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School of Public Health News May 06, 2024

Tayyaba Khan, Program Manager at the Sparkman Center for Global Health, exhibiting UAB’s global health programs and opportunities. Dr. Alonge presents on a panel about strengthening universities' contributions to global health.

Four School of Public Health faculty leading within the Consortium of Universities for Global Health

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health, or CUGH, held its 15th annual conference March 7-10 in Los Angeles, CA. At the conference, eleven UAB faculty, staff and students in attendance contributed to five separate poster sessions, panels and exhibitions. Nearly all eleven attendees, including the four appointed to leadership positions, are associated with the Sparkman Center for Global Health.

Anna Helova, DrPH, is co-chair of the Global Health Operations Committee, Meredith Gartin, Ph.D. is co-chair of the Subcommittee on Master’s and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health, and Bhekumusa Lukhele, Ph.D. is serving on the Capacity Building Sub-Committee and the Educational Products Sub Committee. Newly announced in March 2024, is the appointment of Olakunle Alonge, Ph.D. to the CUGH’s Board of Directors.

“The Sparkman Center has remained a leader in the field of global health at both a local and international level for 45 years, and I believe these appointments are a testament to that leadership,” said Olakunle Alonge, Ph.D., Director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health. Alonge joined the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health as director in August 2023, and as a board member, will help set and execute the CUGH’s strategic goals. The Sparkman Center has been a member of the CUGH since its inception in 1979. Alonge joined the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health as director in August 2023. Learn more about Dr. Alonge and his vision: At Sparkman Center for Global Health, Alonge is focusing on “what works and why”.

(From left to right) Dr. Anna Helova (first from left) and Dr. Bhekumusa Lukhele (fourth from left) presenting on the "Breaking down Barriers: Navigating Technology Access Disparities and Ethical Imperatives for Equitable and Sustainable Global Health Operations" panel along with other colleagues.Dr. Helova and Dr. Lukhele present on a panel about navigating technology access for equitable global health operations.The CUGH is made up of more than 190 academic institutions and other organizations from across the world who work together to address global health challenges. UAB, spearheaded by the Sparkman Center, will be an official host for CUGH 2025 in Atlanta, GA.

The Sparkman Center for Global Health directs its teaching, mentoring and research toward understanding the root causes of health disparities and creating sustainable quality of life improvements that reach across political, social and geographic boundaries. To learn more or get involved, contact sparkmancenter@uab.edu.

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