A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
September 17, 2020

Dear Colleague,

We are facing immense global challenges and global health is ideally suited to address them.

Democracy and public institutions are being weakened around the world and we are seeing a growing, virulent opposition to science and facts. These threats have significant implications and are costing lives. To combat these threats it is vital that scientists around the world speak out and engage the public, media and policymakers to oppose dangerous policies and translate evidence into action.

Here in the United States the country is facing a pivotal election in November. We released a get out the vote campaign that encourages everyone to vote early and ask their networks to do the same. It is vitally important that every citizen exercises this right. Sign up for our Sept. 22 training webinar below.

Good news: our 2021 conference website www.cugh2021.org is open. Please submit your abstracts, session ideas (if you are a CUGH member) register or become a vendor or sponsor. This will be a virtual conference and the platform we selected will enable poster presenters to share their presentations through videos. All attendees will have new opportunities to engage with each other not only during the conference but after it for up to a year. Satellite sessions which can take place anywhere in the world will occcur between March 1-11. Submit your satellite proposals now.

Also, our new website www.cugh.org is open. It has new functionality that will make it easier for CUGH and the global health community to share our work and engage with each other across research, education, service and advocacy.

This bulletin features new reports by our Trainee Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Masters and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health in global health education, Oral Health Working Group and a new opportunities from our Research Committee and another from the Lancet family of journals. Also, submit your proposal to receive a small education grant due to the generous support from our good friend the late Dr. Tom Hall.
Stay safe and please share this bulletin widely. 

Best wishes,




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

Defending the right to vote is defending public health. CUGH recently released "Global Health Gets Out the Vote." This national campaign is focused on mobilizing the hundreds of thousands of health workers and scientists across the United States to vote, speak out publicly for science-based solutions to global health challenges, and encourage their fellow citizens to vote. This campaign is also asking voters to approach their Congresspersons to support four key initiatives that can strengthen the ability of every American to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Related to this effort, register for our upcoming, free workshop, Engaging with Congress, on September 22 at 1-2 PM ET.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CUGH2021 will be a virtual conference. Working with our host institutions, we will provide an online venue to learn, share research, collaborate, and develop partnerships to address the global health challenges we are facing. Our conference website, www.cugh2021.org, is open to accept registrations and proposals for satellite and concurrent sessions as well as abstract submissions. 

Partner with CUGH and get visibility at CUGH2021 for your organization as a sponsor or exhibitor. We are also accepting nominations for Velji Awards and submissions for the Lancet-CUGH Best Student Poster competition.

Our new site has improved navigation, organization, resources, and is open access. With dedicated pages for job and funding opportunities, capacity building, educational and research products, our wide range of resources can be accessed with speed and ease. See our new blog section to keep up to date with the latest information, advocacy efforts and initiatives coming from CUGH its members and the global health community. An account is no longer needed to access our website. All information is accessible to all. 

Curricular Models and Learning Objectives for Undergraduate Minors in Global Health details the undergraduate global health minor programs available at 84 different institutions across the United States. The paper dissects the structures and methods of these programs, and provides suggestions for improvement as well.

The Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) has published two white papers, one focusing on student debt in the US, and the other on underrepresented minorities in higher education. Register for the related webinar on these topics on October 14.

TAC is also currently accepting applications for new members, as well as Campus Representatives. TAC seeks to advocate for and contribute student perspectives to the workings of the CUGH. Trainees and students in the global health community are encouraged to apply. Find more information and apply to join the TAC here by September 17.

To indicate your interest in becoming a Campus Representative, read about the program and fill out the form here.

CUGH’s Global Oral Health Interest Group proposed an introductory definition of global oral health to support establishing guidelines and developing best practices for academic global oral health programs, policies, and practices that aim to achieve a goal of oral health globally.

New for the 12th Annual CUGH Conference, we are piloting an Abstract Advising Program to connect early-career CUGH and AFREhealth members (advisees) with more experienced CUGH and AFREhealth members (advisors). Once linked, the advisor and advisee will work together in a focused interaction to improve the quality of the abstract prior to submission for the CUGH conference (Abstract deadline of October 23, 2020).

