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New World Bank Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – ‘From Climate Science to Action’ starting May 8, 2017

The World Bank Group is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change – ‘From Climate Science to Action’ – starting May 8th 2017.

The new course presents the most recent scientific evidence on climate change. It explores different strategies for low emission and climate resilient development, and provides an overview to the Paris Agreement ratification with some reflections on COP22 outcomes. Through interactive video talks, complimented with curated readings, resources and quizzes, renowned scientists and policy makers from the field will lead you through the course. An active discussion forum on the course would further enhance learning where participants get to exchange knowledge with peers from across the globe. As the course concludes, you will be invited to reflect on what you can do at the national, local, community, and individual level to limit global warming below 2°C and adapt the impacts already occurring.

You can audit video lectures and some course content for free. If you want to complete the course and earn a Course Certificate by submitting assignments for a grade, you can purchase the course for a small fee. Financial aid is available if you cannot afford the course fee.

Workload: 3-6 hours/ week

Register for this four week course here.

April 20 Adaptation Community Meeting Invitation: Preparing Africa for extreme climate events – the role of the African Risk Capacity




Please join the Adaptation Community Meeting on April 20 for a discussion on African Risk Capacity.

African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a sovereign insurance pool and early disaster response mechanism owned and governed by its African Member States. ARC helps its Member States to take the lead on disaster response by bringing together three elements: early warning, contingency planning and insurance. In order to participate in ARC, Member States must customize ARC’s early warning software Africa RiskView for their country context; identify and quantify their weather risk and what to transfer through insurance; and define a pre-agreed contingency plan in the event of ARC insurance payouts. Governments can then access immediate funds for early responses in the case of a natural disaster. Reducing the time it takes for assistance to reach those affected through early, nationally-led response reduces costs and the reliance on international appeals for assistance over time, but, more importantly, it saves the lives and livelihoods of those affected. Together ARC countries are catalyzing an essential paradigm shift in the humanitarian landscape to anticipatory, nationally-owned responses to natural disasters, but also providing an opportunity for donors, humanitarian organizations and private sector actors to reinforce the government-led risk management system they are building and to define a new way of responding to predictable natural disasters.

This meeting will dive into ARC’s new Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), and the underlying Extreme Climate Index (ECI). XCF will be a multi-year financial vehicle that will track the frequency and magnitude of extreme climate shocks in Africa and provide additional climate adaptation funds for countries already managing their current weather risks through the ARC system. A prototype ECI has been developed and climate scenario stress test simulations will be conducted, and we are working to determine how it could be used to underpin XCF payment triggers.

Register here.

Erica Hovani was part of the team that established ARC, including developing the legal structure of the ARC entities, writing the ARC Treaty and working with ARC Member States. She is currently the Legal Counsel of ARC Agency and oversees all of ARC’s legal and governance activities, works with Member governments and coordinates activities with ARC’s financial affiliate, the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited.

Ekhosuehi Iyahen is the Director for Policy & Technical Services a.i. for the African Risk Capacity Agency Secretariat (ARC). In this capacity she is responsible for consolidating partnerships with regional and international bodies in line with the ARC vision and goals and for ensuring quality knowledge and learning enhancement within the ARC Secretariat.

Date and Time

Apr 20, 2017
4:00PM to 5:30PM EDT

Chemonics International, Inc.
1717 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
Detailed directions are available at:
To join remotely:
This event is organized by the USAID Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessments (ATLAS) project. All Adaptation Community Meeting webinars can be found here

Highlights from National Public Health Week (NPHW)

NPHW Twitter Chat

Thank all of you that participated in a plethora of events during NPHW (April 3rd-April 7th)! One of the events we participated in was the NPHW Twitter Chat (#NPHWchat) sponsored by APHA. During the chat, attendees were presented questions such as those below to foster a discussion on the significant role public health plays in safeguarding and advocating for health!

Global Health Day Photovoice Activity at NDSU

Mark Strand, Section Councilor in the International Health Section of the APHA, teaches Global Health to MPH students.  This semester the 16 students in his class are from Jordan and Syria; Kenya, Somalia and Ghana; Brazil; Nepal and China; and the United States.  As part of National Public Health week the students contributed photos from their home country, and organized a Photovoice activity for visitors to the event.  Attendees were invited to use Post-It notes to write their reactions or thoughts after seeing the photos.  The room buzzed with conversation about how to bring stable government to Somalia, and how to support Syrian refugees around the world.  Many other countries were also represented, and stories of success and hope were shared.  The attendees were enlightened and inspired by what they learned, and students were proud to be able to introduce their own country’s successes and struggles.

CSIS and Kaiser Family Foundation Event Invitation: The Future of Global Health Financing Amid a Changing Policy Landscape, April 20

All are invited to attend the following event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Future of Global Health Financing Amid a Changing Policy Landscape

Joseph Dieleman
Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Tim Evans
Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group

Christoper J.L. Murray
Professor and Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

J. Stephen Morrison
Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center

Moderated by
Jen Kates
Vice President and Director, Global Health and HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

Click here to register.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Barbara Jordan Conference Center
Kaiser Family Foundation Office
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Global humanitarian crises, new political leadership in the U.S. and elsewhere, and a climate of fiscal austerity are reshaping the landscape for global health financing. In this context, it faces a challenging and uncertain future.

