Global Health Strategies for Security: Perspectives from the Field

Global Health Strategies for Security: Perspectives from the Field

The CGHE’s Training and Professional Development Division has recently conducted its annual Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS) Course in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of International Health Security (under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response). The two-week course was held from 13-24 June in Washington, DC.

Global Health Strategies for Security Course

The GHSS course is designed to provide strategic-level knowledge and skills to support development of Global Health Engagement (GHE) strategies and programs that align with the goals of the US Government (USG), the President’s National Security Strategy, and more specifically, the Department of Defense’s Combatant Command (CCMD) Theater Campaign Plans.

Course participants represented a broad range of USG agencies, each of whom provided unique insights into organizational global health missions. International representation from the German Medical Service Corps, the UK Medical Service Corps and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute contributed additional perspectives on country-led programs and allowed for exploration of global dimensions of national security and its impact on partner nations.

Over the length of the course, participants heard lectures from a wide variety of interagency subject matter experts. Each speaker incorporated their own experiences, successes and lessons learned to help contextualize overarching concepts.

Lecture material, combined with pre-course readings provided a solid background for daily small group application of key learning points and gradual development and presentation of a CCMD-specific GHE program. On the last day each group presented their product to a panel of experts to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired over the two-week period.

The GHSS course not only provides strong educational content, but also provides a platform for networking with leaders in the global health arena and across USG interagency. Speakers and participants have the unique opportunity to share thoughts and ideas in an academic setting, potentially facilitating future partnerships.