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 Global Health Research Award

Purpose: To promote clinical research in the areas of primary care pediatrics, common child health problems, child health services, and pediatric education in developing countries. The winner will be invited to present their research at the 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland (April 27-30, 2019). Financial support will be provided which will cover travel to and from meeting and lodging during the PAS meeting.

Eligibility Criteria: Any child health professional who is a foreign national currently living outside of the U.S. or Canada is eligible. Preference will be given to junior child health professionals from and working in developing countries that might otherwise not have the opportunity to present their work at international meetings or to visit colleagues in the U.S. The submitter must be the first author and the leader in conducting the research. The abstract must be in English and represent previously unpublished work. To receive the award the winner must attend the meeting and present their research including a slide presentation in the English language.

Nomination Process: Abstracts must follow the format outlined below. The body of the abstract (excluding title and authors and funding source ) must be no greater than 375 words in length: * Title: Abstracts must be titled and include all authors * Background: Concisely explain the importance of the health problem addressed by your research * Objective(s): Briefly describe the main objective(s) of your research. * Methods: Describe how you conducted your study including the type of study design, population included, specific methods and statistical tests used. * Results: Describe the results of your study and the statistically significant differences found. * Conclusions: State the most important conclusion(s) of your study, the relevance to the understanding of the health problem you are addressing and the potential impact on global child health. Please indicate your project funding source(s) at the end of your abstract. The methods and results sections are very important in evaluating your work; please be as complete as possible. Please submit only an abstract; accompanying papers will result in disqualification for this award.

You must complete the information page, and upload a PDF of your abstract, and a separate PDF containing your CV. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission. If you have any questions please email

Please submit here

All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on January 2, 2019.

Faculty Competencies for Global Health

Research Competencies
Education Competencies
Administration Competencies
Clinical Competencies

Global Health Task Force Meeting Minutes

Minutes April 3, 2014
Minutes February 6, 2014
Minutes December 5, 2013
Minutes October 3, 2013
Minutes September 5, 2013
Minutes August 1, 2013
Minutes July 11, 2013
Minutes June 6, 2013
Minutes April 4, 2013
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


Global Health Task Force activities at the International Congress of Pediatrics, 2013
Global Health Task Force Members
The Millennium Development Goals
Organogram Peds GH groups
Global Health Task Force Session PAS 2012

Links to Relevant Global Health Websites

Global Health Service Partnership
International Congress of Pediatrics meeting (Melbourne, Australia, August 24-27, 2013)
AAP Global
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.


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

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 Christen Brown at APA []

This opportunity is too good to miss! If you know someone who is eligible, please encourage them to apply.

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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
Milwaukee, Wisconsin




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