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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.

2023 Annual Forum: Strengthening the EI Equity Community

The Equity Initiative’s Annual Forum, held February 1-4 in Chiang Rai, Thailand, was an opportunity for Fellows to exchange ideas across cohorts and to hear from leaders with deep experience in global health, international collaboration, and mobilizing resources for health equity. This was the first in-person Annual Forum held since February 2020, and the Equity Initiative’s Equity Community was well-represented with more than 80 Fellows, and over 100 participants overall.

Bringing Everyone Forward: International Day of Women & Girls in Science

The United Nations has designated February 11 as the International Day of Women & Girls in Science, a day to recognize the expertise that women professionals bring to a wide array of scientific fields, to encourage talented young women to pursue scientific careers, and to engage girls in STEM studies at a young age. To commemorate this year’s International Day of Women & Girls in Science, the UN has chosen the theme of “Bringing Everyone Forward,” exactly the right call to action for the times we live in.

A Journey through the Equity Initiative

The Equity Initiative was launched in 2016 with an ambitious, long-term goal: to promote health equity in Southeast Asia, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized people. Achieving that goal requires a network of leaders who have the knowledge, insights, and skills to advance equity principles and practices. Our new publication, Transformative Leadership for Health Equity: A Journey through the Equity Initiative(2016-2022) shares program highlights and impacts from EI’s first six cohorts of Fellows. Click here to read the publication.

Happy Year of the Rabbit

Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit to our CMB friends and colleagues!

As we welcome the lunar new year, we extend our best wishes to all of you in Chinese—yù tù yíng chūn
(玉兔迎春)—which is to say, “The Jade Rabbit welcomes the spring.”  The rabbit symbolizes longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture, which are fitting sentiments for 2023.  We mark the beginning of this new year filled with hope that, as colleagues and friends, we can continue to work toward strengthening the systems that improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world.

China Medical Board Announces the Appointment of Dr. Roger I. Glass as President

The Trustees of China Medical Board announce the appointment of Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD as the next President of China Medical Board. Effective January 15, 2023, Dr. Glass will be President-designate, and he will assume the presidency on April 15, 2023. After this three-month transition period, Dr. Barbara J. Stoll, who has served as CMB President since January 1, 2021, will remain a Senior Advisor to CMB,.

Health Professions Education in Asia: Challenges, Innovations, and Opportunities

CMB convened a “Workshop on Health Professions Education in Asia” with trustees, staff, and invited colleagues from Asia in order to survey recent challenges, innovations, and opportunities in the field of health professions education and to gain insights from recent work of our Asian colleagues. The half-day workshop took place on November 2, 2022, immediately preceding the International Conference on the Future of Health Professions Education, held on the University of Miami campus.

Season's Greetings to Our Colleagues and Friends

On behalf of CMB’s trustees and staff, I extend warm wishes to all our colleagues and friends for this holiday season.  This season of celebration is also a time for reflection and anticipation:  to appreciate the partnerships that enable CMB to make progress toward its mission and, together with our partners throughout the world, to consider new ways in which we can collaborate to make the world a healthier place.


Giving Shape to the Equity Initiative

Launched in 2016 with the support of CMB and the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Equity Initiative is now six cohorts strong, with 127 Fellows from 12 countries. EI Executive Director Le Nhan Phuong and EI Program Director Piya Hanvoravongchai have been engaged in the program since the early discussions of its goals and structure, and their expertise, insights, and life experiences have helped to shape the program. They recently shared some of the milestones in their respective career paths, their understanding of leadership and health equity, and the contributions they have made to EI.