A Letter from our Executive Director
August 9th, 2019
Dear Colleague,

This has been a tragic month with mass murders in the United States, bombings in Afghanistan and the slaughter of dozens of inoncent people in Somalia, Syria and Nigeria. In all of these grotesque acts of terrorism, civilians are the primary victims. Our hearts go out to them and their families. Our commitment at CUGH is to continue to work with our partners around the world to build the internal capacity that will enable countries to create safe and healthy environments for their citizens.

With regard to gun violence in the United States, please see our press release included in this bulletin. It outlines five legislative measures we are asking policymakers to implement. We are also working with our student representatives in this effort and will make this an election issue. Change will happen when voters support candidates who will implement effective gun-control measures.

In this bulletin, we are also sharing the excellent webinars done by our colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo and one done by Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Dina Borzekowski on vaccine hesitancy.

Please note that seven CUGH board positions will be opening up next year. We encourage representatives from our member institutions to run for one of these posts. We encourage individuals from non-biomedical fields to apply.

Remember to submit abstracts or panel submissions for CUGH 2020, Washington, DC before the August 24, 2020 deadline at www.cugh2020.org.

In this bulletin, we are featuring one of our partners, the Annals of Global Health. This is a free, open access journal that has published articles and run special editions created by members in our global health community.

Finally, we send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of our colleague, the former co-chair of our Educational Products Subcommittee, Dr. Cynthia Stuhlmiller, who passed away recently. Cynthia lived a full and adventurous life, loved by her husband Barry, her family and many friends, and colleagues at the University of Buffalo. She is missed by all of us at CUGH.

As always, please share this bulletin widely.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Press Release: Academia Calls on US Legislators to Implement Five Gun Control Measures
Please click here to read our press release that outlines five measures we are calling on US legislators to adopt to address the carnage of gun violence in America.
CUGH Webinars - Vaccine Hesitancy & Ebola in the DRC

During the month of July, CUGH hosted two different webinars on important global health topics. On July 16th, Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Dina Borzekowski, spoke on the challenges of vaccine hesitancy and what researchers can do to enable children to access the vaccines they need to protect them from an array of preventable and potentially lethal diseases. 

On July 22nd, Dr. Pratima Raghunathan and Shah Roohi from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave an update on the deadly Ebola Virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They outlined the current situation on the ground, and US government and international response efforts - including key public health approaches to disease control.
CUGH Board of Directors: Call for Nominations

CUGH is seeking nominations from our institutional members to fill seven new positions on a board. They are three-year terms that will start in April 2020. If you wish to nominate yourself or an individual who meets the criteria below and is not from an institution that is already represented by someone on the current Board of Directors (see attachment), please do the following: 

1. Submit a brief statement summarizing why you think this person (or yourself) would be a valuable member of the Board.

2. Include the nominee’s bio (please keep bios brief to no more than 250 words). Ensure that your nominee would like to serve on the Board.

3. Send your nominations to the CUGH Secretariat at  nominations@cugh.org  by September 15th, 2019

Learn more here.
Calling All Students and Trainees Interested in Global Health
Member Spotlight: Annals of Global Health

The Annals of Global Health is a partner journal of CUGH. Its mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about global health. Its aspirational goals are to improve the health and well-being of all people, advance health equity and promote wise stewardship of the Earth’s environment.  Its  Impact Factor is 2.037.

The Annals of Global Health  publishes a wide range of papers: Original Research Reviews Viewpoints  ,  Editorials Expert Consensus Documents, Recommendations, White Papers   and  Letters to the Editor .  It occasionally publishes poetry.  

Learn more about the AOGH here .

Contact Information:

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP
Annals of Global Health
Director, Program in Global Public Health and the Common Good
Boston College
REGISTER: CUGH Conference 2020
Submissions for Abstracts, Sessions, and Satellite Sessions are now being accepted on CUGH2020.org . The deadline is August 24th, 2020.

