Gates Foundation & CUGH Initiative
Last year, CUGH secured a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to work with the US academic community to increase support for US leadership and funding for global health. To achieve this objective, CUGH is collaborating with its members, and CEPH-accredited institutions, to inform Congresspersons and State legislators as well as the general public on the value of global health to their state and the nation. As part of this project, CUGH will connect elected officials with academics from their district in their areas of interest. This initiative will highlight the return on investment to the local and national economy as well as international security.
This initiative has four objectives within this two-year grant:
1. To cultivate global health champions in Congress and State Legislatures. In order to cultivate champions within government, it is important that elected officials meet with their constituents who are directly impacted by US leadership in global health. CUGH aims to increase the number of global health champions through two upcoming Capitol Hill Days (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020), where academics will share their story on the value of global health and the need to properly fund their activities.
2. To establish a Network of Academic Advisors (also known as the NAA). The NAA serves to educate Congresspersons and State legislators on a variety of global health topics. Ultimately, if an elected official is interested in crafting legislation on a certain topic (ex: Zika), then the NAA would be a resource where elected officials would be paired with an academic from their district who specializes in that topic and can collaborate on creating a research-based policy.
3. Seek new US support for Global Health initiatives in the US and internationally. With a rise in global health outbreaks, this initiative also seeks to increase elected officials and the general public’s support for global health initiatives. Through the two aforementioned Capitol Hill Days as well as through direct contact with offices and via CUGH’s communications platform, academics will be able to promote global health initiatives to their own Member of Congress and his or her respective staff.
4. Strengthen advocacy and communication capabilities among faculty and students in US academic institutions. Strong communication is essential to ensuring that an academic’s voice is most effectively heard in government. As part of this initiative, CUGH will host communication workshops and post online, free of cost trainings to our website, where academics will be able to strengthen their communication capabilities.
Overall, this initiative aims to increase awareness and support for global health programs among legislators and the broader public as well as increase the implementation of policies backed by evidence. CUGH will collaborate with like-minded organizations in these efforts, by sharing work and including them in a committee.
October 2018 to November 2020
CUGH Contact Person
Ms. Monica Gilsanz, Advocacy and Communications Project Officer
Tel: (202) 872-1187