The U.S. global health advocacy community is made up of roundtables, working groups, and coalitions advocating for sound U.S. government policy and investment in global health. Through information sharing and coordinated advocacy and communications, the community works towards passage of U.S. legislation, sound U.S. government funding, and the shaping of U.S. global health policies or initiatives.
The structure of each advocacy group varies from informal and volunteer driven to more structured groups with paid staff. The work plan and activities of each advocacy group is determined and driven by volunteer co-chairs and its members, generally representatives from NGOs and academia. A few advocacy groups open membership to representatives from the private sector (see detailed description of each group below).
Directory of Global Health Advocacy Groups
We encourage you to peruse this list of issue specific groups and connect with the listed contact if you are interested in learning more or participating. Please note that each group may have its own requirements for participation. In general, most groups are open to individuals working for NGOs, academia, or think tanks.
The working group aims to collectively build greater political will in the U.S. in support of global leadership on nutrition through better policy, programs, and increased investment in maternal, infant and young child nutrition by holding monthly learning and strategy sessions. The working group is meant to serve as a mechanism to generate dialogue and collaboration on our collective nutrition advocacy strategies and how nutrition outcomes are achieved through direct and indirect nutrition interventions. This working group will coordinate Administration and Congressional engagement on nutrition issues and policies.
Contact Chair: Solianna Meaza
A coalition of U.S.-based organizations working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in developing countries as a cost-effective way to save lives and foster a healthier, safer and more prosperous world.
More info: frontlinehealthworkers.org
Contact Chair: Mandy Folse
A collective group of GHC members active in policy and advocacy engagement with global health-related multilateral institutions. This roundtable focuses on sharing information and intelligence and potentially identifying joint advocacy opportunities with the World Health Organization (WHO), UN, World Bank, G7 and G20, and other multilateral institutions.
A coalition of over 70 civil society, implementing, and faith-based organizations dedicated to achieving an AIDS-free generation. The GAPP advocates for better policy, legislation and funding for the global AIDS response and strengthens the global AIDS community by sharing information, best practices, and research. Participation in the GAPP is limited to organizations working in and/or contributing to the field of HIV/AIDS, and membership is subject to approval by a vote of current GAPP members.
In response to increasing interest in our community about the U.S. government’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and global health security overall, the GHC Global Health Security Roundtable was created. This Roundtable will meet regularly to coordinate information and ensure that GHC members optimize opportunities to be part of the dialogue around GHSA/GHS. The roundtable is open to GHC members and invited organizations.
A coalition of over 25 non-profit organizations working to increase awareness of the urgent need for technologies that save lives in the developing world. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and housed at PATH, the GHT coalition does not advocate for specific diseases, drugs, or devices. Rather, it supports policies and funding that advance the goals of global health research and development in many areas.
More info: ghtcoalition.org
Contact Co-Chair: Jamie Nishi
A network of development; child health; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) organizations with the shared goal of reducing child deaths worldwide by bridging advocacy efforts to increase resources, awareness, and political will to defeat WASH-related illnesses such as diarrheal disease.
More info: defeatdd.org
Contact Chair: Laura Kallen
An ad hoc coalition of organizations that share a common interest in U.S. international family planning and reproductive health funding and policies and engage in some level of legislative advocacy on these issues. Population Action International serves as the unofficial secretariat of the IFPC, coordinates the flow of information, and hosts the coalition’s monthly meeting in our offices.
A roundtable that brings together 40 of the most influential non-profit organizations working in MNCH. The groups work together to raise awareness and increase U.S. commitment to global efforts that improve the survival and health of mothers and children under five in developing countries. The roundtable has open membership.
A roundtable that reviews and advocates for a global health focus on non-communicable diseases, including messaging on trends, the necessity of U.S. funding support, and incorporation of NCD goals, targets, and indicators into Post-2015 development and health goals. Membership open to the private sector.
Contact Co-Chairs: Tina Flores
An affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership that works to advance the HIV research agenda through relationship building with NIH, CDC and other HIV research funders, identifying gaps in HIV research, educating policymakers on the value of HIV research (for the field, but also for the broader research enterprise), and increasing federal funding through advocacy and coalition building. This working group is open to member organizations of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership.
Contact Chair: Kevin Fisher
The Global Agenda for Children Working Group
The Global Agenda for Children Working Group advocates for U.S. foreign assistance programs that work with children and families to support early childhood development, including family-based care and protection from violence, abuse, and neglect.
Contact co-chairs: Aaron Merchen