Eligibility:
  • Potential Advisees must be CUGH members (individual or institutional) or AFREhealth members seeking guidance to improve their abstract prior to submission to CUGH2021.
  • Potential Advisors must be CUGH members (individual or institutional) or AFREhealth members and commit to providing high-quality and timely abstract guidance to the advisee with whom they are matched. To ensure that advisors have an appropriate level of experience, they must have been involved in writing at least five abstracts that were accepted at national or international conferences.

To sign up for this inaugural Abstract Advising Program, complete the following form as soon as you can and no later than September 30, 2020https://forms.gle/uZsRWs5uEQTT3moQ9

Engaging with Congress
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 1:00 PM (ET)

Learn from 25-year Capitol Hill veteran, Stephanie Vance, on how to effectively engage with your elected officials. This session will provide updates on current policy issues, advice on researching your legislators, and best practices/techniques for developing a winning message. Stephanie will share strategies for successfully delivering your messages. Your voice is more important than ever in addressing the challenges we are facing. This training will strengthen your effectiveness on Capitol Hill. Register here.

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.

The application form is here. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020. Please direct questions regarding the grant process to smallgrants@cugh.org.

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

Listen to the latest episode of the PHI/CDC global health podcast with Maureen Bartee, MPH. The podcast features stories from the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. Fellows work on the front lines of global health, developing the technical and professional skills needed to make meaningful contributions to today’s global health challenges.
News & External Events

Join the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 5:00 pm EDT, for "The Migrant Experience: A Reporting Fellow Virtual Film Festival," featuring a panel discussion with the filmmakers and screenings of the following:
  • Home to Home: How a Yemeni Refugee Found Love in South Korea directed by 2019 Northwestern University in Qatar Reporting Fellows Juyoung Choi & Saad Ejaz
  • Holding Fire directed by 2019 Columbia University Reporting Fellows Hana Elias & Eleonore Voisard
  • Guanajuato Norte directed by 2018 Columbia University Reporting Fellows Sana A. Malik & Ingrid Holmquist
This event is free, but registration is required to attend. RSVP today!

The 2020 US election comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, exposing longstanding and stark inequities. Decisions on public policy and health in the US affect not only the lives of Americans, but also impact lives around the world.

The right to health, health equity, and social justice lie at the heart of The Lancet’s values. This global family of journals takes a deep interest in public policy developments in the US, especially as they relate to health.
During the 2020 US election, the Lancet journals will be shining a spotlight on key issues in public health, global health, and medical research in the US, by publishing expert commentary, analysis, and research from leading researchers, physicians, and opinions leaders. Register now to receive these updates.

From Pandemic to Progress will be a webinar series hosted by the G4 Alliance and Harvard Medical School during the United Nations General Assembly. The webinar series will consist of four separate webinars:

Trauma: Who Cares?
September 18, 11 am GMT | 7am EDT

Anaesthesia: Getting to the Tipping Point
September 20, 12 pm GMT | 8 am EDT

Join the Council on Foreign Relations for a conversation on global health during COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 23, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET) with Ilona Kickbusch, founding director and chair of the Global Health Centre at the Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Email cfracademic@cfr.org to register. For more information, see the updated Fall 2020 Academic Webinar series flyer.

In case you missed it, watch Dr. Tom Frieden, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide an assessment of the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and progress made on vaccine development in this CFR State and Local Officials Webinar.

Join the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11am EDT for their fifth seminar in their series on Climate, Environment, and Health. The seminar will explore how climate change, the COVID-19, and racial injustice interact to increase health risks for disadvantaged populations, and what can be done to address those disparities. 

Registration is required and can be obtained via: niehs.nih.gov/climatehealthseminar

The University of Utah Center for Global Surgery continues its global webinar series focused on developing surgical systems in low-resource settings. Hosted monthly at the University of Utah, this series is for all health systems professionals interested in improving surgical services in LMICs.
 
