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 2020 cohort, which runs January 2020 – September 2020.

Please visit the link below to learn more about the Mentoring Program and how to apply.

For any questions please email 

Brianne Riggin-Pathak and Theresa Majeski
IH Section Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs

Congratulations to the 2019 APHA International Health Section Award Winners!

This year, we had a good pool of candidates for the various awards offered by our Section. Congratulations to our colleagues whose outstanding accomplishments in international health are being recognized by our Section this year.

1. Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in International Health — Dr. Russell Morgan

2. Mid-Career Achievement Award in International Health — Dr. Jirair Ratevosian

3. Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice – Dr.  MaryAnne Mercer

4. Distinguished Section Service Award – Ms. Jean Armas

The Awards Committee encourages all to nominate a colleague and/or be willing to be nominated next year. To find out more information about nominating a colleague or to view a list of past award winners, please visit the IH Section’s Awards webpage.

We would also like to congratulate this year’s top-scoring Early Career Professional abstract, Dr Bilikisu Reni Elewonibi. Dr Elewonibi presented her abstract, entitled “Pregnancy loss in Urban Tanzania: Patterns and Predictors,” at this year’s conference. Every year the IH section awards two $500 scholarships to top scoring abstracts submitted by IH Early Career Professionals. Don’t forget to submit your abstract to next year’s meeting in San Francisco!

Welcome to Philadelphia! #APHA2019 #globalhealth #internationalhealth

We hope to see you at any of our events here in Philadelphia. Below are a few ways you can meet us:

IH Section Main Events:

Sunday November 3, 2019, 2:00 to 2:50 PM
Business Meeting, Room 115C PCC

Sunday November 3, 2019, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Open House followed by Membership Meeting

Tuesday November 5, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Networking and Awards Reception

Wednesday November 6, 2019, 12:30 to 2:00 PM
International Health Luncheon (advance ticket purchase required:


Working Group Events:

Sunday, November 3, 2019 9 to 10:15 AM
Global Maternal and Child Health Network Business Meeting

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9 to 10:30 AM
International Health Advocacy and Policy Committee Business Meeting

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 12 to 1:30 PM
International Abortion Working Group Business Meeting, Room 108A PCC

Monday, November 4, 2019, 6 to 7:00 PM
Health Systems Strengthening Working Group Meeting

Monday, November 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Climate Change and Health Working Group, Open House

Monday, November 4, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Palestine Health Justice Working Group Meeting

Location information for the above events as well as a list of our our entire program can be found here:

All members are welcome to attend the IH Section Business and Membership meetings. At the Business meeting, we do use a soft version of Robert’s Rules of order to guide meetings. We use this to help visitors feel comfortable knowing how to participate and how to bring up items or questions.

Please visit the International Welcome Desk next to the APHA Meeting Registration Area to let us know you arrived and ask any questions. Also, visit us at the International Health Section booth 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.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at   if you have any questions or comments. See you soon!

American Public Health Association
International Health Section

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CBPHC Pre-Conference – How to Achieve Real Social Change: Opportunities and Challenges for Effective Collaboration and Partnership in Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC), 11/2

Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Pre-Conference:
How to Achieve Real Social Change: Opportunities and Challenges for Effective Collaboration and Partnership in Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC)

November 2nd from 8 AM to 5 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Room# 120B

Are you interested in best practices for collaboration and effective partnership for social change in global health?

The CBPHC Pre-Conference is an opportunity participate with international and national experts, CHWs, program planners, policy-makers, CHW advocates, donors, and others interested in CBPHC to define effective partnering practices and collaboration strategies that support CBPHC and social change.

Dr. Carl Taylor, CBPHC pioneer, wrote in his last publication, “Real social change occurs when officials and people with relevant knowledge and resources come together with communities in joint action around mutual priorities.” Effective CBPHC is grounded in collaboration and partnering practices to achieve social change.

Last year, the Astana Declaration at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care re-affirmed the critical role that primary health care (PHC) plays to ensure that everyone everywhere is able to enjoy the highest standard of health (WHO, 2018). While PHC approach is a foundational building block for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and reaching health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), achieving these stretch goals requires effective partnerships and collaboration in global practice.

This pre-conference sponsored by the Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) working group of the International Health Section will explore the role partnering practices play in global health. We will address the challenges inherent in diverse partnerships including power imbalances and potential tensions between community, donors, government, individuals, civil society, NGOs and universities. This participatory workshop will bring together international and national experts, CHWs, program planners, policy-makers, CHW advocates, donors, and others interested in CBPHC to define effective partnering practices and collaboration strategies that support CBPHC and social change.

Workshop Objectives:
1) Describe how four-way partnerships for sustainability function effectively to achieve universal health coverage (including the roles community, government, donors, and civil society, NGOs and Universities play)
2) Describe the potential tensions and power-privilege dynamics in diverse partnerships
3) Explain elements of effective partnering practices that support equitable collaboration

Keynotes include:

“An Ethical Lens on Collaboration in Global Practice” Dr. Jim Lavery, the Hilton Chair for Global Ethics, of Emory University
“Tools for Creating and Measuring Collaboration Globally” Dr. Nina Wallerstein, Director of the UNM Center for Participatory Research

You will be able to participate in working group discussions, and share your best practices for global health and collaboration! Cost of the workshop is $25 for students, and $35 for non-students!

TO REGISTER: Go to APHA Annual Meeting Workshops or register at APHA EventBrite

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email the CBPHC Working Group at

Hope you can come!

Laura Chanchien Parajon, MD, MPH
Chair of the CBPHC Working Group

IH Section Webinar 8/20: Insights from Managing a Health Systems Development Program (HSDP) Grant

Dr. Iyabo Obsanjo, the Co-Director for African Development at the College of William and Mary will discuss her involvement with a World Bank-funded Health System Development Project in Ogun State, Nigeria. She’ll share what worked and what didn’t from her perspective as the Commissioner for Health, in addition to describing areas where Health System development funding is lacking.

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: 11 AM – 12 PM ET

Register to attend here

This webinar is hosted by the APHA IH Section’s Health Systems Strengthening Group. The objective of the working group is to provide a venue for interested global health professionals to learn about systems sciences, collaborate around research and practice activities, and advocate for increased consideration of system sciences in education, practice, policy and evaluation for strengthening health systems. We welcome interested members (APHA membership is not a prerequisite) with expertise and/or interests in applying systems thinking approaches and methods to strengthen health systems, in both developing and developed countries. 

Find out more about the Health Systems Strengthening Group