THE U.S GLOBAL HEALTH ADVOCACY COMMUNITY

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).

GHC supports the global health advocacy community in two broad areas – strengthening relationships within the global health community, and strengthening advocacy efforts with the U.S. government.

Specifically, GHC manages roundtables on U.S. global health budget and policy, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Global Health Security (GHS). GHC also serves as the secretariat for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and the Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Roundtables and convenes meetings of the co-chairs to coordinate advocacy and communications within the community and plan for external events.

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. 

Asterisks (*) indicate Global Health Council membership is required for participation.

1,000 Days Working Group

A working group focused on nutrition advocacy for mothers and children in the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday when better nutrition can have a life-changing impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty.

More info: thousanddays.org

Contact Chair: Mannik Sakayan 

Frontline Health Workers Coalition

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: Vince Blaser 

GHC Budget and Policy Roundtable*

A cross-cutting roundtable that tracks U.S. budget, appropriations, and policy activities, including monitoring bills and amendments as well as advocating for sufficient appropriations for global health.

Contact Co-Chairs: Emily Conron; Katie Coester 

GHC Multilateral Roundtable*

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.

Contact Co-Chairs: Jamie Bay Nishi; Mike Beard

Global AIDS Policy Partnership (GAPP)

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.

Contact Co-Chairs: Katie Coester; Helen Cornman; Kevin Fisher 

Global Health Security Roundtable*

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.

Contact Co-Chairs: Carolyn Reynolds; Beth Cameron 

Global Health Technologies (GHT) Coalition

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 

Health/WASH Network

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

International Family Planning Coalition

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.

Contact Co-Chairs: Jonathan Rucks; Rebecca Dennis; Caitlin Horrigan 

Malaria Roundtable

A roundtable for sharing issues, demonstrating needs, and advocating on trends in malaria’s worldwide disease imprint. Open group, though membership must be “approved” by the co-chairs here.

Contact Co-Chairs: Brandon Ball; Jodie Curtis; Jacci Guy

Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Roundtable

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.

Contact Co-Chairs: Lisa Bos; Jill Carney

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Roundtable

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 

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Roundtable

A roundtable that advances the agenda on the eradication or control of neglected tropical diseases. This roundtable is open to the public via the neglected tropical diseases Google group.

Contact Co-Chairs: Jodie Curtis; James Hunter 

Research Working Group

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 

Tuberculosis (TB) Roundtable

A roundtable dedicated to sharing the latest in TB research, education, and advocacy both domestically and globally.

Contact Co-Chairs: David Bryden; Nuala Moore 

The Global Agenda for Children Working Group

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 

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