Join them on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM MDT/3:00 PM GMT for “Basics of a Hospital-Based Surgical Staff Education Program, Part 1” features University of Utah surgical educators Karen Porter BSN and Michelle Weller MSN RN as guest experts in this two part series.
 
This webinar will describe the role of the surgical educator in the modern hospital in LMICs and HICs. The rapid pace of technological change requires surgical teams to stay current and to review best practices.  
 
Participants will learn from the pros how to set up a staff education system for newly hired nurses and technicians and recurrent in-service and specialty training for all surgical staff. With the safety of patients and personnel in mind, educators fulfill an essential role in healthcare and are unsung heroes within the surgical system.
 
To catch up on past webinars and learn more about the full course, visit bit.ly/surgmgmt

Help researchers at VCU explore current and future health and behavioral health care professional’s readiness to address social determinants of health. Social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, housing instability, etc., are non-medical social health needs that impact how people live, work, and play. The purpose of this research study is to understand how health care professionals and students understand and address social determinants of health in their work with patients/clients.

The survey is for practitioners, and students at any level in a health graduate program. Faculty are also welcome to complete the survey as well.

Please follow this link to view the informed consent and complete the survey: https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=FR84Y48MCH

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about this study now or in the future, please contact Dr. Kaprea Johnson: johnsonkf@vcu.edu.

You are invited to participate in a research study aiming to assess the impact of COVID-19 of fear and health. This information will help researchers assess the impact of COVID-19 in individuals in United States and worldwide. They will recruit around 500 individuals aged 18 years or above, English Speaking, and dwelling in the United States. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. 
 
To participate in this survey, please click on this link or copy and paste on the web search engine - https://nursingjhu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3z7ogyNACLoOIMl 
 
If you have further questions about this study and/or your participation, please contact Dr. Vinciya Pandian at 443-655-3482 or vpandia1@jhu.edu

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.

4th-Year Medical Student Electives offer final year medical students the unique opportunity to explore global and public health issues broadly. Students will learn how communities are addressing their most pressing health challenges, including chronic disease, maternal-child health, infectious disease, and reproductive health, all while gaining insights into the public health realities of the region, reverse innovation, and interplays of international development and health. Electives are offered January-April 2021.

October 6-9, 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.

October 12-16, 2020 | Virtual

 The theme of the Congress “Public health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy and action” is even more relevant now than ever before. Public health professionals around the world have been united working in solidarity for the common good and betterment of humankind, leading the scientific analysis and advice to decision makers, and on front lines in the field practically tackling the ongoing COVID-19 global public health emergency. 
Job & Funding Opportunities
(see our new Jobs Board to see the latest listings)

The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) is a leading international public health research institutions based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They are committed to solving public health problems facing low- and middle-income countries through innovative scientific research including laboratory-based, clinical, epidemiological and health systems research. By developing, testing and assessing the implementation of interventions specifically designed for resource-poor settings, icddr,b aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the world’s poorest nations. If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Shijia Huang, at icddrb-DoD@sri-executive.com on or before September 18th, 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking applicants for leadership and management training programs geared toward malaria eradication. Applicants should ideally be able to provide a course in the science of malaria as well as the strategy and tactics required for the journey to malaria elimination and eradication. Note: Preference is for indigenous African institutions or Africa-led consortiums of international organizations. Read here, and apply here. Concept note submissions are due September 28th, 2020.

The NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership 2021/2022 is calling for applications. This two-year Fellowship is a partnership between the School of Public Health at The University of Hong Kong (HKUSPH) and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) – to nurture the next generation of health leaders in Asia and worldwide. Applications close November 30, 2020.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest employers in the great city of Austin, offering thousands of career opportunities in a wide variety of fields. This position is 100% externally funded by the Lilly Corporation grant award and is a sub award through Indiana University and IU Center for Global Health. This position is funded for 4 years, with the expectation to continue when additional funding is received.

