A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
July 14, 2020

Dear Colleague,

These are challenging times but a vital moment for global health to assert what it can do to address the threats before us. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause a terrible loss of life. Responses around the world vary from excellent to miserable. In the face of this global public health emergency, the United States chose to defund and leave the WHO. This is a terrible and dangerous mistake that will particularly impact the world’s poor. We are working hard to convince Congress to reverse this decision.

We have also been actively informing the US Congress about what they can do to improve health outcomes in the US and worldwide. In addition, our committees are identifying solutions that will address the teaching, education and economic challenges faced by academia.

Due to the increasing rates of SARS-CoV-2 infections here in the United States, we have put a temporary pause on accepting new registrations and abstracts for our 2021 conference in Houston, Texas. Your health is our top priority, and we are thinking about how we can fulfill our mandate to provide a platform for developing partnerships, share cutting edge research and collaborate to address the global health challenges we are facing. We should have an announcement and reopen the links on our website at www.cugh2021.org in the next month.

We are also creating a new CUGH website, and it should be finished by September. It will provide new functionality and be easier to navigate. It will facilitate knowledge about and engagements with, CUGH’s committees, subcommittees, working groups and members.

Please see and share our weekly Covid-19 bulletins which you can access on our website www.CUGH.org . Also, in this bulletin you will find the eBook we released that contains some of the presentations and abstracts slated for our cancelled 2020 conference in Washington, DC.
 
From all of us at CUGH, please stay safe.

Best wishes,




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

Due to the rapidly changing situation with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic in United States, we have paused accepting registrations and abstracts for CUGH 2021, Mar. 11-14 in Houston, Texas. This is a temporary measure. Your safety is our top priority, and we will announce our course of action in the next month via this bulletin and our website We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

As you know, we canceled our 2020 global health conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A remarkable slate of speakers and topics were booked for the meeting. We did not want to lose this opportunity and were determined to see how we could share the knowledge that was going to be presented at the meeting widely. Thus, we created this eBook which contains some of the presentations slated for the conference.

The first section is a compilation of some of the Satellite Day and conference presentations. The other links are the abstracts for the accepted posters divided across the conference's sub- themes.

We are pleased to announce that we are opening applications for the Dr. Tom Hall Educational Grants program for 2020. 10 grants, each valued at $5000 USD, will be awarded to CUGH members in good standing. As per Dr. Hall’s wishes, proposed projects should include educational activities that focus on improving the health of the planet, sustainability and human health.

Please find more information about this opportunity here . The application form is  here . The deadline for applications is October 1, 2020. Please direct questions regarding the grant process to smallgrants@cugh.org .


For over a decade now, the Americas have had the highest rates of gun violence in the world. This burden is largely concentrated in the region’s cities. In 2019, 47 of the world’s 50 most violent cities were in the Americas . The relatively free flow and easy access to firearms in the hemisphere – both legal and illegal – is a clear common denominator. Ultimately, regulating and reducing the arms trade holds promise to save countless lives. Yet, with someone in the hemisphere dying violently every three minutes, the work of saving lives cannot only wait for laws and policies to change; it involves action at multiple levels.

In this webinar, experts will discuss how cities and affected communities are leading the way as innovators and practitioners in preventing gun violence.
Presentations will be in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish. This event is part of an ongoing series on Gun Violence in the Americas .

View recordings of all past webinars at https://www.cugh.org/events-archive .

Medical professionals across the country need to stand up and defend Dr. Fauci and other public servants who are speaking out in support of proven evidence-based approaches that save lives.” - Dr. Keith Martin, CUGH's Executive Director

“We need nations to work together to beat this virus and other emerging health threats to the world. The WHO is the one entity whose main mission is to enable a global vision and issue guidelines and workable frameworks geared towards health equity for the world. It is our wake-up sentinel alarm to health threats.” - Dr. Michele Barry, Chair of CUGH's Board of Directors

Read the entire release with commentary from Dr. Trish Davidson, Dean, JHU's School of Nursing, and CUGH's Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin.

We are sending weekly newsletters with resources specific the pandemic. If you know of relevant guidelines, advocacy efforts, and other resources to share with our network, please send them to info@cugh.org . All newsletters are archived on our website . We hope these will be useful to you in your professional and personal capacities in addressing the pandemic's effects.

We would like to invite you to participate in a short survey to provide information to help improve the CUGH Capacity Building Database. Even if you have not registered in the database, your feedback would be valuable. This survey aims to help 1) better understand the strengths and weaknesses of database structure and user experience and 2) better understand how end-users would envision the functionality and user interface of an improved database to be. 
 
Spanish and French translations for the database description and survey invitation are available, but please note that the survey and database are only available in English. We appreciate your willingness to participate in this project.
UPDATES FROM CUGH'S TRAINEE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The CUGH Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) is now on Instagram! Follow them  here  (Instagram handle: @cugh_tac) and stay up-to-date with all TAC initiatives and projects. Students and trainees are particularly encouraged to follow the new Instagram page and share the link widely within their institutions and student organizations. And do not forget that TAC is also on Facebook and Twitter !

