Global Health Task Force
Global Health Task Force
The APA Global Health Task Force was launched in October 2010 to provide a forum for communication and collaboration for diverse pediatric academic societies and groups to advance global child health. It responds to the APA Strategic Plan to 'Intensify the APA's efforts in setting the course for achieving child health equity from a national and global perspective'.
The Global Health Task Force includes members from the Academic Pediatric Association, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the Programme for Global Pediatric Research.
The APA Global Health Task Force provides a forum for communication and collaboration for diverse pediatric academic societies and groups to advance global child health. It responds to the APA Strategic Plan to 'Intensify the APA's efforts in setting the course for achieving child health equity from a national and global perspective'.
The Global Health Task Force includes members from the Academic Pediatric Association, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Programme for Global Pediatric Research. The Task Force's mission, vision and specific goals are:
Mission: Preparing US pediatric faculty to think and act globally
Vision: Pediatric faculty in US Medical Schools who choose to practice globally will be fully competent and their efforts working towards healthier children in all countries will be academically rewarded.
The specific goals of the APA Global Health Task Force are:
- Foster collaboration between pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric professional organizations and societies to maximally synergize and synchronize faculty development in global health with an eye to achieving child health equity.
- Create a presence around global health at PAS meetings by sponsoring plenary sessions, short courses and workshops for faculty interested in global health.
- Develop consensus on faculty competencies needed to provide service, research and teaching in global settings.
- Develop infrastructure for faculty development in global health to encourage academic routes for faculty who wish to incorporate global health into their careers.
For more information, please contact Ruth Etzel, Chair, Global Health Task Force, at
Ruth A. Etzel
Global Health Task Force Chair
Academic Pediatric Association
Global Health Task Force Meeting Minutes
Minutes March 7, 2013
Minutes February 7, 2013
Minutes December 6, 2012
Minutes October 4, 2012
Minutes August 2, 2012
Minutes June 7, 2012
Minutes April 5, 2012
Minutes February 2, 2012
Minutes December 1, 2011
Minutes October 19, 2011
Minutes June 30, 2011
Minutes April 13, 2011
Minutes February 04, 2011
Minutes October 15, 2010
Links to Relevant Global Health Websites
International Congress of Pediatrics meeting (Melbourne, Australia, August 24-27, 2013)
AAP Section on International Child Health
NIEHS Global Environmental Health Newsletter
International Pediatric Association
Programme for Global Paediatric Research
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality
The Millennium Development Goals
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.
- Halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.
- Achieve universal primary education
- Ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.
- Reduce child mortality
- Reduce by two-thirds the under-5 mortality rate by 2015.
- Improve maternal health
- Reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio by 2015
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- By 2015 halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
- By 2015 halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
- Halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
- By 2015 achieve a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.
- Create a global partnership for development with targets for aid, trade and debt relief
- Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable non discriminatory trading and financial system
- Address the special needs both of the least developed countries and of landlocked and small island developing countries.
- Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures in order to make debt sustainable
- In cooperation with developing countries, develop and implement strategies for decent and productive work for youth
- In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
- In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.
Global Health Research Award
The International Health Research Award, sponsored by the APA, is given annually to child health professionals from developing countries. The purpose of the award is to promote research in general pediatrics including primary care, clinical aspects of common child health problems, child health services and pediatric resident education. Preference is given to junior faculty and child health professionals who have not had the opportunity to present their work internationally or meet colleagues in the US. The applicant must be a leader in developing and conducting the unpublished research, be the first author of a formal abstract describing their research methodology and results, and be available to present their research in English at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting. Full financial support is provided for registration, travel to and lodging during the spring PAS meeting. Award applications and abstracts must be received by the November PAS abstract deadline. To obtain an award application or further information, please contact Jennifer Padilla at APA [email@example.com]
This opportunity is too good to miss! If you know someone who is eligible, please encourage them to apply.
For additional information about the Global Health Task Force, please contact:
Global Health Task Force Chair:
Ruth A Etzel, MD, PhD
Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
University of Wisconsin