Global Health

Now Virtual:
The 2020 Global Health Summit
September 16-18, 2020

Global Health Speakers' Bureau

Interested in having a global health expert speak to your group? Email Ashley Poole or Alex Ivanov to get connected with someone in your area.

The Wide-Reaching Effects of Global Health

Because the health of patients within U.S. borders is affected by the health of populations worldwide, and health outcomes in other countries can be affected by developments in the U.S., family physicians have a significant stake in global health issues.

  • 70,000: Average number of refugee arrivals in the United States per year2
  • 232 million: Number of international migrants worldwide in 20133
  • 40 million: Approximate number of foreign-born people currently living in the United States4

Get Involved with Global Health

Global Health involvement allows family physicians to:

  • Focus on vulnerable populations worldwide
  • Use the resources, knowledge, and experience of diverse societies to address health challenges
  • Combine population-based health promotion and disease prevention with individual-level care

The AAFP offers a wide variety of information, tools, and resources on global health.





Global Health Speakers' Bureau
Email us to connect with a global health expert in your area, who will speak with your group about various global health topics.

  • Global Health Resources

    Review an array of in-print and online resources and references on global health issues and topics.

  • Scholarships and Funding

    Review a list of global health scholarship opportunities and funding options to facilitate involvement in global health.

The AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives (CGHI)

Learn about the AAFP's ongoing commitment to global health and those who are leading this effort. About CGHI »

2015-2024: International Decade for People of African Descent

AAFP recognizes the International Decade for People of African Descent(, to help fight racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance.


1. Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet. 2009;373(9679):1993-1995.

2. Population Facts No. 2013/2. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Available at: Published September, 2013. Accessed October 20, 2014.

3. Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States. Migration Policy Institute. Available at: Published March 21, 2012. Accessed October 20, 2014.

4. Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2014 Report to the Congress. United States Department of State, United States Department of Homeland Security. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: Accessed October 20, 2014.