Warm greetings! I hope you are staying well as we all continue to adapt to this new norm. As this is my last “Message from the Chair” before I hand the Chair role over to Dr. Padmini Murthy after the Annual Meeting, I want to let you know how inspired I am by the work that each one of you is contributing to the COVID-19 response and to strengthening the broader global and public health community. On behalf of our section leadership team, I offer our gratitude for your contributions and the hope that you will continue to share your accomplishments, challenges and learnings with your International Health section community.
Next week is the start of our Annual Meeting. And even though we are going virtual this year, our leaders have arranged various activities and opportunities for us to connect with each other. You can visit us at the Exhibit Booth during one of our virtual office hours on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday; at our Open House on Sunday; or our Networking and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with each other during these events. You will find more information on our events in our round-up of IH events at the Annual Meeting in this issue.
In addition, you will read an interview with two of our members – Frances Dean and Vanessa Chilombo Da Costa; hear updates from our various working groups and committees; and get up close and personal with leaders from our Global and Maternal Child Health Network.
Call for Climate Changes Essays: The International Health Section’s Climate Change and Health Working Group, as part of its Excellence in Climate Leadership Award, is recruiting students and early career professionals to develop climate change essays and actions: there are small cash awards. Please contact Rose Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete the Climate and Health Survey: We encourage your participation in the updated Climate and Health survey promoted in APHA and other institutions. See flyer and link to U. Miami qualtrics survey. Survey results will be reported at APHA 2020. For more information, please contact Dr. Daniel Samano, email@example.com
Learn more about adding climate change courses in schools of public health: Recent research found a lack of a required climate change course in curricula in U.S. schools and programs of public health. Research findings will be presented at APHA 2020. Discussions with the Global Consortium of Climate and Health Education and the Council of Education for Public Health are planned. For more information, please contact Dr. Mona Arora, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Julie Becker, email@example.com
International Health Section Councilor, Dr. Mark Strand, was the lead author on a paper highlighting the contributions of community pharmacy to COVID response and mitigation. Community pharmacists assist patients to manage disease and prevent complications. Despite the enormous challenge the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has dealt to the health care system, community pharmacists have maintained the delivery of critical health services to communities, including those most at risk for COVID-19. Community pharmacists are in a key position to deliver priority pandemic responses including point-of-care testing for chronic disease management, vaccinations, and COVID-19 testing.
The NDSU Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth and the NDSU Department of Public Health are proud to announce the upcoming webinar, “How Does a Society Reclaim Human Flourishing When Faced with a Pandemic?”
This virtual panel discussion will explore a number of health and economic questions related to the pandemic. The panel of experts will address issues such as (1) the economic, health, and social costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and policy responses, (2) the difficult balance in addressing economic, health, and social concerns, and (3) the types of policies that are likely to accelerate the return to a society that is physically and mentally healthy, where economic opportunities are growing, and where there is a greater sense of community.
Register for this year’s Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Working Group pre-conference event!
Health for All: Addressing Power & Privilege in Collaborative Practice When: October 24, 2020, 10 am – 3 pm EST Where: Virtual event
The purpose of the workshop is to:
1. Learn how to effectively bring together different stakeholders in community based primary healthcare initiatives, hearing from community health workers and practitioners about their own experiences of marginalization and inclusion.
2. Understand through case studies and practice how communities, non-profits, and governments have collaborated together to form effective three-way partnerships, change policy, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.