December 2, 2016
Dear Colleagues,
After last month's elections in the US, there is a great deal of uncertainty concerning the direction the country will take across a broad range of areas. More will be known as the new administration takes shape and policies are released. Certainly the rise in hate crimes, threats to women's reproductive rights, protection of undocumented immigrants, the fate of the Affordable Care Act, climate change activities and other issues are of grave concern amongst many of our members. 
Two areas in which you can mobilize your networks and institutions to educate the public and policymakers to support policy changes are: the protection of undocumented students and workers at universities and the protection of health workers in conflict zones (esp. in Syria). Public advocacy can move political decisions.
Please see our Advocacy Section for the statement made by the President of the University of California outlining their plan to protect undocumented immigrants from forced removal and discrimination and an article that outlines the dire plight of our colleagues who, while trying to care for the injured and ill in conflict zones, are themselves targeted by combatants. This is clearly a war crime and we who are involved in global health have a duty to speak out against these atrocities. 
If your institution has specific advocacy issues that it is pursuing please email them to us at We will use these in our advocacy efforts.
On behalf of the board I am very pleased to announce the five individuals elected by our members to our board: Dr. Patricia Davidson, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Patricia Conrad, Univ. California Davis; Prof. Virginia Rowthorn Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore; Dr. Quentin Eichbaum Vanderbilt University; and Dr. Joseph Kolars, Univ. of Michigan.  We are also pleased to announce that Ms. Zoe Mullan, Editor, Lancet Global Health will be joining the board as an ex-officio member.  I would like to express our deep gratitude to Prof. Muhammad Zaman, Boston University and Dr. Nelson Sewankambo, Makerere University who will be leaving our board, for their service to CUGH. 
In this bulletin, you will also see updates about our 2017 conference, Apr. 7-9 in Washington DC.  Please note that on April 6 we will be holding exciting satellite sessions in DC on a broad range of topics from global surgery, urban health, quality healthcare, a job fair, student global health day and more. Attending the April 6 satellite sessions are not to be missed.
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Best wishes,
Keith Martin MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems
The 8th Annual CUGH Conference

Satellite Sessions April 6, 2017
Main Conference April 7 - 9, 2017
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CUGH Member Highlight
Congratulations: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is the Time's Higher Education University of the Year 2016!
Advocacy Issues To Support
Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Update
See what you can do to protect health workers in conflict zones
University of California's Principles in Support of Undocumented Immigrants who are UC Community Members
Press Release | November 30, 2016
See PLOS ONE for Publishing Opportunities!
The First Mile Innovation Challenge!
Crowdsource innovative technologies/solutions that directly address clinical or community hardships in global primary care in one of three areas (Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Cardiac Health, and Safe Surgery). Winners will receive $25,000 USD in funding.
Applications are due January 10, 2017.
Check it out:
4-Week Summer Session: NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala
Students of global public health, medical anthropology, occupational therapy, and related disciplines for its four-week summer session (May 29-June 23, 2017).  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis between now and February 1, 2017.
USAID Webinar: Revised USAID Program Cycle Operational Policy
December 15, 2016 | 8 - 9:30 AM Eastern
NIH Global Health Funding Opportunity Updates
Explaining Planetary Health
Article | November 20, 2016 | Cornell University
5th Annual Stanford Global/Humanitarian Surgery Skills Course
February 25-26, 2017 | Stanford School of Medicine | Register by Jan 30 
Attend University of Utah's Global Health Extreme Affordability Conference
January 19-21, 2017 | Salt Lake City, UT
Attend the 2017 American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention
July 21-25, 2017 | Indianapolis, IN
Attend the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Conference: Advancing Global Health: Ethical and Logistical Issues
December 5, 2016 | Bronx, NY
GBD Technical Training Workshop: Understanding the pathway from data to DALYs
April 18-27, 2017 | Negroponte Resort, Greece
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The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)  builds  interdisciplinary collaborations and facilitates the sharing of knowledge to address global health challenges. It assists members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service. It is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities everywhere. CUGH promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-poor countries, developing human capital and strengthening institutions' capabilities to address these challenges. It is committed to translating knowledge into action.


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