2021 Virtual Pre-Meeting Courses


Virtual Pre-Meeting Course Registration Fees:
  On or before October 19 On or after October 20
Member $210 US $255 US
Nonmember $390 US $440 US
Student member $100 US $150 US
Student Nonmember $120 US $165 US
LMIC Member and Nonmember $100 US $100 US

Global Health Pre-Meeting Course
Beyond the Science: Best Practices in Messaging and Communications to Amplify Your Work, Engage Stakeholders and Advocate for Change

Registration is now closed.

Tuesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 11, 2021
9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. EST
Course Co-chairs: Kathryn Anderson, MD, PhD, Kristina Krohn, MD and Njeri Wamae, PhD, MSPH


The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the vital need for scientific and clinical communities to be vocal and visible agents of education and advocacy. In this Pre-Meeting Course, we will provide practical and hands-on training regarding best practices in strategic communication, including messaging and the media, advocacy and engaging with various stakeholders, editorial writing and storytelling.

The Pre-Meeting Course will be divided into two days, with the first day providing practical introductions to best practices in countering disinformation and shaping an effective message. We will engage with colleagues (physicians and scientists in global health) with significant experience across a variety of messaging and advocacy platforms. At the close of day 1, we will ask participants to prepare a topic/area of interest that they want to develop further on day 2. On day 2, we will begin with an expert panel discussion on best practices in advocacy. Participants will then engage in small breakout groups focused on storytelling, community engagement and advocacy, and media. These breakouts will be highly interactive and applied, with opportunities to practice mock media interviews and explore how to incorporate storytelling and community engagement approaches into their own strategic communications related to each participant’s identified area of interest. As we conclude the PMC, participants will be encouraged to identify a goal for the coming year (e.g., write an op ed, engage the media, participate in advocacy) and will be provided a means to continue to engage with PMC peers for supportive feedback.

At the end of the activity, participants will be able to:
• Gain confidence and practical experience with media interactions, including:
o Crafting an effective and focused message
o Bridging to higher-priority questions and topics of interest
• Incorporate storytelling to improve impact in strategic communication
• Apply principles of community engagement and advocacy to enhance impact
• Set a goal for messaging, communication and/or advocacy to pursue in the coming year.

Clinical Pre-Meeting Course
End the Neglect: A Clinico-Epidemiological Review and Update on Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Global Targets for 2030

Registration is now closed.

Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Course Co-chairs: Sapha Barkati, MD, MSc, DTM&H and Miguel Cabada, MD, MSc

The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) include 20 diseases that collectively affect more than 1 billion people in the world's poorest communities. In 2021, the WHO published disease-specific targets and milestones geared at controlling, eliminating or eradicating NTDs by 2030. Substantial progress has already been made but the WHO road map calls for continuous efforts, integration of programs and multisectoral actions to achieve measurable goals. To "End the Neglect" we all need to learn about diseases not included in the mainstream. Clinicians play a paramount role in recognizing, managing and reporting these diseases. Knowledge of the epidemiology, diagnosis, management and prevention of NTDs is essential in our pursuit of the 2030 targets. 

This course will offer thorough clinical and epidemiological reviews of up-to-date information on NTDs. Expert speakers will also discuss the progress, potential barriers and efforts required toward achieving the global targets for 2030. Recorded sessions will be followed by highly interactive panel discussions to give the audience an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences with experts working on NTDs around the world.

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