Table of Contents
  • Letter from our Executive Director, Keith Martin, MD, PC
  • News and Updates
  • Member Spotlight
  • Opportunities
  • Featured Readings and Viewings
  • Upcoming Events
  • Global Health Journals & Newsletters
A Letter from our Executive Director
April 11, 2019

Dear Colleague,

The feedback is in. Over 90% of the attendees at our conference last month in Chicago said that the event met or exceeded their expectations. Thank you so much to those who sent in their evaluation forms. We will use that information to make CUGH2020, April 17 to the 20 th , 2020 in Washington DC even stronger and responsive to your needs. Please note that the opportunity to submit abstracts, panels, satellite sessions and become a sponsor or vendor will open on May 15 online. Stay tuned for more information.

In this bulletin we are featuring Tulane University, one of our oldest members. Also included in this missive is valuable information about upcoming meetings, opportunities, reports and other important material from the broader global health community.   

As always, please forward this bulletin to your networks so that others can be aware of the rich array of activities taking place within our field.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
News and Updates:
Become An African Academy of Science Mentor

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) has set up a mentorship scheme to match early and mid-career scientists with experienced scientists and professionals who will guide and support them to thrive in their careers. 

The AAS is looking to build up a large database of potential mentors from across the globe. This is to meet a growing need of mentors in a continent where inadequate mentorship in higher education and research institutions means that most Africa-based early and mid-career postdoctoral scientists are less likely to receive support and guidance in grant writing, making career decisions, attaining a job, joining research networks, publishing, engaging the publics, among other essential career development needs. 

Mentors will gain new skills and competences, re-energise their careers, as well as gain recognition among their peers. They will also join the ever-expanding network of AAS-affiliated science leaders who drive the scientific excellence to transform lives on the African continent. Furthermore, mentorship will enable mentors learn first-hand of the challenges encountered by early and mid-career researchers in Africa. 
Further information about The AAS Mentorship scheme are outlined below: 
The invite for mentors is accessible   

Please contact   to register an interest to become a mentee or to enquire about the scheme. 
2nd Edition of the Global Health Education Tool Kit
Now Available!

The second edition of the CUGH Global Health Education Competencies Tool Kit, has been revised and updated following a similar format from the first edition including: table of contents, competency teaching strategies, and accompanying resources (websites, articles, reports, books, and study questions) that provide curricular content to support the competencies for those proficiency / trainee levels. What is NEW in this current 2nd edition is the addition of annotated bibliographies (for many of the competencies), which further explains the focus of a particular resource. All competencies are peer-reviewed and placed in a "user-friendly" platform. 
Nutrition Policy Primer: The Untapped Path to Global Health, Economic Growth, and Human Security

This policy primer on global nutrition outlines its role as a foundation for lifelong health, economic growth, and political stability and underscores the critical contribution of U.S. funding. The primer serves as a global nutrition 101 for policymakers with key terms, interventions, and target cohorts and a landscape overview of the priority issues in global nutrition, important players, and the U.S. government’s investments. The primer also identifies critical gaps including a $70 billion global funding gap toward the World Health Assembly’s stunting, anemia, exclusive breastfeeding, and wasting goals; data gaps in how best to reach adolescent girls during a critical growth period; and the lack of transparency of U.S. government nutrition investments and impact. The primer sets forth a proposal to increase the annual U.S. investment with specific ideas for how those additional resources can have impact programmatically and operationally, as well as in filling knowledge gaps.
AFREhealth 3rd Annual Symposium

The African Forum for Research and Education in Health will have its 3rd Annual Symposium on August 5-8, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria.
 STI & HIV 2019 World Congress

The STI & HIV 2019 World Congress to be held July 14 – 17, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building, in Vancouver, Canada.

This Congress represents the joint meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) and the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI). This biennial meeting is one of the largest international meetings on sexually transmitted infections, drawing delegates from around the world.

