IH Section’s Mentoring Applications OPEN

The Global Health Mentoring Program applications for mentors and mentees is now open. Applications and information on the program can be found here: https://aphaih.org/global-health-mentoring-program/

Applications for this cohort (January 2019 – September 2019) will be accepted until November 29, 2018  at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time.

For questions please email: ih.gh.mentoring@gmail.com


Attending APHA in San Diego this year? Visit us at one of our IH section events or meetings and attend our sessions!

We hope that you are as excited as we are for the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego! The APHA Annual Meeting represents the largest delegation of public health professionals of its kind and provides opportunities to learn, network with your peers and participate in meaningful public health discussions.

We believe that the greatest opportunity to get engaged and make the most of your APHA membership is through participation in your APHA Sections or Special Interest Groups (SPIGs), so we strongly encourage you to attend our business meetings and socials.  It’s a great way to network with your colleagues in the field of International Health and learn how to become more involved in our Section.  Below are a few events you may find beneficial to add to your calendar. Check out our complete IH section program list at APHA here: APHA 2018 – IH program highlights

International Health Special Sessions 

Session 3338.0  Forty Years since Alma Ata:  Achieving Health for All – Past, Present, and Future

Monday, November 12, 3:00 pm -4:30 pm: Collaborative Session (APHA Global Health-IH-MCH)

Session 4166.0 Health, Health Equity, and War: What is Happening in Yemen, Mexico, Syria and Gaza?

Tuesday, November 13, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session 4274.1  Defending Women’s Rights in the Context of the Global Gag Rule

Tuesday, November 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm:  Collaborative Session (IH-RSH)

International Health Section Awards Reception and Open House

Session 444.0  Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  (all IH members are welcome)

International Health Luncheon

Session 511.0  Wednesday, November 14, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  (tickets required)

International Welcome Desk

Please visit the International Welcome Desk next to the APHA Meeting Registration Area to let us know you arrived and to ask any questions.

IH Section Booth at the Public Health Expo

You can also visit us at the International Health Section booth in “Everything APHA” located in the Public Health Expo.  We would enjoy telling you about our Section benefits and learning from you what would be meaningful to you as an IH Section member in the future.

If you are new or need a refresher on getting the most out of the Annual Meeting, please join us at the Navigate & Network event on Sunday morning (details below).

Navigate and Network: APHA 2018

Sunday, November 11, 9:30 – 11:00 AM, Ballroom 6CF – SDCC

Please do not hesitate to contact Jay Nepal, membership committee co-chair at jnepal360@gmail.com, if you have any questions or comments.

We look forward to see you in sunny San Diego!

Join us for the 20th Annual Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Working Group Pre-Conference of the APHA International Health Section

Community Health Workers As Transformative Agents For Health Equity: Global Models, Tools and Lessons Learned from Across Borders

Join us for a lively discussion and workshop about health equity and the role of community health workers (CHWs)! A growing body of evidence demonstrates the impact of CHWs on improving and saving lives of mothers and children, reducing health inequities, and transforming health systems around the world. In this workshop we seek to gain a greater understanding of what types of conditions and health care systems allow CHWs to be transformative agents both locally in the US and globally. Additionally, we hope to build on this knowledge and explore how to create environments or support existing systems that allow CHW’s to optimize their ability to transform health care, both in the US and internationally. This workshop will bring together CHWs, community leaders, health professionals, students, program managers, social scientists, and national and international experts of community health work and community-based primary health care.

REGISTER: You can register for the Pre-Conference Workshop independent of APHA full conference registration. The link to register for the CBPHC Pre-Conference workshop here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Laura Chanchien Parajon, Chair of CBPHC Working Group or Dr. Henry Perry, Co-Chair of the CBPHC Working Group at cbphcworkgroup@gmail.com

Be part of the CBPHC working group community! CBPHC is an empowering approach to improving healthcare that engages communities as full partners and extends preventive and curative health services beyond health facilities to communities and households. We are a group of dedicated and passionate health professionals, students and people all contributing to the dream of “health for all” as described in the inspirational 1978 Alma Ata Primary Health Care document. We seek to collaborate, connect, dialogue and reflect with others working in community based primary health care about best practices for achieving health equity.

Have you read the latest issue of our newsletter, Section Connection?

Make sure to check out our APHA Annual Meeting Edition of the Section Connection and see how you can contribute and network during the upcoming annual meeting! You can find the latest issue here: http://bit.ly/SectionConnection9 

If you cannot access the newsletter for any reason please email Theresa Majeski, Global Health Connections Chair, at theresa.majeski@gmail.com 

Global News Round Up

Politics & Policies

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill hope to combat the opioid epidemic in part by expanding access to addiction treatment, a key part of a major legislative package.

