CUGH Newsletter #2 – April 2011
Message from the Chair

Welcome to CUGH’s newest members: the University of Utah, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado Denver!

The CUGH board has worked very hard in its first two years to establish a strong membership base and is grateful to our 55 member universities for making the CUGH a success from the start. We could not have become the premiere academic global health organization without your support. Thank you!

In 2011 CUGH has also been putting its attention toward two major initiatives: 1) designing and implementing new services for members (such as webinars, policy reports, and enabling systems
support) and 2) working on a merger between CUGH and the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC). Recently our transition team, composed of members from both the CUGH and GHEC boards of directors, met in Atlanta to plan for the new CUGH. We continue to believe that together we are greater than the sum of our parts and hope to increase our joint activities during this transition period. Although we are still in the discussion phase, we expect that the merger will be complete by the time of the 2011 annual meeting in November.

As you may recall, we recently issued a call for nominations for additional members to the Board of Director’s Transition Committee (who will then go on to join the initial Governing Board of CUGH after the merger with GHEC). Nominations were requested for directors from non-health sciences disciplines. It is a great pleasure for me to welcome Lawrence Gostin (Georgetown), Rebecca Richards-Kortum (Rice), and Guy Palmer (Washington State) to the Board. We are thrilled to add these three global health leaders to our team and believe that their expertise and perspectives in law, bioengineering, and veterinary medicine (respectively) are critical to further developing CUGH’s multi-disciplinary global health programs.

I hope that you enjoy reading this (our second) CUGH newsletter. It contains updates on CUGH activities, profiles of faculty, students and programs from member institutions, and exciting events and opportunities for the global health community.

— Haile T. Debas, MD
Chair, CUGH Board of Directors

Register now for 2011 CUGH Annual Meeting in Montreal

Timothy Brewer, MD, MPH, FACP, Program Committee Chair, and Anvar Velji, MD, Program Committee Co-Chair, invite you to the landmark conference on "Advancing Health Equity in the 21st Century,” which will be held in beautiful Montreal, Quebec on November 13-15, 2011. This combined CUGH, GHEC and the Canadian Society for International Health annual meeting offers tremendous opportunities for networking and building partnerships. The exciting program will bring together cutting-edge panels and plenaries addressing several dimensions of global health. Registration is now live and abstract submission will be available soon (May 1, 2011). For more information visit the conference website at

CUGH Member Faculty Profile

  Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH
UNC Chapel Hill

Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, the clinical director of the University of North Carolina’s Project-Malawi (UNC Project), claims to be a bit of a late bloomer in the field of global health. While many young people now get their first experiences in high school or college, her interest didn’t really come about until she was in residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “As a young physician, I saw the potential to make an enormous and lasting impact on the global AIDS epidemic,” says Hosseinipour. Read more »

CUGH Member Student Profile

  Benjamin Lu
Rice University

Benjamin Lu, a senior at Rice University in Houston, Texas, says he has always been interested in biomedical technology and how translational research could bring cutting-edge solutions to the developing world. It was through a biomedical engineering course that Lu, a Bioengineering major with a minor in Global Health Technology, took during his junior year that he was able to bring his desire to help others to fruition. His outstanding work in this course won him the chance to travel to Swaziland to assist on a project targeted at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Read more »

CUGH Member Program Spotlight

Notre Dame Launches Masters Program in Global Health

  Established in 2009 through an endowment from the Frank Eck Family, the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health brings together a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students from several colleges and departments whose research and teaching address questions that are relevant to global health. The Institute is now in the process of establishing a master of science in global health degree program that will accept its inaugural class for admission in the fall of 2011. The program, including classroom and experiential learning, aims to prepare students for improving human health around the world, especially for the poor and under-served, a reflection of the University’s Catholic mission. Read More »


CUGH Hosts Webinar with USAID

On April 14th, CUGH hosted a webinar with Dr. Alex Dehgan, Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator of USAID and head of the Office of Science and Technology, and Wendy Taylor, Senior Advisor, Innovative Finance and Public Private Partnerships at USAID, to provide CUGH members with an opportunity to discuss USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development and to hear an overview of the Office of Science and Technology at USAID and its Grand Challenges Initiative. Slides and transcript available »

