International Health Committee

Staff Cristina Braz 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, 2023-2024:
• Develop Global Health Roadmap and finalize the document at Leadership Summit 2022.
• Continue regular meetings of the ATS IHC International Health Forum, and identify themes and deliverables for each meeting.
• Implement the 5-year MECOR Strategic Plan. Priority areas include: Faculty and Student Development, Alumni Engagement, Curriculum, and Growth Strategies.
• Continue to promote the MECOR research award program and develop additional funding mechanisms. Develop additional fundraising opportunities.
• Evaluate existing relationships with peer organizations to generate value for international members.
• Continue to organize and implement the ATS International Scholarship Program and the MECOR Scholarship Program.
• Continue to organize and host the International Scholars Poster Colloquium, either in-person or virtually. Work with the International Conference Committee and Learning Council to ensure the recommendations are aligned.
• Organize the Respiratory Societies of Americas program.
• Nominate international candidates for ATS Respiratory Health Awards.
• This committee is responsible for reviewing content it has previously posted to the ATS website to determine if it should be updated and moved to the new site or archived/deleted. Using parameters established by the ATS Digital Content Committee as a guideline, committee members will make necessary modifications to ensure the content is accurate and conforms with established ATS standards. Reviews are to be completed by December 1, 2023.