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Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway News Update for January 18, 2021

January 19, 2021

Greetings, all –

In honor of the memory and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for whom this day is set aside, I invite you to take three minutes to watch this video Op-Ed by his son, Martin Luther King III, and reflect on the role of the medical community in the fight against poverty: (This year, AmeriCorps is collaborating on their annual MLK National Day of Service with the Presidential Inaugural Committee - the events on this link are focused on today, but represent organizations and opportunities that welcome assistance 365 days of the year: )

For a schedule of Presidential Inauguration Week events, please visit: (Includes information about the Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30pm:

Also, if you have not already done so, please reach out to me to set up your annual GHEDP mentorship meeting to make sure that you are on track with your requirements.

New and Notable

  • Take a look at the attached thoughtful NEJM perspective, entitled - “Doctor as Street-Level Bureaucrat.”
  • The Early Registration Deadline for the CUGH Annual Meeting has been extended to January 31st: (Since Yale University is a member, the cost for residents is $170 prior to this deadline, and $210 after the deadline.)
  • For insights into the imminent future for U.S. public health, read the attached Lancet profile of Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “New Leadership at the U.S. CDC.”
  • Save the Dates for our upcoming two-part Global Health Advocacy Writing workshop series - please RSVP to by Friday, January 22nd so we can make arrangements for dinner delivery!:
    • Part 1 - Tuesday, January 26th (7-8:30pm): guidance on selecting an issue + brainstorming + critical appraisal of published op-ed examples
    • Part 2 - Tuesday, February 23rd (7-8:30pm): sharing drafts + feedback

Upcoming Local Events: January

  • Tuesday, January 19th @ 12-2pm: Emory Global Health Institute presents, “The Role of Religion and Culture in Shaping Global Health.”This panel discussion/breakout session is the second session in their 5-part series on Decolonizing Global Health. For more information and to register, visit:
  • Tuesday, January 19th @ 1pm: Yale School of Medicine presents, “YSM Dean’s Workshop: Vaccine Initiatives at Yale.” This event will introduce the new vaccine initiatives network, which brings together researchers and other partners spanning biological, clinical, and public health sciences who are committed to improving population health through vaccination. It includes a keynote address from our former colleague Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration, who is overseeing the FDA review process for coronavirus vaccine candidates. For more information and the Zoom link, visit:
  • Wednesday, January 20th @ 5-6pm: SGIM presents, “Caring for Patients Experiencing Homelessness during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed new challenges in caring for an already vulnerable population -- persons who experience homelessness. How can we prevent infection and treat patients who do not have homes in which to quarantine? This webinar will invite national expert-clinicians discuss their experiences, barriers, and innovations in serving homeless patients in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver. For more information and to register, visit:
  • Friday, January 22nd @ 1-2pm: Physicians for Human Rights presents, “COVID-19 in Detention: Conditions, Ethics and Solutions,” a discussion on the realities of COVID-19 in detention and solutions needed to ensure the health and human rights of people in detention. For more information about the webinar and to register, please visit:,D872,1IF7EV,1DPLK,1
  • Tuesday, January 26th @ 12-1pm: Bridgeport Hospital Global Health Initiative presents, “Diabetes Prevention in the Caribbean: the Role of Implementation Science,” featuring Saria Hassan, MD. Dr. Hassan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Emory School of Medicine. She is an implementation scientist with an interest in addressing the needs of individuals with chronic disease in humanitarian settings. To join, please click: (Meeting ID: 990 6581 3155; Passcode: 908652)
  • Tuesday, January 26th @ 7-8:30pm: GHEDP Global Health Advocacy Writing Workshop - Part 1. Please RSVP to attend.

Save the Date

  • March 12-14, 2021 - Consortium of Universities for Global Health 12th Annual Meeting - Addressing Critical Gaps in Global Health and Development. For more information, visit:
  • April 8-11, 2021 - Unite for Sight 18th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference. For more information, visit:

Additional Information

  • Missed a great webinar? Take a look at the Physicians for Human Rights online archive of COVID-19-related webinars, and also check out the Partners in Health COVID-19 Webinar series archive
  • Join the Good Society Forum: Launched in April 2020 by Emma Sky (Director, Yale World Fellows) and Nizam Uddin (Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration, The Prince’s Trust, and 2019 Yale World Fellow), the twice-weekly GSF Webinars digitally connect change-makers around the world, engage them on ideas about a specific challenge of the day, and inspire action to build the good society. To subscribe to the GSF mailing list, visit -
  • Yale Institute for Global Health website: - subscribe to their newsletter and follow YIGH on Twitter and Facebook



Submitted by Laura Crawford on January 19, 2021