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Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway News Update for January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

Greetings, all –
You may have already seen Amanda Gorman deliver her inauguration poem last week, but the social commentary and sense of hope expressed in "The Hill We Climb" is worth hearing and watching again - click here to see the full video:

New and Notable

  • Read the attached important perspective piece from the NEJM which speaks to the role of physicians in addressing bias against incarcerated individuals, improving the quality of their care, and addressing the phenomenon of "social death" entitled - “Incarceration and Social Death - Restoring Humanity in the Clinical Encounter."
  • Take a look at the attached news item from The Lancet which details informed consent concerns regarding COVID vaccine trials in India - "India begins COVID-19 vaccination amid trial allegations" and a related perspective piece from the NEJM which underscores the history of these types of concerns in the U.S. - "Beyond Tuskegee - Vaccine Distrust and Everyday Racism."
  • 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.)

Upcoming Local Events: January

  • 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 @ 5:30-7pm: The Greater New Haven NAACP and Yale New Haven Health will be co-sponsoring a virtual town hall entitled, "COVID Vaccine: Facts vs Fiction." This expert panel will be hosted by Keith Churchwell, MD, President, Yale New Haven Hospital, and Dori Dumas, President, Greater New Haven NAACP, and the goal is to address the community’s concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and stress the importance of improving the health of the New Haven community. To join, please visit: (Passcode: 133457)
  • Tuesday, January 26th @ 7-8:30pm: GHEDP Global Health Advocacy Writing Workshop - Part 1.
  • Wednesday, January 27th @ 7:15-8:30pm: Yale University presents, "The Work Ahead, The Work Within: Reflecting on King's Dream," the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This inaugural intercollegiate event will feature Patrisse Cullors (Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter & Best-Selling Author of When They Call You a Terrorist) and Yamiche Alcindor (White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour & NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor). For more information and to register, please visit:
  • Wednesday, January 27th @ 8:00pm: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith (Chair, U.S. COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force) will be delivering a town hall address on CNN to provide updates on the country's coronavirus response and discuss how the Health Equity Task Force is working to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, testing, and resources.
  • Friday, January 29th @ 1-2pm: Physicians for Human Rights presents, "COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Ethics and Human Rights Considerations." For more information and to register, please visit:,DAPN,1IF7EV,1DZ80,1

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

Wishing you a safe and healthy week!



Submitted by Laura Crawford on January 25, 2021