Committees & Working Groups

CUGH's Committees are open to CUGH individual and institution-affiliated members (except the Executive, Finance, and Membership Committees). Working groups are open to all.


The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson, the Secretary/Treasurer, the past chair of the Executive Committee, any other number of Directors the board deems necessary and appropriate, and the Executive Director, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Executive Committee. When the Board of Directors is not in session, the Executive Committee shall have and may exercise all of the powers of the Board of Directors, except to the extent, if any, that such authority shall be limited by a resolution adopted by a simple majority of the Directors in office; provided however, that neither the Executive Committee nor any other committee shall have the power to amend the Articles of Incorporate or the Bylaws of the consortium.


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In order to promote the role of universities in global health, CUGH understands that it requires a clear voice capable of articulating issues, solutions, and suggesting policies to address global challenges. This committee identifies advocacy issues and ways in which CUGH can disseminate information, mobilize, and foster collaboration amongst its members and the larger global health community, to improve the health of people and the planet.

The Advocacy and Communications Committee identifies issues that supports universities in their teaching, research and service activities to improve global health outcomes worldwide. The committee advocates for the improvement and growth of university-based global health programs’ capacity to contribute to reducing health disparities globally and to develop human capital and strengthen institutions worldwide. The Committee works to inform the public and policymakers about CUGH’s advocacy efforts.

CUGH works to strengthen the abilities of its members to communicate and disseminate information to the public and policymakers.


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CUGH was founded within academic global health programs and recognizes the need to expand and develop global health educational programs and resources.

The Education Committee’s (EC) goal is to further develop and create global health related educational materials. The Committee is additionally charged with providing resources for the development of member institutions’ global health curricula. CUGH’s student organization and student involvement is guided under the supervision of the Education Committee. Multiple subcommittees exist to support various aspects of global health education. There are additional subcommittees within the EC. They are: the Trainee Advisory Committee, Capacity Building Subcommittee, Educational Products Subcommittee, Global Health Competency Subcommittee, Global Health Program Advisory Service Subcommittee, Global Health Undergraduate/Masters Education Subcommittee, and the Global Health Workforce Subcommittee.

Publications by CUGH Education Committee Members

  • Conceptualizing Medical Humanities Programs in Low-Resource Settings in Africa - Co-authored by former Education Committee Chair, Dr. Quentin Eichbaum
  • Transforming Global Health: Interdisciplinary Challenges, Perspectives, and Strategies Textbook - Edited by Education Committee Member, Dr. Korydon Smith
  • Education Committee Members

    Quentin Gavin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMHC, BSc (Med)(Hons), BA (Hons), FCAP, FASCP - Vanderbilt University
    Lisa V. Adams, MD - Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Barbara Astle, PhD, RN - Centre of Equity & Global Engagement, Trinity Western University
    Charles-Antoine Barbeau, TAC representative - Université de Sherbrooke
    Francis Barchi, MBE, PhD - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Núria Casamitjana, PhD - ISGlobal
    Samath Dharmaratne, MBBS, MSc, MD - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    Jessica Evert, MD - Child Family Health International
    James Hudspeth, MD, FACP - Boston University (Co-Chair of the Education Committee)
    Omar Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP - Thomas Jefferson University
    Mary Mbeba, PhD - University of Malawi
    Christopher Martin, MD, MSc - West Virginia University
    Tracy L. Rabin, MD, SM, FAAP - Yale University (Co-Chair of the Education Committee)
    Cristina Redko, PhD - Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
    Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM - University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law
    Sudhir Satpathy, MD, MBBS - KIIT University
    George Shakarishvili, MD, PhD, MPH - Institute of Global Health, Tbilisi, Georgia
    Lisa Simon, MD, DMD - Harvard University
    Korydon Smith - University at Buffalo


    CUGH recognizes the need for strict attention to finances and funding to ensure the successful execution of the mission statement.

    The Secretary/Treasurer chairs the Finance Committee. The Committee advises the Executive Director on the financial management of the organization. The Finance Committee reviews and approves the organization’s financial policies and procedures. The Committee reviews the annual budget and financial reports for submission to the Board of Directors for approval. Participation in the Committee involves regular monthly phone meetings as updates to the current financial status as well as additional meetings as needed for policy revision and review.


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    CUGH recognizes that facilitating administrative functions, processes, and services are vital to effectively supporting the global health enterprise.

    The Global Health Operations Committee (formerly known as Enabling Systems) identifies and develops guiding principles to enhance university administrations’ procedural and financial alignment with programmatic priorities in global health, education, research, and service activities. The Committee develops strategies to effectively respond to global opportunities and share best practices for accepting and managing international risk, financial services, academic human resources, legal frameworks, communication and outreach, information technologies, transparency in approach and efficiencies with international sites. Additionally, the Committee will develop processes for managing information on global health activities across the university.


