August 10, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The 2018 CUGH Global Health Conference will take place in New York City on March 16-18. The meeting's theme is Health Disparities: A Time for Action. We are accepting abstracts until the end of September and suggestions for conference panels until the beginning of September. Please use this link to submit your abstracts and panels. 


If you would like to sponsor our conference, including donating to support travel scholarships for our colleagues in LMIC countries so that they can attend and present their work, please click here. Your support is greatly appreciated.


I'm pleased to announce that CUGH's board has elected Stanford University's Dr. Michele Barry as our vice chair and the University of North Carolina's Professor Peggy Bentley as CUGH's treasurer, effective March 15, 2018. I would like to congratulate both of them on being elected to these important positions and thank them for their willingness to serve our global community in this important manner. I would also like to thank those board members who put their names forward to volunteer for these positions. We look forward to continuing to work with you.


The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) held its inaugural meeting in Accra, Ghana on August 1-3. During the meeting, CUGH's Capacity Building Portal ( was shared with attendees from across Africa and around the world. Thank you to Dr. A Dykens and Dr. V Mikkilineni for their excellent work on this project. Additionally, a working group was created between AFREhealth and CUGH. Dr. Quentin Eichbaum, chair of our education committee, will be our representative in this working group.


In this bulletin, you will see our featured CUGH member institution, the American University of Beirut, and other important information about global health activities around the world.

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

CUGH News & Updates

Registration for the 9th Annual CUGH Conference is Now Open

Join more than 1,700 global health faculty, students, implementers and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health and discuss how academia, NGOs, government and the private sector can address the global health challenges before us. The conference will take place March 16-18 with satellite sessions on March 15.

Register now and reserve your room at the New York Hilton Hotel-Midtown.

Related to the conference, CUGH is also accepting poster & oral abstract submissions, panel proposals, satellite session applications, and applications to be a poster & oral abstract reviewer.
Call for CUGH Global Health Leadership Awards Nominations

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health wishes to acknowledge the accomplishments and commitment of outstanding individuals who contribute to the advancement of global health worldwide.

CUGH has three awards that will be presented at its annual Global Health Conference. There may be more than one awardee per category.  They are: the CUGH Distinguished Leadership Award, CUGH Young Leader Award, and Mid-Career Leadership Award. They are open to all.

Nomination deadline: October 1, 2017
Enter the 5th Annual CUGH - Pulitzer Global Health Video Competition

CUGH's 5th annual video competition in partnership with the Pulitzer Center will showcase important global health issues and innovations. Winners will be highlighted at our 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference March 16-18 in New York, NY.

CUGH membership is NOT required to participate; all are welcome to make a submission.

Video submission deadline: October 20, 2017
CUGH's Capacity Building Sub-Committee (EC-CBS) Call for Membership

This sub-committee's (SC) mission is to a) help identify, catalog and aggregate training, curricula and human resource needs from low and middle income countries (LMICS), b) identify context relevant training programs/resources, and c) share this information through a web based platform housed on the CUGH website.
Subcommittee members will develop opportunities for dialogue among institutions and organizations  to identify accessible training resources (curricula and trainers) and good practices/programs at institutions and with individuals in low resource settings through accessible online tools.

Application deadline: August 24, 2017
Now Accepting Applications for Small Global Health Education Grants

The late Dr. Tom Hall, a global health leader and one of CUGH's greatest supporters, generously provided a gift to support small global health education grants. Dr. Hall sadly passed away May 20, 2017, but his legacy of giving lives on. We are extremely grateful for Tom's support of CUGH. We miss him and his gracious presence.

CUGH members are invited to apply for either small grants (under $5,000) or for larger grants (up to $10,000). The deadline for the second round of grant proposals is August 20, 2017.
Miss the CUGH Webinar on  Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? View Online Anytime

Disease knows no borders. CDC's global activities protect Americans from major health threats such as Ebola, Zika, and pandemic influenza and adverse economic impact. CDC detects and controls outbreaks at their source, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. As importantly, CDC helps other countries build capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to health threats through its work. The knowledge and lessons learned from CDC's work abroad are critical to our public health efforts at home, and to protecting Americans.

Dr. Hamid Jafari, CDC Center for Global Health Principal Deputy Director, walks us through the structure and activities of CDC's global health center in the United States and abroad.

The CUGH Education Committee Capacity Building Subcommittee (EC-CBS) is developing a database to identify and match training needs and available resources among institutions having complementary priorities for mutual benefit. The database they are creating will eventually serve institutions across a broad geographic area and cover a wide range of technical arenas. They are in the early phases of development of this database which is currently available only to a limited audience for pilot testing.  Their end goal is to develop a database that responds to the needs and priorities of your institutions. Their hope is that the database will be highly accessible and result in the development of equitable partnerships.

