Table of Contents
  • Letter from our Executive Director, Keith Martin, MD, PC
  • CUGH Conference 2020
  • CUGH Projects Update
  • News and Updates
  • Opportunities
  • Featured Readings and Viewings
  • Upcoming Events
  • Global Health Journals & Newsletters
A Letter from our Executive Director
June 27, 2019

Dear Colleague,

We have some exciting announcements in this bulletin showcasing important tools and opportunities that we hope will help you in your work.

Our Research Crowdsourcing Platform is a site where institutions, NGOs, governments and companies can share their funded research questions. Unfunded questions can be posted from low income country institutions. This platform will enable scientists, especially those in Masters and PhD programs to undertake research sought by organizations that don’t have the scientific capabilities to do this work.

Over the last four years, CUGH’s Global Health Program Advisory Service has run a highly effective, one-year mentorship program that enables institutions to access a mentor who can work with them to strengthen their global health activities. We are seeking mentors for this program who would be willing to communicate via a call/email with a mentee once a month for year and provide guidance on the development of their global health programs. If you’d like to become a mentor please email us at .

Finally, please see the attached information concerning our upcoming conference, Advocacy Day and webinars.

Please send this bulletin to your network. Doing so will enable others to be aware of these opportunities that will assist them in addressing the global health challenges before us.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CUGH Conference 2020:
Submissions for Abstracts, Sessions, and Satellite Sessions are now being accepted on

Registration rates and information can be found here.
CUGH Projects Update:

We have a 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 .

Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill - November 19, 2019

Join us and engage with key 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.


Our upcoming webinar, "Vaccines & Vaccine Hesitancy," will discuss the increase in vaccine hesitancy in many parts of the world and how we can address this threat to everyone's health. It has resulted in a deadly resurgence of preventable infectious diseases that is claiming an increasing number of children’s lives.

Register here to l earn what we can do to enable children to access the vaccines they need.

To see CUGH's past webinars on various global health topics, click here.
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) Project

Current Opportunities:

  • Be on the look-out for the Collaboration Laboratory grant opportunity, which opens on July 8, 2019 via The Collaboration Laboratory is STAR’s facilitated approach to test, refine, and document what works and what does not in creating and sustaining academic partnerships. Through the Collaboration Laboratory, paired academic institutions from the U.S. and overseas will spend one year working toward a concrete goal or objective. Applicants are free to propose tasks that involve an academic institutional partner, are specific to global health work, and can be completed in fewer than 12 months. Applications close August 9. For questions, please email
  • STAR is looking to learn about Global Health Fellowship programs and related resources available to LMIC-based participants focused on cultivating technical skills, professional development and leadership. If you are a fellowship program that offers learning opportunities for your participants in these areas please contact
  • Help us spread the word about STAR’s open Fellowship and Internship positions
News and Updates:
2019 Planetary Health Alliance Annual Meeting

The 2019 Planetary Health Alliance Annual Meeting will be September 4-6, 2019 .

From the Center for Disease Control's Epic Insider: Prepare for Hurricane Season

People living along the coast aren’t the only ones who need to prepare for hurricanes. These storms can cause damage even if you live hundreds of miles from the shore.
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1. If you’re in an area where hurricanes are a risk, you need a plan. Before the first hurricane hits, take time to plan for yourself and your family. 

Create an Emergency Kit

  • Have at least 5 gallons of water per person (enough to last 3 to 5 days).
  • Have shelf-stable and canned food (enough to last 3 to 5 days).
  • Gather any prescription medicines.
  • Gather safety supplies, including a first aid kit, batteries, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, etc. 
  • Gather personal care products like soap, diapers, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, etc.
  • Gather extra clothes, blankets, and sleeping bags, etc. 

Remember to make an emergency kit for your car too! 

Make a Plan
  • Sign up with your state or local emergency management office (or both) to receive emergency alerts and notifications.
  • Write down emergency phone numbers and program these numbers in your phone.  
  • Find out where the nearest shelter is and the different routes you can take to get there in case you have to leave your home.
  • Make sure that everyone in your family knows what the warning sirens in your area sound like—and what to do if they go off.
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases: Tips for a Healthy Summer

In this announcement from the NCEZID, learn about protecting yourself from mosquitoes and ticks, handling pool chemicals safely, food safety at fairs and festivals, and travelers' health for planning a healthy trip this summer.
 Free Online and Downloadable Resources for Developing Countries

John Dziak, a statistician working at Penn State University, and Valerie Walker of Global Medical Libraries, compiled a list of free and openly available online books and similar educational materials that will be useful to healthcare providers and universities, especially in Africa. It is entirely free to use!
 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.