Registration rates and information can be found here.
CUGH Projects Updates:
CUGH's Capacity Building Platform

The deficit in skilled human resources across a wide range of biomedical and non-biomedical areas is worsening. This is particularly acute in low and low middle-income countries (LLMICs). To tackle this challenge, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) has created an online capacity building platform. It will assist institutions in LLMICs to connect with trainers and the educational products they need. The site has two parts: the first enables LLMIC institutions to list their specific training needs; the second, is a portal for institutions to list the trainers they have who are interested in providing training.

View website here

We have an opportunity to do a better job connecting real world problems with research capabilities.  CUGH has created this online tool  to bridge that gap. We are inviting institutions, governments, NGOs and companies to post funded research questions (from high or middle income nations) or unfunded questions (low- income nations) on this site.

Researchers interested in doing this work, especially those working on their Masters or PhD degrees are encouraged to  apply to the requests posted here.
Global Health Capitol Hill Day - November 19, 2019

Join us in Washington, DC to meet with key Congressional offices responsible for funding global health activities. Efforts will be made for you to meet with your Senator and Representative’s offices. With 2020 being an election year this is a particularly important time for us to inform US Congresspersons on the importance of US leadership and investments in global health to their constituents, community, country and the world.

Apply for CUGH's Global Health Capitol Hill Day here. The application period closes on September 3rd, 2019.
News and Events:
2019 Planetary Health Alliance Annual Meeting

September 4-6, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Planetary health is about ensuring that Earth is a healthy home for humanity. It is a movement to improve our stewardship of the planet, so that our legacy is an environment that improves human health rather than harming it.

In September, please join us for the seminal convening of leading researchers and policymakers in the emerging planetary health space. This is the only conference where the Planetary Health Alliance network of over 150 institutions from over 35 countries and other interested institutions and individuals consistently gather to showcase their groundbreaking work, gain insight into strategies to advance planetary health at their home institutions, and inspire and equip the next generation of scholars and practitioners to take on planetary health challenges.

Midwest Universities for Global Health (MUGH) Conference 6.0


September 13-14, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute is your host for the sixth annual Midwest Universities for Global Health conference. Join colleagues from more than 20 Midwestern academic institutions—from Ohio to Iowa, Minnesota to Missouri—to network and learn.

Register and learn more here
Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution of Empowerment

September 20-21, 2019

Chicago, Illinois

A conference designed to amplify the lives of women physicians and work towards gender parity in healthcare through:
Skill development, Action Plans, Advocacy, Professional Growth, Education and Inspiration.

Register and learn more here
AAMC 2019 VSLO Global Network Meeting

October 21- 24, 2019

Lima, Peru

The Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO™) Team is pleased to announce the second annual AAMC VSLO Global Network meeting, to be held October 21-24, 2019 in Lima, Peru! The meeting will be co-hosted by four VSLO participating institutions: Universidad San Martín de Porres, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, and Universidad Científica del Sur. 

This event fosters an opportunity for institutions to connect and engage with one another to shape global medical education. 

Register and learn more here .
APHA 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo

November 2 - 6, 2019 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo  is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. With the Annual Meeting, we strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Come experience APHA. This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health."

Register and learn more here
The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

November 12 - 14, 2019 

Nairobi, Kenya

This year is the 25th anniversary of the international conference on population and development.

Join us at this summit as we collaborate to address reproductive and sexual health, gender equality, poverty reduction, women's empowerment and more. Academic insitutions are invited to join Transform U as part of this effort.

More information can be found  here
Featured Reading & Viewing:
Return on Innovati on Tracker  

The Global Health Technology Council created an informative tracker that showcases the return on investment of global health research and development for all 50 states. Strengthening US leadership and investment in global health by elected officials is critical for continuing innovation and improving the well-being of all individuals.

Interested in speaking to your elected official about global health? The Global Health Council, a CUGH member, has written a helpful global health briefing book for those interested in global health and policy making! This briefing book has data on various global heath topics from maternal mortality to vaccines to global surgery and more. In addition to this information on various global heath topics, Global Health Council has provided recommended "asks" for the US government.
Global Health Journals & Newsletters:
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
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