Approaching Equity in Global Health during COVID-19

Approaching Equity in Global Health during COVID-19
March 20-21, 2021 – Virtual Conference

Organized by Western Heads East (WHE), Global Health Equity Collective (GHEC), the Faculty of Health Sciences Student Council (FHSSC), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), UWO students for PIH (Partners in Health), Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR).

This is a 2-day conference, providing participants with the opportunity to explore, connect, and collaborate with the healthcare industry; learn from the keynote speakers, the workshops, and your peers.

Full details and registration at

Announcing the Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program

The Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program is a program aimed at building the capacity, knowledge and interest of undergraduate students at Western University in health equity research, with a local or global focus, or both. Six fellowship positions are available, valued at $1200 each. Each fellowship will focus on one of the following themes: racism and health; gender-based violence/trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC); disabilities and equity; newcomer issues/challenges; homelessness and housing security; and, Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ health.

Under the guidance of faculty and community partner co-mentors, the fellow will engage in research, scholarship or creative activities within their respective area of focus.

The program will run between May 3-August 27, 2021.
Application deadline: April 6, 2021
Notice of decisions: April 16, 2021

» Letter of Information (PDF)

» Application form

The Undergraduate Global Health Equity Research Fellowship Program is a collaboration between the Health Equity Interdisciplinary Development Initiative and the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Adopting human rights law as a rubric for allocating COVID-19 vaccines

As governments around the world grapple with how to fairly allocate COVID-19 vaccines for maximum protection against the pandemic, an international research team [including Dr. Maxwell Smith] proposes that existing human rights law should act as a guide for politicians and policymakers.

Read the full story in Western News.

Maxwell Smith was also interviewed on CBC London Morning about Ensuring ethical access to vaccines

What is Justice?: Contemporary Perspectives on Global Feminisms

Vivetha Thambinathan (PhD candidate, Health Professional Education, Western University) will participate as a panelist in What is Justice?: Contemporary Perspectives on Global Feminisms on Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST.

Join the Pitt Global Hub for a special panel discussion in honor of International Womxn’s Day 2021. Our panelists will speak about the topic of “justice” in the current socio-political climate, covering issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Blackness, fascism, socio-political unrest, and more from an intersectional feminist perspective. Panelists will speak from their personal experiences in addition to their research expertise in regions around the world.

More details and registration.

Read more: Vivetha Thambinathan’s recent letter to the editor in the Western Gazette.

COVID19 Research: Knowledge Mobilization Opportunities

The team at Western University’s Lab for Knowledge Translation in Health is sharing two opportunities for research teams working on pandemic related projects:

  1. Call for papers: We are coordinating a special issue on Public Health & Digital Technologies during a Pandemic”in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Topic areas are detailed in this call for papers. Submission Deadline: June 15, 2021.
  2. Connect with community leaders & decision-makers: We are meeting with researchers working on COVID-related projects to identify opportunities for co-producing knowledge mobilization experiences. Connect with us to learn more here.

As we enter the second year of pandemic response, researchers are vital in helping us learn in real-time. You can learn more about both opportunities in our latest blog post.