Now accepting applications for the IH Section’s Global Health Mentoring Program!

The Global Health Mentoring Program is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2022 cohort, which runs January 2022 – September 2022.

Please visit the link below to learn more about the Mentoring Program and how to apply. Applications are due: Friday December 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time. 

For any questions please email 

Brianne Riggin-Pathak
IH Section Mentoring Committee Chair

Welcome to APHA 2021! IH Section Welcome Message and Program Highlights

Sent on behalf of our IH Section Chair, Dr. Padmini Murthy

Dear friends and colleagues,

I hope you are doing fine and it’s unbelievable that this is our 2nd annual meeting after the onset of the COVID pandemic – one of the most challenging and devastating public health crises of our times. This year the annual meeting is a hybrid one and I look forward to interacting with you at our IH Section Business Meeting on Sunday, October 24th from 8:30 am – 9:15 am MST followed by the Open House. All members are welcome to attend the Business Meeting even if you aren’t registered for the meeting. For the Zoom link, check your APHA IH section list-serv email or log-in to our list-serv email at

Even though these events are virtual, this provides us an opportunity to connect with each other. We have our IH Networking awards and reception virtually as well on Monday, October 25th from 6 pm – 7:30 pm MST. Please attend the reception and network with your peers and congratulate the section award winners.

We also have an amazing IH luncheon speaker – Dr Kristi Ebi from University Of Washington on Wednesday, October 27 from 12 pm – 2 pm MST

Our program chairs Theresa Majeski and Samer Jabbour have organized an excellent and robust scientific program and I strongly encourage you to attend as many programs as possible.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the chairs / co-chairs of the IH committees and working groups, the governing councilors, section councilors, past president, chair elect, secretary, (both incoming and outgoing), Vina Hulamm – APHA’s global health manger and the IH section liaison, our treasurer and the section historian for their dedication and commitment to the IH section and APHA.
I would like to congratulate all the newly elected section and governing councilors and look forward to working with you all.

Finally, kudos to all the IH members who have been working in their communities in the US and globally who have contributed to the COVID-19 response and relief work with commitment and dedication. The section leadership and members have also been at the forefront in bringing to the attention of the APHA leadership the various ongoing global public health crises.

Thank you for your great work and look forward to working with you in the year to come!

In Health, Human Rights and Peace
Padmini Murthy MD, MPH
IH Section Chair

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APHA Annual Meeting 2021
International Health Program Highlights

Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Working Group Pre-Conference Event –
Diverse Partnerships Transform Community Health – Partnership Planning for Scalable Solutions
Saturday, October 23, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm MT
Register online at:

Global Maternal and Child Health Network Business Meeting
Saturday, October 23, 2021
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM MT

International Health Advocacy and Policy Committee Business Meeting
Saturday, October 23, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT

International Health Section Open House
Sunday, October 24, 2021
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM MT
Please join us for a chance to get to know more about our section, and hear about opportunities to get involved in section activities.

International Health Section Business Meeting
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM MT
For the Zoom link, check your APHA IH section list-serv email or log-in to our list-serv email at

Climate Change and Health Working Group Business Meeting
Sunday, October 24, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MT

International Abortion Working Group
Sunday, October 24, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

International Health Student Committee Meet and Greet / Coffee Hour
Sunday, October 24, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

International Health Section Virtual Social and Awards Reception
Monday, October 25, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MT
Join us for a fun night of networking and a short awards ceremony to recognize outstanding members who have contributed in an important way to global health and our section.

Palestine Health Justice Working Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

International Health Virtual Luncheon
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

View the entire International Health program here:

Attend CBPHC’s Workshop On 10/23: Diverse Partnerships Transform Community Health

The Community-based Primary Health Care Working Group presents a workshop every year just ahead of the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.  It will be virtual this year and includes people in the field in the US and internationally working in and with communities.  It is very student friendly.  You do not have to be a member of the APHA or attending the meeting.  We hope your will take this opportunity learn and share about diverse partnerships in community health.

Diverse Partnerships Transform Community Health

Partnership Planning for Scalable Solutions

Saturday, October 23, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ET/9:00 am – 1:00 pm MT


Solutions for complex community health challenges are most powerful and relevant when they are designed with input from many complementary partners. Join us for this year’s Community-Based Primary Health Care pre-conference workshop as we explore promising practices for strategically involving many diverse voices in the community-based transformation process. We will learn from powerful global partnerships that transformed community health with the input of many voices, stakeholders and partners with an emphasis on the active involvement of the most important partners- community members. 