Under the theme of ‘The Evolving Landscape of STI and HIV Elimination’, this meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for the world’s most prominent researchers and health care professionals to come together in the shared goal of improving global public health in the field of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The meeting will provide Congress attendees the opportunity to network with experts, present their research findings to an international audience, hear the latest scientific developments from world leaders in the STI/HIV field, and contribute to discussions that will shape future health policies and patient care around the world.
 Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution of Empowerment

September 20-21, 2019 | Chicago, IL, USA

Barriers have existed for female physicians since the first woman was accepted into medical school. In 2016, nearly 46% of medical school graduates were women, yet women physicians remain underrepresented in leadership roles, both in and out of academia. The focus of this summit is to identify barriers women physicians face in the medical field and create action plans that can be executed at both the local and national level.

During the two-day summit, we will facilitate a consensus-driven agenda with breakout sessions and presentations by diverse women from various specialties and institutions to deliver evidence-based talks and present tools and solutions to be utilized in working towards fixing the system and closing the gender gap across all specialties in medicine. The summit will empower female faculty at various stages of their careers to develop skills and networks to facilitate success within their own specialties, as well as make positive changes within the healthcare system.

Partnership Statement: Advancing Implementation Research and Delivery

The Global Financing Facility, World Bank, USAID and partners are creating an alliance to advance the use of implementation research and delivery science to address global health challenges. Please consider joining this effort. Further information is in the following link.
New CSIS Brief: Harnessing Multilateral Financing for Health and Security Preparedness

By CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security

The economic consequences of large-scale disease outbreaks can be enormous: pandemics could cause $570 billion per year in average economic losses over the coming decades. Health security threats have an especially destructive impact on development investments and GDP in low-income and lower-middle-income countries (LICs and LMICs): the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa wiped out nearly five years of existing investments in the region, gravely setting back the region’s future development prospects. By contrast, upgrading countries’ preparedness is relatively inexpensive and affordable; recent data demonstrates most countries would need to spend approximately $0.50-$1.50 per person per year to get an acceptable level of epidemic preparedness.
New Study: Estimating the Economic Value of Educational Attainment

A new study co-authored by Dr. Virginia Chang, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences with New York University’s College of Global Public Health, was published in The Milbank Quarterly titled “The Economic Value of Education for Longer Lives and Reduced Disability.”
Policymakers often frame the value of educational attainment in terms of economic outcomes (eg, employment, productivity, wages). But that approach may understate the value of education if it ignores the economic value of both longer lives and the reduced disability associated with more education. In this article, researchers estimated the present value of the longer life and reduced disability associated with higher educational attainment at age 25 through age 84. They used prospective survival data and cross-sectional disability data from the National Health Interview Survey-Linked Mortality Files and drew on published estimates of the economic value of a statistical life. In addition, they used data from the Current Population Survey—Annual Social and Economic supplement to estimate the present value of education for lifetime earnings at age 25 through age 64 in order to provide a benchmark for comparing the value of education for health.

The study’s findings concluded that the value of education for longer, healthier lives may surpass the value for earnings. Estimates of the economic value of the social determinants of health, such as education, can help policymakers prioritize those policies that provide the greatest value for population health.
Member Spotlight:
 Tulane University

The  Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine  is launching an online Master of Public Health with  Noodle Partners , the university’s longtime online innovation partner. The program brings the school’s world-class reputation for skills-based public health education to an interactive online experience.

The program is designed for working professionals seeking career advancement, with a focus on leadership skills. Helping students understand and advance health equity will be a central tenet of the program. Students will also gain skills in problem solving and data-driven decision making.

The online Master of Public Health will be presented using a hybrid approach, combining both real-time and asynchronous study, giving students a great deal of flexibility to combine the program with their existing commitments. Students will participate in two immersions in which they’ll spend three to four days in concentrated, in-person group activities applying knowledge gained and networking with peers and faculty.
The program, now accepting applications, will begin its initial cohort this August.

