March 7, 2018

Dear Colleague,
CUGH 2018, Health Disparities: a time for action, is just around the corner. We have a stellar list of speakers, and events, and you can see the full program at It is a must attend event for anyone involved in global health & development.

I also encourage you to attend and bring your colleagues and students to one of the sixteen, half to full day satellite sessions that will take place on March 15. Most are FREE, and you do NOT need to be a conference attendee to participate in these sessions. Register for these satellites at

Another highlight is the Pulitzer-CUGH Global Health Film Festival, March 15, 6 pm - 8 pm at the NY Hilton Midtown. Stellar, short documentary films will be shown followed by a chance to speak to some of the filmmakers. It is free and open to all.

Encourage your colleagues and students to attend the conference, March 16-18. It is an outstanding opportunity to learn, network and become involved in efforts to impact a number of pressing global challenges. Activation of the global health community to address the pressing challenges we face is needed now more than ever.

Please share this bulletin widely.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,

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

CUGH News & Updates

Register for Our Pre-Conference Satellite Sessions- March 15 in NYC

Register now for one of many pre-conference workshops on important global health topics. Most sessions are free but require separate registration. Conference registration is not required to register for these sessions.

Attend the Pulitzer-CUGH Global Health Film Festival on March 15

The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and CUGH are pleased to present this annual film festival which will feature a series of outstanding short documentaries on a variety of global challenges by award winning  filmmakers and  Pulitzer Center journalists. The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with a number of the documentarians. This event is free and open to all. It will take place at the NY Hilton Midtown in room Sutton South at 6 - 8 PM. See the list of special events/meetings using the button below.

REGISTER NOW-  Program Information Now Available for the 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference- Health Disparities: A time for action

Click here to see the dynamic program for CUGH 2018. The conference will take place March 16-18 with satellite sessions on March 15

April 7 WORLD HEALTH RUN - Join CUGH in your hometown!

We are less than 5 weeks away from our 1st Annual WORLD HEALTH RUN! Join us!

This week we are focusing on the fact that Preterm birth is the leading killer of newborn babies worldwide. Every year 15 million babies - about 1 in 10 babies - are born preterm (born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy). Preterm birth complications cause more than one million deaths each year. More than three quarters of these babies' lives could be saved with simple and cost-effective care (  
  • The FIRST 100 people can use COUPON CODE ALLKIDS15 to get 15% OFF registration (and merchandise) from Mar. 5 through Mar. 11.
  • Everyone can use COUPON CODE ALLKIDS5 to get $5 OFF registration Mar. 5 through Mar. 11.
The 2018 WORLD HEALTH RUN is being held on April 7 (World Health Day). CUGH's participation in this event enables member institutions and student groups to raise funds and awareness for a US or international health-related project, support CUGH global activities, and build the conversation around health equity, globally. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rotary clubs, the National Peace Corps Association, and Peace Care.

Register to run Every registration benefits CUGH, when you register to run as an individual, make sure you designate CUGH for your contribution to further your impact!

Before you head out on your training run, please share the Facebook,   Instagram, and  Twitter feeds with your friends!  Let's get running (or walking) for health equity!

Stay Informed with Global Health NOW 

Global Health NOW is an essential daily read for the global health community. In addition to exclusive stories, the GHN staff scours the global media and selects the day's most important articles about research, trends and events to summarize in a free e-newsletter and on their website. The email is sent every weekday morning, and the website is updated shortly thereafter.
Webinar Series: USAID's Support to Global Health Research and Development

USAID's Global Health Research and Development (R&D) programs support the development and introduction of new and improved drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, tools, and approaches. This six webinar series presents USAID's approaches to global health research and development and the impact these have on saving and improving lives around the world. Each webinar will focus on a global health topic and draw examples from investments made in 2016 and beyond.

Submit an Abstract for the Global Health & Infectious Disease Trainee Oral Symposium

The Trainee Oral Symposium on April 5th will feature talks from students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, as well as a faculty career panel. All students, postdoctoral fellows and residents working on global health and infectious diseases are encouraged to submit an abstract to present a talk.