    CUGH recognizes that in order to make its global health initiatives and partnerships viable and sustainable over time it needs to build a strong core comprising engaged members that share the CUGH vision. The Membership Committee will strive to build that membership core consistent with the CUGH mission.

    The Membership Committee is responsible for identifying a strategy for growth and maintaining CUGH’s membership base.



    The Palliative Care Working Group was formed in April 2019 in recognition of the widespread neglect of pain management and palliative care in low-and middle-income countries. The goal of this working group is to expand awareness of the need for palliative care integration within existing global health interventions through collaboration, education, research, and advocacy. Activities include developing: (1) a resource base of organizations, journals, policies, curricula, conferences, and reports relevant to palliative care; (2) policy advocacy consistent with the WHO and 2017 Lancet Commission recommendations, and (3) educational programs and presentations through conferences and webinars. We rely heavily on academic and non-academic partnerships to achieve these aims. Our partners include international experts, academic institutions, and national and international palliative care organizations. Membership is open to all who are interested in advancing the presence of palliative care in global health.

    If you would like to be added to our mailing list or are interested in contributing to our working group, please contact: Nauzley Abedini, MD, MSc at

    Palliative care is the active holistic care of individuals across all ages with serious health-related suffering due to severe illness, and especially of those near the end of life. It aims to improve the quality of life of patients, their families and their caregivers.

    Palliative care: Includes, prevention, early identification, comprehensive assessment and management of physical issues, including pain and other distressing symptoms, psychological distress, spiritual distress and social needs. Whenever possible, these interventions must be evidence based.

    • Provides support to help patients live as fully as possible until death by facilitating effective communication, helping them and their families determine goals of care.
    • Is applicable throughout the course of an illness, according to the patient’s needs.
    • Is provided in conjunction with disease modifying therapies whenever needed.
    • May positively influence the course of illness.
    • Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death, affirms life, and recognizes dying as a natural process.
    • Provides support to the family and the caregivers during the patient’s illness, and in their own bereavement.
    • Is delivered recognizing and respecting the cultural values and beliefs of the patient and the family.
    • Is applicable throughout all health care settings (place of residence and institutions) and in all levels (primary to tertiary).
    • Can be provided by professionals with basic palliative care training.
    • Requires specialist palliative care with a multi-professional team for referral of complex cases.

    ORGANIZATIONS (*denotes annual conference)

    African Palliative Care Association*

    Kampala, Uganda
    APCA’s mission is to promote and support affordable and culturally appropriate palliative care throughout Africa.

    All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC)

    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine*

    American Hospice Foundation
    The American Hospice Foundation supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages.

    Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network

    The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network was established to empower and support individuals and organizations committed to alleviating suffering from lifet-hreatening illness in the Asia Pacific region.

    Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
    The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is the national association that provides leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada

    Cicely Saunders International
    Focuses on carrying out quality research to improve the care and treatment of all patients with progressive illness and to make high-quality palliative care available to everyone who needs it.

    ehospice is the first globally managed news and information website and app on hospice, palliative and end of life care, bringing you the latest news, intelligence, commentary and analysis from the sector. At the touch of a button, you can access the expertise and experience of the global palliative care community.

    European Association for Palliative Care
    The aim of the EAPC is to promote palliative care in Europe and to act as a focus for all of those who work, or have an interest, in the field of palliative care at the scientific, clinical and social levels.

    Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa
    FHSSA, an affiliate of NHPCO, helps to generate resources and technical support for hospice organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, primarily through developing partnerships between USA and African hospice and palliative care programs.

    Global Partners in Care
    Enables US partners working in hospice and palliative care to engage with sister organizations in low-resource settings

    Help the Hospices
    Help the Hospices wants the very best care for everyone facing the end of life. It supports its members and other organizations as they strive to grow and improve end of life care throughout the UK and across the world.

    Hospice Association of America
    A membership organization within the National Association for home care that advocates for hospice care.

    Hospice Foundation of America
    Promotes education on death, dying, and bereavement through publications and teleconferences.

    Indian Association of Palliative Care*
    National organization which is actively engaged in enhancing palliative care through its activities of awareness, advocacy, training, policy, and program development.

    International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
    Its mission is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.

    International Children’s Palliative Care Network
    A worldwide network of individuals and agencies working with children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

    International Observatory on End of Life Care
    Undertakes high-quality research, clinical studies, evaluation, education, advocacy and consultancy to improve palliative and end of life care for patients and family carers.

