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HIGHLIGHTS 2012-2020

This is a very brief snapshot of CUGH, from the opening of our Washington, DC office in Sept. 2012 to Dec. 2020. Many activities have been omitted. Additional details can be found on our website If you would like to join CUGH either as an institution or as an individual please contact us at When an institution joins CUGH, everyone with an email from that organization also becomes a member and is eligible to take advantage of the benefits.

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CUGH's Membership


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At its founding CUGH's membership was primarily US based. By design, CUGH has persistently reached out and has forged relationships with organizations around the world, including: AFREhealth, CCGHR, M8 Alliance, ASPPH, ASPHER, AAVMC, CCUGH. The AFREhealth collaboration has a working group to help operationalize their work.

Communication, Engaging Policymakers and the Public

At CUGH we understand that it is vital that we engage the public and work with policy makers to strengthen and implement evidence based solutions to address global health challenges. We do this through webinars, congressional meetings, training workshops, videos, social media, and press releases.

Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups

Over the years CUGH has vastly expanded its work using these groups to address critical areas in global health consistent with our mission to improve the health of people and the planet. Information about them can be found here.

CUGH's Student Activities

CUGH has a very active student committee. Its activities can be found here.

There is also a campus representative program in over 180 universities around the world. This program enables CUGH to engage with students worldwide and for them to connect to CUGH.

CUGH's Webinars and Workshops

Number of webinars conducted: 

  • During the 2013-2020 period, a total of 71 webinars were conducted. You can see them here. Please feel free to share them widely. 


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  • Between the years 2013 and 2020, a total of 8 workshops were conducted. 
  • Some the topics covered include: “Enabling Systems,” “Understanding and Transitioning to the new USAID, CDC and NIH Financial and Compliance Rules and Regulations,” “Health, Safety and Security: Rules for the Road for International Programs and Initiatives,” and the “Pulitzer-CUGH Communications Workshops”

CUGH's Annual Conference

Between 2013-2020, a total of 7 conferences were held. The 2020 conference was cancelled due to Covid-19. Representation from international attendees has grown significantly over the years.  In addition, our preconference half to full day satellite sessions have grown from the initial Global Cancer Day with NIH’s National Cancer Institute, to 20 sessions in 2019.  Most are free to attend. 

Location of conference and number of attendees: 

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Other Benefits to CUGH membership: 

  • In 2015, CUGH launched a travel scholarship to assist LMIC presenters to attend the annual conference. 
  • In 2015 CUGH also launched a 1 yr  mentorship program for global health programs. This has evolved into a broader mentorship program to strengthen academic programs especially in low income countries. 
  • CUGH sends out a free, monthly global health bulletin that reaches 31,000 people worldwide.
  • In 2020, CUGH sent out weekly Covid-19 newsletters which included public health guidelines and other information related to the pandemic. The newsletter  ended in August 2020 but past editions can be found on the CUGH website.
  • CUGH Hill Days: Between 2017 and 2020 CUGH held several Global Health Days in Washington DC at the US Congress to enable CUGH members to meet with congressional offices and build relationships between academics and their congresspersons.  Efforts are underway to expand these efforts with members outside North America.
  • CUGH also offers its online information hub of educational and program development materials to its members

Dr. Thomas Hall Grants:

  • From 2013 to 2014, funds graciously donated by the late Dr. Thomas Hall was used to support the work of the Education Committee, its subcommittees and  CUGH members.
  • In 2015-2016, Dr. Hall provided 2 grants, the first being a gift of $100,000 aimed to support small grants for educational activities. The second being a $50,000 gift which supported the Bixby Center at University of California, Berkeley, with the creation of a course on population and development. 
  • CUGH has issued small education grants since 2017 through a generous donation following Dr. Thomas Hall’s passing.  Three rounds of open-call grants have been issued, CUGH is currently working with the third round of grantees in 2021. Each year CUGH grants 10 awards with a maximum value of $5,000.

PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program: 

  • In 2017, The Public Health Institute (PHI) implemented the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program (PHI/CDC) which helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in bolstering the global public health workforce. CUGH is a sub, helping PHI to implement this fellowship program which enables the fellows to strengthen their skills in one of six areas. 

STAR Project: 

  • The Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a USAID funded program that aimed to bolster the capacity of both global health professionals and organizations in building equitable, effective international programs. CUGH was an implementing partner for the first 2-project years and created, with its members, resources that can assist in developing effective partnerships. They can be found here.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: 

  • In 2018, CUGH obtained a 2-year grant (2018-2020) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to engage the academic community to inform congressional staff and the wider public about the value and relevance of US investments in global health. CUGH created a network of 97 academic advisors to engage their congresspersons, and another network of 52 academics to engage their state representatives.

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