• Center for Global Health Initiatives Advisory Board

    The Center for Global Health Initiatives (CGHI)  is responsible for implementing the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) global health strategy, which focuses on supporting AAFP members in their global health experiences.

    CGHI Advisory Board members are involved in the following activities.

    • Designing and planning AAFP global health initiatives through expert advice, consultations, and guidance to CGHI staff, AAFP leadership, and Board of Directors.
    • Planning and implementing AAFP educational and networking activities related to global health.
    • Providing mentoring for medical students, residents, and new physicians interested in global health. Board members are also afforded mentoring opportunities from established global health leaders.


    Join March 9 Panel Discussion | 7:00 p.m. CT
    Perspectives and Experiences Directly from our Global Health Partners: How Can We Improve?  

    Creating Global Health Partnerships (GHPs) can be extremely beneficial to attracting attention to a particular cause or disease state, provide sources of funding, and can often lead to policy or healthcare infrastructure change benefiting the target population. But unintended consequences or poor outcomes can occur if we don’t pay attention to important factors. Factors include the topics of equity, sociopolitical and historical contexts, exclusion of voices from the GHPs or beneficiaries as examples.

    The 90-minute webinar will feature panelists from Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras. More information about panelists is coming soon.

    Developed by members of the CGHI Advisory Board and STFM Global Health Educators Collaborative to provide members with a longitudinal GH learning community framework. 


    CGHI Board member responsibilities include:

    • Attending the CGHI Advisory Board Interim meeting and meetings during the annual Global Health Summit.
    • Serving as core faculty at the annual Global Health Summit.
    • Participating in conference calls to assist with planning of the Global Health Workshop and to discuss AAFP global health strategy, initiatives, and activities.
    • Sharing expertise and knowledge relevant to global health with AAFP staff and members.
    • Offering subject matter expertise on global health content and resource development.
    • Supporting AAFP global health initiatives through communications with members via CGHI social media outlets.

    Other responsibilities may include:

    • Serving as an AAFP liaison/representative to external organizations.
    • Serving as an AAFP presenter at non-AAFP conferences or meetings.


    CGHI Board members must:

    • Be an active AAFP member 
    • Demonstrate interest and involvement in global health, with a proven track record of global health engagement (e.g., participation in missions; global health education at the medical school/residency program level; Global Health Center; global health track, rotation, or elective; international family medicine/primary care/public health consultations; mentoring students or residents; etc.)

    Term of Service

    Appointed before the annual Global Health Summit for a three-year term.

    Time Commitment

    • Approximately 11-12 days, including weekends, for meeting attendances
    • Approximately 25 hours/year for communications and meeting planning

    Covered Expenses

    Funding provided for attendance at the CGHI Advisory Board interim meeting and the Global Health Summit.

    Meetings, Dates, and Locations

    Interim CGHI Advisory Board meeting April/May 2020 - 2021
    Leawood, KS
    AAFP Global Health Summit Fall 2020 - 2021 Location TBD