MPH Applications: Transformative Public Health Learning for the Developing World

BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh invites applications from interested Public Health Professionals and Students for its Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme for 2020-2021 academic year. Although Developing Countrie make-up approximately 85% of the world’s people, their particular Public Health needs remain largely unaddressed by global and national Health Programmes, Services and Policy. BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC SPH) was founded in 2004 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to address the unmet public health challenges in the Developing World.

For more details and admission procedures, please email;

For more information about the School, please visit at

Application Deadline: July 31, 2019
Now accepting applications for the 5th cohort of the CUGH Global Health Program Advisory Service (GHPAS) Mentorship Program!

GHPAS is a CUGH mentorship program that connects global health program leaders interested in creating, growing, or strengthening their global health programs, with individuals who have substantial programmatic experience in global health and are committed to providing mentorship through the provision of personalized, targeted guidance.

• The program provides mentorship to individuals from a CUGH member institution; preference is given to individuals from global health programs that are in their early or middle stages of development.
• The mentorship period lasts a year, starting in Fall 2019. Following an initial formal introduction, it is expected that there will be frequent contacts (typically, a 30-minute telephone meeting every 1-2 months) over the course of a year, with additional e-mail correspondence as needed.
• A site visit could be part of the program, with costs of travel covered by the institution requesting assistance.
• We have found this to be a very useful program for our members. We hope that you will consider joining our team either as mentor or mentee. 


• This mentorship program is intended for institutions that want to develop their global
health programs. It is not intended to provide career guidance for individuals.
• Mentors must be either individual or institutional CUGH members.
• Mentees must be staff or faculty at a CUGH member institution.
• Mentees are expected to use the knowledge obtained through GHPAS to improve their institution's global health program.

If you are interested in becoming a mentee or mentor, please fill out this survey by Monday, July 8th.

The Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) are collaborating to strengthen our understanding of how human health, animal health, soil health and environmental health are linked in different universities.

We would like to learn from your university the programs/efforts you have established to help meet current health challenges and their relationships to soil and animal health, and the environment.
For more information, please contact the Institute of Human Nutrition at .
Thank you for your participation, best,
Richard Deckelbaum MD, CM
Member, CUGH Research Committee
Director, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University
Student Elective Exchange Pilot between Institutions from the Global North and Global South (AFREhealth Institutions): A GEMx Initiative

GEMx®, a service of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), is a global partnership for educational
exchange in medicine and the health professions. GEMx’s Partners are medical and health professions’ institutions, organizations
and hospitals around the world that share a commitment in making international student exchange mobility a part of their
education programs.

GEMx is seeking like-minded, institutional partners from the Global North and Global South (AFREhealth Institutions) who are
interested in participating in a bi-directional student elective exchange pilot that can offer a four-to-six week elective opportunity within the inter-professional education context. The elective exchange experience should focus on a community, population health issue (s) in an inter-professional, healthcare setting.

If you are an institution located in the Global North and interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact Ms. Anna Iacone a or call/text @ (+1)267-315-6856.

If you are an institution located in the Global South and interested in learning more about this initiative, please contact Ms. Faith Nawagi at .
Featured Reading & Viewing:
Interdisciplinary Approaches for Improved Oral Health
White Paper | The American Association of Public Health Dentistry
Shorterm Experiences in Global Health (STEGHs): Urgent Need for a Legal and Ethical Framework
Collection of Articles | Annals of Global Health
Annual Report 2018
Report | Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
PacNet#33 - Time to Protect COFA Interest of Hawai'i
Article | Pacific Forum
Beyond Religion Conference Highlights
Article | Pulitzer Center
How Did Research Partnerships Contribute to Bangladesh’s Progress in Improving Lives?
Article | Mushtaque Chowdhury
Tackling the Triple Transition in Global Health Procurement
Report | Center for Global Development
Other Events:
The Global Forum 2019 Tanzania: Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in the Health Sector
July 18-19, 2019 | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
APHA 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo
November 2 - 6, 2019 | P hiladelphia, Pennsylvania
AFREhealth 3rd Annual Symposium
August 6 - 9, 2019 | Lagos , Nigeria
Global Health Journals & Newsletters:
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
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