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EI Annual Forum: A Virtual Gathering of Five Cohorts of Fellows

The Equity Initiative brought together Fellows from all five cohorts for the 2022 Annual Forum,held virtually on January 21-23. A detailed report on the Annual Forum will be posted soon. In the meantime, we invite you to view the opening video of shared memories from past EI gatherings (click here).

Happy New Year 2022!

On behalf of CMB’s trustees and staff, I extend warm wishes for a happy and healthy new year! We embark on this new year with a sense of gratitude for the meaningful work that CMB supports, and for our professional colleagues and friends—all working with the single-minded goal of making the world a healthier place.

Lessons from a Remarkable Tenure as Director of the US National Institutes of Health

Dr. Francis Collins stepped down this month as Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) after 12 years at the helm – the longest-serving NIH Director. The agency, with broad responsibilities for biomedical and public health research, is respected throughout the world. A virtual Farewell Celebration was held in his honor – an interview of Dr. Collins by John Burklow, Acting Chief of Staff, and many expressions of appreciation from leading figures in government, science, medicine, and the arts! The celebration was both moving and educational.

CMB Trustees Meet in Atlanta

On December 2-3, CMB Trustees enjoyed gathering in Atlanta for their first in-person meeting in two years. Pictured here (front row) are Anne Phelan (staff), Wendy O’Neill (chair), Barbara Stoll (president), Suzanne Siskel (trustee), and Kelley Little (staff); (back row) Bill Yun (trustee), Steve Morrison (trustee), Jeff Williams (trustee), Jeff Koplan (trustee), and John Lichten (staff). Trustees Harvey Fineberg and Fred Hu, as well as staff from Bangkok, Beijing, and Cambridge offices, joined the meeting by video. 

World Prematurity Day: A Spotlight on the Challenges of Preterm Births

World Prematurity Day, observed on November 17, is a day to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally. Preterm birth is a leading cause of death in the newborn period. Moreover, for preterm babies who survive, there may be physical and neurodevelopmental disabilities that create significant burdens for the child, for families, and for health systems. Improving health outcomes for the smallest and most fragile among us is a goal that unites people throughout the world, regardless of geographical, political, or societal borders.

Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunity for Myanmar Nationals

CMB is pleased to announce the CMB-Mahidol Postgraduate Scholarship Program for Myanmar Scholars. This scholarship aims to build the capacity of Myanmar nationals who are working towards health equity, particularly those in ethnic minority areas of Myanmar. The applications will be for the 2022 academic year.For information on eligibility and the application process, please click here.

PUMCH Celebrates Its Centenary

Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding on September 16, a significant milestone that was recognized at a ceremony attended by senior government officials, PUMCH leaders, senior faculty members, and distinguished guests. Speakers at the ceremony praised PUMCH’s contributions to the development of modern medicine in China, and leaders of medical institutions in other countries and regions including China Medical Board (CMB) President Barbara J. Stoll shared congratulatory messages that highlighted PUMCH’s role in international collaboration.

CMB Launches Global Health Leadership Development Program

The China Medical Board (CMB) is pleased to announce the launch of the CMB Global Health Leadership Development Program, a new capacity-building program that will train young Chinese health professionals in global health research and practice. The program aims to bring together a network of outstanding low- and middle-income country (LMIC) training sites across different regions that have the infrastructure, leadership, and mentoring experience to provide high-quality global health training to the CMB fellows. Program operating institutions at the Yale School of Medicine and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) – two world-leading institutions in the field of global health – will administer the program for the first term.

Memorandum of Understanding Extends CMB-PUMCH Collaboration

China Medical Board and Peking Union Medical College Hospital signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on June 7/8, extending their collaboration in areas related to academic enhancement including faculty development, support for residency training, and further development of the China Nursing Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals.

Updates from Our Equity Initiative Fellows

Our dynamic Equity Initiative Fellows are campaigning for health equity on many fronts: addressing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities, rebalancing the healthcare workforce to improve access to care, using film and the performing arts to raise social awareness, and so much more. The stories in our April 2021 newsletter will give you a better understanding of the ways in which they are translating the principles of health equity into meaningful action. Click here to read.