Table of Contents
  • Letter from our Executive Director, Keith Martin, MD, PC
  • News and Updates
  • Member Spotlight
  • Opportunities
  • Featured Readings and Viewings
  • Upcoming Events
  • Global Health Journals & Newsletters
A Letter from our Executive Director
March 19, 2019

Dear Colleague,

I would like to thank the attendees, sponsors, volunteers, committee members and vendors who made CUGH 2019 such a success. More than 1700 individuals from over 50 countries attended our conference in Chicago. It was heartwarming to see how engaged and inspired attendees were. Speakers spoke passionately about significant challenges that affect the health of people and our planet, issues that have sometimes been ignored. The interdisciplinary engagement from so many determined faculty, students and implementers from around the world was wonderful. This would not have happened without the attendance, support and hard work from so many colleagues.

I would like to thank my core staff: Dalal Najjar our Deputy Director, Karen Lam our Program Manager for Conference and Events and Stephanie Natoli our Administration and Communications Coordinator. They were supported by wonderful teams from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago Illinois and the University of Chicago. Outstanding work was provided once again at the conference by Doris Steinbach and her team from Meeting Services International. In addition, 18 satellite sessions on March 7 provided a rich environment to tackle numerous global health issues. Thank you so much to all the volunteers who created, sponsored and led those important sessions.

Stay tuned to our website where we will be posting photos and videos of the conference. In addition, we will be sharing some of the presentations once they are aggregated.

In approximately mid-May the opening for panel and abstract submissions for CUGH2020, April 17-20 in Washington DC will be available online. Its theme is: Global Health in a Time of Worldwide Political Change. More information will be found at . We hope to see you in DC and build on what was achieved at CUGH2019.


Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
News and Updates:
Request for Funding Global Health Initiatives to the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Prepared by: Heather Ignatius, Director, US and Global Advocacy, PATH

Please see this request from PATH with regards to US funding for Global Health. Please use these materials in advocating for ongoing support for programs that can sustain and accelerate efforts to save millions of lives, develop and scale-up lifesaving health innovations, as well as enable strategic transitions and the path to self-reliance for partner countries; ultimately enabling a healthier, safer, and more secure world. 

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 was launched on March 15, 2019 at Fordham University in New York. If you have any questions or wish to attend the launch event, contact Neema Mgana, UNFPA Partnership Specialist, at
2nd Edition of the Global Health Education Tool Kit
Now Available!

The second edition of the CUGH Global Health Education Competencies Tool Kit, has been revised and updated following a similar format from the first edition including: table of contents, competency teaching strategies, and accompanying resources (websites, articles, reports, books, and study questions) that provide 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 further explains the focus of a particular resource. All competencies are 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 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 individuals from your organization responsible for supervising new employees in positions related to global health research and practice to complete a short survey.

This 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.

Partnership Statement: Advancing Implementation Research and Delivery

The Global Financing Facility, World Bank, USAID and partners are creating an alliance to advance the use of implementation research and delivery science to address global health challenges. Please consider joining this effort. Further information is in the following link.
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).

WEBINAR - Wildfires in BC: Health effects and system implications in a global perspective

Wildfires are becoming more severe in British Columbia (BC) and most areas of Canada. In 2017, over 1,300 fires displaced 65,000 residents, including 880 patients and 700 health system staff, costing over $560 million. In 2018, the largest area burned on record, disproportionately impacting remote and Indigenous communities. During both seasons, severe smoke pollution affected the province for weeks, with several communities experiencing some of the worst air quality conditions in the world. This webinar will explore implications of climate-related severe events from an emergency management perspective, focusing on health care system impacts in BC and lessons learned from consecutive years of a provincial state of emergency. Using an environmental health lens, evidence from BC will be placed in a global context to highlight critical gaps that researchers are racing to fill.

March 27, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
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.
New Call for the Master of Global Health Scholarship Programme

The two scholarships will cover the entire tuition fees and university costs required for registration.

Two students from Sub-Saharan Africa will benefit from the Master of Global Health scholarship programmeoffered by ISGlobal, a centre supported by "la Caixa", for the third year in a row. The two scholarships will allow the selected grantees to cover the entire tuition fees and university costs of enrolling in the programme for the period 2019-2020. The students must pay other financial needs that are not covered by the scholarships, such as travel expenses, visa application fees, accommodation, local transportation, living expenses, insurance, and laptop, with their own financial means or through additional sponsorships that they will have identified and requested.

The deadline for sending the required documentation is  March 26 , midnight Central European Time (CET). 
Humanitarian Crisis Simulation | May 17-19, 2019 | Hudson, Wisconsin
Registration is now open for the University of Minnesota Humanitarian Crisis Simulation. Its sixth offering will be held on May 17 to 19, 2019 and is open to working professionals, students, residents, and more. This 48-hour immersive learning experience aims to prepare learners to work or volunteer in a humanitarian crisis; assess their personal career alignment with humanitarian aid work; and to develop a greater understanding of the refugee experience. Participants experience living conditions common in humanitarian response environments, while working with an interdisciplinary team to develop a plan to address issues such as infrastructure, health, nutrition, insecurity, and human rights.

Learn more and register at
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.  
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenges:
Explorations Round 23
Required topics*:

Amount of funding:  Initial grants-GSE Phase I will be US $100,000 each over 18 months, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. This program fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges.

Eligibility:  see the guidelines

Phase I brief proposal deadline:   April 10, 2019

*The above topic webpages contain links to application instructions & FAQs

Program overview webpage:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenges:
Neglected Tropical Diseases Data Innovation Incubator
Amount of funding:  
Round 1: maximum budget of $200,000 USD for 6 months of work;
Round 2: although they are not specifying a budget for Round 2, the objectives for that round must be achievable within 18 months from the start of Round 2 funding. 
This program seeks innovative ideas for how to improve the quality, completeness, and timeliness of routine neglected tropical disease data to help target interventions to all at-risk populations and achieve high intervention coverage and maximal impact on infection and morbidity. 

Eligibility:  see the guidelines

Letter of inquiry deadline:  March 25, 2019  11:30 am PDT
Applicants can expect to hear if their LOI is selected to move forward in May 2019.
Round 1 Full proposal (by invitation only) deadline: TBD
Program overview:

You can download the RFP, LOI instructions, FAQs, from this webpage:
Featured Reading & Viewing:
Pictures From Youth Climate Strikes Around the World
Photo Story | The New York Times
Formal Training for Ethical Dilemmas in Global Health
Journal Article | Military Medicine
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:
8th International Health Humanities Meeting
March 28-30, 2019 | Chicago, USA
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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