“We’re tremendously excited to be taking our highly ranked classroom experience and making it available to working professionals who may not be able to participate in a traditional, on-ground program,” said Dean Thomas LaVeist, who also serves as the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity. “Tulane University was originally launched in 1834 in response to public health threats in New Orleans. Online students will benefit from our deep history, extensive faculty research experience, and the close connection we have with alumni all over the globe.

“By taking this program online, Tulane is educating public health professionals in a more practical and effective way for adult learners,” said John Katzman, CEO of Noodle Partners. “They’re innovating to bring maximum value to these learners’ careers, and that will be incredibly impactful.”

Although the program being launched today is new to online higher education, in 1994 the school offered its first specialized public health degree delivered entirely by distance learning.
For enrollment inquiries please visit:
Recently Announced STAR Fellowship & Internship Positions

STAR is hiring! Help us spread the word about open Fellowship positions in Indonesia & South Africa as well as Internship positions in Washington, DC. Check out the list of open positions  here  or  join the listserv  to be notified when new positions open.

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a five-year USAID-funded project of the Public Health Institute, implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and the University of California, San Francisco.
Register for the Health Systems Summer Institute

Choose from 17 short-term courses during June 10-22, 2019: 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. Course options are available from one-day to two-week formats to suit a variety of different schedules.

Topics include health equity, policy advocacy, injury and trauma, gender analysis, designing transformative innovation, primary health care, health economics, humanitarian health, health systems strengthening, globalization and health, and more. Information on tuition and how to register can be found here .

Announcing the 2019 AAHC Global Issues Forum:

The AAHC 2019  Global Issues Forum  being held on May 5-7, 2019 in Washington, DC, is themed  Strategic Partnerships: Advancing Healthcare through Innovative Solutions . This year’s GIF will focus on ways academic health centers are partnering to enhance outcomes and impact, as well as plan for a more sustainable future.
Topics to be addressed include:
·         Human Migration and Health
·         Partnering with Tech to Advance Health and Science
·         Rightsizing academic health systems - can they be too big?
·         Advancing Health by Partnering Across Borders
More details on the meeting are available on the  conference website , including registration, venue, and the preliminary agenda. If you have any questions or need any information please let me know.
Call for Proposals: Scale Up Innovations to Save Women and Newborns' Lives

The Global Financing Facility in partnership with Laerdal Global Health announced a call for proposals to support countries with high maternal and newborn mortality to scale up proven innovations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around and just after birth. This responds to increasing demand from countries to expand and sustain innovations that support their health and nutrition priorities by tackling critical bottlenecks to improved outcomes at scale.
Humanitarian Crisis Simulation | May 17-19, 2019 | Hudson, Wisconsin
Registration is now open for the University of Minnesota Humanitarian Crisis Simulation. Its sixth offering will be held on May 17 to 19, 2019 and is open to working professionals, students, residents, and more. This 48-hour immersive learning experience aims to prepare learners to work or volunteer in a humanitarian crisis; assess their personal career alignment with humanitarian aid work; and to develop a greater understanding of the refugee experience. Participants experience living conditions common in humanitarian response environments, while working with an interdisciplinary team to develop a plan to address issues such as infrastructure, health, nutrition, insecurity, and human rights.

Learn more and register at
Registration Now Open for the 15th Annual Western Regional Global Health Conference!
We are pleased to announce the 15th Annual Western Regional Global Health Conference, which will be held at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA on April 26-28, 2019
This year's theme is  Criminalization of the Body: Life, Law and Liberation. 
Registration is open and available on the conference website: 
This student-led conference will explore current issues related to how policy and policing impact the health of marginalized communities around the world, nationally, and locally. Applying a feminist framework, we will examine systemic racism, power, and privilege as they relate to criminalization based on immutable characteristics such as nationality/ethnicity, race, indigeneity, gender and sexuality. With a particular focus on liberation, emancipatory imaginaries, and health activism-- we will uncover injustice happening globally and what we can all do about it. 
The key sub-themes are Race/Ethnicity, Migration, and LGBTQ+ justice. 
The  keynote speaker  is Festus Ibanda Kisa, a sexual and gender minorities activist, and sexual reproductive health and rights advocate in Q-Initiative Eldoret, Kenya. 
Introducing a New Course on the Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health