  1. Describe three common stages of community-based primary health care initiatives: 1) partnership design, 2) pilot testing, and 3) products (transformative impact). 
  2. Explain how involving the expertise of diverse partners uniquely strengthens community-based health initiatives  
  3. Illustrate promising approaches to forming, engaging and leveraging diverse partner input to support CBPHC initiatives   
  4. Develop concrete partnership-building skills specific to your CBPHC career stage


4 hours

Online, Pre-Recorded keynotes with post-session interaction

Skills-based working groups targeted to CBPHC skill-level and/or career stage


(Eastern Time, MST in parenthesis)

11:00 am ET (9:00 MST)  

Welcome – Reflection     

11:20 am (9:20 MST) 

Partnership, Products and Impact (Keynote)

Sustained Impact of Liberia’s Community Health Assistant Model

Last Mile Health (Lisha McCormick)

12:10 pm (10:10 MST)              

Skill Session: Sustained Community Impact (Keynote)  

CHA skills for: Base camp, Climbing, Summiting

12:40 (10:40 MST) 


12:50 pm (10.50 MST)                

Critical Reflections Health Partnerships:  engaging those most affected

Tom Wolff

1:35 pm (11:35 MST)  


1:45 pm (11:45 MST)                

Skill Session: Partnering with those most affected

Partnership skills: Base camp, Climbing, Summiting

2:30 pm (12:30 MST)                  

Piloting Testing Partner Ideas:  Guatemala

Guatemalan Birthing Centers:  From Villages to Government 

Mario Valdez (Spanish translation)

Safe + Natal: Anthropology and MHealth

Rachel Hall-Clifford (Anthropology)

2:50 pm (12:50 MST)                 

Feedback & Follow-Up  and Closing Remarks     


To Register:

News Round up

Politics & Policies

The leadership shown by President Biden is commendable and provides a much-needed boost to the global efforts to rapidly expand access to vaccines, scale up diagnostic testing and expand supplies of oxygen and other life-saving tools in all countries – especially the most vulnerable.

Mr. Biden assured leaders attending the UN General Assembly that the US intends to partner with allies to “help lead the world toward a more peaceful, prosperous future for all people.”                                               

An expert group consulted by the World Health Organization on how Europe and the world can better prepare for the next health emergency has proposed the creation of several new entities while resisting calls to merge existing ones.  

France’s former health minister Agnes Buzyn has been charged over her handling of the COVID-19 crisis after investigators at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her.

Vice President Harris recently called for a new global health security fund at the World Bank to focus on pandemic preparedness, with the Biden administration planning to contribute $250 million in seed funding, a White House official said.

Programs, Grants & Awards

Northwestern University Trustees and alumni Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley W. Ryan have made a $25 million gift to name and endow the Robert J. Havey, MD, Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The Ryans’ gift will ensure that the institute has resources in perpetuity to improve the health of billions of people in low- and middle-income countries worldwide.

A gift of $2.5 million is helping Hope College establish a new academic program. The multidisciplinary global health program started this fall and involves 12 academic departments.

On September 22, 2021, President Biden convened a virtual Global COVID-19 Summit focused on ending the pandemic and building better health security to prevent and prepare for future biological threats.

The Keck School of Medicine of USC global health student analyzed ways to use community health volunteers to expand residents’ access to health care in rural areas. His goal: to influence policy changes that could improve the Kenyan health system.


As public health leaders worldwide scramble to contain COVID-19’s delta variant, researchers at Michigan State University know what can provide early signs of the virus and help with critical decisions — sewage.

More than 700 people have applied for spots on a new committee charged with breathing life into the World Health Organization’s stalled inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. The committee, expected to be announced this week, represents an attempt by the embattled global health body to reset its approach to determining how the pandemic began.

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review.

Diseases & Disasters

War and armed conflict causes a significant loss to human life and is a major cause of disability worldwide. In addition to those hurt and killed as a direct result of violent conflict, a vast amount of people are also negatively impacted by the wider effect of war on global health.

The Covid-19 pandemic has severely set back the fight against other global scourges like H.I.V., tuberculosis and malaria, according to a sobering new report released on Tuesday.                  

Nearly 18 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the coronavirus continues its march around the globe, leaving medical, social, and economic trauma in its wake. With the delta variant driving new and deadly waves of the disease across the world, the pandemic appears far from over.

More than 130 years after the naming of the Plasmodium parasites behind malaria, the world now has its first approved vaccine against them. Many malaria researchers have celebrated the development, but others have expressed concerns over the deployment of a vaccine that has only moderate efficacy.


Universal concern over the potential use and misuse of genome editing reached a peak in 2018 following the surprise announcement of the first edited babies. 

Intended to create the foundation necessary to support the integrated digital health infrastructure of the country, the NDHM, now known as the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission (PM-DHM), was first piloted last year in August across six union territories. It seeks to bridge the existing gap among different stakeholders in India’s healthcare ecosystem through digital highways.

