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In Their Own Words: EI Fellows Reflect on Global Learning

Global Learning, held in Atlanta and Boston June 4-18, gave our 2021 and 2022 Fellows much food for thought (read an earlier story here). Following the program, some of Fellows reflected on what they took away from the experience, in a brief video produced by the EI team. “I felt that the most important takeaway for me was actually the inspiration, to want to challenge myself, to want to do more,” one Fellow said, and others shared the value of connecting with health leaders, equity advocates, and most importantly, each other. Please take a few minutes to hear directly from our Fellows! Click here to watch the video. Our thanks to Kim Cruz, EI’s Communication Manager, for producing the video.

CMB 2019-2021 Report: Our Mission, Current Programs, and Outlook for the Future

CMB’s 2019-2021 report highlights the programs that CMB’s staff and partners have developed and implemented over the past several years. This report covers a period of transition within CMB – with Lincoln Chen’s retirement after 14 years as CMB’s president – and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, which required us to rethink how we direct our resources and design our programs.  The programs highlighted in the report rest upon a firm foundation of collaborative partnerships, as well as the CMB staff's steadfast commitment to the mission of advancing health, equity, and the quality of care.

Rich Legacy, Ambitious Future

The July 7-9 Atlantic Leadership Convening in Phuket, Thailand, brought together the leadership of the seven interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs, including our own Equity Initiative, for thought-provoking conversations about what these programs have achieved to date and their goals for the future.  Collectively, these seven fellowship programs represent AP’s “big bet” on changemakers who will work to create fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies. CMB was proud to join AP in launching the Equity Initiative (EI) in 2016 – and six years later, what EI and the other equity-focused programs have already accomplished exceeds all expectations.

Global Learning: On-the Ground Learning in the United States

Our 2021 and 2022 Equity Initiative Fellows welcomed a return to travel outside of Southeast Asia and on-the-ground learning during their two-week Global Learning component, held in the United States, June 4-18. Each cohort spent alternating weeks in Boston and Atlanta. EI’s Global Learning component offers Fellows both a telescopic look at a particular society and an opportunity to draw comparisons with their own.

CMB’s Open Competition: Supporting Research and Developing Leaders

Initially focused on health policy sciences,CMB's Open Competition (OC) grants program has expanded to include other areas that are essential to healthy societies, such as quality of care, health technology assessment, and primary health care. The OC also serves as a leadership development program.

Farewell winter, Welcome spring

While snow fell in Beijing last week, it could not diminish the welcome signs of spring’s arrival. We thank our Beijing colleagues for sharing these uplifting photos.

The Pandemic at Two Years: A Reflection

Two years ago, when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, few among us could have imagined the ways in which this global public health emergency would affect us as individuals and communities. For CMB, an organization that relies upon collaboration, face-to-face exchanges, and candid discussions, the limited opportunities to gather in person have been a sharp departure from our past practices. Yet during these complex times, our history of collaborations and trust has never been more important.
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In Honor of International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, CMB recognizes all the women who contribute to our mission of advancing health, equity, and the quality of care in China and Southeast Asia. It is indeed inspiring to see the many ways in which institutional leaders, health providers, educators, policy makers and so many other women professionals have dedicated themselves to improving the health and well-being of others. We wish you a very happy International Women’s Day!


Paul Farmer, A Leader for Health Equity

The world is mourning the tragic death of Paul Farmer, who died on February 21 at age 62. Dr. Farmer was a transformative figure in medicine and public health. A physician and anthropologist, he was a pioneer in the field of social medicine, recognizing that illness often has social roots and effective treatment requires addressing social structures as well as medical care. His career offers many valuable lessons for CMB Equity Initiative Fellows, and our 2016 Fellows (pictured at left) were fortunate to meet with him during their Global Learning experience in Cambridge, Mass.

Welcome to our 2022 Equity Initiative Fellows!

The Equity Initiative is pleased to welcome 30 new Fellows to its 2022 cohort. This sixth cohort of leaders for health equity includes mid-career professionals from Southeast Asia and China, who work in government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, communications, the arts, and private business. While they share a passion for health equity, the Fellows bring a diverse array of experiences to the program – primary health care, mental health, disability rights, disaster response and resilience, rare diseases, the health of indigenous communities, and more – which is certain to enrich their induction year learning and collaboration. Further details on their backgrounds can be found in their bios – click here to read.