Melania Trump began her week-long sojourn to Africa in Accra, Ghana.  The First Lady was greeted on the tarmac by Ghanaian first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo and a bouquet of flowers wrapped in kente cloth followed by a performance of dancing and drumming.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the future of global health, which he says has the potential to be enhanced by the development of universal vaccines and improved preventative measures.

In the lead-up to the first U.N. high-level meeting on tuberculosis, global health experts said the momentum was different, that a turning point was near in the fight against the disease, the world’s top infectious killer.

The House and Senate have reached agreement on a big package of measures to address the opioid epidemic.  The legislation, backed by leaders of both parties, is a rare bipartisan achievement that lawmakers are eager to have in hand when they go home to campaign for the midterm elections.

Programs, Grants & Awards

Global Health Corps (GHC), a leadership development organization working to build the next generation of global health leaders, was named for the prestigious of 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

October 1 marks World Vegetarian Day 2018, which takes place to raise awareness of the benefits of a vegetarian diet.  With many lpeople now considering at least reducing their meat intake, here we round up what research from the past year says about how a vegetarian diet may be able to boost health.

National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in a young generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African-American and Latino medical students with opportunities to conduct independent research while receiving mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development opportunities.


Fuel cells have long been viewed as a promising power source. But most fuel cells are too expensive, inefficient, or both.  In a new approach, inspired by biology, a team has designed a fuel cell using cheaper materials and an organic compound that shuttles electrons and protons.

Preterm birth remains a global epidemic linked to a lifetime of potential health complications. It also is difficult to study in living creatures–especially the uniquely precise biology of preterm birth in humans.

Although substantial progress has been made in reducing diarrhoeal deaths among children in low-income and middle-income countries, from approximately 1.6 million in 1990 to 450, 000 in 2016, sustaining these improvements will require additional strategies and approaches.

The University of Birmingham has been awarded £1.9 million through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research (GHR) Programme to fund world class research into a common heart condition in disadvantaged populations in China, Brazil and Sri Lanka.

Diseases & Disasters

More than 80,000 Americans died of flu in the winter of 2017-2018, the highest number in over a decade, federal health officials said last week.

Global health officials are preparing for African swine fever, which has been spreading in pigs across borders since 2014, reaching Western Europe last week.

Everyone feels isolated sometimes, but with one in five Americans chronically lonely, has loneliness reached epidemic proportions?  In 1988, the journal Science published a landmark study suggesting isolation was as strong a risk factor for morbidity and mortality as sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure and smoking or obesity

Governments should raise the price of alcohol and restrict its availability in a bid to reduce harmful drinking, the World Health Organization has said.

Researchers have found a link between sudden cardiac death (when the heart suddenly stops beating) and a common heart condition known as mitral valve prolapse that affects around 12 in every 1000 people worldwide.

The risk of Ebola escaping from the Democratic Republic of Congo is now “very high,” and the outbreak already is nearing Uganda, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.


Mobile is a key enabler of sustainable economic growth and a major contributor to the delivery of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of audacious targets to end poverty, halt climate change, and fight injustice and inequality – all to be achieved by 2030.

Environmental Health

Health officials say smoking not only kills about 7 million people every year, but has a devastating impact on the environment contributing to deforestation, water and soil depletion and acidification.

Following the extreme, earthquake-triggered tsunamis unleashed in the Indian Ocean in 2004 and Japan in 2011, a spate of disaster films like The Impossible have depicted doomsday tidal wave scenarios.

A landmark treaty signed in Greenland will help to protect vulnerable fisheries in the Arctic.

October 1 marks the 41st annual World Vegetarian Day and the start of Vegetarian Awareness month. The annual occasion was founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society and was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978 to entice omnivores “to give meatless fare a try (even for a day)” and to commend those with “healthy, compassionate food choices.”

Equity & Disparities

Sweat poured down Fenol’s body as he writhed in pain on a stretcher in a southern Haiti emergency room. Two days earlier, a motorcycle crash caused massive trauma to his abdomen.  His internal injuries had precipitated multi-organ failure and shock, and he had lost precious time searching desperately for a hospital with surgical capacity. His pain, fear, and mortal predicament was borne from a violation of what we believe is a fundamental human right: he had no access to essential, life-saving surgery.

Women, Maternal, Neonatal & Children’s Health

There’s very little research on whether medications are safe and effective in pregnant and lactating women, but an expert panel has ideas for how to close that information gap — and it’s calling on the federal government to take action in a new report that could stir change.