September 11, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you had a wonderful summer if you were north of the equator, and to those south of the equator, we hope that you are looking forward to a lovely spring season.
In this bulletin you will see information about how you can register for two important workshops we are running in Washington, DC in October.
On October 16 & 17, we will hold a two-day workshop in partnership with SustainAbility Solutions on USAID and CDC financial management & compliance. This is a must attend event for anyone working with these two institutions or those who may be interested in applying for funds from them. On October 2, we are holding a one-day communications workshop with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting on how you can engage the media and communicate in an impactful manner.
Planning for our 2018 global health conference is going very well. The conference will take place in New York City, March 16-18 (with satellite session on March 15). The theme is Global Health Disparities: a Time for Action. Information about registration, submitting abstracts (the deadline is September 28th), awards, and more can be seen at
Finally, our hearts go out to those affected by: the hurricanes in Florida and the Caribbean, and massive flooding in South Asia. Sadly, these extreme weather events will only increase in number and severity as global warming continues to worsen. We must redouble our efforts to educate policymakers and the public about the importance of fully funding scientific agencies like the EPA, NIH, NOAA, CDC, USAID, and the FDA in the US, and ensuring that those appointed to lead these institutions understand and follow the science. Lives depend on it.
To help us reach more people with this information, please share this bulletin widely with your colleagues.
Best wishes,

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

CUGH News & Updates

workshop1Register Today for the USAID & CDC Financial Management & Compliance Workshop | October 16 & 17 | Washington, DC

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health is holding a two-day workshop on updates to USAID and CDC funding rules and regulations. The content of the course is suitable for anyone working on compliance with grant regulations, for example: finance staff, contracts & grants staff, administrative staff (procurement and travel), program staff, development staff, and internal auditors.

This NASBA- accredited course will quickly bring new or experienced staff up to date on the new sets of rules. While there are approximately 150 significant rule changes, this course will highlight how to efficiently transition a project or organization while remaining compliant. Conducted by a practicing CPA with over 35 years of hands-on financial management and compliance experience, this course is a must for those responsible for ensuring technical and financial compliance under the new Uniform Guidance Rules.

 October 2 | Washington, DC

Excited about your research results, but do not know how to share them with a non-academic audience? Tired of public health headlines that over-promise and under-explain? Wondering why some issues receive media coverage and others do not? Join the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the Pulitzer Center on October 2 for a workshop on how to pitch a story and translate information to a lay audience. At this one-day event, health journalists will discuss their reporting processes and the role of experts in their investigations. Attendees will participate in activities that explore journalism's place in the global health landscape, skills for sharing information with non-academics, and how to create story pitches.

Become a CUGH TAC Campus Representative

The TAC (Trainee Advisory Committee) is a group of trainees involved in global health and selected by CUGH to provide a trainee's perspective to the organization's work. They seek to ensure that CUGH programs benefit from the rich experiences of trainees.The committee is comprised of trainees from undergraduate and graduate programs across disciplines. To further elicit input, the TAC is announcing a call for Campus Representatives from each CUGH member institution. Campus Representatives serve a critical role in sharing their institution's global health activities, function as a link between their institution and the CUGH community, and assist in strengthening global health activities.

Nomination deadline: September 15, 2017

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 conference.  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
Join Us in NYC for our 9th Annual Conference

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, satellite session applications, and applications to be an abstract reviewer.

Enter the 5th Annual CUGH - Pulitzer Global Health Video Competition

Submit a short video to our 5th annual CUGH-Pulitzer video competition in one of two categories: global health advocacy and innovations in global health. Winners will be honored at our 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference, March 16-18, in New York, NY, and the videos will be shared worldwide.

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

Video submission deadline: October 20, 2017
Last Chance to Register for the CORE, GHC, CUGH Global Health Activities Webinar

On 9/12 at 1 pm EDT, CUGH is delighted to host a free webinar with the leaders of two of its members: The Global Health Council (GHC) and the Core Group. CUGH has been working hard to connect its primarily academic membership with other parts of the global health community. GHC and CORE Group (which is celebrating its 20th anniversary), are working with CUGH to improve the well being of people around the world but particularly those in under-serviced communities.

This webinar, with GHC's President Loyce Pace, Core Group's Executive Director Lisa Hilmi and CUGH's Executive Director Dr. Keith Martin, will provide you with an opportunity to learn about these three important global health organizations, ask them questions about their institution's activities, learn how you can get involved in their activities, and provide them with suggestions as to how they can address the immense challenges before us.

Member Highlight
University of Kansas Medical Center
The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) was founded in 1905, and its Global Health activities began in 1915 when an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Walter Stanborough Sutton, MD, served at the American Ambulance Hospital outside of Paris, France during World War I. Today, hundreds of KUMC students travel globally to over 50 countries annually for education, research and service activities. Over 600 international students come yearly to KUMC for educational and cultural exchanges through degree programs, research, observerships, employment, and elective rotations. While most come to KUMC as part of an institution to institution collaborative agreement, one program is unique due to the nature of the partnership. 

