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Wendy O’Neill Elected as Chair of China Medical Board, Effective July 1, 2019

The China Medical Board (CMB), an American foundation established by John D. Rockefeller in 1914, announces the election of Wendy O’Neill as Chair of the CMB Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2019.  Ms. O’Neill will succeed the current Chair, Professor Anthony Saich, the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.

Chinese Talent in Global Health

CMB was an early supporter of global health training in China, and it has encouraged Chinese universities to integrate global health curricula into medical and public health education. Three recent grants to Chinese institutions will give young Chinese faculty, researchers, and practitioners training and field experience in developing countries.

 

Boao Forum Features Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Road Initiative

The 2018 Boao Forum, held April 8-11, focused the theme of An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Posterity and featured an opening address by President Xi Jinping on China’s commitment to globalization. One Forum sub-theme was development of the “Health Industry” on the Belt and Road, which included a CEO roundtable panel discussion. CMB President Lincoln Chen, attending the Boao Forum at the invitation of Hainan Governor Shen Xiaoming, participated in the panel discussion.

Opening Retreat: Equity Fellows Prepping for an Exciting Program Year

The Opening Retreat, the first of six learning events in the Equity Initiative fellowship year, introduces Fellows to the goals and activities of the program year; gives them an overview of key concepts related to leadership, social justice, and health equity; and delivers hands-on training. The retreat also provides time for these highly motivated individuals to share their backgrounds and get to know each other. The 2018 Opening Retreat took place March 18-24 in Hoi An, Viet Nam.

The Equity Initiative’s 2nd Annual Forum Launches Equity Projects and Strengthens Community Building

CMB's 2017 Equity Fellows celebrated the conclusion of the first phase of their fellowship experience at the 2nd Annual Forum, held February 3-5 in Hua Hin, Thailand. The Fellows spent time finalizing plans for their second-year projects to advance health equity in the region and joined representatives of the 2016 cohort and incoming 2018 cohort for several days of interaction and bonding.

CMB Trustee Harvey Fineberg Addresses PMAC on the Threats of Infectious Diseases

The 2018 Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC), held January 29 – February 3 in Bangkok, addressed the theme of “Making the World Safe from the Threats of Infectious Diseases.” PMAC is an annual international forum for sharing evidence for health-related policies and strengthening commitment to global health.

Four CMB Trustees Visit Bangkok and Beijing Offices

Since becoming a direct operating foundation, CMB has established residential offices in Beijing and Bangkok. New staff and new programs including Equity Fellows in Southeast Asia have been launched. A January-February Asian trip for Trustees Harvey Fineberg, Jane Henney, Jeff Koplan, and Jeff Williams enabled them to gain a better understanding of the nature of CMB’s China and Southeast Asia programming.

Strategy for Building Equity Communities in Laos

During a January trip to Laos, CMB President Lincoln Chen explored the context in which young Laotian leaders for health equity will emerge, the current status of health equity in the country, and future opportunities to pursue pro-equity options.