March 29, 2018
Dear Friend of CUGH,
Our 2018 conference, Health Disparities: a time for action, just concluded in New York City. It was a wonderful success with over 1800 individuals from 55 countries at the meeting. Over 1000 people attended the 16 satellite sessions held on March 15. On that day, at the 6th NCI-CUGH Global Cancer Day, NYU Langone Cancer Center (a key organizer) and CUGH announced the New York Challenge to dramatically reduce cervical cancer deaths. Please see the release HERE and share it widely. Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, gave a speech to open the conference on March 16. Click here to access his remarks.

Conferences like this require the commitment, hard work, and participation of many people. I would like to give my profound gratitude to all the attendees, volunteers, speakers, sponsors, and vendors who contributed to making this such an outstanding event. Much thanks also goes to the chairs from our host institutions: Wafaa El-Sadr and Richard Deckelbaum, Columbia University; Jimmy Volmink and Hester Klopper, Stellenbosch University; Samath Dharmaratne, Peradeniya University; and Trish Davidson (ex-officio), Johns Hopkins University. I would also like to thank: our team at the Secretariat, Dalal, Karen and Arisa; Alberto and Melissa at Columbia University; and Doris, Norm and the team at MSI for their outstanding work.

Videos, presentations and photos of the meeting will be available on our website within the next three weeks. Stay tuned for information about our next conference which will be on Translation and Implementation for Impact in Global Health in Chicago, March 8-10, 2019 (satellite sessions March 7).

We also said goodbye to a number of CUGH board members; King Holmes, Judy Wasserheit, Tim Brewer, Wafaa El-Sadr, Liz Grant, Shannon Marquez, Anuka Das, and Samath Dharmaratne. We are immensely grateful for their years of service on our board. We also welcomed the following new CUGH board members: Nuria Casamitjana, University of Barcelona; Phil Landrigan, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Charles Larson, McGill University; Hester Klopper, Stellenbosch University; Shadi Saleh, American University of Beirut; Jon Patz, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Maria Modayil, Student Representative, Ohio University.

Please read and enjoy this bulletin which contains a great deal of information important to the global health community.
Best wishes,
Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

CUGH News & Updates

April 7 WORLD HEALTH RUN - Join CUGH in your hometown!
We are less than 2 weeks away from our 1st Annual WORLD HEALTH RUN! Join us! This week we are recognizing the burden of diabetes globally. Almost 10%of the world's adult population has diabetes. People with diabetes have increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Deaths due to diabetes have been increasing since the year 2000, reaching 1.5 million deaths in 2012. (
  • The FIRST 100 people can use COUPON CODE DIABETES20 to get 20% OFF registration (AND MERCHANDISE) from Mar. 26 through Apr. 1.
  •  Everyone can use COUPON CODE DIABETES to get $5 OFF registration from Mar. 26 through Apr. 1.
In addition, CUGH members can receive a special discount of 5% on ALL merchandise! Just use CUGHNOW at checkout through April 7.

The 2018 WORLD HEALTH RUN is being held on April 7 (World Health Day). CUGH 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 at EVERY registration benefits CUGH; when you register to run as an individual, make sure you designate CUGH for your contribution to further your impact! Your group, club or institution can benefit your selected project AND CUGH through recruiting area runners! Now is the time, as well, to begin thinking about WORLD HEALTH RUN 2019.

Find out how your group can join at! Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Financial Compliance & Management Trainings Available in Mozambique and Malawi 

SustainAbility Solutions is running two training sessions on USAID & CDC Financial Management & Compliance and Internal Controls Under the Revised "Green Book." Both trainings will take place in Mozambique and Malawi in early April.   
Health in All Policies Faculty Development Workshop-June 18-20 in Washington, DC