Deadline: March 9, 2018
Leading Transformation through Global Health Delivery

The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai is hosting Dr. Joia Mukherjee for their speaker series in Midtown, NYC on March 14, the night before the satellite sessions. As Chief Medical Officer at Partners in Health, Dr. Joia Mukherjee exemplifies the leadership needed to transform global health outcomes. She is a professor, advocate and clinician who makes bold commitments to caring for society's most vulnerable people. Through her talk, Dr. Mukherjee will elevate the urgency of global health delivery. Please use the button below to access event details and to RSVP.
Call for Papers for Special Issue of Qualitative Health Research: Using Innovative Qualitative Methods alongside Trials of Complex Health Interventions

There is an urgent need for innovation in the use of qualitative methods alongside randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of health interventions. Less than 13% of RCTs use qualitative methods and when they are used, qualitative methods are often restricted to interviews and focus group discussions at the end of interventions limiting the insights they generate. This special issue aims to bring together studies from RCTs that draw on the rich history of using qualitative health methods in public health, including (but not limited to) life histories, photo voice, ethno-drama, participatory techniques, digital storytelling, digital ethnography, and the analysis of video or images. We welcome articles focusing on either how innovative qualitative methodologies were used alongside an RCT of a specific intervention, or methodological papers that discuss innovative methods in relation to RCTs of complex health interventions more broadly. Articles should clearly articulate why they are innovative and the potential for generating new findings or insights for interventions that cannot be gained through interviews with participants or focus group discussions alone.

Deadline:  March 30, 2018
Clinical Case Challenge on Diagnostics and AMR
Many medical schools have gaps in clinical diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) content. We propose a challenge to solicit clinical diagnostic and AMR clinical cases through a global call for participation. Clinical diagnostics are tests to aid clinical management and/or guide treatment decisions. The purpose of the challenge is to encourage medical students, trainees, physicians, and others to collect or write clinical cases that could be used in medical education and shared online. The challenge has two types of clinical cases: original cases written specifically for the contest and not published before; adapted cases that have been published elsewhere and tailored for medical education use. 

The International Diagnostics Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is the main organizer of this contest. Send us your clinical case! 

Questions: Contact our challenge coordinator at

Deadline:  May 1, 2018
APHA 2018 Call for International Health Section Award Nominations
Each year, the International Health (IH) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) recognizes outstanding contributions of its members through its Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in International Health, its Mid-Career Award in International Health, the Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice, and the Distinguished Section Service Award. The Section is now seeking nominations for deserving candidates for these awards, to be presented at its Awards Ceremony at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego, California in November 2018. 

Deadline:  May 1, 2018
NAM Excellence in Health Care and Mental Health Awards Now Accepting Nominations

Nominations are now open for the National Academy of Medicine's 2018 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care and the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health.

Please help the NAM recognize your colleagues and friends who are health care services pioneers and mental health innovators - nominate them today!
CUGH Member Discount for the NAFSA Colloquium & Conference Registration
The 2018 NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions is a NAFSA Signature Program for faculty members, academic leaders, and international educators to explore global learning in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary contexts, and to discuss ways of integrating global learning into internationalization efforts across the curriculum. This colloquium is for those who seek to better prepare students so they can successfully practice in globally-interconnected and multicultural environments. 

CUGH Member Discount: Get 25% off this Signature Program with code 18GL25
Please note: CUGH Members are also eligible to receive 25% off the NAFSA Annual Conference Registration if purchased with the Global Learning Colloquium. Please use code: 1825REG.
Apply for the McGill Summer Institute
The McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health features internationally known faculty, a focus on highly applicable new knowledge, and an opportunity to network with fellow global health professionals from around the world. The unique format of short non-credit professional development courses attracts a diverse group of participants, from industry leaders to NGO's, academics and researchers, and advocacy group members. The Summer Institute is hosted by McGill Global Health Programs, the McGill International TB Centre, the MUHC-RI (Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health), the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) and the JD Maclean Centre for Tropical Diseases.

 Deadline: Apply early as evaluation for acceptance is rolling. Registration closes May 1st.

