Table of Contents
  • Letter from our Executive Director, Keith Martin, MD, PC
  • 2019 CUGH Conference
  • News and Updates
  • Member Spotlight
  • Opportunities
  • Featured Readings and Viewings
  • Upcoming Events
  • Global Health Journals & Newsletters
A Letter from our Executive Director
February 28, 2019

Dear Colleague,

CUGH 2019, Translation and Implementation for Impact in Global Health March 7-10th at Hilton Hotel in Chicago is nearly upon us.

It’s not too late to register for the conference, Mar 8-10 or for the half to full day satellite sessions on March 7. The satellite sessions address an array of global health challenges, most are free to attend , but you must register separately for them. All are welcome even if you are not attending the conference.
In addition, don’t miss the Pulitzer Center-CUGH’s annual Global Health Film Festival, March 7, 7-9 pm. See award-winning documentaries and meet the filmmakers. It is also free and open to the public, but you must register for it at 

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
2019 CUGH Global Health Conference, May 7 - 10, 2019
Join us in Chicago, IL for the 10th annual CUGH Conference on March 8-10 , 2019 with satellite sessions on March 7 . Visit our conference website at  for the program and registration information.

CUGH 2019 Satellite Sessions, Film Festival and More

Additional opportunities to address big global health challenges. Separate r egistration is required.

  • Global Health Film Festival -FREE - Open to the Public
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • Communications Workshop - Free
  • Friday, March 8, 2019 | 6pm to 7:30pm 

  • Full and half day satellite sessions available on Thursday March 7th. View our Satellite Session Agenda for more information.

News and Updates:
Join the UNFPA's Global Network of Academic Institutions!

CUGH is working with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to build a global network of academic institutions (institutions of higher education, continuing education, and educational associations) to address three big challenges:

1.  ending preventable maternal deaths

2.  ending the unmet demand for family planning, and

3.  ending gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls

The network is called TransformU. These key areas, called the “transformative results for humanity”, align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The network aims to become a global resource for programme and policy research, education and service delivery on the three transformative results while also building on new partnerships between academicians, researchers, and policy-makers.

Click here if your institution is interested in joining TransformU.

TransformU will be officially launched on March 15, 2019 at Fordham University in New York. If you have any questions or wish to attend the launch event, contact Dr. Neema Mgana, UNFPA Partnership Specialist, at or (212) 297-5365.
2nd Edition of the Global Health Education Tool Kit
Now Available!

In the second edition of the CUGH Global Health Education Competencies Tool Kit, it has been revised and updated following a similar format from the first edition including: table of contents, the competency, teaching strategies, and accompanying resources (websites, articles, reports, books, and study questions) that provides 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 provides a further explanation of the focus of a particular resource, all competencies peer-reviewed and placed in a "user-friendly" platform. 
African Research Leaders

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) has launched a further call to support ‘rising star’ African Research Leaders. This is a prestigious award, jointly funded by the UK MRC and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The aim of the scheme is to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high-quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to the region and beyond.

Please see the link below for further information on the scheme and guidance on how to apply.

Applications close on April 9, 2019. Please direct any queries to
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.

 Employer Expectations Survey

Are you interested in learning about the hiring practices of organizations in the global health field? Would you like to communicate your hiring practices so that educational programs will have a better sense of the expectations in the workforce and train their students accordingly? If so, please read further to complete a short survey on this very topic.

Researchers from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Education Committee Workforce Subcommittee in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and are interested in examining the expectations employers in the field of global health have for new employees working in the field of global health.

To assist in this effort, we would like to invite the individual from your organization responsible for supervising new employees in positions related to global health research and practice to complete a short survey.

Completing the survey will take approximately 10 minutes . The information you share will be valuable in developing curriculum to better prepare students to enter the workforce and to better guide their students to the positions that best suits their skillset.

Your participation in this project is voluntary and your responses will be anonymous and confidential. You will be given the option to include your email if you would like to receive results from this survey and to be included in a lottery to win a one-year annual individual membership to the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

If you would like to participate, please click on the link below. 
 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.
Member Spotlight:
 Rutgers Global Health Institute

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States and the state of New Jersey's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers has 29 schools and colleges, 300 research centers and institutes, and one of the nation's largest academic health care systems. The university's 70,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 125 countries.

Across the university and for many years, Rutgers faculty have been addressing local and worldwide health challenges, as well as issues of equity and access. A Rutgers faculty survey uncovered 653 global health projects in 114 countries. Rutgers Global Health Institute was recently created to coordinate and grow these efforts;  Amplifying Our Impact  is its five-year plan.

This plan lays out the institute's mission, vision, and values; developing focus areas; and three overarching goals:

  1. Build on Rutgers' strengths to improve the health of vulnerable communities
  2. Establish global health partnerships that focus on long-term impact
  3. Foster a growing community of global health leaders, scholars, and practitioners

Follow the institute's progress via  email Twitter , and Facebook.
2019 Planetary Health Annual Meeting: Call for Abstracts

The Planetary Health Alliance and Stanford University are organizing the third Planetary Health Annual Meeting on September 4-6, 2019 at Stanford University in California, USA. Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations are now open. In conjunction with the meeting, The Lancet Planetary Health will publish a booklet of selected outstanding abstracts. This year, there will be three categories for abstract submission: Scientific Research, Education, and Policy & Practice. Students and early career investigators who are citizens of LMICs are invited to apply for a travel scholarship with their abstract submission. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2019 at 1700h EST (2200h GMT).

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.
The Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

The Pledge aims to celebrate and recognise the leading financial organisations that have moved to tobacco-free finance and to encourage others to follow suit. There were more than 90 ‘Founding Signatories’ of The Pledge including some of the world’s largest banks, insurers and pension funds, with headquarters in 18 different countries. The total combined assets of the Founding Signatories is more than US $6.5 Trillion.

Over the next two years, Tobacco Free Portfolios will be working hard to recruit more signatories and to advance and escalate the tobacco-free finance conversation across the globe. In 2020 we will regroup at the UN with more signatories, supporters, partners and progress.

We warmly welcome financial organisations to become signatories of The Pledge and NGOs and health groups to become Supporters of The Pledge.

Click on the button below to sign The Pledge.
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 CDC Data in the Fight Against HIV
When the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) began 15 years ago, 50,000 people in Africa were receiving HIV treatment. Today, PEPFAR has helped 14.6 million people access lifesaving treatment and saved more than 17 million lives around the world.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plays a unique role in bringing a combination of scientific and on-the-ground experience together to bear in the fight against HIV. According to an analysis released today, CDC's global efforts to treat and prevent HIV contributed to 50% or more of key PEPFAR outcomes in 2018 (see attached). For example, as of September 30, 2018:
  • CDC helped 1.7 million people learn their HIV-positive status – 53% of all new HIV diagnoses identified through PEPFAR’s global efforts.
  • CDC supported antiretroviral treatment for more than 461,000 HIV-positive, pregnant women to reduce the risk of mother to child transmission – 56.7% of all pregnant women who received HIV treatment through PEPFAR.
  • CDC supported tuberculosis (TB) screenings for 6.5 million people with HIV – 57% of all people with HIV who were screened for TB through PEPFAR.
Featured Reading & Viewing:
CUGH Campus Rep Roundup
Article | CUGH TAC
Accountability in Global Surgery Missions
Journal Article | BMJ Global Health
Tobacco: Reviewing the growing financial risks
Article | Tobacco Free Portfolios
Advancing women in science, medicine, and global health
Special Theme Issue | The Lancet

Other Events:
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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