China's Health Human Resources Development Center of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (HHRDC) and the University of Kansas signed an agreement in 2014 that established the medical observership and exchange program known as the Sino-U.S. (Kansas) Advanced Healthcare Professional Exchange Program. Under the agreement, (KUMC) hosts 6-7 medical doctors at a time from China for a duration of three months. Participants are top physicians and medical experts selected through a highly competitive process by the Beijing Weirenweiye International Medicine Research Center, an organization appointed by the HHRDC to facilitate the program with KUMC. 

While at KUMC, the program's participants observe clinicians, attend lectures, and take part in various activities that allow them to gain a better understanding of the U.S. healthcare system and medical education. To date, KUMC has hosted 34 Chinese physicians from 32 different hospitals as part of this prestigious observership program, and next steps include creating a Leadership Training/Observership component for nurses as well as research opportunities as part of this exchange. 

Please see here for more information about KUMC Global Health.

Join the global effort to reduce this neglected global cause of mortality and morbidity.  Please share and download this toolkit , which contains everything you need to raise awareness about Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis.

Additionally, 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.

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.

Apply for Boston Children's Hospital Global Pediatric Fellowship or Global Research Fellowship
The Global Health Program at Boston Children's Hospital is now accepting applications for the Global Pediatric Fellowship and the Global Research Fellowship, both which have a July 2018 start date. The Global Pediatric Fellowship aims to train future leaders in global child health as well as support the development of essential child health services in regions of the world with greatest need and limited access to health providers. The Global Research Fellowship aims to train future leaders in global pediatric research.

The application deadline is September 30th, 2017.

Apply to Become the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of McGill University's School of Population and Global Health
The Faculty of Medicine is looking for a visionary leader with a strong research profile in a field of study related to population and global health to lead the development of the newly created School of Population and Global Health. The Director will be part of the senior leadership team and will provide academic leadership within the Faculty of Medicine and the University, as well as lead strategic planning and fundraising for the School.

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 Nominations for Various AAVMC Awards
AAVMC grants the following awards to inspire and recognize professional excellence in academic veterinary medicine:  AAVMC Excellence in Research Award; AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award; AAVMC Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award; and AAVMC Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service.  

Additionally, the nomination period for the AAVMC Public Policy Faculty Fellows Program is now open.

The nomination deadline for all awards listed above and the Faculty Fellows program is Friday, October 13, 2017.

Access Free Useful Tools from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The community-based heath and first aid (CBHFA) approach is the Red Cross Red Crescent integrated primary health care approach to community health promotion. It aims to create healthy, resilient communities worldwide and is a vital part in IFRC`s Strategy 2020 and contributes to Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Used in combination with the CBHFA toolkit (available in multiple languages), the Epidemic Control for Volunteers training guide is designed to help volunteers define their role in the community before, during and after an epidemic and to take the actions that are best suited to that particular epidemic. The knowledge and skills acquired will enable them to act quickly and effectively in the event of an epidemic. The training will also be useful to them in dealing with other emergencies.

Free Online Course About Health and Peace Work

The  Medical Peace Work project   and the University of Bergen , Norway, are  running an interactive Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in  Medical Peace Work . The course covers the following topics:  Peace-health work in war and post-war areas;  Preventing and addressing domestic violence;  Healthcare for refugees;  Recognizing and healing the effects of torture;  Health effects of climate change; and  Responding to a nuclear explosion.

The course will start on the October 2nd and will run for 6 weeks (2 hours per week). It is free, can be completed at any time of the day and week that is convenient for the participants.

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
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 .

NYU College of Global Public Health (GPH) Joins Leading Policy Advocates and Researchers in Urging the FDA to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

While smoking rates are at historic lows, tobacco still kills roughly half a million people every year in the US and over 6 million people worldwide. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of youth light up for the first time every year, representing a potential next generation of smokers who, absent intervention, will refill the ranks of those destined to die prematurely due to their nicotine dependence.

Although public health authorities in the US have encouraged people for years to quit smoking by using proven effective nicotine replacement therapies, millions of people still continue to smoke. A recent opinion editorial published in the Washington Post highlights an announcement made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about an ambitious long-term strategy in the US to finally end tobacco's cycle of addiction and death by lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels.

For the past several months, AG Tom Miller of Iowa and other leading researchers and policy advocates-including the Dean at NYU GPH, Dr. Cheryl Healton, and two new GPH faculty members -- Dr. David Abrams and Dr. Raymond Niaura -- have been working to urge the FDA to pursue this ambitious course.

Read more about this effort here:
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Attend the 2017 Global Health Interest Group Symposium 
September 14, 2017 | Bethesda, MD  
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 18, 2017 | Quebec City, Canada
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 
Attend the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC)
January 29-February 3, 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand
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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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