November 30, 2018
Dear Colleague,
November ushered in renewed, significant attention to the threat of climate change. Important reports from the US government, IPCC, and the Lancet increased the call for urgent action to address this existential challenge to our survival and that of many other species. CUGH will hold important sessions on what we can do to address climate change at our annual conference in March. We must get politically active to implement policies, at all levels of government, that will successfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. Another issue we publicly addressed is the Ebola outbreak in the DRC. Below are 2 releases that challenge us to call on government leaders to provide the support our colleagues are seeking in the Congo to stop this outbreak.

Our annual conference will be in Chicago next year from March 7-10. You can now see the program for CUGH2019 at Take advantage of the early bird, lowest registration rates now. A wide array of outstanding international leaders across disciplines will be speaking at the conference and will share what we can do to impact the global health challenges we face. Also, don't forget to attend the half to full day satellite sessions on March 7. These sessions will give attendees the time to share knowledge, collaborate and develop actionable efforts they can work on between meetings to tackle numerous global health problems. Most are free to attend.

A big thank you to those who attended our very popular safety and security workshop in Washington DC on November 8-9th. We will run more of them in the new year.

CUGH's Awards Committee selected the individuals who will receive one of our distinguished leadership awards. You will find the names of these remarkable individuals in this bulletin. These awards, like others we present at our conference, is a way for us to showcase and give thanks to those who made remarkable contributions to our field. Their stories are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you to those who sent in nominations and to the committee who had the very difficult task of identifying the final awardees from a pool of very talented nominees.

In this bulletin you will also see a webinar that the chair of our Board, Dr. Ann Kurth, and I held that enabled us to hear and receive input from our colleagues around the world and share information about CUGH's activities.

Please share this bulletin with your networks so your contacts can become aware of opportunities and activities in the broader global health space.

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 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.
Congratulations to the CUGH Leadership Award Winners

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. The selected individuals below will receive their award at the 10th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference in Chicago. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.  

CUGH Distinguished Leadership Award:  Kenneth Bridbord, Fogarty International Center, and King Holmes, University of Washington

CUGH - Judy Wasserheit Young Leader Award: Ibrahim Salisu, WHO Nigeria, and Christy HansonMacalester University 

CUGH - Tom Hall - Nelson Sewankambo Mid-Career Leadership Award:  Mercy Asiedu, Duke University

View Past Webinar Recordings on Our Website

Missed our CUGH Membership Webinar? Watch the recording and other past webinar recordings anytime on our website or YouTube channel.

Today 25 experts in global health and humanitarian issues released the following statement in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) calling on the U.S. government to take bolder action to address the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

In a tragic milestone, today the outbreak also expanded to become the second largest Ebola epidemic in history--surpassed only by the West Africa outbreak of 2014-2016. WHO and partners are mounting a vigorous response with hundreds of staff on the ground--but despite best efforts, people are still being infected at a rapid pace and most cases remain of unknown-origin. More capacity is urgently needed. Yet the administration has not allowed CDC and USAID to deploy to epicenter due to significant security concerns. 

We must avoid a re-play of what happened in West Africa--where political, diplomatic, financial and human resource mobilization came too late to prevent an international crisis, loss of 11,000 lives, and devastation to regional economies.

See New Blog Posts

Visit our website to view new blog posts by  Dr. Keith Martin and CUGH interns about the  California wildfires and the Ebola outbreak  in the DRC.

Member Spotlight

Phoenicia University

Phoenicia University (PU) is a non-profit higher education institution (HEI) committed to providing academic excellence to a diverse student body. PU provides an outstanding level of education that prizes innovation in teaching, thus preparing new generations of students to emerge as leaders in their chosen fields so that they later go on to give back to society and build a better future for Lebanon and the region. Our academic programs are provided by faculty members and are overseen by deans who have been selected for their distinguished academic backgrounds and international expertise. Several of our faculty members have joined our institution from different countries around the world, adding to the diversity that will shape students' attitudes and perspectives.

PU is licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education in Lebanon to offer a curriculum across six colleges of education: Architecture & Design; Arts & Sciences; Business; Engineering; Public Health; and Law & Political Science

The curricula and courses have been designed to meet the international standards of accreditation. English Language is the official language at PU. 

For more information see:


Apply to the Fogarty Global Health Training Program

The HBNU Fogarty Global Health Training Program offers opportunities in global health clinical research training for pre- and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Participants can work in selected partner sites in Africa, South Asia, and South East Asia. The program provides 12 months  mentored research fellowship, salary commensurate with level of training based on NRSA, funding for research support, international health insurance, required vaccinations, visa/passport fees, roundtrip travel to orientation and training site.

Application deadline: December 1, 2018
Rapid WHO Project to Develop a Checklist for Implementing Rural Health Workforce Pipelines (Pathways) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)

T he Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice in partnership with Monash University is supporting a rapid WHO project to develop a Checklist for implementing Rural Health Workforce Pipelines (Pathways) in low and middle income countries (LMIC).  The Checklist has been developed based on a review of LMIC rural workforce literature and feedback of stakeholders from a Phase 1 consultation process.  They are now seeking feedback about the draft checklistPlease read the Explanatory Statement here.

Please complete the survey by December 3, 2018.
Information Session for UCSF  Master of Science in Global Health

UCSF's Institute for Global Health Sciences prepares graduates for global health leadership, scholarship and service. Students explore critical health challenges and develop solutions through focused research training and mentorship by world-renowned faculty. The  Master of Science in Global Health is a o ne-year program with ten weeks of global health  fieldwork, interdisciplinary curriculum and  professional development opportunities. Register for an online or in-person information session on December 4 at 12 PM PST.
Nominations Open for the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and/or Technological Innovation

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) invites nominations for the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Discovery and/or Technological Innovation.  The prize is intended to reward and honour African scientists who have made outstanding contributions in scientific discovery or technological innovation.

