This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, who attended today’s meeting at the NIH of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
How best to nurture and capitalize on a spike in interest in global health studies? Figuring that out is one goal of this week’s two-day meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
Haile Debas, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, and current chair of the leadership group for CUGH, reported on the evolution and next steps for a consortium that now boasts the participation of 58 universities and a coalition of funders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, NIAID, and the Fogarty International Center
CUGH is moving forward to incorporate as a 501C3 in the District of Columbia and has identified a number of key priorities, including global health education, university collaboration, the creation of a platform for universities to facilitate work overseas, policy development and advocacy promoting global health, an annual scientific meeting, and international partnerships for human and institutional capacity building.
Dr. Debas also noted that CUGH would begin building collaborative relationships with AAMC, the Association of Schools of Public Health, the Global Health Council and others. He described CUGH’s policy goals as promoting the role and need of university-based global health programs to Congress, the executive branch, the private sector and the public.