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Annual Report


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

Michael Townsend Cooper , MD
1200 Children's Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

SIG purpose/mission:

            The APA Global Health SIG promotes health equity by supporting Global Health research, professional development, collaborative education, and thoughtful advocacy that advances child health in international populations overseas and inside the United States.

Annual summary:

            This year the Global Health Special Interest Group focused in several areas.  Our Pediatric Academic Society meeting program focusing on the critical issue of international Adolescent Health was well attended and prompted fruitful discussion. Our Global Health award was presented to Dr. Zainab Imam for her impressive work in the fight against kernicterus in Nigeria.  This award has continued to bring outstanding international partners to PAS yearly to enrich and broaden our perspective on international child health. 

The schedule for our annual program is listed below and a flyer is attached separately.

Annual Program for APA Global Health Special Interest Group
"Global Strategy for Adolescent Health: Transforming Adolescent Health Priorities into Action"

SATURDAY, April 30 2016 , 8:30 – 11:30 am

Pediatric Academic Society Conference, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center - 349



8:30 am

Welcome  - Announcements (I-catch – Donna? / Business Meeting)  (Suzinne)

8:40 am  

Announcement of the Global Health Research Award (Yvonne)

8:45 am        

2016 GH Research Awardee : Zainab Imam MD
Winning Abstract: "Empowering Mothers to Prevent Kernicterus in Nigeria” to be presented at PAS GH symposium – //  Sunday 12:00 - Room 318-320

8:50 am        

Introduction (Suzinne)
Robert W Blum MD MPH PhD  presentation

  • William H. Gates Sr. Prof and Chair, Dept of Population, Family & Reproductive Health, J  Hopkins Bloomberg SPH

"Global Adolescent Reproductive Health – significance, gaps and initiatives to reduce Teen Pregnancy”


Key Note Speaker - Introduction (Suzinne)
Judith Diers presentation

  • Chief, Adolescent Development and Participation Section, UNICEF

"Global Focus on Adolescent Health - UNICEF"s approach and initiatives in Improving Adolescent Health”.



Global HEALTH QUERY: "What are the components of successful partnerships to improve adolescent health for pediatricians and academic institutions?>
Introduction (Yvonne): both Betsy & Sabrina


Betsy Pfeffer  MD presentation   
-    Associate professor, Columbia University 
-    Founding member: Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda
 "Supporting Uganda in establishing an adolescent medicine program”


Sabrina Kitaka MD presentation   
- Senior Lecturer, Dept Paediatrics /Child Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences.
- Co-director, adolescent program, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic(PIDC) Mulago UGANDA
- Founding members; Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda
 "Lessons Learned: Founding the Adolescent medicine program in Uganda”


Q/A (Kitaka, Pfeffer, Diers) – Panel Discussions  (Moderator: Yvonne / Suzinne)


Closing (Suzinne)   EVALUATION

We anticipate an equally productive SIG program for the 2017 meeting.

Other groups that work in your area of interest:

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

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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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