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Suzinne Pak-Gorstein, MD, PhD, MPH
6016 First Ave, NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206) 679-2460

M. Townsend Cooper, Jr. MD
1200 Children’s Ave, Suite 12400
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 271-4407

SIG purpose/mission:

The GH SIG promotes health equity and supports professional development from a global perspective by raising awareness among US pediatricians on key global health priorities and effective international health partnership approaches.

Current SIG goals

  1. Support of international professional development and clinical research
      a.    Offer the annual Global Health Research Award which provides a talented junior researcher from a developing country the opportunity to present their work at the PAS conference while also networking with international researchers and mentors.
  2. Raise awareness among US pediatricians on key global health priorities
      a.   implement the Global Health SIG program at the annual PAS conferences to a wide audience of pediatricians on priority global health topics through international speakers, panel discussions, and research presentations.
  3. Sustain a forum for pediatricians interested and involved in global health
      a.   Global Health SIG program at the annual PAS conferences
      b.   Global Health SIG listserve


Annual summary:

The APA Global Health SIG continued to advance the cause of Global Child Health this year, collaborating with national leaders to provide an innovative program at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting with over 70 attendees. Our focus this year was early child hood development and our program “From Survive to Thrive: Promotion of Early Childhood Development in Poverty Settings” featured speakers from Stanford, Yale, and U.C. Berkley speaking on a diverse array of factors affecting early childhood development. Additionally, we were proud to award the annual APA Global Health Award to Dr. Boris Martinez for his work on a novel intervention to improve neurodevelopment of indigenous children in Guatemala. We also continue to be active advocating for a continued strong Global Health presence at the annual PAS meeting to ensure continued excellent Global Health content for our APA members.

Other groups that work in your area of interest:

AAP SOICH (American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health)

APPD PEG (Association of Pediatric Program Directors Pediatric Education Group)

CCGCH (Consortium of Centers for Global Child Health)

PAS 2015 Meeting Presentation - San Diego
Slides available upon request
"Children in Danger: Unaccompanied Children Migrating to the US.What are the Migration, Medical and Legal Obstacles and Resources to Support Unaccompanied Children?"

"Children's Lives on the Border"
Marsha Griffin, MD
Director, Community for Child, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
Chief of Pediatrics, Brownsville Community Health Center, Texas

"Responding to Humanitarian Emergencies at the Border - Global to Local Child Health"
Alfonso Rodriquez-Lainz, DVM, PhD
Migrant Health Specialist, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, San Diego

"Legal Realities in Supporting Unaccompanied Minors"
Elizabeth Camarena, Esq
Associate Director, Casa Cornelia Law Center (CCLC), San Diego, CA
Supervisor, Asylum program, Children's Program, Human Trafficking Program

2015 Global Health Service Partnership Applications

The Seed Global Health, the U.S. Peace Corps, and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), have launched the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) to strengthen health care workforce capacity in resource-limited countries so that better health care is available worldwide. The Partnership collaborates with local teaching institutions educating future nurses and physicians and collaborating with fellow faculty.

Clinical faculty is severely lacking in many medical and nursing schools in sub-Saharan Africa. It is crucial to help fill this critical gap and GHSP is actively recruiting physicians and nurses to serve as faculty at schools in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. Seed Global Health has seen great need for pediatrician educators and we are focused on increasing pediatrician recruitment for July 2015 deployment.

To find out more about the GHSP educator positions, click here.

Click here to apply today!

2014 ICATCH Call for Proposal

ICATCH (International Community Access to Child Health) is a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on International Child Health (SOICH). Since its first four projects were funded in 2006, ICATCH has become one of the most exciting and successful SOICH initiatives. To date, 47 projects in 29 countries around the world have been launched thanks to the mentorship, technical guidance and financial support from the AAP, SOICH and multiple donors.

2014 Call for Proposal, deadlines and downloadable Application Form are available at the ICATCH website

PAS 2014 Meeting Presentation - Vancouver CA
Successful Approaches and Partnerships to Address Chronic Conditions and Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries"
Slides available upon request

"Addressing Chronic Conditions and Non-Communicable Diseases
Isaac Odame, MB ChB, MRCP(UK), FRCPath
Medical Director, Global Sickle Cell Disease Network (GSCDN), PGPR
Co-Director, Haemoglobinopathy Program, Hospital for Sick Children, University Toronto

"What are Priority Challenges and Key Ingredients to Successful International Collaborations addressing Chronic Diseases? Voices from Pediatric Leadership"

"Addressing developmental disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Robert Armstrong, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Kenya
Dean of Medicine, Chief Academic Officer, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya
Past President, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine

"Diabetes and other Endocrine Diseases: Challenges and Sustainable partnerships"
Antoinette Moran, MD - U Minn/Uganda partnership
Professor, Division Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Univ Minnesota

October 2015 Newsletter Article

The 2016 Global Health Research Award

The APA Global Health Award has been announced with a deadline of November 10, 2015. If you know of colleagues who are eligible to apply please forward this newsletter.

This is a unique opportunity for junior faculty. The purpose of the Global Health Research Award is to foster clinical research by junior investigators from developing countries in the areas of primary care pediatrics, common child health problems, child health services, or pediatric education. Sponsored by the Academic Pediatric Association, the Global Health Research Award offers the awardee all-expenses paid, including travel, registration fee, and lodging, to the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting on April 30 - May 3, 2016 in Baltimore to present their research. Preference is given to promising investigators at the beginning of their research careers in their home country who have not had a chance to travel and present internationally.

The completed application form, abstract, and CV should be returned to Marina Seyon at by November 10, 2015.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Michael Cooper, MD
1200 Children's Ave. Suite 12400
Oklahoma City, OK 12400
Phone: (405) 271-4407

Suzinne Pak-Gorstein, MD, PhD, MPH
6016 First Ave, NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206) 679-2460

APA GH SIG Steering Committee:

Yvonne Vaucher MD – Director of the APA Global Health Research Award administered through the GH SIG
Timothy Ryan Smith MD – Director of GH SIG communications
Mirzada Kurbasic MD
Cindy Howard MD
Donna Staton MD
Maneesh Batra MD




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