IMG Town Hall Meeting Documents Available

As many of you know, there was a significant gap left in the field with the closing of the GHC. A group of 80+ former members joined together as the Interested Members of the GHC (IMG) to address the gap and to discuss the future of the GHC. The IMG held a Town Hall Meeting on the creation of a renewed global health coalition on Tuesday, August 28th.  As a follow-up to the meeting, they have disseminated the PowerPoint presentation shown during the meeting, FAQs, and the final report, “Evaluation of National Council of International Health Activity” (the predecessor to the Global Health Council). Kindly note that the IMG will continue to receive input and meet with key stakeholders and will set a timeline for recommended next steps.  Resulting action items and recommendations may begin to formulate by the end of September. To join the IMG listserv to receive weekly updates or to send suggestions and questions, please contact Chanell Hasty at chasty [at] msh [dot] org.

Save the Date: Town Hall Meeting on the Future of the Global Health Council: August 28

Please join your colleagues in global health at a Town Hall Meeting on the Future of the Global Health Council (GHC) on Tuesday, August 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EDT).

Who:     Interested Members of the Global Health Council
What:    Town Hall Meeting on the Future of the Global Health Council
When:    Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 1:30 – 3:00 pm EDT
Where:   Webinar

You are being invited to this meeting as a former member and/or stakeholder in the GHC.

As many of you know, there was a significant gap left in the field with the closing of the GHC. A group of 80+ former members joined together as the Interested Members of the GHC (IMG) to address the gap and to discuss the future of the GHC.

In tandem, an IMG Steering Committee formed to consider the options for the GHC, including potential viable business models and service offerings. Your strategic input is needed.

Register now.

The IMG would like to share its work to date and receive your valued feedback on:

  • Ensuring that tangible efforts are made toward the future of GHC
  • An issues and options paper created by the IMG Steering Committee, Creating a Renewed Global Health Coalition: Issues, Options and a Pathway for Action
  • Priorities of the IMG
  • Member support for next stage processes

While this meeting is not affiliated with the Global Health Council Board of Directors, it is requested with their knowledge and approval. This event is closed to the press.

Reserve your webinar seat now by registering online.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Kindly note that in order to receive the issues and options paper and any other meeting documents, you must register.

Conference Call to Discuss Closing of Global Health Council

Dear IH Section Members,

As some of you may already know, the Global Health Council has recently announced that it will be closing its doors and cancelling its 2012 conference in Washington, DC. The leadership of the IH section has been discussing how best to respond to this news. Below is a message from Peter Freeman, our Advocacy/Policy Committee Chair, which outlines ways in which you can have input in this discussion. Please consider joining the conference call or at least providing him with your feedback. Peter can be reached by e-mail at pffreeman [at] gmail [dot] com.

Hi all –

I spoken with Vina and Malcolm to start discussing the steps APHA is looking to take regarding the close of GHC and the ways in which the association can respond.

Vina informed me that APHA is in the process of a setting up a series of 2 discussions:

  1. The first discussion will be internally for APHA staff only, to gather their thoughts/ideas on what GHC’s role was in the international health community, what roles make strategic sense for APHA to absolve, and our association’s current capacity (and potential growth trajectory) to take on these roles.
  2. The second discussion will happen after APHA’s staff-only one, and may include interested representatives from other APHA sections (IH isn’t the only one that’s weighed in on this) as well as representation from GHC. This discussion will invite the IH section leaders; APHA recognizes the importance of everyone’s voice but having too large a group on the call may not be productive.

In light of this second call, Malcolm and I thought it would be a good idea for our section to have our own brainstorming call prior to APHA’s group call. This way, we can make sure our section’s ideas/thoughts/concerns are collected in an organized fashion; we will have these typed up and sent to whomever represents our group on the APHA group call.

Malcolm and I have scheduled this call for Wednesday, May 9th at 1 p.m. EST for 90 minutes. A prior e-mail mentioned a call on Monday, May 7th; Malcolm and I agreed to not hold the call on Monday and instead hold it on Wednesday, May 9th. I have been assured by Vina that the APHA group call will not be happening before this.

The call-in information is:
1-877-393-3856 (U.S. callers)
1-719-867-7624 (toll number and for international callers)
Participant passcode: 373785

If you are planning on attending, please let me know; an RSVP is not required, but it will help me be aware of who to expect come next Wednesday.

If you are unable to make the call, please e-mail me your thoughts/concerns/ideas around this. I have received the feedback that some of you have sent via e-mail already; thank you for sending that and I promise it will be incorporated into notes from this call.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Noncommunicable Disease conference – March 2012

APHA members may be interested in an upcoming conference concerning Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Children and Adolescents in Global Health.  The conference is being organized by a consortium known as NCD Child, which includes Caring and Living and Neighbors, the Public Health Institute, and the Global Health Council.  It will take place in Oakland, California during March 19-21, at the California Endowment’s conference center.  Themes to be covered include prevention, access to essential medicines, and health systems strengthening/work force development for NCDs in these vulnerable groups.  Individuals working in the field of NCDs, maternal and child health, social determinants of health, prevention as well as those advocating on behalf of these issues, are warmly welcome to apply.  A limited number of scholarships for students and individuals from outside the United States is available.

A draft program and application is here:

This link also contains a call for abstracts, which closes on February 6.

Questions about this conference may be directed to APHA International Section member Jeff Meer of the Public Health Institute, at

Global Health Vaccines: Shaping Policy to Accelerate R&D (ASTMH/GHC Lecture in Philadelphia, PA)

Featuring the 4th Annual Beth Waters Memorial Lecture
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Time: 12:30-5pm
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
Franklin Hall 11 & 12

At Global Health Vaccines: Shaping Policy to Accelerate R&D, public and private stakeholders will examine current barriers to vaccine research and development, especially those that disproportionately affect vaccines for use in developing countries. Discussions will focus on regulatory issues, innovative financing and incentives, and partnerships. The event will serve as an opportunity for stakeholders to collaboratively identify common obstacles and propose unified solutions to stimulate vaccine R&D for global health vaccines.

Dr. Peter Hotez, President, ASTMH and Founding Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, will begin the summit by delivering the 4th Annual Beth Waters Memorial Lecture. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion and breakout groups that will develop policy recommendations surrounding vaccine R&D issues. The recommendations will then be presented to all attendees for discussion.

This event is open to all ASTMH Annual Meeting registrants and Global Health Council members. Please register using the link below.

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm and the Beth Waters Memorial Lecture will begin promptly at 1:00pm.
To register, click here: