Category Archives: What We’re Reading About the 2017 Transition

From welcome support for vaccines to questionable support for the “science” of anti-aging, we’re reading about Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, newly named to lead the CDC

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Brenda Fitzgerald – Meet Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and State Health Officer, board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine, with three decades of medical practice behind her, according to her bio on the Georgia DPH website. With a record of supporting the value of vaccinations and high […]

We’re reading about USAID nominee Mark Green: Former Tanzania ambassador, Congressman, WorldTeach volunteer

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With an “America First” budget outline proposing massive cuts to foreign aid, global health and international medical research collaborations on the table, the Trump administration’s pick for the next head of USAID faces a landscape strewn with unpredictable challenges. With overseas exposure that began with a volunteer stint in Kenya, a term on the House […]

We’re reading about pandemic preparedness (or lack thereof) and why global health is local health

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Cutting collaborations will not put “America first” – This commentary in Nature by a Syrian pulmonologist whose 2001 Fogarty funded research advanced understanding of a health-impacting trend in his country and in the United States, highlights the cross border benefits of the Center’s international scientific collaborations more directly and succinctly than anything I’ve read so far. […]

Cut funding to health research, services, aid? We’re reading responses . . .

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Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership – Why Trump’s NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster – This New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece unpacks the most significant cut ever proposed by a U.S. president to the National Institutes of Health, and the impacts it would have on American leadership in science, the […]

We’re reading about the Fogarty Center, after the Trump budget outline targets the half-century-old NIH international research arm for elimination

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Profile: NIH’s Fogarty International Center – A couple of years ago, this article in The Lancet described the widening scope and increasing impact of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, since it began to support medical training and research in 1968. “This concept of investing in training outstanding young investigators, both U.S. and […]

Aid or ammunition? As Trump plans first budget, we’re reading about the security dividends of global health investments

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Trump’s budget entails steep cuts for diplomacy foreign aid – While this fiscal year’s $50.1 billion for the State Department and USAID represents just a little more than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, this AP piece cites sources saying the president’s proposal for next year would cut that by 37 percent. US foreign […]

Transition 2017 . . . We’re reading reactions and questions on global health impacts

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One week into the Trump administration, memos, executive orders, a draft memorandum, and State Department resignations have raised questions about the immediate future of U.S. global health responses and results. We’re reading some of the reactions. The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned – While remaining unclear whether this was a reaction or […]