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

Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic that is raging around the world. The virus has been devastating to thousands of families. Sadly, we know that the situation is going to get worse before it gets better. Please stay safe by practicing the public health interventions we can all do to limit the spread of the virus and save people’s lives.

In response to this public health crisis, we canceled our annual conference which was slated to be held in April in Washington, DC. We reacted as soon as we could to give attendees as much time as possible to reorganize their travel arrangements. We are sorry that we had to do this, but it was the safest course of action to protect people's lives. We will be aggregating as many presentations and posters from CUGH2020 as possible and converting abbreviated versions of them into an open access eBook. With gratitude, Zoë Mullan, editor of the Lancet Global Health, has agreed to create a special edition of the journal which will include some of the oral posters. 

Information regarding reimbursements for registrants and sponsors can be found at www.cugh.org . You will also see on our website, material and webinars on the pandemic that we hope will be useful to you in your personal and professional capacities.

We have been mobilizing our membership in the United States to engage their Congresspersons to invest in the public health actions needed to address this challenge, stop muzzling government scientists, increase access to care, protect frontline health workers and stop the cuts proposed by President Trump to US government agencies that are critical to responding to this global, public health emergency.
 
We closed our office in Washington, DC and are working from home until March 31. This may be extended as needed depending on the trajectory of the pandemic.

Please stay safe. We are all in this together. Our collective actions will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people who will fall ill or die.

Best wishes,




Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CUGH UPDATES & EVENTS
CANCELLATION LETTERS TO CUGH 2020 REGISTRANTS, SPONSORS, AND VENDORS

In case you missed it, please find the letter that was sent to all CUGH 2020 conference registrants here .

The letter sent to sponsors and vendors of CUGH 2020 can be found here .
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: COVID-19

We are continually updating our website with resources about COVID-19. Find webinars and other materials on the pandemic here . We hope these will be useful to you in your professional and personal capacities.
CUGH IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Featured in the NYT article, When an Epidemic Looms, Gagging Scientists Is a Terrible Idea Dr. Martin, Executive Director of CUGH, stated “introducing a political sieve between the scientists and the public undermines the public’s right to know the truth about the health threats they face." For more information, see our press release , and read the full article here (paywall).
CUGH-PULITZER VIDEO COMPETITION AWARDEES
We received a high number of quality submissions for our 7th Annual CUGH-Pulitzer Global Health Video Competition. We are thankful to everyone who participated in the event, including our judges. Special congratulations to the following winners and honorable mentions.

Global Health Challenges Category

First Place:

Honorable Mentions:

High Impact Programs Category

First Place:

Honorable Mentions:
REGISTER NOW! UPCOMING CUGH WEBINARS

Gun Violence in the Americas

March 24 at 1-2 PM EDT | With the world’s highest rate of lethal gun violence, the Americas are in the midst of an unmitigated public health crisis. Just six countries account for over half of the annual 250,000 deaths from guns: the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala. But activists, medical professionals, human rights workers, and policy experts are working together to stop this bloodshed and the vectors that make it happen. This webinar brings together leading researchers and advocates on gun violence in Mexico and Central America: Challenges and Paths to Solutions. John Lindsay-Poland and Natalia Báez are co-authors of Gross Human Rights Abuses: The Legal and Illegal Gun Trade to Mexico, and are both active in a working group in dialogue with the Mexican government about gun violence and trafficking. Dr. Steve Hargarten serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Injury Center and is the Associate Dean for Global Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. CUGH's Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin, will moderate the webinar. Register here.


The Lancet-CUGH Global Health Webinar Series: Building Your Career in Global Health and International Development- Last webinar in the series!

March 27 at 10-11 EDT | CUGH, in collaboration with the Lancet Global Health, is delighted to announce a series of webinars designed to bring practical global health opportunities to you. Topics particularly important to students and junior faculty in low and middle-income countries will be featured. The third episode will feature Miriam Sabin from The Lancet, D r. Sharon Rudy from Public Health Institute, and Dr. Kathyrn Chu from Stellenbosch University. Take this opportunity to ask leaders in this space questions about how to advance your career in global health and international development. Ample time will be devoted for questions from the online audience to the speakers. Register here.

Missed our past webinars?  Find recordings and materials in the "  Past Events  " section of our website. Recent ones include:



CUGH'S COMMUNICATION TRAININGS AND RESOURCES

The academic community has an exciting opportunity to enact data-driven and sustainable policies through establishing a strong rapport with one’s federal and state legislators. A critical element in this relationship building process is the ability to successfully share one’s story in order to demonstrate the value of one’s work. CUGH has gathered a variety of webinars, documents, and online training modules (free of cost) that center on best practices for effective communications for your use.

CUGH'S CAPACITY BUILDING PLATFORM: A PROGRAM TO STRENGTHEN TRAINING CAPACITY IN LMICS

How can we work together to strengthen training capabilities in LMICs and address critical HR needs? To do this, CUGH created a Capacity Building Platform. It enables universities, governments and NGOs in LMICs to share requests for trainers across a range of medical and non bio-medical disciplines. Organizations can also post trainers interested in providing training in LMIC institutions. We hope this will help address human resources gaps in LMICs.

