UK has launched a nationwide survey called the Young People’s Health Survey, which explores the relationship between substance use, physical activity, and mental health among young people in India.

We aim to reach young people between the ages of 18 to 24 years, residing in India and we need your help. We request you to help us share our survey with your various networks. The findings of this survey will inform public health policy, programs, and guidelines for young people in India.
Given below is the link to the survey:

The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) is excited to announce that registration is now live for the 2021 Planetary Health Annual Meeting! Co-hosted by the University of São Paulo, this year’s Annual Meeting will be a free, virtual, and interactive conference-festival held during the first ever Planetary Health Week: April 25-30th, 2021. Visit the conference website to learn more about the conference’s speakers, schedule, and more. Simultaneous interpretation of the main program will be available in Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, and French.

Join the Weill Cornell Medicine College's Center for Global Health on April 22nd at 5 pm ET. This seminar will feature Dr. Natalie M. Mahowald, a professor of engineering at the Irving Porter Church at Cornell University.

How to prepare our patients to restart travel safely: consider the ISTM Virtual Travel Medicine Conference in May!

The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) is holding the 17th Biennial Conference (CISTM17) 19-22 May 2021, the largest international gathering of travel medicine specialists and practitioners who collaborate and learn about the latest developments in the field. SARS-CoV-2 has imposed great challenges but added fresh perspectives to travel medicine.

During the conference we will address how to prepare patients to restart travel safely. We have terrific speakers on travel medicine, tropical medicine and immigrant health.

The CISTM17 Theme is The Changing Face of Travel Medicine: Anticipating its Global Impact. Updated Scientific Program details, organizing committee, agenda and more information are available on our website

Global Awards winner GSK and runner-up HSBC will share how they have addressed the major challenges to employee wellbeing during the pandemic.

April 29 at 4pm-5pm BST (London) / 11am-noon EDT (New York)

Format: Roundtable style - 60 minutes total

Register now:

Choose from 15 short-term virtual courses during June 7–19, 2021: The Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a Health Systems Summer Institute. The Institute is a great opportunity for early- to mid-career public health professionals to expand their skill sets and improve job performance. All courses will be held fully online, with course options ranging in length from 3–6 half days.

New: For the first time ever, we have the opportunity to offer a reduced price for those who are taking the courses for non-credit. The reduced price is $200 per credit. Courses range from 2–3 credits.

Topics include global health technology and innovation, health economics, primary health care, humanitarian health, measurement and analytics for health systems strengthening, health equity, health systems management, and more.

Information on tuition and how to register can be found here

The Asia Study Center at Michigan State University is pleased to sponsor a webinar series titled 'Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Rural Health Systems in India'. Talks will include effects on mental health, neonatal, maternal and child health and other tropical disease management. It's open to everyone and free to register. Please see the attached flyer for details

SERI (Stanford Existential Risks Initiative) is hosting a virtual conference bringing together the academic community around mitigating existential and global catastrophic risks — large-scale threats which could permanently curtail humanity’s future potential. The conference is scheduled for the weekend of April 17-18th, with programming planned from 9AM - 6PM PDT each day.

Join leading academics for 1:1 networking, exclusive panels/discussions, talks and Q&As, and more.

While management of depression is recognized as an important prevention strategy in depression, the means by which suicide occurs must be a critical element of prevention. Policies that lower access to the means for suicide will decrease the fatality. Guns are associated with half of suicides and the case fatality rate of gun associated suicide is over 90% compared to 7% for all other means. A declaration of formal self‐exclusion for access to firearms (guns and ammunition) offers the individual at greater risk for suicide to place themselves on an official list that would prevent them from purchasing lethal weapons. 

Submit your abstract by April 21 for the ASTMH 70th Annual Meeting, November 17-21, 2021, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, adjacent to Washington, DC. The conference is planned to be an in-person meeting with online aspects.

ENERGHY 14-day Summer School is a toolbox and a fresh experience to change perspective for a new generation of Global Health innovators. Designed to empower postgraduate students, researchers and young professionals to create new business models with global citizen-centric solutions aimed at democratizing health for all. The program will take place June 28th - July 15th, 2021. Learn more here.

The Global Health & Development Essentials course is intended as an introduction and orientation to international development policies and practices. Participants will gain an improved understanding of the global health policy environment in low and lower middle income countries; learn about the global frameworks and key players providing sustained humanitarian assistance and response for global health and health systems; explore the dynamics and coordination of international disaster and pandemic response, and complexities of medical product donation programs within these contexts and existing frameworks. Read more here.

Spring Session: June 2-July 14
Fall Session: September 15-October 27

Save the date for these two hour monthly sessions from February to September on Thursdays at 5 pm GMT and Fridays at 3:30 AM GMT. These webinar sessions will feature international experts, breakout sessions, and a global strategy developed to address the challenges of climate change.

