9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:00pm

The 9th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference
New York City, NY
Host institutions: Columbia University, Stellenbosch University, University of Peradeniya
Main Conference March 16-18 | Satellite Sessions March 15

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Theme | Health Disparities: A Time for Action

Congratulations to the CUGH 2018 Award Winners:

2018 CUGH Leadership Awards
The Consortium of Universities for Global Health wishes to acknowledge the accomplishments and commitment of outstanding individuals who contribute to the advancement of global health worldwide. CUGH has three awards that were presented at its annual Global Health Conference.

CUGH Distinguished Leadership Award:
Michael Merson, MD, Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Duke University

CUGH/Wasserheit Young Leader Award:
Faith Nawagi, Graduate Student, Euclid University, Global Educational Exchanges African Representative, GEMx

CUGH Hall/Sewankambo Mid-Career Leadership Award:
Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha, MD, PhD, Research Director, ICAP at Columbia University in Swaziland, Assistant Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

2018 CUGH-Velji Awards for Global Health Excellence
The Velji Family Foundation annually celebrates global health education, research and service by honoring individuals and projects that demonstrate committed, creative approaches to serving underserved populations. Nominations can be made in four categories. Awardees are recognized at the annual conference and each receive a plaque and a small monetary award to support ongoing global health activities.

Velji Yong African Leader Award:
Amara Frances Chizoba, Director of Programs, Mission to Elderlies Project Nigeria

Velji Emerging Leader in Global Health Innovation Award (Student or Trainee):
Mercy Nyamewaa Asiedu, 4th Year Doctoral Student, Duke University

Velji Emerging Leader in Global Health Innovation Award (Faculty): Nirmala Ramanujam, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health, Director of Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, Duke University

Velji Global Health Education Award: Chiratidzo Ellen Ndhlovu, Deputy Dean, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe of Health Sciences, Director, Global Heath Program, University of Vermont

Reflection Essays:
Reflection is a powerful tool in global health education and practice. All current undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate trainees as well as GH practitioners are invited to submit essays to reflect upon the meaning and lessons learned from global health experiences. These may be in a research, educational, clinical, or service capacity. The impacts of these experiences on professional development and personal growth are revealed in new partnerships, insights into cross-cultural or ethical issues and ideas for change.

Parimala Mohanty – Hearing Aid
Hannah Bergbower – Carrying On
Aparna R. Ramanathan – Dignity in Death

Honorable Mentions:
Joyce Lu – Food as Medicine: Reflections on Health Care Beyond the Clinic
Kristen Zozulin – Beautiful
M. Sophia Newman – S. Cerevisiae, Platypus, Archaeopteryx or Coelacanth: An Animal Perspective On Global Health
Jeff Walden – Life After
William Kromka – Wamkelekile Ekhayelitsha—Welcome to Khayelitsha
Lauren Thomaier – “Komera:” The Journey to Dignity

5th Annual CUGH-Pulitzer Video Competition
CUGH's 5th Annual Video Competition in partnership with the Pulitzer Center showcases important global health issues and innovations.

Innovations in Global Health Winner: Soil Fights Cholera by Transforming Poop into Rich Compost in Haiti

Innovations in Global Health Honorable Mention: Basanti’s Story: Improving Nutrition Through Community—Led Video

Innovations in Global Health Honorable Mention: Change Agents: Applying Cross-sector Collaboration

Global Health Advocacy Winner: Community Health Policy Matters

Global Health Advocacy Honorable Mention: Districts Address Anemia with Data

Global Health Advocacy Honorable Mention: World Vision Kenya Healthy Spacing and Timing of Pregnancies

JHU Global Health Now-CUGH-National Public Radio

Athena Madan – The Recruitment of Children in Colombia for Cocaine Production & Narcotrafficking
Chris Bombardier – Hemophilia in Developing Countries

Lancet/CUGH Student Poster Competition Winners & Finalists
The Lancet/CUGH awards eight (8) $500 awards to eight (8) student poster presentations - one for the best of each track.

  • Category: Global Health Law, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention
  • Experiences of Violence and Community Dynamics in Women Asylum Seekers who have undergone FGM/C

  • Category: Governance, Health Systems-Public Institution Strengthening
  • Prisons as Drivers of Tuberculosis Transmission in a Brazilian Community: Mathematical Modeling of Control Strategies

  • Category: Implementation Science
  • Cost of Point-Of-Care Test Monitoring for HIV Positive Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy

  • Category: Neglected Topics in Global Health
  • Practices, Training, and Perspectives of Traditional Bone Setters in Northern Tanzania

  • Category: Non-Communicable & Communicable Diseases: The Double Burden
  • Economic Evaluation of the Use of Drones for Tuberculosis Care in Remote Madagascar

  • Category: Global Health Education Pathway
  • Cervical Cancer Screening in Rural Tanzania; A Capacity Building Project”

  • Category: Planetary Health, One Health, Environmental Health, Climate & Health
  • Higher food insecurity scores associated with depressive symptoms in post-partum women with 4 and 5 month old infants in Malawi

  • Category: Reducing Disparities & Improving Well-Being Across the Lifespan
  • Collaborative Filmmaking in Public Health Research: Findings from Piloting the Method to Explore Traditional Menstrual Practices in Far-West Nepal

  • Category: Social Determinants of Health
  • Early Evaluation of Video-Assisted Healthcare Training in Low Literacy Remote Settings of Madagascar”


  • Global Cancer Research: Addressing Disparities, Locally and Globally
  • Disparities in Global Surgery: Building Systems and Networks through Collaboration
  • Outside the Box: Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through a One Health Approach
  • Sexual Cyber Violence Among Girls and Young Women Globally: Current Trends and Strategies Needed for Prevention
  • Happenings & Hot Topics in Global Health Education
  • Nursing Leadership in Global Health: Implications for the Future of Nursing Education, Scholarship and Interprofessional Practice
  • Priority Public Health Research Needs for Enhancing Global Health Security
  • Student Global Health Day: Building Advocacy & Communication Skills to Address Health Disparities Around the World
  • AFREhealth and CUGH: Plotting an Actionable Path Forward for Collaborative Partnerships
  • Climate Change and Health Priorities for Vulnerable Populations
  • Creating Incentives for Greater University Engagement in Global Health Implementation Science
  • The Economic Case for Global Health
  • Industry-Led Access-to-Medicines Programs: ​Measurement and Reporting for Accountability and Learning
  • Navigating and Getting Noticed in the Scholarly Publishing World - A Writing Workshop by CUGH & The Lancet Global Health
  • Mobilizing Innovation to Eliminate Global Health Disparities
  • What You Wish Academia Knew: 20 Years of Employing Global Health Professionals for USAID
  • The Urban Built Environment and Climate Change

  • Tracks/Subthemes:

  • Global Health Law, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention
  • Governance, Health Systems-Public Institutions Strengthening
  • Implementation Science
  • Neglected Topics in Global Health
  • Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases: The Double Burden
  • Planetary Health, One Health, Environmental Health, Climate Change
  • Reducing Disparities and Improving Well-being Across the Lifespan
  • Social Determinants of Health

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