CUGH Partnering on Online Career Tool – Survey Responses Requested

The CUGH is collaborating with John Snow Inc., the Global Health Council, Boston University School of Public Health, GlobeMed, and others in an effort to design, develop and implement a comprehensive, interactive online resource for employers, career services offices, academic departments, and employment and intern-seekers. We would love to hear your input as we are in the design stages of this project. Please take a moment to complete this short, five minute survey. We hope this will serve as a useful tool for all global health professionals in the near future.
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Member News & Events

2011 Emory Case Competition Results

In March 2011, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its third annual, and first national, Emory Global Health Case Competition. The 2011 competition expanded the field of participants from 40 students from four universities in 2010 to 120 students from 13 universities. Emory University teams won first- and second-place honors, while Dartmouth College and the University of California, San Francisco won honorable mention awards. Rice University won the competition’s Innovation Award. More information »

CUGH Board Member Michael Merson Discusses New Book in Podcast

Michael Merson, founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and member of the CUGH Board of Directors, is featured in a new podcast by Jones & Bartlett Learning, in which he discusses developments in global health in the past five years. These developments are highlighted in his forthcoming book, Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies, available in a new third edition in August.
More information »

UW Global Health Profiled in Seattle Times

The Seattle Times recently published an article entitled “UW students, faculty flock to Global Health program” about the success of the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and its educational offerings.
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Global Health Opportunities

Duke and ABC News Launch Student Challenge on Maternal Health

ABC News’ Be the Change: Save a Life and the Duke Global Health Institute have launched an open challenge for university students, designed to surface and celebrate emerging innovations in maternal health care, and to provide a launch pad to make those ideas a reality. The winner will receive $10,000 and be invited to present at the CUGH meeting in November. Submission deadline is April 29, 2011. Find out more »

Stanford-NBC Fellowship in Global Health Media

Stanford University’s Center for Global Health has partnered with NBC News to launch the first fellowship in Global Health Media to train a new generation of physicians (medical students, residents, and faculty) to harness the power of media to enhance the impact of their work in global health. Fellows will complete training programs through the Stanford University Graduate Program in Journalism and the Kaiser Family Foundation and with a renowned documentary filmmaker and an award-winning photographer. Fellows may intern with ProPublica and will be embedded with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor for NBC News, and her producer. The 12-month fellowship begins in June 2011, and the application form and materials must be submitted by Monday, May 16, 2011. More information »

Also in Global Health News

Kaiser Family Foundation Publishes Report on State of Global Health Journalism

In February 2011, the Kaiser Family Foundation published a report that takes “a snapshot of the state of global health journalism”. Journalists Nellie Bristol and John Donnelly interviewed 51 stakeholders in global health journalism, including reporters, editors and producers from mainstream publications, medical journals and advocacy outlets. Those interviewed suggested that disaster-related health crises and infectious disease outbreaks were the main focus of global health reporting and that journalists were having a difficult time finding compelling angles for long-time global health stories such as HIV/AIDS or policy stories emerging from Washington, D.C.
More information »

Education Modules Available from Every Mother Counts

Drawing on stories and footage compiled through the making of the documentary film “No Woman, No Cry” (airing on May 7th on the Oprah Winfrey Network), Every Mother Counts has developed educational modules that use videos, fact sheets and study guides to supplement academic courses. Topics include Human Resources; Transportation & Access; Family Planning; and Obstetric Fistula. Founded by supermodel and advocate Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts is an advocacy campaign devoted to increasing awareness of maternal health issues around the world and was founded to support the achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal #5, established in 2000, which strives to reduce the global rates of maternal mortality by three-fourths by 2015.
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Students Launch Akili Journal

The Akili Journal, a new online student initiative for global health, has launched and is looking for student and organizational partners. The journal was established as a Clinton Global Initiative University commitment to facilitate collaboration and innovation among students around the world. The online platform will use the tools of academia, the reach of social media, and the creativity of youth to unite future change agents in improving global health.
More information »
CUGH Members: You can now submit your announcements and events to the CUGH website. Visit the submission page for more information.

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