On Thursday, April 20 from 2:30-4 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a policy briefing to discuss the current state of global health financing and the future landscape, with a panel of leading experts.

Joseph Dieleman, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, will present new findings on financing for global health from IHME’s latest report and two new articles in The Lancet, followed by a discussion with panelists including Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group; J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center; and Christopher J.L. Murray, Professor and Director at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Jen Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, will moderate.

This event is co-sponsored by CSIS and the Kaiser Family Foundation. It is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A live stream will be available at this link the day of the event: The recording and slides will all be available on this page after the event.

Dr. Mark Strand, IH Section Councilor, Selected as an Associate Editor for CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease Journal

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Strand, IH Section Councilor, for being selected to serve as an Associate Editor for the Center for Disease Control’s journal, Preventing Chronic Disease. The journal has more than 70,000 subscribers and focuses on preventing chronic diseases, promoting health and examining determinants of health and their effect on quality of life, and morbidity and mortality rates across the lifespan.

Dr. Strand is a Professor at North Dakota State University and teaches courses in epidemiology, prevention and management of chronic illness, and global health in the Master of Public Health Program. He also teaches a course in public health for pharmacists in the School of Pharmacy. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, with primary research in diabetes prevention and management, evaluation of the Diabetes Prevention Program, comorbid diabetes and depression, metabolic syndrome, and public health education in pharmacy. Dr. Strand earned his bachelor’s degree at Luther College, his master’s degree in cell and developmental biology from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in health and behavioral science at the University of Colorado at Denver. 

To read more about his appointment, click here.

Global Health Photography Feature Opportunity

We are inviting International Health section members to submit their global health photos to share their global health experiences with other section members. Accepted submissions will be featured on the APHA IH blog or the Section Connection newsletter and may be used in APHA IH materials. This opportunity is ongoing and submissions are accepted at anytime, subject to the approval of the APHA IH Communications Committee.

Who can participate?

American Public Health Association International Health section members are encouraged to participate. All photographs submitted must be taken by the person submitting them.

What photos are you looking for?

We encourage members to send different types of global health photos whether that highlights their global health work or brings awareness to an important global health issue. As such, subject matter can vary between landscapes, photos of healthcare facilities, people, global health events, etc.

How do I submit my photo for consideration?

Each section member can submit up to two high-resolution photographs in a JPG file format. Please use the following naming convention for each photograph file: lastname_firstname_number (e.g. Smith_Jane_1).

In your submission, please include the following information in a MS Word Document:

  • Your Name:
  • For each photograph:
    • Title:
    • Brief description of photo as it relates to your global health work or bringing awareness on an important global health issue (250 word maximum):
    • Location of Photograph:
    • For photos with faces, confirmation that you received, at the minimum, verbal consent: Yes/No

Submissions should be sent to

Ethical Considerations

If you are submitting photographs of people, please make sure you have taken into consideration the following:

  • Did you obtain verbal consent from the person or people you photographed?
  • If the photos are of children, did you obtain verbal consent from their parents or guardians?
  • For photos of people from vulnerable populations (e.g. persons living with HIV, refugees, etc), ensure the utmost respect for their privacy and that you have followed any applicable rules or customs (e.g. hospital or clinic photography rules).

For more information on ethical considerations in global health photography, please visit the Unite for Sight website.

Conditions of Submission

Submissions are reviewed by the APHA IH Communications Committee and will be accepted on a rolling basis. If accepted, a participant’s photo and story may be shared via the APHA IH Section Connection newsletter or the APHA IH blog. Additionally, participants agree to the unlimited, royalty-free license to use their photos for APHA IH section materials including but not limited to IH section informational flyers and brochures, social media, the APHA IH Connect website, and the APHA IH Section Connection newsletter. This agreement will remain in place until canceled in writing by the submitter or the IH Communications Committee.

For more information, please contact Jean Armas at

Call for Papers: AJPH Special Edition on Climate Change and Health

This announcement is posted on behalf of Rose Schneider, the IH Section’s Climate Change and Health Working Group Chair.

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) intends to publish a supplement issue on the topic of Climate Change and Health: Research, Translation, Policy, and Practice. Climate change is widely considered the greatest challenge to the public’s health. This issue will showcase scientific research that evaluates the degree to which climate change is a present-day and future threat to population health and health equity and highlight emerging and innovative evidence, strategies, solutions, and policies to address the health and equity consequences of climate change. Original research articles, briefs, systematic reviews, commentaries, editorials, as well as analytic, photographic, and historic essays on the health and equity impacts of climate change are invited. Papers that highlight translational practices as well as evaluation or policies that demonstrate advancement of health and equity are encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, best-practice models, co-impacts of climate change and other policies, economic evaluation, climate literacy and communication, and gaps in research, policy, and practice implications related to climate change adaptation, community resilience, and mitigation.

Potential authors should visit the AJPH website ( to review the Instructions for Authors and specific guidelines for the various types of manuscripts. All manuscripts will undergo standard peer review by the AJPH editors and peer referees as defined by AJPH policy. Manuscripts must be submitted April 1, 2017, via the online submission system at