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Season's Greetings

Wishing you a joyful holiday season with good health, happiness and hope for a bright new year.

Roger Glass & Barbara Stoll


Thanksgiving Greetings

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, all of us at CMB wish to take the opportunity to extend appreciation to our partners and colleagues for their support of our mission.  The contributions of energy, expertise, and creativity from professionals in many fields help to make our small staff a strong force for advancing health, equity, and the quality of care throughout Asia. 

Over the course of the past year, that generosity of spirit has been evident in so many ways.  We see this in our combined efforts to strengthen medical education, to develop the talents of new generations of leaders for health, to take steps to ensure access to quality health care for all, and in many other ways.
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Authentic, Understated, and Inspiring: A Personal Reflection on the Life of Chuck Feeney

Le Nhan Phuong, Equity Initiative Executive Director, shares a personal reflection on the life and legacy of Chuck Feeney. "The world has lost a truly magnificent human being. To many, Chuck Feeney was a great philanthropist and humanitarian, championing causes globally to help make the world a better place. His 'giving while living' philosophy helped to put the urgency in philanthropic giving and inspired the 'Giving Pledge.' But for me, one of the fortunate few who worked with Chuck, he was much more than that."
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Remembering a Remarkable Human Being and Champion for Equity

The trustees and staff of China Medical Board mourn the passing of Chuck Feeney, a business leader, philanthropist, and equity champion, who died on October 9. Mr. Feeney’s long history of philanthropy was shaped by an unwavering desire to improve the lives of others. Through The Atlantic Philanthropies he directed his giving toward areas of global significance, including children and youth, aging, social determinants of health, and rights and reconciliation. He recognized the importance of investing in social change leaders willing to dedicate their expertise and passion to achieving meaningful and lasting change. His philanthropic goals were ambitious, yet his philanthropy was shaped by personal modesty and a belief that action was more important than credit received.

Preparing and Advancing Women for Leadership in the Health Sciences

Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) and the University of Michigan are working together to address the gender imbalance in academic healthcare leadership. With grant funding from CMB, they recently launched a joint project on “Preparing and Advancing Women for Leadership in the Health Sciences.” Through focused mentorship, executive coaching, skill-building workshops, and a one-year professional development program at the University of Michigan, this three-year project will prepare nine women faculty members from PKUHSC with the competencies needed to assume leadership positions within PKUHSC. 

Barbara Stoll Reflects on Leadership Transition at CMB

As our trustees announced in January, CMB has embarked on a leadership transition, as Roger Glass begins his tenure as CMB President, and I step into the role of Senior Advisor to CMB. With this transition, I am confident that CMB is entering a period of exceptional promise – one that will build on our long-standing relationships throughout Asia; expand to include new collaborators – in the region and globally – who share our commitment to improving health and well-being; and continue our investments in the next generation of leaders for health and equity. Read more

Celebrating International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, my colleagues and I celebrate the many contributions that women make in support of the mission of the China Medical Board. Their commitment to advancing health, equity, and the quality of care is evident in every area of CMB’s work in China, Southeast Asia, and globally. It is especially rewarding to see the number of young women professionals who are engaged in these efforts, including those who are our Clinical Education Fellows, Global Health Leadership Development Fellows, principal investigators of Open Competition grants, and Equity Initiative Fellows. What a source of inspiration they are!

Welcome 2023 Equity Initiative Fellows!

Congratulations to the 30 Fellows who join the Equity Initiative’s 2023 cohort! EI is designed to build a generation of leaders (500+ over 20 years) who are committed to advancing health equity. This cohort – EI’s seventh – brings the total number of Fellows to 157. We expect that these mid-career professionals will draw on their EI learning, skill building, bonding, and networking to enhance their work on primary health services, rare diseases, natural resource management, social inclusion, economic growth, preventing gender-based violence, outreach to marginalized communities, and other important issues.

Learning the Craft of Organizing

At the Equity Initiative’s Community Organizing Workshop, facilitators from the Leading Change Network shared their definition of organizing: “Organizing is finding leadership that enables people to turn the resources they have into the power they need to make the change they want.” That definition gave the 25 Fellows participating in the workshop, held January 30 – February 1 in Chiang Rai, Thailand, a fresh perspective on ways to mobilize people to take action to advance health equity.

Honoring Roger Glass’s Leadership of the Fogarty International Center

CMB President-Designate Roger I. Glass was honored on February 7 for his remarkable tenure as the longest-serving director of the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. His leadership and contributions to the field of global health were recognized by Dr. Francis Collins, former director of the National Institutes of Health, other NIH leaders, Fogarty Advisory Board members, grantees, and other colleagues.