A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
June 18, 2020
Dear Colleague,

The protests flowing across the United States and around the world, precipitated by the callous murder of an unarmed and restrained African-American man by a police officer, presents an extraordinary opportunity to address long-standing structural obstacles faced by African- Americans, other minorities and the poor. These obstacles are ingrained, and it will require the persistent efforts of the federal government, state legislatures, other sectors and communities to remove them. This will entail facing up to the historical roots of these problems and the racism that underlies them.
It has been inspiring to see people coming together in Washington, DC from all backgrounds calling for change. We stand behind these efforts to remove these structural barriers to equality and invest in access to quality healthcare, education, housing, and infrastructure for African-Americans, and other minority groups who are disadvantaged by the current system.

In this bulletin you will see our new website where you can register, send in abstracts or sessions for our 2021 global health conference in Houston, Texas, Mar. 11-14. Of course, this will only occur consistent with public health standards relevant to that time.

We have also included letters that we sent to all US congresspersons on a number of issues including: addressing the aforementioned disparities and the US defunding and leaving the WHO. Links to our weekly Covid-19 newsletter and more are included. In addition, we have created two task forces that will deal with the challenges to educating students during the pandemic and the other will identify solutions to the economic challenges confronting the academic sector. We will share these solutions with you and Congress.

We are deeply saddened by the surge in Covid-19 cases around the world, especially in low-income countries. This disturbing trend compels us to push even harder for the international community to collaborate with these countries and the WHO to ameliorate the impact the pandemic is having on the world’s most vulnerable people.

Stay safe and please share this newsletter widely.

Best wishes,




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

CUGH's 2021 Annual Conference will take place in Houston, Texas on March 12-14, 2021, with Satellite Sessions on March 11.

We are now accepting submissions for abstracts, satellite & panel session proposals, and awards. Find more information at  CUGH2021.org.

June 23 at 2 PM ET: The WHO- Reforms, COVID-19 and the United States (CME credit option available)

Several big issues have rocked the World Health Organization. The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest public health challenge in a century. It has also laid bare global weaknesses in dealing with an outbreak of a deadly infectious disease. In the midst of this US President Donald Trump decided to defund and remove the United States from the organization. 

A crisis is an opportunity to build a better system.  Four global health leaders will address these important issues affecting the world's premier public health agency; what is taking place in Congress regarding the WHO; reforming the WHO and our collective ability to respond to Covid-19 and other public health challenges.


The Breast Health Global Initiative is marking the launch of a Cancer supplement featuring 14 original manuscripts resulting from the "The BHGI Global Summit on International Breast Health and Cancer Control: Improving Breast Health Care through Resource Stratified Phased Implementation." This supplement represents the culmination of over two years of collaborative work by more than 50 authors from around the world including healthcare providers, health economists, epidemiologists, public health professionals, implementation scientists, advocates and policymakers. The articles address phased implementation of resource stratified guidelines for breast cancer, health systems integration, training, advocacy, pathology and more.

June 30 at 10 AM ET: The WHO’s State of the World’s Report on Nursing and Midwifery was released this year, the Year of the Nurse. Nurses represent 59% of all healthcare professionals and are the backbone of health systems worldwide. How can this sector be strengthened and what of the future challenges it faces in helping to deliver effective health coverage especially during the COVID-19 pandemic? Dr. Trish Davidson, Dean of the School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Nancy Reynolds, Associate Dean of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University and one of the authors of the report, and other nursing leaders will present on these important issues. Stay tuned for the registration link.


Following the cancelation of the 8th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research due to the coronavirus pandemic, National Cancer Institute’s Center for Global Health has partnered with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health to host a one-hour webinar for selected oral abstract presentations, in order to share these timely and relevant research findings with the global health community. Abstracts were selected in a peer-review process based on overall score and relevance to priority topic areas; and reflect creativity and diversity of global cancer research and control programs. Presenters from Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, National Cancer Institute, University of Ibadan, and Yale University will present research on topics across the cancer control continuum.

We are sending weekly newsletters with resources specific to COVID-19. 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.

The Appian Project is a podcast centered around a One Health approach with the aim of providing mental frameworks for ongoing improvement of today’s One Health practitioners. In a recent episode, CUGH's Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin, discussed global health, the challenges of capacity building and why academia has not been successful in politics.

In a recent article in Johns Hopkins Nursing , Dr. Trish Davidson, Dr. Michele Barry, and Dr. Keith Martin write about the importance of the United States remaining in the World Health Organization.

