• Center for Global Health Initiatives Advisory Group

    CGHI Advisory Group consists of family physicians with a mix of academic and global health backgrounds and a diverse skill set that can be used in creating and further developing AAFP Global Health activities and resources. The Advisory Group includes up to 9 members, with one chair, up to five positions for AAFP members, and one representative for each of the following: Student, Resident, New Physician, and the AAFP Foundation.

    Scope of Work

    • Provide subject matter expertise and guidance on global health issues to AAFP leadership and members.
    • Work within the organization to develop global health resources for AAFP members.
    • Advise on activities and initiatives to support students, residents, faculty, and practicing physicians’ engagement in global health.
    • Assist with program development for the annual AAFP Global Health Summit and other global health educational activities.
    • Provide policy and practice expertise to assist the AAFP in its advocacy efforts.

    Other responsibilities may include:

    • Serving as an AAFP liaison/representative to external organizations.
    • Serving as an AAFP presenter at non-AAFP conferences or meetings.
    • The Student, Resident, and new physician serve a dual role as CGHI Advisory Group member and AAFP representative to the Wonca Polaris Executive


    Advisory Group 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.)

    Selection Proces

    All Advisory group members (except for an AAFP foundation representative) go through a nomination and selection process. A call for nominations will be issued to the AAFP membership.

    Term of Service

    Advisory Group members are appointed on a staggered basis and will serve a two-year term with the option to serve two terms for a total of 4 years.

    Terms will begin at the AAFP Global Health Summit Pre-Summit Advisory Group meeting. Retiring Advisory Group members’ terms will conclude on the last day of the Global Health Summit. 

    Time Commitment

    Approximately 11-12 days, including weekends, for meeting attendance. The Advisory Group holds virtual meetings at least two times per year at the call of the chair and AAFP Staff.

    Approximately 25 hours/year for communications and meeting planning.

    Covered Expenses

    Advisory Group members are recommended to apply as faculty at the AAFP’s annual Global Health Summit. Members of the Advisory Group who are not faculty will receive financial assistance to support their attendance at the AAFP Global Health Summit.