Registration Now Open for Global Reproductive & Sexual Health Course

This short, intensive course will allow participants to gain the skills and knowledge to advance their inquiry in global reproductive and sexual health through state-of-the-science lectures, discussion, case studies, and small group work. The course is offered by the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Geared towards researchers focused on global sexual and reproductive health, the Summer Institute provides participants with the opportunity to learn about substantive issues and develop methodological experience from a wide-range of experts in global reproductive and sexual health.
University of Arizona's 3 week Global Health course: Global Health-Clinical & Community Care 2018

Sept 24 - Oct 12, 2018  will mark the 36th year of the Arizona Global Health Course.  This intensive, 3-week Global Health course prepares you for the clinical and public health problems you will encounter abroad.   We equally welcome (USA and Canadian) physicians, residents and senior medical students plus other health professionals or students with clinical background in any medical or public health field, including those who already have had some experience in a developing country.  Evaluations from each of these "levels" of learning are highly and equally positive.
FAIMER's Fellowship and Distance Learning Programs
FAIMER strives to improve global health by improving health professions education. In pursuit of this goal, FAIMER offers a range of educational opportunities to international health professions educators. These programs develop skills that allow participants to serve as resources for their colleagues, institutions, and local and regional communities. They emphasize not only methodologies for teaching and assessment, but also personal and professional development, leadership, and program planning and management, which are essential to initiate and sustain change.

The FAIMER Institute is a two-year fellowship program for faculty who have demonstrated the potential to play key roles in improving health professions education at their schools and in their regions. Fellows receive training, tools, and professional support to become agents of change-creators of meaningful and lasting advances in health professions education that ultimately lead to improvements in the health of their communities.

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research Distance Learning (FAIMER DL) program offers health professions educators the opportunity to receive advanced training in all aspects of health professions education. Educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health professions can acquire the knowledge and skills to advance health professions education at their institutions to the highest international standards.

NEW: Global Child Health Handbook for SubSaharan Africa
Have you ever wanted a resource to use on the ground in Sub-Saharan Africa while caring for children? Ever wanted a pocket guide for quick reference when teaching medical students or interns while working in Africa? A soon to be published book, North Carolina Children's Global Health Handbook: A pediatrician's guide to integrating IMCI guidelines in Sub-Saharan Africa, serves to meet such a need. It will be available for purchase (print or electronic) in March. 

In addition to incorporating IMCI guidelines, it includes some specifics to various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as care can be different depending on local practices and guidelines. This book is meant to cover some of the basics, such as a fluid drip calculator, how to build your own bubble CPAP, clinical diagnosis of pneumonia based on IMCI guidelines, etc. 

This manual is to be used as a guide for residents and other providers who are teaching pediatrics in the developing world. Incorporating World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines as laid out in the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI), this manual is geared for teaching junior clerkship medical students, especially for those in their first clinical pediatric rotation. The manual is intended for visiting residents/providers from a foreign institution but may be used by local staff as well. The content contained in this manual is not an exhaustive list of pediatric conditions or an in-depth explanation of such conditions, but it is meant to serve as a handbook for easy reference when teaching in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa. It is not meant to replace clinical judgment but, rather, to serve as a quick reference guide.
Companion Website for GH Textbook Now Available
The companion website for David Phillips and Kevin McKracken's book,  Global Health: An introduction to current and future trends  (Routledge, 2nd  edition, 2017), has just been posted.  We hope it will be of interest and value to CUGH member institution teachers, students and researchers.
To maximize the utility of the website it has been made open access.
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6th Annual Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference
April 6, 2018 | St. Louis, MO, USA
UC Global Health Day
April 22, 2018 | La Jolla, CA, USA
PEGASUS Conference
April 27-29, 2018 | Toronto, Canada
8th Annual UCSF School of Dentistry Global Oral Health Symposium
May 7, 2018 | San Francisco, CA, USA
Building a Career in Global Health and Emergency Medicine Course
May 9-10, 2018 | San Francisco, CA, USA
May 10-12, 2018 | Kraków, Poland
NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium: Health Professions
May 30, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA, USA
CORE Group Global Health Practitioners Conference
June 4 - 7, 2018 | Bethesda, MD, USA
AFREhealth's Second Annual Symposium
August 6-8, 2018 | Durban, South Africa
Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium
September 25-28, 2018 | London, UK
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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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