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Global Learning I: A Deep Dive into New Zealand’s Approach to Health and Racial Equity

The 2024 Equity Initiative Fellows traveled to New Zealand in May for Global Learning I to explore health equity as well as historical, cultural and diversity perspectives outside of Asia. This was the first time for the Equity Initiative to hold a program event in New Zealand, and Fellows found their encounters with indigenous Māori culture offered a new window for them to explore health equity issues. As hosts generously shared their perspectives and experiences, Fellows found common ground as well as new ideas and approaches. Read more.

CMB Announces New Fellowship Program for U.S. Postdoctoral Researchers

CMB has initiated support for a postdoctoral research fellowship program that will give U.S. scholars from the health professions and biomedical sciences an opportunity to spend 1-2 years at selected academic and medical universities in China. In partnership with three U.S. academic health science centers, the CMB Postdoctoral Research Program in China aims to build on U.S. and China common interests in advancing public health and biomedical research, while creating a pathway for American researchers to build longer-term collaborative partnerships with their Chinese counterparts. Read more.

2024 EI Fellows Connect at the Opening Retreat

The Equity Initiative’s Opening Retreat, the first learning event of induction year programming, introduces incoming Fellows to each other, provokes new thinking about leadership and health equity, and encourages appreciation of the diversity found in the region. For the 2024 EI Fellows, the Opening Retreat also was a chance to share their own health equity goals and to make new connections with others committed to improving the health and well-being of Southeast Asian communities, particularly underserved and vulnerable populations. The Opening Retreat was held 31 March to 5 April in Hue, Viet Nam. Read more.

Shuyang Zhang: A Leader in China’s Efforts to Tackle Rare Diseases

Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) has become a leader nationally in advancing the study and treatment of rare diseases. Zhang Shuyang, MD, PhD, the first female president of PUMCH and concurrently vice president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, has played a pivotal role in establishing PUMCH’s preeminence in this field. For two decades, she has propelled China’s rare disease agenda forward through coordination with key stakeholders, leveraging resources, promoting new approaches to clinical diagnosis and treatment, and facilitating research and industry collaboration. Read more

Sharing Lessons from COVID-19: A Video Collection

When our Equity Initiative Fellows complete their induction year, they are welcomed into the global community of Atlantic Fellows.  Our Fellows are encouraged to engage with other dynamic, equity-focused professionals and given opportunities to seek additional resources to support their work. Through the Atlantic Institute’s Solidarity Grants program, a number of our Fellows in Southeast Asia received support in 2020 for their efforts to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on their communities. Read more and watch Fellows' videos

Welcome to the 2024 EI Fellows

The Equity Initiative warmly welcomes the 30 dynamic individuals who have been selected as the 2024 Equity Initiative Fellows! Representing 11 countries across Southeast Asia and China, this 8th cohort embodies a shared passion for fostering positive change in areas like education, environmental and social advocacy, public administration, agricultural development, disability rights, LGBTQI+ rights, and technology. Their diverse backgrounds and innovative approaches promise to enrich our community and amplify our impact. Read more

A New Year's Greeting from CMB

As the Year of the Dragon approaches, symbolizing strength and prosperity, we extend heartfelt wishes to all from the China Medical Board (CMB). This occasion beckons us to reflect on our collaborative strides and look forward to the promising ventures that lie ahead to enhance health collaboration between the U.S. and China, which can benefit the global community. Read more

CMB at PMAC and the Equity Initiative’s Annual Forum

It was a busy week in Thailand for CMB leadership and Asia-based staff, as the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) and the Equity Initiative’s Annual Forum provided occasions for reconnecting with international colleagues, sharing CMB program plans, and mutual learning about ways to strengthen health outcomes and health equity. Read more