Application deadline: December 6, 2018
Announcing New Cervical Cancer RFA

A new RFA was recently announced: Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening and Preventative Therapy (CCS&PT) through Introducing New Technologies and Integrating with Voluntary Family Planning.

This PEER sub-program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seeks to facilitate the introduction and scale-up of innovative CCS&PT approaches in Malawi and Mozambique that can be implemented in conjunction with voluntary family planning activities, with a focus on generating evidence that will inform sustainable scale-up of cervical cancer control programs in LMICs. A primary focus of this partnership will be to leverage longstanding investments in voluntary family planning programs, as well as other efforts to address cervical cancer, and to build capacity in partner countries to sustainably address the burden of cervical cancer.

Submission Deadline: December 11, 2018
Webinar: Teaching and Learning for the MPH Global Health Concentration
The developers of the new ASPPH Global Health Concentration Competencies for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degreeand forthcoming, accompanying instructional toolkit for adopting or adapting the competencies in one's program, will review the six competencies and discuss the main features of the competency toolkit. Dr. Peggy Bentley (UNC) is presenting on behalf of CUGH. The speakers will address methods for applying the competencies into one's own curricular and practice offerings and look forward to questions and ideas from participants. The webinar takes place on Tuesday, December 12 at 12:30-1:30 PM ET.
Call for Proposals: Planetary Health Alliance Annual Meeting

Stanford University will host the third Planetary Health Annual Meeting on September 4-6, 2019. The conference's overarching objective is to catalyze efforts towards resolving the great planetary health crises of our time. We want the Annual Meeting agenda to reflect the interests of the broad planetary health community.

A call for proposals for three types of programming is now open: Plenary panels, skills workshops, and satellite sessions. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 7, 2019
Wellcome Photography Prize 2019

The Wellcome Trusts invite photographers and other image makers from all disciplines to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science.  It is free to enter, with prizes in four categories and a top overall prize of £15,000.

Submission deadline: December 17, 2018 
Call for Proposals: Public Health, Mental Health, & Mass Atrocity Prevention

The focus of this joint project is on the role of public and mental health in mass atrocity prevention (that is, large scale and deliberate attacks on civilians, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide). This multi-year initiative will begin to build a body of knowledge, culminating in an edited volume, on how public and mental health policies and practices (that is, actions meant to protect and promote the health of entire societies, and that employ multidisciplinary interventions to address the underlying causes of health and disease) can aid in lowering recidivism of past abuses and the prevention of mass atrocity. 

The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, January 22, 2018.  Submitters of accepted abstracts will be invited to an onsite workshop at Cardozo Law Institute in New York City in the Spring of 2019.
Join the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

Addressing the financing of tobacco companies-across lending, insurance and investment-is essential to comprehensive global tobacco control efforts. The finance sector can play a positive role in addressing global health priorities, such as the tobacco epidemic. With seven million deaths worldwide each year and a forecast of one billion deaths this century due to tobacco-related illnesses, global and multi-stakeholder collaboration is needed to tackle the devastating impact of tobacco on society, as well as on the environment.
2019 NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Accepting Applications!

The Curriculum provides training in cancer control, prevention, and research for domestic and international scientists and health care professionals. The program offers two courses: the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course and the Molecular Prevention Course. Limited financial support may be available for selected meritorious applications from low- and middle-income countries.

Application deadline: February 1, 2019
Resource to Build a Planetary Health Club

Interested in starting a Planetary Health club, but don't know where to start? Check out the "Building a Planetary Health Club: A Ten Point Guide," from the Planetary Health Alliance.
Free E-book: A Design Thinking, Systems Approach to Well-Being Within Education and Practice: Proceedings of a Workshop

The Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education held a 1.5 day workshop titled, A Systems-Approach to Alleviating Work-Induced Stress and Improving Health, Well-Being, and Resilience of Health Professionals Within and Beyond Education. The workshop was a result of a multiyear discussion on stress and burnout globally, throughout all health professions. The Forum used an interprofessional approach to engage a wide variety of stakeholders representing 19 different health professions. Discussions in the forum included topics on stress, burnout, and well-being from a systems level. The Forum explored systems-level causes and downstream effects of job-related stress affecting all health professions working in learning environments, both in clinical and classroom settings.
New "Reasoning Without Resources" Case Now Available
These teaching cases are based on Professor Paccione's decades of teaching experience on the medical wards of Kisoro District Hospital in Uganda. They are designed for those practicing in low resource settings, Medicine and Family Medicine residents, and senior medical students interested in clinical global health. Each case is presented in two parts. First comes a case vignette (presenting symptoms, history, basic lab and physical exam findings) along with 6-10 discussion questions that direct clinical reasoning and/or highlight diagnostic issues. One month later CUGH will post detailed instructors notes for the case along with a new case vignette/questions.
Featured Reading & Viewing:

Africa's Science 'Millionaires': Survey Spotlights Top-Funded Researchers
Article | Nature
The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea
Documentary | CSIS
New CDC Publication - Global Health Security: Protecting the United States in an Interconnected World
Report | Public Health Reports
Thanking the World's Health Workers
Blog Post | Seed Global Health
Other Events:

Midwest Universities for Global Health 5.0: Better Together
December 6-7, 2018  | St. Louis, MO, USA
5th National Congress of Tropical Medicine
April 10-12, 2019 | Lisbon, Portugal
Global Health Journals & Newsletters:
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