Congratulations to members of CUGH's Trainee Advisory Committee who released two new white papers on:

Written by our Education Subcommittee chairs Dr. Caryl Waggett and Dr. Kathryn H. Jacobsen and published in the Annals of Global Health, the study describes the types of US institutions that are supporting undergraduate major and minor global health programs and related fields as well as those of public health and related programs. Other efforts are underway to explore GHS offerings in other regions of the world.

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is accepting applications for its open fellowship and internship positions in Uzbekistan, Cambodia, South Africa, Malawi, Chad, and the United States.

Also see the latest Collaboration Laboratory spotlight , "Hosting a Research Ethics and Integrity Conference in Sucre, Bolivia," written by Professor Sarah Sullivan from Touro University.

Listen the latest episode from our partners at the  PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program . It features Samantha Gross, MPH, who shares her experience with CDC Center for Global Health’s Division of Global HIV & Tuberculosis. She has held 3 assignments with CDC’s Emergency Operations Center responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Samantha discusses her background working in monitoring and evaluation and global health, and emergency response.
News & External Events

Free the Vaccine is a global movement to ensure publicly-funded diagnostic tools, treatment, and the COVID-19 vaccine will be sustainably priced, available to all and free at the point-of-delivery.

Don't miss an upcoming webinar on the topic on July 16 at 11 AM EDT . The conversation will feature Aspen New Voices Fellow and public health lawyer Safura Abdool Karim and a veteran of the global access to medicines movement, Priti Krishtel. It will be moderated by Dr. Gavin Yamey the Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health based in Duke Global Health Institute. Click here for more information about the webinar.

This summer course is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. "GPH-GU 2503 Special Topics: Through the COVID-19 Magnifying Glass: An Examination of Racial and SES Disparities in the U.S." meets July 27th - July 31st ; Monday - Friday at 3:30 - 5:30 pm ET.

Join Professors Melody S. Goodman, PhD and Danielle C. Ompad, PhD for this 5-session, 1 credit course that examines the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and mortality. Register here .

Please complete and share this anonymous international survey to study the impact of COVID-19 on the welfare, health and wellbeing of university academics and students around the world.


More details on this  Worldwide Universities Network  project is available  here .

Pedagogy in Health Promotion, the first comprehensive peer-reviewed journal focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning in health promotion and public health, seeks qualified and interested individuals for appointment to the Editorial Board of the journal. They also welcome applications from outside the U.S. and Canada.

Also see their special theme issue on Pedagogy for Global Health and Health Promotion. A number of CUGH’s education subcommittee members contributed to this issue.

The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) has opened nominations for its  2020 Innovating for Impact Awards . In its fourth year, this initiative recognizes the research partnerships and political champions that help transform scientific research into lifesaving drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and other tools for addressing unmet global health challenges. 

Awards will be presented in two categories:
  • The PARTNERSHIP AWARD honors an innovative research and development (R&D) partnership that brings together multisector partners to advance a high-impact, game-changing global health technology. The partnership must have received federally funded research support or in-kind support from a US government agency.
  • The CONGRESSIONAL CHAMPION AWARD honors two US Members of Congress whose actions have strengthened political will and advanced US efforts to develop technologies to fight the world’s most challenging diseases and health conditions.

Nominations due July 31, 2020.

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes the world’s leading researchers who have used rational, scientifically based research to improve the wellbeing of those facing health inequalities worldwide. While a single significant scientific discovery would continue to be sufficient evidence to select a nominee, the Award will also recognize outstanding researchers who apply rational scientific approaches to successful implementation, evaluation and policy interventions.

Gairdner invites nominations from any field of research impacting global health and health inequity. The award is intended for research-focused candidates, not those primarily involved in administrative or advocacy roles. This award can be shared by multiple recipients at the discretion of the Foundation. Nominations due October 1, 2020.

Don't miss this free online series drawn from the 200+ films that have been featured since 2012. The series will run from end June to end November 2020. Every week, usually Sunday evening (UK time), a live stream of a film is followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers and global health experts from all over the world; after the screening event, participants are sent a digital resource pack with links to additional relevant reading and viewing.

The  Council on Foreign Relations  (CFR),  Foreign Affairs ,  and CFR’s  Think Global Health  bring you the latest background and analysis on the COVID-19 pandemic, written by CFR fellows, CFR.org and ForeignAffairs.com editorial staffs, and leading experts.

Don't miss the CFR Educators Webinar series , which offers timely conversations for college and university leaders, administrators, and professors on issues affecting higher education. The most recent webinar in the series featured Christina H. Paxson, Brown University president, who discussed fall semester planning as colleges and universities consider reopening their campuses during COVID-19. 
 