EC-CBS is requesting the assistance of end users and interested institutions in helping us inform the development of this project. Through a  survey, they are hoping to gather information and feedback to help improve the developing database. EC-CBS greatly appreciates your enthusiasm for this mutual goal and your consideration of responding to the questions.
Member Highlight
American University of Beirut (AUB)
On July 19th, AUB's President Dr. Fadlo Khuri announced the establishment of AUB's Global Health Institute (GHI), the first institute of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The declaration aligns with AUB's Vision on Health, Health 2025 initiative, aimed at enhancing AUB's footprint in health to better serve both the population and the clinical health needs of the region and the Global South.  The Institute was launched with the support of a generous donation and Canada's International Development Research Center's five-year, 1.7 million CAD foundational grant.

GHI aims to address global health concerns, particularly originating from the Global South, which witnesses extensive humanitarian crises, by joining efforts to develop a contextualized strategy that can succeed in confronting these challenges.

In its foundational phase, GHI had already formally launched three interdisciplinary programs directed by faculty members from different health units across AUB: the Conflict Medicine Program (CMP), the Refugee Health Program (RHP), and the Nutrition, Obesity, and Related Disease Program (NORD). Additional programs are currently being considered for launch in the upcoming period. In addition, a capacity building arm (GHI Academy) is planned for launch in the Fall of 2017.  The Academy is dedicated to supporting the needs of individuals, organizations, and communities by honing capabilities in global health through innovative delivery of knowledge, training, and professional development to advance the global health agenda.


Participate in a Survey About Barriers to Global Health Research
The Office of Global Health at RUSH University Medical Center is conducting a survey to understand barriers to global health research. Many of us have struggled with underfunded and under supported research teams. Others have faced challenges in obtaining IRB approval. The purpose of this study is to understand available resources, and to identify and qualify the barriers that global health researchers experience in obtaining IRB approval for international studies. 

We invite you to participate by completing a survey, which should take no more than 2-3 minutes of your time. For further information, please feel free to contact Dr. Jennifer Towbin at . Thank you in advance for your time and support.  

Call for Proposals: 2018 AAVMC Annual Conference
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for faculty and students to share their work and ideas during the 2018 AAVMC Annual Conference, February 28 - March 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. The theme of the 2018 conference is New Horizons in Veterinary Medical Education: Addressing Opportunities with Innovative Approaches.

Submission deadline: August 15, 2017

Job Opportunity: ASTMH Seeks Deputy Director
This position serves as a unique opportunity for someone who has a deep interest in global health broadly, and a desire to support ASTMH's mission specifically. Ideally, the candidate either has an awareness of, or familiarity with the unique challenges and opportunities facing the global health research community and its stakeholders. This is a person with 7-10 years of experience who either has an MPH or has policy, program management or similar experience working with this community or the issues. A familiarity with the U.S. system of training, research and development is important. In addition, the ideal candidate has experience with a member-focused society or health-related organization, and has supported volunteer-committees composed of highly accomplished individuals who depend on quality staffing in their service to the mission of the Society. This is a position for someone who has passion for the issues, who doesn't want the status quo, and wants opportunities to grow professionally. 

On September 12th, 2017, the World Health Organization and the Global Sepsis Alliance will host the 'World Sepsis Congress Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis' - A free online congress shining a spotlight on this neglected aspect of sepsis.

In four distinctive sessions, 25 renowned experts from all over the world will give 12-minute presentations on all facets of maternal and neonatal sepsis, as well as give updates on sepsis in general.

Participation is open to everyone with an internet connection and is free of charge, and just requires a 1-minute registration. The congress will be held in English and will be live, giving you the opportunity to ask questions after each talk.

Call for Nominations for the 2018 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
The Gairdner Foundation invites the scientific community to nominate qualified scientists from any branch of global health for this award. It recognizes the world's top scientists who have made outstanding achievements in Global Health Research. Over the past decade the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award has grown significantly to become one of the world's most prestigious recognitions of excellence in global health research. 
Nominees should be individuals who have made major scientific advances with a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world. The award is science-focused, and is not intended for those with primarily leadership and administrative accomplishments. 

Nominations for the 2018 awards are due by October 1, 2017.

Enter a Competition on Global Health Research, Outreach, and Narrative Medicine
The American Osteopathic Association's Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) has just opened its annual global health competition. All osteopathic medical students and residents are eligible to enter written accounts of their global health activities in three categories: research abstracts; global health outreach reflections; and a new category, narrative medicine, a form of creative nonfiction that reflects on experiences of illness, healing, and clinical care. All entries must be focused on the entrants' experiences with global health. Prizes range from $500 to $1500 in all categories and also include a chance to present the work at the BIOM International Seminar in October 2017. This contest is only open to students and recent graduates of American colleges of osteopathic medicine. 

Request for Proposals from the Bill & Melissa Gates Foundation 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking submissions from academic and training institutions interested in developing an academic and/or professional training program based on the lessons learned from polio eradication. The goal of this work is to ensure that future generations of global leaders are able to successfully apply the lessons and best practices from polio eradication to other pressing public health challenges. It also aims to promote experienced polio program staff from developing countries as global health leaders and experts in international academic circles.

Deadline for submitting full proposals: August 21 at 5 PM PT

Apply for the Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship

Ben-Gurion University's Medical School for International Health is a four year, North American-style medical school that incorporates global health coursework into all four years of the medical school curriculum. 

