January 18, 2019
Dear Colleague,
We hope you and yours had a lovely holiday season and a Joyous New Year.

At CUGH we are gearing up for our upcoming annual conference in Chicago, March 7-10, 2019. See our exciting program and the list of stellar speakers at www.cugh2019.org. Don't forget to attend the special half and full-day satellite sessions on March 7. Most are free to attend but you need to register online at www.cugh2019.org. The sessions will give attendees time to learn, be inspired, collaborate and identify actionable steps that we can work on together to address an array of global health challenges from planetary health, cancer, surgery, child health, emergency medicine, mental health, research, education, student careers, competencies, mentorship, public health training, and much more.

Our Global Health Competencies subcommittee has been doing an outstanding job. They just released their Global Health Competencies 2.0 Toolkit. You can access it in this bulletin. Please look at it, use it and share it widely. Much thanks to the members of this committee who have done such a wonderful job in this area.

In this bulletin you will see flyers for our conference, the Mar. 7th satellite sessions, Pulitzer Center- CUGH annual film festival and the annual Pulitzer Center communications training workshop. Please share these widely across your networks and institutions. Include biomedical, and non-biomedical faculties, student groups, NGOs, foundations, and other relevant organizations. You can reserve a room at the conference site Hilton Hotel at www.cugh2019.org.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago, Mar. 7-10th.
Best wishes,
Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

CUGH News & Updates

Join us in Chicago, IL for the 10th annual CUGH Conference on March 8-10, 2019 with satellite sessions on March 7 Visit our conference website at www.cugh2019.org for more information about the program and registration.

Register now to be eligible for the early-bird rate and reserve your room at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
STAR Website is Now Live

Sustaining Technical and Analytical Resources (STAR) is a five-year project of the Public Health Institute, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Its goal is to strengthen global health professionals, organizations, and the practice of global health through:
  • A learning-centered Fellowship and Internship program
  • Capacity-building for host organizations
  • Knowledge-sharing collaborations between paired academic institutions
STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

For more information, visit the STAR website at:  https://www.ghstar.org/

2nd Edition of the Global Health Education Tool Kit Now Available!

The CUGH Competency Sub-committee of the Education Committee has been instrumental in defining competencies for global health education and professional development, as well as exploring ongoing conversations and controversies around global health competencies and careers. In 2015, the Competency Sub-Committee and collaborators published a seminal article in the Annals of Global Health[1] defining levels of proficiency, as well as desirable competencies for two levels - the global citizen level and the basic operational program oriented level. What followed was the publication in 2017 of the first edition of the Competencies Tool Kit.

In the second edition of the CUGH Global Health Education Competencies Tool Kit, it has been revised and updated following a similar format from the first edition including: table of contents, the competency, teaching strategies, and accompanying resources (websites, articles, reports, books, and study questions) that provides curricular content to support the competencies for those proficiency / trainee levels. What is NEW in this current 2nd edition is the addition of annotated bibliographies (for many of the competencies), which provides a further explanation of the focus of a particular resource, all competencies peer-reviewed and placed in a "user-friendly" platform. We are hopeful that with this additional information, as users - you will be better able to access resources for your teaching, research and practice.

Again, it is important to note that its contributors acknowledge that it continues to be a "work in progress" much like a "living document" as a "starting point", rather than a definitive, comprehensive resource. This CUGH Competency Sub-committee will continue to work on validating the list of these competencies, while further development and exploration will occur at the other levels stated in the 2017 article and within other disciplines.

CUGH 2019 Satellite Sessions, Film Festival and More

  • Global Health Film Festival
    Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • Communications Workshop
    Friday, March 8, 2019 | 6pm to 7:30pm Register Here


FULL-DAY SESSIONS (Thursday, March 7) 

  • 3nd Annual Global Surgery Day
    Impacting the Ecosystem of Global Surgery: Implementing Translatable Changes through Collaboration
    (organized by: G4 Alliance, Northwestern Medicine, Operation Giving Back, University of Utah, World Health Organization)

    Click Here
    for More Information and to Register

  • 7th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research 
    Translation & Implementation for Impact in Global Cancer
    (organized by: University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Chicago Center for Global Health | in partnership with: University of Illinois Cancer Center, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, CUGH)

    Click Here for More Information and to Register

  • Emergency Care Health Systems Development
    (organized by: University of Wisconsin, Madison - Global Health Institute)
    Click Here for More Information and to Register


  • Global Health Security 

  • AFREhealth and CUGH: Consolidating a Collaborating Partnershipship
    (organized by The AFREhealth - CUGH Working Group (ACWG))
    Click Here 
    for More Information and to Register