ICAP at Columbia University, a global health leader situated within the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, initiated a technical assistant program to support Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sport’s HIV response in achieving HIV epidemic control in Myanmar since 2014. ICAP is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as Director of Finance and Administration in Myanmar. The incumbent will lead the finance and administration team and oversee all finance and administration functions of ICAP in Myanmar.

In addition, ICAP is seeking candidates for Director of Administration and Finance, based in the Philippines.

The Center for Global Health at the Perelman School of Medicine seeks candidates to serve as a Program Leader in the Penn Medicine Center for Excellence in Cardiology – Vietnam. Applicants must have a M.D or M.D./Ph.D. degree. Board certification in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease at a US-national or international level is strongly preferred. Candidates will be eligible for associated faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania depending on qualifications. The primary responsibility of the position is to guide the education and clinical functions of the Center, which is jointly held by Penn and the Vinmec Health System. The position is based in Hanoi, Vietnam, however close linkage to Penn’s clinical cardiology program is essential.

IDEAL is inviting organizations engaged in emergency and development food and nutrition security programming to apply for an ARA. Up to five ARAs will be awarded, each with a maximum value of $300,000 US dollars and a period of up to 24 months. Research funded by this RFA will advance knowledge and address knowledge gaps around strategic integration (sequencing, layering, and integration) as described in the Food Assistance and Food Security Programmatic Learning Agenda. Applications due 5:00PM ET, October 16, 2020

The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative is recruiting its next cohort of transdisciplinary post-doctoral fellows. They are seeking two postdoctoral candidates to advance innovative discovery, intervention and policy research to help close racial gaps in preterm birth and improve birth outcomes among babies born preterm. Given their transdisciplinary approach, they encourage individuals from a wide range of professional and scientific disciplines to apply. In addition to receiving competitive salaries, fellows are eligible to receive research funding to support fellowship projects and educational stipends to further their training. Fellows also receive research and career mentorship and participate in regular works-in-progress sessions and professional development workshops.

To be eligible for the two-year fellowship, candidates must be a US citizen or permanent resident and have completed a doctoral program (e.g., MD, PhD, DNP, DrPH, ScD). Fellows are accepted on a rolling basis; the first round of applications will be reviewed on October 15.

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.
Featured Reading & Listening
Responsibility of Medical Journals in Addressing Racism in Health Care
Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe discusses racism as an underlying cause of health inequities and the importance of reassessing the role of medical journals in addressing the health effects of systemic racism. Read here.

Internationalisation Must Go On, Even if Borders are Closed
In this op-ed, Prof. Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch Univ. South Africa, writes about the importance of universities continuing their efforts to internationalize their work in this COVID-19 environment. Read here.

Podcast - Internationalisation at SU: Taking Education Globally
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still impossible for students to study abroad. But, the Dept. Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Internationalization, Prof. Hester Klopper, says that does not mean internationalisation at Stellenbosch University has halted. Listen here.

Why the COVID-19 response needs International Relations
Dr. Davies and Dr. Wenham encourage those working in response to COVID-19 in WHO and other organizations to embrace political analysis rather than shy away from it in order to overcome COVID-19. Read here.

A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. The new $100 million program has a similar purpose as Predict and will be called Stop Spillover. It is set to begin in October. Read here.

Projected Health-Care Resource Needs for an Effective Response to COVID-19 in 73 Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries: A Modelling Study
Since WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, more than 20 million cases have been reported, as of Aug 24, 2020. This study aimed to identify what the additional health-care costs of a strategic preparedness and response plan (SPRP) would be if current transmission levels are maintained in a status quo scenario, or under scenarios where transmission is increased or decreased by 50%. Read here.

CFR Think Global Health: Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Read Jason Socrates Bardi and Thomas J. Bollyky of the Council on Foreign Relations interview Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins on the intersection of race, health, and COVID-19. Read here.
Global Health Journals & Newsletters
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