Please use this database and share it widely.

Access and share the database at: http://www.cughcapacitybuilding.org/

Much thanks goes to CUGH's  Capacity Building Subcommittee  for their efforts in this project.
NEWS & EXTERNAL EVENTS
SIGN UP NOW! CDC EMAIL UPDATES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a subscription service, which makes it easier for one to stay up to date on different topics including COVID-19, MMWR, Flu, HIV, Zika and more. With a subscription profile, you will receive the updated information on items of interest to you. Sign up here .
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE AFREHEALTH SECRETARIAT
AFREhealth is an independent body that emerged from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) which were funded by PEPFAR-NIH and awarded to selected African medical, nursing and health science schools. On February 3rd, 2020, AFREhealth’s permanent secretariat, which is hosted at the College of Health Sciences in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology – Kumasi, Ghana, was officially launched. With the AFREhealth Secretariat in place, it is envisaged that AFREhealth will operate effectively and efficiently and will continue to implement its activities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more .

Join the inaugural AFREhealth COVID-19 Monthly Webinar Series on Thursday March 19 at 9-10 AM ET .
HRH2030 HEALTH WORKFORCE RESILIENCE PRIZE

HRH20340 is c urrently accepting applications for its HRH2030 Health Workforce Resilience Prize ! HRH2030 will be awarding $50,000 to up to three winners from low- and middle-income countries who have designed or developed a tool, method, or approach to improve or enhance health worker resilience.

The application period will close on April 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time . For more information, please  click here.
TEACH GLOBAL HEALTH: SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR CURRICULUM AND COURSE DEVELOPMENT

The 2020 Summer Institute is an intensive workshop for educators at undergraduate institutions to share experiences and best practices, evaluate curricular programs and assessment tools, and participate in charrettes designed to refine course and curricular materials that strengthen students’ learning. Participants represent all disciplinary backgrounds and career stages. Faculty, staff, and administrators interested in global public health are invited to attend. Late registration is available through April 20 . 
APPLY NOW! STUDY IN SWITZERLAND

Applications are open for the  SSI/ISID Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship Program , hosted by the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases.
 
The International Society for Infectious Diseases and the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases jointly sponsor the SSI/ISID Fellowship to support physicians and scientists from under-resourced countries working in infectious diseases to receive clinical and laboratory training at select biomedical institutions in Switzerland.
 
This opportunity is open to residents of low- and middle-income countries who have either an MD or PhD in a relevant field and hold a position at a medical, research or public health institution.

Application is due April 24, 2020 . Read more information here .
GIS FOR EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH

This is a short course on Geographic Information System (GIS) for exposure assessment in public health, in which one will learn how apply GIS in the real world. It is designed for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers, technicians and professionals who wish to work with spatial data and GIS tools in the field of Global Health, using free and open source software: QGIS, R, Python. Application due April 27th, 2020 Read More .  
APPLY NOW! IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE IN GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMER INSTITUTE

The University of Washington Department of Global Health is accepting applications for the Implementation Science in Global Health Summer Institute. The Implementation Science in Global Health Summer Institute is a one to two week intensive course that provides participants with the opportunity to get an introduction to the field – or for those with an introductory understanding – to gain advanced training in implementation science methods and their application. The course will be held August 24 - 28, 2020, and August 31 - September 4, 2020 at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA. Application is due May 22, 2020 . Read more here .
JOIN THE GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE

Much of the criticism surrounding global health research stems from a lack of infrastructure to promote collaboration and communication among research professionals of an interdisciplinary team, which would otherwise encourage collaboration among teammates and stimulating cultural awareness. The Wayne State University Global Health Research Collaborative aims to educate health personnel and conduct research that is void of these criticisms through a novel research and educational infrastructure. One component of this initiative is a summer institute (July 14-August 8) for those seeking to develop research skills, gain exposure to different areas and methods, and have the experience of working with a mentor on a specific project. Read More .
HEALTH SYSTEMS SUMMER INSTITUTE AT JOHNS HOPKINS

Choose from 20 short-term global health courses during June 8–20, 2020: The Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a Health Systems Summer Institute. The Institute is a great opportunity for early- to mid-career public health professionals to expand their skill sets and improve job performance. Course options are available from 1–6 days in both half- and full-day formats to suit a variety of different schedules.

Topics include health equity, global health policy and economics, global health technology and innovation, primary health care, humanitarian health, measurement and analytics for health systems strengthening, health systems management and quality improvement, and more.

