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The Equity Initiative’s 2nd Annual Forum Launches Equity Projects and Strengthens Community Building

CMB's 2017 Equity Fellows celebrated the conclusion of the first phase of their fellowship experience at the 2nd Annual Forum, held February 3-5 in Hua Hin, Thailand. The Fellows spent time finalizing plans for their second-year projects to advance health equity in the region and joined representatives of the 2016 cohort and incoming 2018 cohort for several days of interaction and bonding.

CMB Trustee Harvey Fineberg Addresses PMAC on the Threats of Infectious Diseases

The 2018 Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC), held January 29 – February 3 in Bangkok, addressed the theme of “Making the World Safe from the Threats of Infectious Diseases.” PMAC is an annual international forum for sharing evidence for health-related policies and strengthening commitment to global health.

Four CMB Trustees Visit Bangkok and Beijing Offices

Since becoming a direct operating foundation, CMB has established residential offices in Beijing and Bangkok. New staff and new programs including Equity Fellows in Southeast Asia have been launched. A January-February Asian trip for Trustees Harvey Fineberg, Jane Henney, Jeff Koplan, and Jeff Williams enabled them to gain a better understanding of the nature of CMB’s China and Southeast Asia programming.

Strategy for Building Equity Communities in Laos

During a January trip to Laos, CMB President Lincoln Chen explored the context in which young Laotian leaders for health equity will emerge, the current status of health equity in the country, and future opportunities to pursue pro-equity options.


Project Accelerator Workshop Prepares Fellows to Develop and Implement Equity Projects

During the Project Accelerator workshop, held October 31-November 5 in Luang Prabang, Laos, the 2017 Fellows finalized proposals for the group projects they will carry out after their first fellowship year concludes in February 2018, on topics such as a pilot for community-led impact monitoring, research-based advocacy on the needs of Myanmar migrant workers, the role of community health workers, among other themes.

Rhodes Global Health Forum Focuses on Health Inequity

The Rhodes Global Health Forum, held November 4-5 at Rhodes House at Oxford University, addressed the theme of “Forward Together, Approaching Global Inequities in Health.” Forum participants included 120 health specialists, current and former Rhodes Scholars, and a small group of Atlantic Fellows, a new program endowed by The Atlantic Philanthropies with its secretariat at Rhodes House. 

PKUHSC Forum Highlights Global Health Collaboration

Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) joined by CMB convened a global health forum on “Sharing Experiences and Collaborating for Global Health” on October 23-24, 2017, attended by 130 Chinese policymakers and health professionals and international scholars.

PUMC Celebrates Its Centennial

Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) celebrated the centennial of its founding with a week of special programs in September. Three CMB trustees joined by eight Rockefeller family members, CMB President Lincoln Chen, and Beijing office staff attended various centennial events.

CMB Presents Work on Graduate Medical Education at High-Level Symposium

CMB was invited to present its work on graduate medical education in China at the China-U.S. Health Cooperation Symposium, held in Washington, DC on September 27. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and China’s National Health and Family Planning Services Commission (NHFPC) were the co-organizers of the program.

Equity Initiative’s Asia Trek Focuses on the Philippines

The second cohort of Equity Initiative Fellows embarked on the Asia Trek component of their fellowship program, which was held August 13-20 in Manila, Philippines. Fellows met with key health actors and policymakers over the course of this one-week experiential immersion, helping them to examine global health equity issues through a regional lens, with the goal of sparking dialogue, critical thinking, and problem analysis.