Building Capacity, Fostering Trust

At the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, capacity building is key to each aspect of our work.

Whether we are fostering knowledge in the next generation of global health leaders, developing skills of the global health workforce, or strengthening the infrastructure to support global health research, we aim to improve local capacity to meet current and emerging health needs.

Through two recent projects highlighted below, we invite you to see how we work with partners to build capacity to ensure the health of local communities in the long term.

Our global health work is supported by donors like you. In 2021, please consider giving to CGHSR to support our capacity building programs and partnerships.

Early successes of the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants

While COVID-19 is a public health threat to the entire US population, growing evidence shows that it disproportionately affects some people, including refugees, immigrants, and migrants. In response, the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) was created in 2020.

Looking back at the first six months of the project, NRC-RIM has made a significant positive impact with its resources and materials. Hundreds of professionals and practitioners have been reached in online training, webinars, in-depth interviews, and information campaigns.

See how NRC-RIM has made an impact on communities.

Partnership with MSSI Continues with Online Training on Obstetric Fistula

For over a year, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility has partnered with the Medical and Surgical Skills Institute (MSSI) in Ghana to facilitate global capacity building activities. In March, MSSI and CGHSR partnered again to co-host a two-day long virtual panel discussion and training on obstetric fistula.

Read more about the partnership.

Global Health in Local Contexts 


Applications will open this week for the fall 2021 course Global Health in Local Contexts. The program has filled up quickly in past years, so mark your calendar. This program has both academic credit and non-credit registration options.

Global Health in Local Contexts: A Transnational Experiential Course on the Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Leading Change immerses students in the study of health equity, the social determinants of health, and community-based healthcare. New in 2021, students will engage in co-learning with peers in Uganda and Haiti enrolled in parallel courses. Learn more.

For a look inside the course: 

Global Health Seed Grants

Advance your research with a Global Health Seed Grant. The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is requesting proposals for annual awards up to $25,000 to catalyze innovative global health research projects. 

Full proposals are due May 21. Find the full RFP and submission forms on our website ►


India's COVID Crisis: An Equity and Justice View

Last week, we co-hosted leading academics with expertise in global health, epidemiology, policy, and supply chain management in the Indian context to discuss India’s unfolding COVID-19 crisis. They centered the critical need for an equity- and justice-driven approach to tackle the rising COVID-19 crisis, and discussed various strategies to improve the situation.

Unable to attend last week's session? The recording is now available on our website.


Congratulations to Michael Westerhaus, course instructor of Global Health in Local Contexts, on being named a recipient of the 2021 Bush Fellowship.

Erin Mann, MPH, global collaborations coordinator for CGHSR, was quoted in a New York Times article: Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds.

Join the G4 Alliance for their 9th Meeting of the Permanent Council on Saturday, May 22 at 8am CDT; they are hosting an event titled Telling the Story: Advocacy for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care.
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