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2018 Fellows Synthesize Leadership Learning and Refine Project Proposals

As the 2018 Equity Fellows near the end of their induction year, they gathered for the week-long Project Accelerator, held at Inle Lake, Myanmar from October 28 to November 4. Project Accelerator gave them opportunities to identify some of the challenges they are likely to encounter as they work on equity-related issues and to practice constructive approaches to respond to those challenges.

Asia Trek: Exposure to Development, Health, and Equity in Indonesia

The 2018 Asia Trek, held August 5-12, focused on Indonesia and introduced Equity Fellows to some of the ways in which the country's development context, policymaking processes, and social and cultural practices shape access to quality healthcare services, particularly for poor and vulnerable populations.

Global Learning during Harvard Week for Equity Fellows

The second part of the Equity Initiative's Global Learning module took place on the Harvard University campus. Fellows engaged in dialogue with researchers and specialists in various aspects of social, economic, and health equity; strengthened skills in leadership and negotiation; and visited community organizations that serve marginalized populations.

Global Learning in Cuba: Equity Achievements and Challenges

During a weeklong trip to Havana and Pinar del Río, Cuba, Fellows explored aspects of Cuba’s history and culture, as well as its social, economic, and political contexts, in order to better understand the ways in which the country promotes health equity.

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.

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.

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.