A World Health Organization “pandemic intelligence hub” launched by the UN agency’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Germany’s Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday will try to help governments identify future pandemics at an earlier stage and improve monitoring of new variant strains of Covid-19.

Environmental Health 

New WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) provide clear evidence of the damage air pollution inflicts on human health, at even lower concentrations than previously understood. The guidelines recommend new air quality levels to protect the health of populations, by reducing levels of key air pollutants, some of which also contribute to climate change.

The scientific community has known for decades that a group of widely-used chemicals is causing health harms across the globe, but effective policies aimed at curbing those impacts lag far behind the research, according to a new study.

At the end of this month, the annual United Nations climate conference will have begun, this year in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Campaign groups are already limbering up for the talks, COP-26, publishing the action they think is vital.

The WHO COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health, launched today, in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, spells out the global health community’s prescription for climate action based on a growing body of research that establishes the many and inseparable links between climate and health.

Equity & Disparities

President Joe Biden has announced that the United States will double its purchases of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for low and middle-income countries, bringing its pledged donations to a total of 1.1 billion doses.

In May 2020, there was a significant spike of COVID-19 cases among the Hispanic/Latino population in the Richmond, Virginia metro area of Chesterfield and Henrico counties. The Richmond City Health District contacted CDC and asked for help investigating this outbreak, which was quickly becoming a hot spot. Given my experience working with populations who are underrepresented, I was asked to organize and lead an emergency response team. We assembled the first ever CDC COVID-19 emergency response team made up of CDC H/L scientists and public health experts.

Humanitarian crises have a significant impact on global health. Situations such as armed conflict and war, natural disasters, and epidemics/pandemics, are all examples of humanitarian emergencies that are affecting more people today than they ever have. The impact of these crises on healthcare systems is great.

Not all food is created equal. So-called blue foods—a diverse range of aquatic animals, plants and microorganisms—offer significantly more nutrients than land-based crops and livestock, according to a first-of-its-kind database compiled by an international team that included researchers at Stanford.

Victor Dzau, President of US Academy of Medicine, calls on governments to establish a global health threats council, and says pharmaceutical companies should temporarily waive COVID-19 vaccine patents.

Women, Maternal, Neonatal & Children’s Health

The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a principal component of global climate variability known to influence a host of social and economic outcomes, but its systematic effects on human health remain poorly understood. A recent study shows that warmer El Niño conditions predict worse child undernutrition in most of the developing world, but better outcomes in the small number of areas where precipitation is positively affected by warmer ENSO

Texas’ controversial six-week abortion ban has been in effect just a few weeks, and physicians and researchers are already warning that the impact could be dire: if the law remains in effect, Texas could see a significant increase in maternal mortality.

Afghanistan has one of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with 638 women dying per 100,000 live births.

World Breastfeeding Week 2021

By Dr. Jennifer Yourkavitch and Sarah Edmonds

This Saturday brings to a close the thirtieth annual World Breastfeeding Week Campaign. The campaign, which has taken over social media with the hashtag #WBW2021, is celebrated every 1st–7th of August in commemoration of the 1990 Innocenti Declaration and aims to raise awareness and galvanize action on themes related to breastfeeding. This year’s theme “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility” focused on creating a warm chain of support for breastfeeding that expands beyond individual actions to include health systems, workplaces and communities at all levels of society.

Within the IH Section, we recognize the importance of breastfeeding as a public health issue in need of awareness and support. Many of our members work to increase that foundation of support, not just during World Breastfeeding Week, but in their day-to-day lives and professions, as well. One such member is Dr. Jennifer Yourkavitch, section liaison for the APHA Breastfeeding Forum, who recently shared information about her work and resources related to breastfeeding support with us:

Dr. Jennifer Yourkavitch

I am a perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist, and a board-certified lactation consultant. I conduct breastfeeding research with colleagues at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. We created a guide to promote the safety of lactation rooms during the pandemic: UPDATED Cleaning and Maintenance of Lactation Rooms During COVID-19 – PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION

[NOTE: The link to this guide will be updated to include the changing COVID-19 regulations within the coming week]

I also teach a class on milk expression monthly at my local birth center. And, I’m the director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for USAID’s flagship nutrition project, USAID Advancing Nutrition, which includes several initiatives to support breastfeeding worldwide. I was breastfed and my mother is an advocate. When I started breastfeeding my daughter I realized how critical support for breastfeeding is, from every part of society.

As we move forward with campaigns and long-term initiatives to improve the support and resources for people who breastfeed, Dr. Yourkavitch reminds and urges us: “We need to elevate the voices of breastfeeding people. We can’t design effective programs, advocacy strategies, or research without their input.”