Global Health Diplomacy
Global Health Diplomacy focuses on emerging understanding of the critical intersection between global health and foreign and political relations. It 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. Partnering with Seed Global Health, the program is an international health service corps through which health care professionals post-training invest in medical-service and capacity-building partnerships abroad. 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 as well as here at home in the US.
Threatened Health Systems Initiative
Weak health systems, most often found in fragile or crisis and conflict affected states, pose serious threats to global security and undermine socioeconomic stability. Despite data indicating significant benefit, many international interventions to crisis or conflict do not prioritize protection and recovery of health systems. To help address this need, led by Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux, the GPPSC program has launched a cross-sector, multidisciplinary initiative to spearhead and organize the available and required resources to provide guidance on crisis response and long-term health system protection and function. The Threatened Health Systems Initiative seeks to serve as a convening platform to undertake three interrelated lines of work: research, multi-sectoral leadership training, and policy translation. Taken together, these three work lines comprise a powerful feedback loop between praxis and policy formulation that would be unique but impactful in the field.
Global Health Security
The Initiative on Global Health Security focuses on the critical and increasingly recognized nexus of health with national and global security. Covering myriad current concerns, the initiative highlights the impact better health can have on improved governance, increased state stability and other socio-economic and political downstream effects. Topics of interest include pandemic preparedness, the effects of climate change on health, and the rising burden of non-communicable diseases worldwide, for example. Led by Dr. Vin Gupta, the initiative keys in on empirical research and advocacy through collaboration with partner organizations, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Development Program, and academic institutions. Recent work has been published in Lancet Global Health, Global Public Health, and the Journal of Global Health.
International Health Training
Currently, the increasing numbers of formal global health training programs are reliant on discretionary funds and/or private philanthropy. The Program continues to support initiatives to create designated federal funding to train and support US 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.
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.