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International Health Committee

Chair Gustavo Matute-Bello, MD Seattle, WA
Vice Chair Alvaro A. Cruz, MD Salvador, BA, Brazil
Committee Member Roberto A. Accinelli Tanaka, MD Lima, Peru
Committee Member Neill Adhikari, MD, MS Toronto, ON, Canada
Committee Member Nils E. Billo, MD Therwil, BL, Switzerland
Committee Member Christian Bime, MSc, MD Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Robert J. Blount, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member A. Sonia Buist, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member Erlina Burhan, MD Jakarta Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia
Committee Member E. Jane Carter, MD Providence, RI
Committee Member William Checkley, MD, PhD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Sarvajna K. Dwivedi, PhD Redwood City, CA
Committee Member Allyn L. Harris, MD Jackson, MS
Committee Member Philip C. Hopewell, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member - CCR Representative Stephen P. Kantrow, MD New Orleans, LA
Committee Member Peter P. Moschovis, MPH, MD Dedham, MA
Committee Member Samya Z. Nasr, MD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Benoit Nemery, MD, PhD B3000 Leuven, Belgium
Committee Member Daniel O. Obaseki, MD Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Committee Member Elisabeth D. Riviello, MD, MPH Boston, MA
Committee Member Peter D. Sly, MD South Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Committee Member Mihaela Teodorescu, MD, MS Madison, WI
Committee Member William O. Worodria, MBChB Kampala 256, Uganda
Staff Fran Du Melle Santa Rosa, CA
Staff Christopher L. Hughes New York, NY

The International Health Committee develops strategies to promote the global mission of the ATS to improve the health of patients worldwide with pulmonary and sleep?related conditions and critical illnesses. It recommends to the Board policies, guidelines, and programs that promote lung health worldwide as well as enhance care of the critically ill and those with sleep disorders worldwide. The Committee coordinates and facilitates the interactions of the Society with professional organizations based outside of the United States. It also provides oversight for programs and partnerships co? sponsored or endorsed by the ATS but initiated or managed by international, governmental, and non? governmental organizations and agencies. The Committee also advises the Executive Committee regarding participation of ATS officers in programs sponsored by international organizations and works in collaboration with the Research Advocacy Committee to advocate for international research funding. It will review, revise and implement an annual plan for the promotion of the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health that describes the activities and programs to achieve the aims of the Society in global health.

Benchmarks 2017-2018:
• Promote a clear society-wide understanding of the ATS International strategy in terms of Global Health Policy, International Organizations, Education and Research, Engaging ATS members and Technical Assistance. Every ATS member should know these 5 pillars of how “we help the world breathe”.

• Appoint an IHC lead for Global Health Policy. Engage with WHO and other significant Policy channels. Receive reports of specific activities and summarize for EC.

• With ATS staff, produce a Table of interactions with International Societies by Assembly. Present at IHC, discuss and summarize for EC.

• Conduct 7 MECOR courses world-wide, training over 200 doctors and other research professionals. At the MECOR/Global Scholars subcommittee, receive and discuss a report from each course leader, discuss and summarize for IHC and EC. Conduct Global Scholars lectures and receive an activity report. At subcommittee, receive, discuss strategic documents from each MECOR program internationally and the Global Scholars program.

• Work with the Education Committee to develop possible international educational offerings, including context?specific training programs in pulmonary and critical care medicine created for developing countries.

• Appoint an IHC lead for Engaging ATS members who will also run the ITS program and report to IHC.

• Develop a summary position of current funding in this sector, report to IHC.