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The Promise of Data for Transforming Global Health

I recently came back from a field visit and as my organization’s designated data person (among the many other hats I wear), I think constantly about the role of data in our work and more broadly, its role in global health. We’ve always had a problem with data in our field, more specifically the dire lack thereof. Recent efforts to spotlight the lack of high quality data in global health has led to somewhat of a data renaissance. And you know it’s a big deal when Bill Gates throws his weight behind it. It seems like every global health innovation talk I go to nowadays portrays data (in all its forms, from big data, predictive analytics, and machine learning) as the ultimate game changer in global health

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US Climate and Health Alliance provides toolkit for health professionals to act on…

The US Climate and Health Alliance has just launched their new State Policy Initiative. Please explore the online hub, which includes tools and information designed for and by health professionals to help bring the health voice to climate policy. Health professionals can use the tools and resources towards several important goals: to inform policy makers that climate change is a critical health issue; to raise the health voice in state discussions about climate change policy decisions and strengthen support for action at the state level; and to ultimately integrate health and health equity into state climate policies. Start exploring the tools. Why Does the Health Voice Matter?

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APHA releases statement: Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public…

APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin has released a statement regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public health Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017 — “President Donald Trump’s decision today to renege on U.S. commitments to fighting climate change and withdraw from the Paris Agreement has disastrous consequences for human health. “The climate accord, which establishes a long-term framework to reduce carbon emissions among more than 190 nations, marks a historic step toward addressing one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.

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Mark Green: USAID pick could be a silver lining if he does it right

This post was developed collaboratively by the Section’s Communications Committee. The Trump administration’s nomination of Mark Green, former congressman, ambassador, and frequent NGO board-sitter, was one of those hard-to-find silver linings in the current political thunderstorm (or downward spiral, if you prefer). He is a political unicorn of sorts, enjoying both bipartisan support from Congress and respect from development professionals, someone who knows how to navigate both the political and technical aspects of the job. Green, a four-term Congressional representative from Wisconsin, also served as the ambassador to Tanzania under George W. Bush and was involved with the creation of PEPFAR

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Preventing Rickets Globally

This is a guest blog post by Dr. Mark Strand, IH Section Councilor and Professor in the Pharmacy Practice and Master of Public Health Departments at North Dakota State University. For the last fifteen years, I have collaborated with a group of scholars to research and prevent nutritional rickets in children. Recently our newest paper was published, a look at the global burden of disease due to rickets, and prospects for reducing this preventable disease of poverty.

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What’s next for US global health funding?

On April 30th, a bipartisan budget deal was passed which will keep the US government funded through the end of September this year. Although funding for global health programs remains largely intact this year (in some cases, budgets have even increased), the future of US global health funding is looking pretty bleak. Trump’s “skinny budget” proposal for fiscal year 2018 includes steep cuts of nearly 30% to foreign aid and diplomacy delivered through the Department of State. Additionally Trump’s budget proposes cuts to the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, multilateral development banks like the World Bank, and the complete elimination of funding for the Fogarty International Center. And while we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing that malaria programs, PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and Gavi have been spared, the proposed 25% cut to global health programs is disconcerting to all of us within the international development and global health community

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“You’re #fired”: Why the firing of the US @Surgeon_General matters to #globalhealth

This post was developed collaboratively by the Section’s Communications Committee. The capital and the news media are in a collective tizzy over the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. Cable news chatter is reaching a fever pitch as talking heads make frequent references to Nixon’s Watergate, though we cannot yet know for sure whether Trump’s house of cards will fall the same way (or, frankly, why on earth he thought this was a good idea). There is no shortage of rolling heads, and plenty of screaming headlines have rolled with them. While each decapitation dismissal is significant for its own reasons, one that has unfortunately not received as much attention was the firing of US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the end of April.

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Progress toward #polio eradication is a much-needed reminder that global health is still…

I always love spotlighting polio eradication. Along with Guinea worm, it is one of the few candidates to follow smallpox to the eternal (or so we all hope) halls of eradicated diseases. While the eradication effort has suffered its setbacks in recent years, public health workers have persisted, steadily marching onward. And frankly, there has been so much hand-wringing in global health in recent weeks that it is important to occasionally remember that there are still wins we can, and should, celebrate.

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Event Invitation: Community Meeting on the Implementation Guidance for the Mexico City Policy,…

Global Health Council invites you to a Community Meeting on the Implementation Guidance for the Mexico City Policy May 10, 2017 9:00-11:00 am ET PAI 1300 19th Street, NW Washington, DC RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/MCPmeeting  In anticipation of the release of the implementation guidance for the Mexico City Policy (also known as the global gag rule), Global Health Council invites you to join us for a community discussion around updated analyses and available resources. We will be joined by speakers from Kaiser Family Foundation, CSIS, PAI, and others to discuss impact and next steps and to answer questions. In person attendance of advocates, implementers, and grant/development staff is strongly encouraged. In the event that the release is delayed, we will postpone the meeting.

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Member spotlight: Len Rubenstein featured on NPR’s Morning Edition

Longtime IH Section member Len Rubenstein was on NPR’s Morning Edition this week! On Monday morning, he was featured in a story on attacks on health workers in conflict: Leonard Rubenstein, a lawyer who directs a program on human rights, health and conflict at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. says there were a staggering number of assaults on health care facilities in 2016. “The international community says it wants to stop this and then does nothing to implement its own recommendations,” he says. “These attacks go on.” Rubenstein is the editor of a new report called “Impunity Must End” about aggression against health facilities and health workers globally last year

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Efforts to Reduce Global Food Insecurity: Perspectives from the United States and the United…

On behalf of the Society for Nutrition Education & Behavior (SNEB), American Public Health Association, and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, we invite you to an upcoming webinar on “Efforts to Reduce Global Food Insecurity: Perspectives from the United States and the United Nations”. This webinar will introduce the Global Food Security Act of 2016 and expand on America’s current efforts to help promote food security around the world. Speakers will provide perspectives from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to explain the current situation of global nutrition issues and progress made to alleviate global concerns such as hunger, chronic health issues, and mortality. Suggestions will be discussed on how nutrition and global health professionals can pitch in to reduce global food insecurity.

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New World Bank Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – ‘From Climate Science to Action’…

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.

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April 20 Adaptation Community Meeting Invitation: Preparing Africa for extreme climate events…

SPONSORED BY USAID ATLAS Project ABOUT THIS EVENT 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.

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2017 Zika Update: A Synopsis

In 2015, I put together a panel of diverse public health professionals in order to provide graduate students with guidance on how to best prepare for (and land) a relevant public health job. The majority of the seasoned professionals on the panel (all epidemiologists) mentioned the impact 9/11 had on them being able to get a job, as a result of new positions created with emergency preparedness funding. I graduated shortly after this presentation and was able to secure a High-Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) position at a local health department in Texas. These surge capacity epidemiologist positions had been made available as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

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