  • Child Mental Health
    (organized by University of Illinois, Chicago)
    Click Here 
    for More Information and to Register

  • An Education Journey: From Competency to Classroom to Community
    (organized by: CUGH Global Oral Health Interest Group, CUGH Education Committee's Competency Sub-committee, Organisation for Tropical Studies, Child Family Health International, American Dental Association Foundation)
    Click Here
     for More Information and to Register

  • Assessing the Impact of mHealth in Low Resource Settings
    (organized by University of Aukland)
    Click Here 
    for More Information and to Register
Introducing the Harvard Global Health Starter Kit for Dental Education

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine Office of Global and Community Health is proud to announce the launch the Global Health Starter Kit,a competency-based global oral health 'starter' curriculum designed for educators and students. This new curriculum includes comprehensive materials for educators and instructors, as well as materials for students and those who are interested in self-guided learning. The program was pioneered by Dr. Brittany Seymour and the Global Oral Health Interest Group of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), and received support from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Dr. Thomas Hall Global Health Education Grant Program, The International College of Dentists USA Section Foundation, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Offices of Global and Community Health and Communications.

Member Spotlight

Rutgers Global Health Institute

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States and the state of New Jersey's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers has 29 schools and colleges, 300 research centers and institutes, and one of the nation's largest academic health care systems. The university's 70,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 125 countries.

Across the university and for many years, Rutgers faculty have been addressing local and worldwide health challenges, as well as issues of equity and access. A Rutgers faculty survey uncovered 653 global health projects in 114 countries. Rutgers Global Health Institute was recently created to coordinate and grow these efforts;  Amplifying Our Impact is its five-year plan.

This plan lays out the institute's mission, vision, and values; developing focus areas; and three overarching goals:

1. Build on Rutgers' strengths to improve the health of vulnerable communities

2. Establish global health partnerships that focus on long-term impact

3. Foster a growing community of global health leaders, scholars, and practitioners

You can read the plan online and follow the institute's progress via email, Twitter, and Facebook.


Call for Abstracts: 2019 APHA Annual Meeting

The International Health Section of APHA is now accepting abstract submissions the 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia! The Section is seeking abstracts in 20 global health topic areas, including universal health coverage, tobacco control, antimicrobial resistance, and gender disparities in healthcare access and quality. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 22, 2019

RFA Opportunity: Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling 

The Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling (MITS) Surveillance Alliance Secretariat will soon release a Request for Applications (RFA) process for small grants to expand the use of MITS in ongoing postmortem studies. These grants will include funding, customized MITS kits, and access to training for approved studies. 

To express interest or receive updated information on these grants, please complete this short 
Incentive Grant Interest Form

Join the WHO Knowledge Action Portal Network

The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD) recently launched the   Knowledge Action Portal  (KAP) - a new flagship online platform aimed at providing a stimulating safe space for a range of NCD stakeholders to interact, be informed and become inspired by multisectoral and multistakeholder action on NCDs. 

It's a progressive new tool hosted by the WHO which incorporates a forward-thinking mentality to knowledge dissemination and engagement, integrating social media tools and a clean interface, which will not only unite existing stakeholders but ultimately focusing on translation and implementation and bring additional diverse pro-health voices to connect and collaborate.

Make a World of Difference with a Master of Science in Global Health from Duke

Duke University's Master of Science in Global Health is offered in partnership by the Graduate School and the Duke Global Health Institute, an interdisciplinary unit that connects with all of Duke's schools, including Medicine, Engineering, Environment and Public Policy.

With our combination of classroom learning and field-based research, students work side-by-side with experts at Duke and in the field to hone both research and teamwork skills. And, with a curriculum based on ethical, cross-culturally informed frameworks, our program teaches you how to successfully engage international and local partners to understand the needs of individuals and communities. You'll learn how to translate research into practice and evidence into action to create innovative solutions that fit the culture and context of the places we work. 
Take the next step in your global health career. 

Apply to Duke by the final deadline on March 1, 2019

New ISGlobal Course: Migrants, Refugees and Health in the Mediterranean

Critically analyze the health needs of migrant and refugee communities in the Mediterranean region while d efining the key cultural, social and human rights determinants that influence their health.

Location: Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona

Tuition: 480Euros + University taxes

Mode: Face to face

Language: English
Credits: 3 ECTS

Dates: May 14 - 23, 2019
New ISGlobal Course: Senior Executive Programme Global Health Innovation Management

The Senior Executive Programme in Global Health Innovation Management provides a unique opportunity for the Global Health Innovator to gain in knowledge, insights and skills to make a real difference in Global Health. Through an innovative experiential learning model, participants will experience hands-on innovation in four different global settings while interacting with peers and working on their personal executive challenge. The learning journey will lead to personal and professional growth and a heightened ability to innovate in a complex and fast changing environment for better health outcomes in an equitable and sustainable way. Indeed, we need to respond to the increasing Global Health needs, while realising the potential of the opportunities given by digital, precision health and big data, providing solutions to more connected and better-informed users.
To apply or get more information please check the   SEP GHIM website. 

Deadline for applications is February 22, 2019. 

Application for the 2019 Rx One Health Summer Institute is Now Open
Applications are open to graduate students, professional students (MD, DVM, JD, RN, etc.) and early career professionals from a wide variety of fields of study including medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, agriculture, animal science, international development, laboratory science, environmental resources, wildlife conservation, law, engineering, social sciences, etc. 
2019 Course Dates:  June 24-July 19, 2019 
Location: Tanzania 
Rx One Health Summer Institute  is a 4-week long, field-based experiential course  designed to provide a "prescription" for advanced students and early career professionals to prepare them for immediate engagement in global health careers that will demand effective problem-solving skills, cross-disciplinary engagements, and solid foundations in field and laboratory activities.  Over the course of the program, participants train on the principles of One Health-the approach that recognizes that the health of people, animals, and their environments are interconnected, and that problem solving to address health challenges is best achieved through transdisciplinary collaboration. Through hands-on, practical learning experiences, case studies, lectures, group discussions and field exercises, the Rx One Health program develops participants' skills for addressing complex challenges using a One Health approach. 

Applications are due January 30, 2019

Seed Global Health (Seed) envisions a world in which every country is strengthened by a robust health workforce to best meet the health needs of its population. Seed's mission is to educate a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care with a goal of saving lives and improving health. Seed is unique in its approach by focusing on the education and training of doctors, nurses and midwives. By training health care professionals and health educators, Seed seeks to empower current and future generations of health providers so that good health is not the privilege of a few, but the right of all.

Position Summary: The Director of Medicine contributes his/her energy, passion, and skills primarily to supporting Seed's team in the US and abroad, in a fast-paced office during a time of rapid growth. The position requires a minimum of 0.70 FTE based at Seed Global Health headquarters in Boston, MA. The Director of Medicine is a member of the leadership team and contributes to design of new programs in medicine, efforts to communicate about Seed and the outcomes of our work through academic medicine conferences and publications as well as in the lay press, development activities, and organizational strategic planning activities. She/he also performs various operations functions (including support of Seed's Clinical Directors/ Advisors in specific specialties (e.g. Family Medicine or Pediatrics etc). This fulltime position reports to the CEO or their designate and works closely with all domestic and international team members.

For more information, please visit www.seedglobalhealth.org

Application Deadline Extended! Apply to be an Educator before Jan. 31st!
At Seed Global Health, we believe that health is fundamental to individual economic and social well-being. We aim to educate a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care with a goal of saving lives and improving health.

We place skilled and qualified educators at partner academic institutions for a minimum of one year to work alongside local faculty, supporting them in providing quality teaching and training in medicine, nursing, and midwifery.  Seed is currently seeking skilled nurses and midwives to serve as educators in a range of areas including community health, psychiatric nursing, and emergency/trauma care

Seed Physician Educators focus on educating and training skilled health physicians, empowering them to deliver high quality care consistently. They collaborate with faculty, students, and hospital staff in a variety of ways. This includes providing classroom-based instruction to undergraduate and postgraduate students, giving formal and informal clinical instruction to trainees, and hospital staff, and modeling sound clinical diagnostic and therapeutic bedside practice.  Seed is currently seeking skilled physicians to serve as educators across all specialities ranging from obstetrics and gynecology to emergency medicine.

Applications are due January 31, 2019

Featured Reading & Viewing:

Jim Kim resigns, DRC election results, and Burundi's NGO crackdown: This week in development
Global Development Briefing | Devex
Pain Management and Opioid Regulation: Continuing Public Health Challenges
Journal Article | AJPH
Other Events:

Young Investigators' Conference: "Pioneering Action for Global Cancer Care"
February 14-15, 2019  | Washington, DC, USA
UBC and BC Children's Hospital Global Health Conference 2019
January 24, 2019  | Vancouver, BC, Canada
5th AFREhealth and CUGH: Plotting an Actionable Path Forward for Collaborative Partnerships - Abstract submission now open!
August 2019 | Lagos, Nigeria
Global Health Journals & Newsletters:
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