Global Health Diplomacy

This project reflects the emerging understanding of the critical intersection between global health and foreign and political relations. It thus seeks to better understand the impacts of political decisions and by-products of political decisions on health, and inversely, the power of health to promote development. It explores, for example, the effects of conflict, trade, foreign aid, population health, migration, and the absence of borders for epidemics.

International Health Service Corps

This initiative aims to harness the rising interest in global health among medical professionals to help create the equivalent of a Marshall Plan for health. We envision this program as an International Health Service Corps, through which health care workers post-training would invest in medical-service and capacity-building partnerships overseas in exchange for training scholarships and student loan forgiveness. The program trains and funds both local providers and US health care professionals to work, teach, learn, and enhance the health care workforce and infrastructure in low-income countries.

Federal Funding for International Health Training

Currently, the increasing numbers of formal global health training programs are reliant on discretionary funds and/or private philanthropy. The Program is working to create designated federal funding to train and support residents and fellows in global health delivery; this training is needed to help address current human resource challenges at the leadership level in partner countries, as well as to train highly skilled medical professionals, from the United States and abroad, capable of responding to the full range of urgent global health challenges.

Intergovernmental Partnerships for Health

Foreign aid has traditionally been provided in patriarchal models or with constrictions that limit its effectiveness. Equally, development projects have often been isolated from similar efforts in recipient countries. Understanding and promoting new models for aid delivery, capacity building, and development that enhance national sovereignty and growth are essential.

Environmental Rights for Individual and Population Health

In partnership with key faculty and researchers in environmental health, this project focuses on research and advocacy for the critical environmental issues that directly impact human health, cross borders, and both affect and are affected by politics. Such issues include agriculture, food security, water rights, new and emerging vector-borne diseases, and pollution, among others.

Academic Medical Centers as Leaders in Global Health Policy and Advocacy

Defined by its research, evidenced-based decision process, and excellence in health care delivery, academic medicine is well-situated to develop strong, innovative partnerships with nongovernmental organizations and governments for capacity building and educational efforts in partner sites abroad. These strengths and traditions of academic medicine can help reshape the growing, inefficient, and costly reliance of governments and ministries on outsourcing to private contractors for building capacity and health care delivery.