A Year of Virtual Connections

Roughly a year ago with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the globe, our lives dramatically changed. As we retreated to the safety of our homes and mourned the loss of our opportunities to gather and share experiences with one another, we also found new ways to connect. Over the past 12 months, we have found opportunities to continue the incredible work of our students, staff, fellows, faculty, researchers and global collaborators in a virtual space.

As a result, our initial goal for Global Health Day, to gather the broader UMN community to highlight and celebrate global health activities here at the U and beyond, was met through webinars, virtual presentations and competitions along with online engagement series. 

So this year, rather than gathering for a single Global Health Day, we invite you throughout the week of April 12 to join events planned by our Global Health Student Advisory Board for Global Health Week. We also encourage you to revisit our other global health activities from 2020, including –

Thank you for your resiliency over the past year, and for being part of our global community.

– Shailey

Dr. Shailey Prasad is the Executive Director of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility and a Professor & Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Minnesota.

Interdisciplinary Teamwork Can Solve the World’s Grand Health Challenges

Our Global Health Case Competition has drawn students from multiple schools and disciplines at the University over the last 8 years, but the 2021 competition was unlike any other. With a worldwide pandemic happening in real time, there has never been a more critical need for bringing together diverse expertise to solve grand health challenges.

Read more about this year's Case Competition.

Global Health Week 2021

APRIL 12–16, 2021

The Global Health Student Advisory Board will be hosting Global Health Week 2021 – "From Global to Local Health: Using a One Health Lens."

  • Monday 4/12, 12:10-1pm: Vaccine Hesitancy 
  • Tuesday 4/13, 6-7pm: Climate Change One Health Challenges 
  • Thursday 4/15, 6-7pm: Global is Local: Migrant & Refugee Health
  • Friday 4/16, 12:10-1pm: Preventing the Next Pandemic Through a One Health Lens
Join the virtual events each day at using the passcode GHW2021

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. We prioritize projects that advance new research opportunities, particularly those based in Africa, Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. 

Letters of intent are due April 30; Full proposals are due May 21. Find the full RFP and submission forms on our website ►


IWD 2021 Webinar Series: Gender, COVID-19, and Human Rights

Earlier this month we co-hosted a 3-part webinar series for International Women’s Day: Gender, COVID-19, and Human Rights. Sessions included: 
  • The Global State of Reproductive Health: Examining the Intersection of Health Equity, Politics, and COVID-19
  • Stopping Femicide: COVID-19 Brings Renewed Global Urgency
  • Obstetric Fistula: A Window into Disparities in Women's Health and A Call for Reimagining Global Health Engagements
Unable to attend a session in the series? All three webinar recordings are now available on our website.


Our Faculty Mentor Award program encourages faculty to include students in global health research activities by providing up to $5,000 to cover costs associated with training one or more students. Stay tuned — application instructions for 2021 will be available on the CGHSR website in early April. 

Save the date for the fall 2021 course Global Health in a Local Context: An Experiential Course on the Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Leading Change. Interested students and participants can fill out this form to receive email updates on registration and applications.

The Center for Women in Medicine & Science 2021 Spring Annual Workshop will be hosted Thursday, May 13. Find out more and register.


The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants, housed within CGHSR, has a growing set of vaccine resources which are free to use and distribute, including two campaigns that support vaccine confidence: Get the Facts and Get Vaccinated

Rahel Nardos, MD, Director of Global Women's Health in CGHSR, was featured by the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs in Dr. Jakub Tolar's video message on advancing global women's health.

Submit your photo to the SPH Global Health Work Group's Photo Contest #ZeroHungerGHWG. Contest entries will be accepted from March 1 to April 11. Find out more and submit photos online.

Our winning U of M Global Health Case Competition Team has taken 8th place in the final Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition. This worldwide competition involved 52 teams from 13 different countries. Congratulations, team!
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