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

The Advocacy & Communications 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 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 Members interested in joining this Committee should contact


  • Shubhada Hooli, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jassi Pannu, Stanford University
  • Srikanth Mahankali
  • Keith Martin, CUGH (Chair)
  • Benjamin Mason Meier, University of North Carolina at Chapel
  • Michele Barry, Stanford University
  • John Etietop Ebong (TAC Member)
  • Muhammad Jawad Noon, Georg August University of Goettingen (TAC Member)
  • Michael Skonieczny, Yale University
  • Stephanie Christensen
  • Katelin Adams, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Paul Moroz, University of Hawaii
  • Linda Rose Frank, University of Pittsburgh
  • Seemab Mehmood (TAC Member)
  • Patrick Victor Schwartzhoff (TAC Member)
  • Harsha Davè (TAC Member)
  • Rachel Spitzer, Sympatico
  • Xinshu She, Stanford University
  • Sila Bal, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Harvard Medical School
  • Shandhini Raidoo, University of Hawaii
  • Nikkole Turgeon, University of Vermont
  • Michael Esson (TAC Member)
  • Kaosar Afsana, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
  • Simon Rabkin, University of British Columbia
  • Harsha Davè, University of Stellenbosch
  • Bill Jeffery, Centre for Health Science and Law