Topics will be as follows:
April 22/23: Hearing and Learning from the Voices of Youth and Indigenous Communities
May 27/28: Responding to the Health and Mental Health Effects of Climate Change
June 24/25: Greening Practices and Health Systems
July 29/30: Global Political and Economic Impact of Climate Change—Advocacy and Action
August 26/27: Leadership in a new World: Planetary Pediatrics and One Health
September 23/24: COP 26 (UN Clmate Change Summit) and the Child Health Community: ensuring that equitable policies are adopted for children and youth

The RSTMH 2021 Small Grants Programme is now open for applications. 
Early career researchers and global health professionals based anywhere in the world can apply for up to £5,000 of funding for up to one year on a topic related to tropical medicine and global health. The programme funds projects across the research spectrum, including lab-based, clinical, implementation and policy-related research.
Details on how to apply are on the RSTMH website. The deadline is April 15th, 2021.  

Mobile pastoralists are one of the last populations to be reached by health services and are frequently missed by health campaigns. Since health interventions among pastoralists have been staged across a range of disciplines but have not yet been systematically characterised, these articles set out to fill this gap.

Join Teach Global Health for their 2020 educator workshop which has been rescheduled virtually for June 17-18 & 24-25, 2021: Teach Global Health: 2020 Summer Institute for Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Design.

In this editorial, the American Journal of Health Promotion listed the 25 books relating to the health promotion profession that they consider “must reads.” While several of the selections are standard bearer textbooks that have informed the training of graduates from Schools of Public Health for several decades, many of the others are best-selling books that have garnered tremendous accolades in the popular press.

Established in 2011 by Pure Earth, the Journal of Health and Pollution (https://meridian.allenpress.com/jhp) has become a successful open-source platform to allow academics in low and middle income countries to publish on toxins and environmental health without fees. Listed with PubMed and Scopus, the Journal has been growing steadily, currently publishing over 50 articles per year. With a change in donor focus, the Journal is looking for a new sponsor. Those interested in taking it over should contact Rich Fuller at fuller@pureearth.org.

ISGlobal is introducing a new course titled "GIS for Exposure Assessment in Environmental Health Research".

The course will be a 5 day online course from May 3-7, 2021 and will be run in English.

World Field Epidemiology Day is a global movement to recognize and raise awareness of the vital role of field epidemiologists in protecting the health of populations, thus advancing global health security, and to advocate for increased investment in field epidemiology training, research, and professionals. We invite you and your organizations to join us in marking this day by sharing stories and information, planning events, and conducting outreach activities that highlight the impact of field epidemiologists on public health.  

Please visit www.worldfieldepidemiologyday.org for information on how you and your organization can get involved. Feel free to share this message with your networks, including the communications and/or advocacy focal points at your organization.

Looking forward to marking this day with our global community!
Job & Funding Opportunities
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The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College invites applications for the position of Core Fellow/ Visiting Assistant Professor in Global Public Health. The appointment for this one-year postdoctoral visiting assistant professorship will be for the 2021-2022 academic year. Salary is competitive, and the position is renewable upon favorable review for up to three years. Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. Boston College requires all students to complete a liberal arts Core Curriculum with 15 requirements as the foundation of their undergraduate education. Core Fellows teach signature courses in the Core.

Read more and apply to be a Core Fellow in Global Public Health here.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), within the Health Systems Program in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, is seeking candidates for a Senior Research Associate or Assistant Scientist position to serve as Operations Manager for a new USAID-funded project, Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS).

The Center for Global Health at the Perelman School of Medicine seeks candidates to serve as a Program Leader in the Penn Medicine Center for Excellence in Cardiology – Vietnam. Applicants must have a M.D or M.D./Ph.D. degree. Board certification in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease at a US-national or international level is strongly preferred. Candidates will be eligible for associated faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania depending on qualifications. The primary responsibility of the position is to guide the education and clinical functions of the Center, which is jointly held by Penn and the Vinmec Health System. The position is based in Hanoi, Vietnam, however close linkage to Penn’s clinical cardiology program is essential.

The Fogarty International Center at NIH offers funding to support global health research. Fogarty also offers a variety of resources for those seeking global health research funding across NIH, and from other organizations.

The following three resources from Johns Hopkins University are continuously updated repositories of federal and private funding opportunities for individuals in various stages of their career.
Featured Reading & Listening
What Europe's Recent Surge in COVID-19 Cases Means for the US
Since reopening, many countries in Europe have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. The current situation there should serve as a cautionary tale for the U.S. as some states begin to lift COVID-19 restrictions. Experts warn against such “premature declarations of victory” and advise retaining existing guidelines, including masking and social distancing, at this point. Read here.

The Impact of the Pandemic in Prisons
One population that isn’t discussed as often in examinations of the impact of COVID-19 is the people inside U.S. correctional facilities. America’s inmates and corrections employees have been vastly impacted by COVID-19. Over the course of the pandemic, some 492,000 cases among inmates and staff have been confirmed. Listen here.
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