The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) invites you to attend a Health in All Policies (HiAP) skill-building workshop from June 18-20 in Washington, DC to build education/training and practice approaches that move policy in support of both health and the environment. Air pollution will be used to provide case examples throughout the workshop.
The deadline for applications is April 25, 2018. To apply online, please visit the ASPPH page here. The WHO site provides more background here.
Kindly forward the news to your environmental health networks and please contact Liz Weist ( with questions.
DRAFT Global Health Concentration Competencies for the MPH Degree - Comments Due April 30 
As presented in the March 8th release of the ASPPH Global Health Concentration Competencies for the MPH Degree at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) annual meeting, new draft global health concentration competency recommendations, which are based on the new Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation requirements for the MPH degree, are available for your review and comment through Monday April 30.  ASPPH is hosting an open webinar to solicit comments on the draft on Friday, March 30 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern.  Hope you can join us.  Visit the event page.  The webinar will be archived in case you miss it!

Deadline: April 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.
GHI Launches Free Webinar Series on Global Health and Conflict
Long-drawn-out conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa Region have presented health systems and global health professionals with complex challenges. The Global Health Institute (GHI) Academy at the American University of Beirut is launching its inaugural webinar series on "Global Health and Conflict".

The series will consist of five webinars: 1. Introduction to Global Health and Conflict; 2. Hidden Burdens of Conflict - Mental Health Challenges in the Lebanese Health System; 3. Communicable Diseases in Conflict Settings; 4. Conflict and the Impact on Non-Communicable Diseases; 5. Health Systems in Situations of Fragility. 
Register for the Health Systems Summer Institute
June 11-23, 2018: The Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a Health Systems Summer Institute. The Institute is a great opportunity for early- to mid-career professionals to expand their skill sets and improve job performance. 
Course options are available from one-day to two-week formats to suit a variety of different schedules. Topics include health equity, policy advocacy, injury and trauma, gender analysis, designing transformative innovation, primary health care, health economics, health systems strengthening, and more. Registration is open until June 8.  
Global Health Education: Developing a Framework for Equitable International Partnerships
The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health (JHU CGH) is conducting this research study to survey partners/collaborators from LMIC countries that engage in education/research activities with US-based academic institutions. The survey will help us to better understand the enablers and barriers to a mutually equitable partnership and will be used to explore and distill the essential components necessary to develop mutually beneficial and longitudinally successful collaborations between students, faculty, and collaborators between US-based institutions (global north) and international partners (global south). 
Documentary Film Screening Collaboration Opportunity 
The film captures a 10 year odyssey, touching on the bigger picture of global health.  Filming in the jungle of Peru for 10 years, "Mortality of Dreams" feature documentary follows the construction of a state of the art, international volunteer-run hospital. Top specialists in healthcare from around the world are collaborating with the project, setting an example for a new syst em of global health volunteerism. Please reach out for more information if interested. S creenings of the film, including Director/Producer Q&As, are being set up at events, workshops, etc.  Past screenings of the film include at the Milwaukee Children's Hospital. 
When done right, documentary is a wonderful teaching tool in the form of art and entertainment.

Contact: Angela Snow 
New GH Textbook: Foundations for Global Health Practice 
Over 10 CUGH colleagues are featured as authors in this NEW Global Health textbook. See "Foundations for Global Health Practice," DiPrete Brown, Wiley, 2018. Contact the author to request a review copy or to receive model syllabus at:  

Access Global Health Funding Opportunities  
Stanford Medicine's Research Management Group (RMG) has compiled a list of miscellaneous global health funding opportunities, which includes resources from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH, FIC, and more.  
Featured Reading:
New York Challenge Sets High Bar for HPV Vaccination
Lancet Article | Geoff Watts
Transformative Accountability for Adolescents
Report | Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent (IAP)
Case Studies | The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard 

6th Annual Global Health & Infectious Disease Conference
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UC Global Health Day
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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
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2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting 
May 29-31, 2018 | Edinburgh, UK 
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
2018 North American Refugee Health Conference  
June 7-9, 2018 | Portland, OR, USA 
Extreme Affordabilty: West Africa 
July 8-10, 2018 | Kpong, Ghana
AFREhealth's Second Annual Symposium
August 6-8, 2018 | Durban, South Africa
Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium
September 25-28, 2018 | London, UK
One Health Day  
November 3, 2018  
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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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