CUGH 2017: A call to remember that “all health is global health”
Nina Martin | Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
This past weekend students, faculty, international and NGO partners, and donors gathered at the 2017 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference to share ideas and innovations, and reaffirm support for the essential role that global health has for human health as a whole. At the opening plenary session, panelists Mark Dybul, Trish Davidson, Victor Dzau, and Hester Klopper spoke of the need to strengthen health systems and draw in actors from across disciplines to form partnerships to address health challenges both at home and across the globe. Throughout the conference, speakers stressed that "disease knows no national border", and that innovations to solve the world's most pressing issues, including cancer, the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, infectious disease outbreaks, gender equity, and environmental health, could not be possible without exchange of knowledge and context, capacity building, and the lessons learned that come from global health.
Johns Hopkins had a strong showing at CUGH, with panels including Center Director Tom Quinn, David Peters, Trish Davidson, Jess Fanzo, Len Rubenstein, Carleigh Krubiner, Amita Gupta, Yuka Manabe, Beth Ann Felder, Will Checkley, Suzy Pollard, Catherine Hooper Miele, Gabrielle Conecker, Nancy Glass, Kamila Alexander, Carmen Alvarez, Adnan Hyder, Jonathan Golub, Alexander Billoux, and Paul Spiegel. Several students presented posters and oral abstracts, including three 2016 GHEFP recipients Ginny Burke, Caitlin Payne, and Andrew Self.