Global Health SIG

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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 2018 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. This year, we partnered with the Consortium of Centers for Global Child Health to present sessions focused on migrating populations. The title of our SIG program was “Practical Strategies Addressing Psychological and Emotional Health of Refugee and Migrant Pediatric Populations”, which featured two children who had recently travelled through the refugee system to reside in Canada along with the director of a local refugee advocacy center in Toronto. We also featured two mental health experts to discuss the mental health issues in migrating populations and practical strategies for addressing these in pediatric practices.  Additionally, we were proud to award the annual APA Global Health Award to Dr. Febronie Mushimiyimana for her work on a care transitions for adolescents with HIV in Rwanda. 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 (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) 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) and CCGCH (Consortium of Centers for Global Child Health)

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

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