View the complete schedule and course descriptions. Information on tuition and how to register can be found here
JOIN HONG KONG UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) School of Public Health, a forward-leaning SPH in a global, top-tier Medical Faculty and University, is recruiting all levels of staff . Applications are invited for the following openings:
  • Course developers/teachers for the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development
  • Clinical Public Health specialists
  • Faculties in the field of Population Mental Health and Behavioural Science; Big Data Analytics; Computational Biology, Virology and Bioinformatics; Infectious Disease Epidemiology; NCDs; Others
 
Online application: http://sph.hku.hk/jobs
NEW BOOK: TRANSFORMING GLOBAL HEALTH

Edited by Education Committee Member, Dr. Korydon Smith, and with a foreword by CUGH Executive Director, Dr. Martin, this book provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary look at the field of global health and its current complexities and challenges. Click here for more information.
CALL FOR STORIES: THE SAFEGUARDING HEALTH IN CONFLICT COALITION

Are you a health worker? Are you or your facility affected by attacks on health? Your story is important. Stories can move people—and countries—to take action to protect health workers and safeguard health care for millions of p eople who need it. The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition seeks accounts of health workers—particularly nurses and midwives—for their upcoming report. Click here for more information.
RESOURCES FOR FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The following three resources from JHU are continuously updated repositories of federal and private funding opportunities for individuals in various elements of their career.

NEW GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH CARE INNOVATION IN COSTA RICA

The University of Maryland Graduate School is excited to share the news about their 12-credit Certificate in Global Health Innovation launching in fall 2020. Partnering with the InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG), students admitted to this program will participate in an immersive 10-week learning experience in Costa Rica taught by CISG faculty. The curriculum will explore global health and health care innovation in Costa Rica, a country largely recognized as a global leader in translating good ideas into positive health outcomes. Upon completion students will be able conceptualize the transfer of a health care innovation across borders considering the steps required to approve, scale up, and introduce innovations to a new setting.
 
HEALTH ADVOCACY 2020 CONFERENCE

June 16-18, 2020 
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Health Advocacy 2020 is the 13th biennial conference for the Global Network of World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. The event will focus on strengthening health professionals’ abilities to advocate for health policy and programming shifts as well as to augment the impact of health professionals in health policy decision making. Read More .  
WORLD NCD CONGRESS 2020

August 1-6, 2020 
Michigan, USA

The #WNCD2020 mission is to stimulate multisectoral research, learning communities, and collaborations that will utilize a data-to-knowledge-to-action paradigm to improve, promote, and preserve health among all. The scientific program will unite basic, clinical, data and implementation science approaches to examine how to translate research from these domains into policies that can promote health and prevent chronic disease and disability. All delegates will explore how such approaches may be applied in practice locally, nationally, and internationally. Read More .  
AFREHEALTH 4TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM

August 5-7, 2020 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

AFREhealth is an interdisciplinary health professional grouping that seeks to work with Ministries of Health, training institutions and other stakeholders to improve the quality of health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building. This year's meeting theme is "Social Justice and Equity for Health in Africa." Abstract submissions due by March 25 . Read More .  
CORE GROUP GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER CONFERENCE

October 12-14, 2020 
Washington, DC Area, USA

Save the date for CORE Group's 2020 Global Health Practitioner Conference, October 12-14, 2020 in the Washington, DC area.
Featured Reading
The Research Response to COVID-19: A View from NIAID
From the CROI 2020 meeting, Dr. Fauci discusses the NIH research on COVID-19. Dr. Fauci's lecture begins at 1:01:24. Watch here.
The Lancet's EClinicalMedicine Gender Equality and Health Collection
This collection is a commitment to fight gender disparities and inequality across the world. It highlights the need for change, with a multi-pronged focus on women, communities and health systems. The collection features curated open access content, covering: Maternal and child health; discrimination and sexual harassment; educational and work parity; women empowerment; and much more! Read here.
A Future for the World's Children? A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission
This landmark Commission finds the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change, and exploitative marketing practices that push fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol, and tobacco at children. Read here .
CDC on the Frontline
According to the new analysis, CDC’s global efforts to treat and prevent HIV contributed to more than half of key PEPFAR outcomes in 2019. Learn more about the faces and stories behind the CDC HIV response in this new report. Read here .
Rural Community Action Guide
A survey of rural Americans conducted by Harvard University revealed that the biggest challenge facing rural communities is drug addiction . Read here .
The Fulbright Arctic Initiative: 2019 Policy Report
The Arctic faces critical policy challenges on many issues including climate, public health and health care infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, sustainable management of the Arctic Ocean, infrastructure, Indigenous rights, and governance. Read here .
Global Health Reciprocity Series By Dr. Madhu Pai
In a two article series, Dr. Pai, Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health and Director of Global Health Programs at McGill University, highlighted the importance of reciprocity in global health.
NYT: Sugary Drink Consumption Plunges in Chile After New Food Law
A study finds that a landmark law requiring warning labels on unhealthy foods made a swift difference in purchases of sodas, bottled water and juices. Read here .
Water Futures for the World We Want
The report includes information about opportunities for research, practice, and leadership in acheiving the sixth SDG. Read here .
Global Health Journals & Newsletters
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