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2015 and 2016 at the Centre for Global Health Histories

Posted on 12 January 2016

The Centre for Global Health Histories looks back on a successful year, and forward to a busy 2016.

Happy New Year from the Centre for Global Health Histories. As a new year starts, we’re taking a brief look back on some of the highlights from 2015.

Wellcome Trust Seed Award Success

Many congratulations to Dr João Nunes (Department of Politics) and Dr Alexander Medcalf (Department of History/Centre for Global Health Histories) for the success in obtaining Wellcome Trust Seed Funding for their interdisciplinary project: ‘Community health workers in Brazil and the global movement for universal health coverage’

More can be read about the project here, or found on the centre’s news pages, here.

As part of this project we also welcome Ms Samantha Peel to the team in a part time role as Outreach Historian, covering Dr. Medcalf’s work as he is seconded to the award.

Health for All: The Journey to Universal Health Coverage

2015 saw the release of a new book from CGHH (published by Orient BlackSwan). Based on the 2014 WHO Global Health Histories seminar series, this venture was a bilingual look at the global movement for primary health care, as advocated by the WHO and sister UN agencies.

The book was officially launched at a WHO special event sponsored by the Sri Lankan Health Ministry, co-organised with the WHO Department for Knowledge, Ethics and Research, and supported generously by the Wellcome Trust, during the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva. For a fuller report, see our page "World Health Assembly Special Event”.

The book is available for download via the University of York Online Digital Library.

Information about our Outreach Materials more widely is available online here.

CGHH Director invited to join two new international panels

Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Director of the CGHH, was invited to sit on the Wellcome Trust’s Medical Humanities Expert Review Group for Investigator and Collaborative Awards. Members are drawn from leading universities, research institutes, pharma and biotech companies, and policy organisations, within the UK and internationally. More information is available here.

Prof. Bhattacharya also joins the Panel of Advisors for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. The Commission awards more than 900 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens every year. The CSC relies on academics who are outstanding in their fields to advise on all manner of subject areas in order to facilitate scholarships for the best and brightest Commonwealth students.

Looking forward to 2016, CGHH will continue existing projects as well as fostering new ones. All of our news is available on our dedicated page, here, and you can contact CGHH directly, with details available here.

Our first events are coming up in March, and can be found here on our events page. Recordings of our WHO Global Health History Seminars are available online here, and will continue to be updated across the year. CGHH hope to welcome you to an event soon.

And don’t forget we have the new MA in Medical History and Humanities.

September will see the very first students arrive for the MA in Medical History and Humanities: this is an interdisciplinary venture, run jointly between the Departments of History and English. The course brochure is available online here and here

CGHH members are already active in running several modules relating to the history of medicine and health on taught MA programmes, more information is available here.  Similarly, postgraduates can engage with CGHH members through the MA in History by research, which can be found here.

The Centre for Global Health Histories is part of the Department of History and a constituent member of Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. CGHH is also the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories. Sanjoy Bhattacharya is a Professor in the History of Medicine, and Director of the CGHH, which promotes inter-disciplinary work on themes of broad medical, scientific, environmental and public health importance.