“These protests remind us we need to reassess how justness is about protecting the most vulnerable in our society as well as globally. America needs to rebuild its leadership in this space.” - Dr. Michele Barry, Chair of CUGH's Board of Directors

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

Join the HRH2030 Program online on Wednesday, June 24 at 9 AM ET for the exciting announcement of its HRH2030 Health Workforce Resilience Prize winners! With USAID’s support, they are awarding $50,000 to two prize winners from low- or middle-income countries that have designed or developed a tool, method, or approach to improve or enhance health worker resilience.

Register for the upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 25 th  at 1 pm ET , The Flow of U.S. Guns and Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America . Presentations will be in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish.

Whether through illegal channels or through legal exports, the flow of U.S. guns has an impact on security and stability in Mexico and Central American countries. Often under-examined is how these weapons affect violence against women. In this webinar, experts will discuss how women in these countries face unique risks and challenges related to gun violence while also identifying policies and actions to address them.

Join the Canadian Ophthalmological Society's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting on June 26-28 . This year's theme is "20/20 Beyond Limitations." Speakers include CUGH's Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin, who will be giving a keynote address on making a meaningful impact in global health.

The American University of Beirut in partnership with Research for Health in Conflict has issued a call for papers for an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Global Health, 'The Political Economy of Health in Conflict.' Abstract submissions are due by June 30 .
 
The  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences  (NIEHS) is announcing the launch of the  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 Surgical Services Management webinar series from the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery is for the entire healthcare community including leaders in hospitals, and explores aspects of the surgical ecosystem to equip participants to better utilize systems skills.

Join them on July 7 at 11 AM ET  for the next webinar in the series, "Collaborative Leadership & Team Building in Surgical Healthcare in Low Resource Settings (Part II)." Register at  bit.ly/surgmgmt .

Advocacy for Global Health Partnerships is a coalition of individuals bridging multiple sectors, countries, and disciplines and committed to improving the conduct and outcomes of short-term global health activities. Their recent Brocher Declaration includes recommendations to increase equity and improve outcomes around short term engagements in global health. Download this form to add your name as a supporter of this declaration.

The purpose of the evaluation is to understand how the CDC/ PEPFAR-funded (2012-2017) Rwandan Ministry of Health Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program affected morbidity and mortality outcomes for people living with HIV. This mixed-methods evaluation offers important lessons on the stakeholder collaboration, long time horizon, and degree of structural change required to build and sustain capacity in health professional education institutions to produce a workforce of sufficient quality and size on a continuing basis. The report offers six recommendations for funders, NGOs, and governments, among others, on how to effectively design, implement, monitor, and evaluate HRH Programs. 
 
Additional details and links to the full report and summary (English, French and Kinyarwanda) are available here .

The Aspen Institute invites you to share your fears, stories, hopes, and ideas. They want your thoughts to help frame the most urgent questions shaping the work ahead.  Share your ideas here .

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for faculty and students to share their work and ideas during the Catalyze 2021 Conference, March 4-6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Proposals for educational sessions should be submitted no later than September 11, 2020 . The theme of the 2021 conference is “Catalyze 2021: Connect & Innovate in the Face of Global Challenges.”

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.

Earlier in the year, a new online magazine, Think Global Health , was launched. Its stories explore the ways changes in health are shaping societies, economies, and everyday lives.

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, has updated the following courses so that they are all now online:

The Branch for International Surgical Care (BISC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce a September 2020 intake for the Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) and Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) programs. Applications are now open! Deadline: June 19, 2020 .

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), is a Rwanda-based initiative of Partners In Health, that is building the next generation of global health professionals into leaders and change-makers who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. 

This year's bootcamp will be done virtually, with the aim of familiarizing participants interested in global health with what global health equity and delivery look like in practice. For a total of 12 weeks, successful applicants will participate in various online presentations and webinars led by global health professionals, participate in research projects, to equip individuals to make the future of health care more equitable all over the world. Applications due by June 21 .
Job & Funding Opportunities

The Boston Children’s Hospital Global Health Program is currently accepting applications for a Program Manager III, based in Boston, to oversee the strategic, administrative, financial and programmatic operations of the program. The application deadline is July 1, 2020 .

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 Carter Center, a pioneer and global leader in public health, seeks candidates for its Vice President, Health Programs position. The VP Health will lead in the accomplishment of current ambitious goals, and will envision the next critical global health challenges the Center will confront. The VP Health leads a talented, committed global team of over 2,000 staff members, 54 based in the U.S., and represents the Center’s health programs at national and international meetings and events. The VP Health will shape and implement a strategic vision for Carter Center Health Programs, communicate effectively and build relationships with all Health Programs’ stakeholders.

The position is based near downtown Atlanta, GA. See the flyer for more information. To apply or suggest a prospective candidate, email cartercenter@BoardWalkConsulting.com.

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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