The  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences  (NIEHS) launched its  Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal  on July 1, 2020, as part of the Institute’s annual Global Environmental Health Day. The Portal curates more than 10,000 unique, global peer-reviewed research resources on climate change and human health, bringing together biomedical and earth science literature in one easy-to-use interface. The Portal has been updated and expanded with new content and search/download features to help users across disciplines, sectors, and knowledge levels quickly access relevant literature and answer their questions about climate change and its health impacts. Results are exportable in a number of formats, including pdf and .csv, to facilitate user review, sharing, and bibliometric analysis. The comprehensive database includes peer-reviewed articles, assessments and scientific papers published between 2007 and 2019 and is freely available to anyone in the world.
 
Explore the Lit Portal  here . Share your thoughts and feedback with the team  here .

The Planetary Health Alliance team is thrilled to announce its launch of Planetary Health Case Studies: An Anthology of Solutions. These cases invite students to reflect on the pressing realities of people living in vulnerability, the complex connections between people and planet, and how the anthropogenic acts of one generation can reverberate through the next. By weaving together science and stories from individual and community solution-builders around the world, the anthology aims for each case study to be a structured learning opportunity for the learner to effectively connect theory with practice, and broad knowledge with local realities.

The USAID  One Health Workforce - Next Generation  (OHW-NG) Project continues to be absolutely committed to our main goal of empowering One Health university networks to sustainably develop and deliver world-leading model programs to equip professionals with transdisciplinary skills to address complex global health issues.
  
Despite challenges associated with the pandemic, the AFROHUN and SEAOHUN  Networks are actively engaging with their stakeholders around the world, many of whom are using their knowledge and skills to combat the pandemic on the front-lines. They are pleased to provide you some updates on their activities and reach, and also share their first  Semi-Annual Report  

October 7-10, 2020 | Virtual

Housed in Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, the Global Health Consortium (GHC) is an accelerator for multidisciplinary initiatives to address key challenges in global health affecting the large populations around the globe. This year's conference will continue to address the topics that are central to the GHC’s mission and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted global health and prevention programs.
Job & Funding Opportunities

Stanford University’s Center for Innovation in Global Health and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, together with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine‘s Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health, have joined forces to create a new Post-doctoral Fellowship in Planetary Health to support early-career researchers tackling pressing questions in this emerging field.

The Planetary Health Fellowship programme is open to researchers from anywhere in the world who are within three years (full time) of having been awarded their doctoral degree. Demonstrated interest and prior research output in planetary health, global health, or the intersection of health and environmental science is a pre-requisite. The Stage 1 application deadline is July 15, 2020 .

The African Academy of Sciences and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) UK are launching the International Research Management Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP) to contribute to the strand on developing individual capacity of research management staff. The programme is focusing on knowledge sharing and the development of tools and resources. This call for expressions of interest serves as an invitation to all research management professionals in Africa and UK working in academic and research institutions to lodge applications to participate in the programme. The application deadline is August 10, 2020 .

The University of Washington Global and Rural Health Fellowship is now accepting applications for Internal Medicine and Medicine-Pediatrics physicians who are interested in becoming leaders and experts in the fields of global and rural health. This Global and Rural Health Fellowship is a two year training program where fellows spend one year living and working with Native populations in Alaska and South Dakota and one year working abroad on medical education and/or research projects with University of Washington faculty and mentors. In addition to a weekly structured curriculum, fellows can also obtain a Masters degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or attend tropical medicine courses. For more information, contact Francis Montes at   fmontes@uw.edu  or visit their website . The application deadline is October 31 .

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 JHU are continuously updated repositories of federal and private funding opportunities for individuals in various elements of their career.
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I’m a Health Care Worker. You Need to Know How Close We Are to Breaking.
In this moving piece, CUGH member Dr. Brad Dreifuss highlights how health care workers in Arizona are struggling to cope with the pandemic. Read here .

The Pandemic Paradox - HIV on the Edge
Over five episodes, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center explores the risk of a resurgent HIV/AIDS epidemic four decades after the first case was reported. The documentary project features many of the world’s most prominent and impactful voices on HIV/AIDS, and includes interviews with those most at risk from HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States. Watch here .

Everyone will be Affected by the U.S.'s Withdrawal from the WHO
Written by Dr . Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, this article discusses the importance of the United States remaining in the WHO. Read here .

Perspective: A Most Reckless Proposal — A Plan to Continue Asbestos Use in the United States
In this perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Landrigan and Dr. Leman discuss the newly issued rule by the EPA that will permit continued and potentially expanded use of asbestos. Read here .

Cracking One Health Episode 5 with Dr. Steven Osofsky
In this podcast episode, Dr. Osofsky talks about the complex relationship between wildlife and agriculture in this region and how the project "Beyond Fences" managed to find a balance between these two sectors. Listen here .
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