Faculty Seed Grant for Research Collaboration with GlobalPDX

The University of Oregon (UO) is keen to encourage collaboration between the university and GlobalPDX members.  One way of facilitating this is through the creation of a grant called the “Faculty Seed Grant for Research Collaboration with GlobalPDX.” Faculty at UO can apply for a grant to work with our members to draft a funding proposal for a collaborative research project.

This Seed Grant is intended to support the grant-writing process for a UO faculty member who develops a collaborative research project with a GlobalPDX partner organization.

Deadline for the UO-GlobalPDX Seed Grant is Friday, August 31 and application is available here.

New tool from Global Health Technologies Coalition allows for state-by-state analysis and quantifies economic and health benefits of US investments in global health Research and Development

The Global Health Technologies Coalition released a new tool this week which quantifies how federal funding to create cures and treatments to combat deadly global diseases is also generating considerable economic benefits for individual states.  The analysis also underscores the danger of ignoring neglected diseases, by enumerating how these diseases, assumed by many to only afflict the world’s poorest, also affect individuals across every state. Additionally, the analysis documents how local universities and research institutions are benefiting from these investments and identifies private-sector companies within each state that are working to advance new innovations to combat long-standing and emerging global health challenges.

To access the tool visit http://www.ghtcoalition.org/in-your-state

From the Global Health Council: Changes Announced at USAID

The following is from the Global Health Council’s April 23 newsletter:

In early April, USAID unveiled a proposed reorganization of the agency designed to support Administrator Mark Green’s mission to end the need for foreign assistance. The plan is the latest step in the “redesign,” now known as “transformation” plan, that had been launched in Spring 2017 by the Office of Management and Budget. The plan outlines several broad goals that include elevating humanitarian assistance; building resilient communities and countries; and focusing on conflict prevention and stabilization. Several new bureaus would be created to oversee these areas of work including a Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, which would house two “Centers of Excellence” focused on nutrition and water, and a Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, which would bring together existing work on technical and program design. Learn how to submit comments on the plan.

Appropriations Update

  • FY 2018 – Update on Rescission: As we reported in the last Advocacy Update, President Trump and a few House Republicans are considering a rescission bill, which would cut appropriated funds from the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending package. In the absence of a line item veto, rescission is a way for President Trump to cut funding to specific accounts.
  • FY 2019 Update: Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), who took over the Senate Appropriations Committee upon Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) retirement on April 1, has stated that he would like to have FY 2019 bills marked up and on the Senate floor by June. USAID Administrator Mark Green is on the Hill this week to testify before the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees on State Foreign Operations and Programs (SFOPs) on the FY2019 budget request for USAID.


Seeking your ideas for speakers and topics for GlobalPDX programming

In an effort to strengthen the programming GlobalPDX offers, we are asking for your help by participating in our newly launched Program Committee.

The committee will be a standing committee and its members will serve as a resource by providing recommendations for program topics and speakers, and where possible, connections we may not have. The committee’s primary focus is on GlobalPDX monthly programming and the annual conference.  We will have an open channel for communication, likely through a tool like Slack, and will only call for a meeting when we have a pressing need.

Members of the committee are not expected to plan programs or events, though help is welcome should that be appealing to you.

This committee is only for GlobalPDX members. To become a part of the Program Committee, please complete the form below.  To become a GlobalPDX member, visit our Become a Member page.

GlobalPDX Program Committee

Student driven global health at University of Oregon

Nestled in the Willamette Valley just two hours south of Portland lies the city of Eugene, Oregon. Known for its amicable residents, eccentric vibe and surplus of outdoor activities, the Emerald City is also home to roughly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend the University of Oregon. Should you visit campus on a sunny day, you can find students lounging on the Knight Library lawn, the steps of the Erb Memorial Student Union, or the benches outside of the historic Deady Hall. If you’re signed up for a tour, you’d learn that our campus is an arboretum with well over 3,000 trees, or that the newly-renovated Chapman Hall is a zero-waste facility.

You’d also learn about the new global health minor: the student-driven, student-initiated program within the International Studies Department, designed for those in gaining focused curricular concentration and experience in global health.

“Students told me right away that they were interested in more than just a concentration in a major,” says Kristin Yarris, in a UO Today interview. “They wanted a minor; they wanted a major in global health.”

Yarris, an assistant professor of the International Studies Department at the University of Oregon, is an expert on transnational migration and the faculty director for the global health minor. Additionally, she is heavily affiliated with the University’s Center for Global Health: a new interdisciplinary center that supports a wide range of scientific, educational, and service-oriented initiatives designed to understand and ameliorate the world’s most challenging health and social problems. Yarris’ support, dedication and tenacity in both the conception and development of the minor are what helped bring this process to completion, where over 40 students now carry the global health minor with the same pride and passion. Yarris notices this, too.

“There is an active student group on this campus called Students for Global Health,” she says, in the same UO Today Interview. “I started working with them about three years ago, and they pushed faculty to respond to their interest.”

The same student group is currently pushing toward yet another large opportunity for the University, taking place this spring, April 20-22nd.

The opportunity comes in the form of the 14th annual Western Regional Global Health Conference (previously the Western Regional International Health Conference). Hosted at the University of Washington and various west coast universities in its previous years, the conference focuses on the continuously shifting climate of global health and its relevance in today’s landscape. The theme of this year? “Change Makers: the Essential Role of Women in Global Health.”

“Women have traditionally been the most widely discriminated-against group globally,” says Grant Klausen, the Students for Global Health Events Director. “We still see those dramatic repercussions today, in both health outcomes and healthcare leadership, which is why this conference will aim to explore sustainable solutions in creating a more egalitarian healthcare landscape.”

“Women really play an integral role in every level and discipline of global health, and for too long the voices of these women have been ignored,” says Andrew Pardi, the Executive Director of Students for Global Health. “It’s important to shift the focus on the invaluable work done by women around the world, from local community health workers in Malawi to genetic researchers in the United States.”

As an ode to the theme, the speaker line-up is heavily female-centric, from keynote Dr. Araceli Alonso from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the University of Oregon’s own Dr. Barbara Mossberg. Other plenary speakers include Dr. Chunhuei Chi from Oregon State University’s Center for Global Health, as well as Dr. David Bangsberg, Dean of Students for the OHSU MPH program.

The conference will take place at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, from April 20-22nd. The registration link can be found at www.wrghc2018.wordpress.com, as well as information regarding the schedule, speaker biographies and contact information.

“We’d like to give a generous thank you to our sponsors–the University of Washington, the Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon State University, the Rosie Center of Eugene, the University of Oregon’s Women’s Center, Holt International, Mobility International USA, GlobalPDX, and the University of Oregon’s Center for Global Health,” says Andrew Pardi. “Our goal for this conference is to get people to realize that global health is linked to all our lives, and regardless of how insurmountable a problem may seem, everyone can make a difference by thinking globally and acting locally.”

Written by Zoe Cameron