The Ben-Gurion Global Health Scholarship will give one excellent student the chance to pursue their MD with a focus on global health tuition-free, for the four years of the MSIH M.D. program. Applicants will be evaluated for this merit based scholarship by a committee of world leaders in global health and medicine. Decisions will be based on the applicant's likely success in building a career at the intersection of medicine and global health.  Admission is open to exceptional individuals of all nationalities who wish to prepare themselves for careers in global health and population-based medicine. MSIH seeks outstanding students with the academic preparation, maturity, and commitment to master a rigorous medical school curriculum and to benefit from the demands and opportunities associated with graduate study within the diverse cultural environment of Israel.

To be considered for the BGGH Scholarship  , submit a completed admissions application by  January 8, 2018 .

Books on International Health Experiences  
  At some point in their careers, many health professionals and students wish to engage in overseas work. Learning from other systems, people and cultures is invaluable and in some cases life changing.

Preparing for International Health Experiences is a must-read for any healthcare student considering volunteering, doing mission or practical work abroad. It covers specific medical professions from paediatrics to surgery, and allied disciplines such as dentistry and nursing. This  unique resource offers necessary insights into making the most of the experience, from pre-departure training through to return orientation. It provides information on navigating the legalities and bureaucracies of international medical training and gives insights into cultural and language competencies, including how to be ethical and deferential in the exchange of situational knowledge.

Global Health Experiential Education: From Theory to Practice presents best practices for ethical and safe international health elective experiences for trainees and the educational competencies and evaluation techniques that make them valuable. It includes commentaries, discussions and descriptions of new global health education guidelines, reviews of the literature, as well as research. 
It includes ground-breaking research on perspectives of partners in the Global South whose voices are often unheard, student perspectives and critical discussions of the historical foundations and power dynamics inherent in international medical work.  This book will be of interest to academic directors of global health programmes and anyone involved in training and international exchanges across North America.

PEER/Liberia Funding Opportunity

Following the Ebola crisis in west Africa, the U.S. government has made funds available through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program for 'Partnership Awards' to U.S. Medical Schools/Universities interested in partnering with A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine (AMD) and the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) to build medical education capacity in Liberia.
PEER/Liberia Objectives:

1. Strengthen medical training and build subspecialty medical capacity in Liberia;

2. Improve the ability of Liberia to conduct clinical research; and,

3. Increase access to specialty care for Ebola survivors and the broader population.

Application deadline: August 25, 2017 at 5 PM ET

Click the button below for more information, a copy of the request for application, and to access the online application form.
Apply for University of Washington's Global and Rural Health Fellowship

The University of Washington Department of Global Health and the Department of Medicine invite you apply to the University of Washington Global and Rural Health Fellowship which will start  July 1st, 2018 . This unique training program will provide the knowledge, leadership skills, and hands on experiences needed to become effective leaders, physicians, researchers, and advocates in the field of global and rural health.

Fellows can also obtain a Master of Public Health through the London School of Tropical Medicine or attend the Gorgas Tropical Medicine Course in Peru.

The fellowship is a two year training program. During the first year of the program, fellows will work with Alaska Native/American Indian populations by providing direct clinical care either at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska or with Indian Health Services on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Fellows will also participate in weekly didactic sessions with UW faculty and may also be able to participate in health systems strengthening projects at their respective sites.

During the second year of fellowship, fellows will have the option of choosing between two tracks:  Clinical Education Track or  Research Track

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017
UCGHI Launches its New Website

 After updating the content and optimizing the site for mobile devices, UCGHI has just releases its new website:
 The website is meant to showcase the amazing work and inspiring programs taking place across UC that are collectively contributing to the global health field.
Among some exciting new features, the website includes an interactive map that connects visitors directly to global health centers and programs on their campus. UCGHI also reorganized current and archived publications, projects and multimedia pieces into one location, the Research tab, and will be continuously updating News & Events with global health news stories and announcements from across the system.

Watch Dr. Andrew Talal, UB Professor of Medicine, Discuss Hepatitis C Virus in Honor of World Hepatitis Day

The video was shown on China Global Television Network, which is the English language arm of China Central Television (seen in more than 85 million homes across more than 100 countries and territories).

Featured Reading:
You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems
Article | Rebecca Hersher
Attend the Forced From Home "Footsteps of a Fieldworker" Tour
September 10, 2017 | Boulder, CO  
Attend the GBD 20th Anniversary Symposium 
September 25-27, 2017 | Seattle, Washington  
Attend the Fall 2017 Global Health Practitioner Conference
September 25-29, 2017 | Baltimore, MD
Attend the UTMB Global Health Education Symposium
October 14, 2017 | Galveston, TX
October 15-16, 2017 | Washington, DC 
October 23-27, 2017 | Boston Children's Hospital | Boston, MA
Attend the AAMC Annual Meeting
November 3-7, 2017 | Boston, MA
Attend the One Health International Conference
December 14-15, 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand | Abstract Submission Deadline: August, 15, 2017
Attend the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC)
January 29 - February 3, 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand
More Global Health News
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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