Are you interested in closing the research to practice gap in global health?
Apply now for our short course on the
Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health
August 26-August 30, 2019
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health is a one week intensive course that provides course participants with an introduction to the emerging field of Implementation Science. The course outlines and explores an inter-disciplinary framework of methods (including applied engineering, management tools, health systems, and policy research) applied to improving implementation and scale-up of health programs, paired with experiential case studies from global health leaders.
Intended Audience
This course will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, funders, and practitioners working in low and middle income settings who are interested in an intensive introduction to Implementation Science. 
Deadline:  Course application deadline is  Tuesday, May 15, 2019 .
APPLY NOW: Additional Information and Application
Detailed course information and the online application are available on the course website:
Please contact  Daren Wade, MSW , Course Coordinator, at  with any questions not answered on the  course website.  
New Course: Drones in Global Public Health Online Certificate Program
The University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health in partnership with GLOBHE is excited to offer: 

Drones in Global Public Health Online Certificate Program

The only university-level certificate course of its kind, the Drones in Global Public Health Online Certificate Program explores how drones and AI are being used in global health for disease prevention and response, including some of the most common health logistics challenges. Offered online through the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health May 1-31, the course is taught by Shubha Kumar, Ph.D., director of education and assistant professor, in collaboration with Helena Samsioe, CEO and founder of drone service company GLOBHE. The course is structured as an introduction to government agencies, non-government organizations, and companies interested in utilizing drones to improve their operations. Register by April 25, 2019 . Learn more at .
AMA Journal of Ethics: Call for Papers
February 2020: Global Burden of Cancer Inequality

In the 21 st  century, cancer is projected to be the single greatest disease killer in the world and 70% of this disease burden is concentrated in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Due to high costs of cancer treatment, governments in these countries will not be able to treat their way out of cancer, so prevention is critical. Thirty to fifty percent of cancers are preventable, but prioritizing prevention can be challenging in LMICs. Cancer prevention often lacks the social visibility and market appeal of treatments. Prevention is also held to a different standard than treatment: treatment’s benefits need only equal costs of care, but prevention is expected to produce a net positive return.

The February 2020 issue of the  AMA Journal of Ethics  explores the ethical complexities of cancer prevention as a global public health imperative. Areas of interest include overcoming language and cultural differences in communicating about cancer; tobacco policy, marketing, and control efforts, including e-cigarette use and youth vulnerability; vaccination and community screening efforts, with special consideration of trade-offs between cost-effectiveness and screening sensitivity; expanding cancer epidemiology and cancer registries and their roles in prevention; and ensuring prioritization of local needs in international cancer prevention partnerships.

Manuscripts submitted for peer review consideration and inclusion in this issue must follow  Instructions for Authors  and be  submitted  by May 31, 2019.
Featured Reading & Viewing:
WHO committee estimates eradication of polio in Nigeria within the year
Article | Healio
Formal Training for Ethical Dilemmas in Global Health
Journal Article | Military Medicine
In a Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections
Article | The New York Times
A Roadmap for Ending the Moral Catastrophe of TB
Article | Global Health Now

Other Events:
Global Health Security 2019
June 18-20, 2019 | Sydney, Australia
IPEC Faculty Development Institute
May 22-24, 2019 | Washington DC, USA
5th AFREhealth and CUGH: Plotting an Actionable Path Forward for Collaborative Partnerships - Abstract submission now open!
August 2019 | Lagos, Nigeria
2019 Summit on National & Global Cancer Health Disparities
April 27-28, 2019 | Seattle, WA, USA
Global Health Journals & Newsletters:
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
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