    Latin American Association for Palliative Care
    Its mission is to promote the development of palliative care in Latin America and the Caribbean, through its communication and integration of all stakeholders in improving the quality of life of patients with progressive incurable diseases and their families.

    National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care
    10 leading US national hospice and palliative care organizations

    National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
    NHPCO is the largest non-profit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States.

    Open Society Foundations International Palliative Care Initiative
    The goal of OSFs’ International Palliative Care Initiative is to improve end of life care for patients and their families, with a special focus on vulnerable populations including the elderly, children, and patients with cancer or HIV/AIDS.

    Palliative Care Association of Uganda
    Supports and promotes the development of palliative care and palliative care professionals in Uganda.

    Palliative Care Australia
    National organization representing the interests and aspirations of all who share the ideal of quality care at the end of life.

    St. Christopher’s Hospice
    The first modern hospice; St Christopher’s exists to promote and provide skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality.

    Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA)
    A global action network focusing exclusively on hospice and palliative care development worldwide. Its members are national and regional hospice and palliative care organizations and affiliate organizations supporting hospice and palliative care.


    American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine

    Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications

    BMJ Palliative and Supportive Care

    London, England: BMJ Publishing Group

    Death Studies

    New York: Routledge

    European Journal of Palliative Care

    Newmarket, England

    Illness, Crisis, and Loss

    Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Co.

    Indian Journal of Palliative Care

    New Delhi, India

    Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing

    Hospice & Palliative Care Nurses Association

    Journal of Pharmaceutical Care in Pain and Symptom Control

    Informa Healthcare

    Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

    New York: Elsevier.

    Journal of Palliative Medicine

    New Rochelle, NY: Mary Ann Leibert

    Journal of Palliative Care

    Montreal, Canada: Center for Bioethics – IRCM

    OMEGA: The Journal of Death & Dying

    Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Co.

    Palliative and Supportive Care

    New York: Cambridge University Press

    Palliative Medicine

    London, England: Sage Publications

    Progress in Palliative Care

    Maney Publishing – Leeds, UK

    Supportive Care in Cancer

    Springer Publishing, New York


    For Planners, Implementers, and Managers

    Planning and Implementing PC Services (WHO)
    Integrating PC into Humanitarian Emergencies (WHO, 2018)
    Integrating PC into Pediatrics (WHO, 2018)
    Integrating PC into Primary Care (WHO, 2018)

    National Palliative Care Protocols/Guidelines


    Clinical Practice Guidelines

    PC Clinical Practice Guidelines (NCHPC, 2018)


    Hospice and Palliative Medicine Core Competencies Version 2.3 September, 2009

    Ontario Palliative Care competency framework

    Consensus-Based Palliative Care Competencies for Undergraduate Nurses and Physicians: A Demonstrative Process with Colombian Universities
    Tania Pastrana, MD,1Roberto Wenk, MD,2and Liliana De Lima, MHA, JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE Volume 19, Number 1, 2016

    On-Line Curricula

    Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

    Smith College School for Social Work

    Yale School of Medicine: Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education

    University of Maryland: Online Master of Science and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care


    Lancet Commission Report (October, 2017)

    White Paper for Global Palliative Care Advocacy: Recommendations from a PAL-LIFE Expert Advisory Group of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City

    World Health Assembly Document 67.19


    COVID-19 Palliative Care Resources
    World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
    World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organized by a committee of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organizations that support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide.


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    CUGH recognizes the importance of collaborative multidisciplinary research in academic global health. The Research Committee’s goal is to carve out avenues for expanding collaborative global health research and research training. The Committee is dedicated to sharing, evaluating and advancing strategies that promote global health research. Additionally, the Committee is charged with assisting in reinforcing relationships with funding agencies and organizations.

    Research Committee Members
    Liz Grant - University of Edinburgh
    Richard Deckelbaum - Columbia University
    Madelon Finkel - Cornell University
    Muhiuddin Haider - University of Maryland
    Tasdik Hasan (TAC Representative)
    Ryan Hodgeman (TAC Representative)
    King Holmes - University of Washington
    Peter Kilmarx - Fogarty International Center (NIH) (Co-chair of the Research Committee)
    Philip Landrigan - Boston College
    Sarah Matthews (TAC Representative)
    Aydogan Ozcan - University of California, Los Angeles
    Jonathan Patz - University of Wisconsin
    Shadi Saleh - American University of Beirut
    Jeremy Schwartz - Yale University
    Raymond Terry - Morgan State University
    Jim Thrasher - University of South Carolina
    Tom Quinn - Johns Hopkins University
    Judy Wasserheit - University of Washington (Co-chair of the Research Committee)