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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.

PMAC 2022: The World We Want

The 2022 Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) was held virtually again this year (January 26-29), with speakers and participants from across the world. CMB has been a sponsor of PMAC for many years, linking this well-respected international meeting to our Equity Initiative Annual Forum. The theme of this year’s conference was “The World We Want: Actions Towards a Sustainable, Fairer and Healthier Society.”

“Our Founding Story”: Building a Global Community of Leaders for Equity

The Equity Initiative is one of seven values-based, outcome-oriented fellowship programs that were launched with the support of the “big bet” final grants of the Atlantic Philanthropies. “Our Founding Story” shares the inspiring story of business leader and philanthropist Chuck Feeney; Atlantic’s history of support for expanding opportunities, especially for the disadvantaged; and the motivation for the foundation’s final investment in a suite of fellowship programs, each dedicated to promoting systemic change for fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies.

2022 Annual Forum: Improving Resilience for Health Equity

The Equity Initiative’s 2022 Annual Forum, held virtually January 21-23, was a great success. With participation of Fellows from five cohorts and the thought-provoking presentations of invited speakers, the meeting reaffirmed the importance of our Fellows’ health equity work. The Annual Forum’s theme of "Improving Reslience for Health Equity" was the thread that connected presentations on the purpose and power of philanthropy, responding to health emergencies and humanitarian crises, and examples of health equity in action.

Best Wishes for a Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year to our CMB friends and colleagues!
As we welcome the lunar new year, I extend my best wishes to all of you in Chinese— hǔ hǔ shēng wēi (虎虎生威) – wishing you the strength, vitality, and independence of the tiger. These qualities will stand us in good stead as we navigate these challenging times and work together for a healthier world.


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.