CUGH 2024 – Consortium of Universities for Global Health
March 7 - March 10
The Consortium of Universities for Global Health will convene the CUGH 2024 Conference on 7 March 2024 in Los Angeles, CA and via satellite sessions.
Free and Open to the public Satellite Sessions begin at 8:00am on March 7, 2024. Conference will begin at 4:30pm on March 7, 2024.
Highlighted agenda items include:
Decolonizing the Pandemic Fund: Charting an Equitable Path Forward
Robust and equitable financing for pandemic prevention, preparedness, response, and reconstruction (PPPRR) is essential to prevent global health crises like COVID-19. The World Bank launched the Pandemic Fund to address this. Yet, the Fund grapples with acquiring sufficient capital for PPPRR in low—middle— income countries and addressing policies that limit transparent and efficient fund allocation. For this panel, we’ll gather health financing specialists, including a Pandemic Fund board member from the Global South’s civil society. We’ll discuss how civil society can improve the Pandemic Fund’s transparency, promote efficient fund distribution, and enhance implementation effectiveness. In an era where donors demand fund accountability and recipient countries desire freedom from colonialist oversight mechanisms, civil society’s role is crucial. This engagement is key to redefining and decolonizing global health financing accountability, positioning it within the country with independent institutions.
The Rise of Anti-Science Disinformation and its Impact on Global Public Health
The rise of anti-science disinformation and its impact on global public health discusses the rise of targeted attacks against biomedical science and scientists, especially in the areas of vaccinology and virology, and how this will block global efforts at pandemic preparedness. How to overcome this through a combined approach of improved public health communications + directly combating sources of disinformation
Building a Resilient Global Health Workforce: Training for the challenges ahead
The global health workforce faces unprecedented challenges, from pandemics to evolving healthcare needs in a rapidly changing world. To address these challenges, there is a pressing need to train a diverse and adaptable pool of health workers capable of meeting the demands of the future. This abstract introduces a panel which explores innovative approaches to prepare healthcare professionals for the complexities of modern healthcare delivery. Global health systems are strained by factors such as demographic shifts, emerging diseases, and health inequalities. To bridge these gaps, transformative solutions are required. Training a diverse cadre of health workers is central to meeting this need and building resilience in health systems. This panel aims to spark a conversation on the vital role of training in building a resilient global health workforce that can effectively tackle the multifaceted challenges facing healthcare systems worldwide.
Strengthening Global Health Security: Building bridges between civilians and the military
This panel aims to provide global health professionals at all levels with a comprehensive understanding of the pivotal role played by the defense and security sectors in Global Health Security (GHS). As health crises transcend borders and have impacts far beyond health, it’s essential to grasp the nuanced contributions and considerations of these sectors within the evolving multilateralGHS framework. Our panelists will adeptly contextualize the capabilities and constraints of these sectors, explore how civil-military collaboration in GHS is not merely reactionary but proactive, and describe multifaceted strategies to ensure cohesive and effective multisectoral approaches to safeguarding global health.
Leveraging Digital Learning in Health Emergencies for Health Equity
In the evolving landscape of health emergencies, a system that rapidly equips frontline health workers with the necessary information and skills can significantly improve outcomes and save lives. Digital learning presents a unique opportunity to transcend geographic, financial, and political barriers to do just that. This panel discussion delves into the transformative potential of just-in-time digital learning in enhancing emergency preparedness and response to public health crises. Representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) will share insights into global initiatives and the importance of standardized, yet adaptable, digital learning modules. Project ECHO, an evidence-based telementoring initiative that leverages videoconferencing to connect specialists with the broader health workforce in real-time discussion, epitomizes this potential of adaptable digital platforms. ECHO experts, including representatives from Seed Global Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and University of Botswana, will share how they leveraged the case-based ECHO learning model to rapidly engage thousands of frontline health workers in collaborative problem solving during the 2023 Sudan conflict, Ukraine war, 2022 Ebola outbreak, and COVID-19 pandemic. Converging the perspectives of both WHO and Project ECHO, this panel aims to create dialogue on the present capabilities and future potential of digital learning in bolstering public health resilience globally.
Training the Next Generation of Global Health Researchers
The Fogarty Global Health Fellows and Scholars Program, established in 2004, has provided support to over 1,600 trainees from the United States and Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Seven consortia of U.S. academic institutions collaborate to offer these fellowships, facilitating mentored research training in LMIC partner institutions. Research within the program spans diverse global health topics, encompassing communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, mental health, and more. In a 90-minute panel discussion, program trainees will share insights into their research, training experiences, and career paths. The Fogarty International Center’s leadership will also reflect on the program’s impact and achievements. This discussion will unite distinguished alumni and current trainees of the NIH-Fogarty Global Health Program, showcasing individuals with varying backgrounds, including U.S. and international trainees, MD and PhD fellows, and representing different career stages.
Diagnostic Testing and Imaging Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Addressing supply chain and policy bottlenecks for equitable access
Within the realm of modern medicine, appropriate diagnostic capacity is indispensable in guiding treatment. Nonetheless, diagnostics and imaging technology, in contrast to pharmaceuticals and vaccinations, are often relegated to the periphery. Nowhere is the problem more acute than in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Despite recent investments directed towards enhancing health diagnostics and imaging, their latent potential to confer substantial benefits and improved patient outcomes remains unrealized. LMICs must confront challenging and often inequitable supply-chain practices and an international, geopolitical landscape with competing political agendas. This panel session will directly address the myriad of issues preventing equitable access to quality diagnostic testing and imaging services in LMICs.
Climate Change as a Threat to Global Health & Human Rights
The inequitable health threats of climate change pose sweeping implications for health-related human rights, especially in low- and middle-income countries, with environmental degradation challenging the most fundamental conditions for human life and the individual dignity and rights of vulnerable populations and future generations. However, international negotiations to mitigate emissions — from the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the 2015 Paris Agreement — have realized limited success in addressing the health hazards caused by the unfolding climate crisis. This session frames the rapidly evolving state of discourse on public health and human rights in climate change debates — examining global governance efforts, academic research, NGO advocacy, and youth engagement. This session addresses the synergies between global health, human rights, and climate justice, with a focus on understanding the global health threats of anthropogenic climate change and identifying the human rights advancements necessary to frame international law reforms for mitigation and adaptation.
Host institutions for CUGH 2024 are the National Cancer Institute (NCI), UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences, UW Department of Global Health, and the USC Insitute on Inequalities in Global Health.
Please visit CUGH 2024 to register.