Thank you for your interest in the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Global Health (SOGH). Since being founded in 1996, SOGH has grown to become among the largest and most active Sections within the Academy. With a growing interest in global health particularly among medical students, trainees, and early career physicians, as an Executive Committee, we aim to harness the amazing energy, skillsets, and passion of our nearly 1000 SOGH members to meet our mission of enhancing the health and well-being of children globally - particularly those living in low resource settings - through impact-oriented education, advocacy, and service delivery. Our Section activities, supported primarily by your dues as a SOGH member, are dynamic and global in nature, with many inter-woven opportunities for engagement and participation of our members. These opportunities are detailed on our Section website and in the attached “one-pager,” but include a wide array of educational offerings including a growing number of sponsored sessions and a strong Abstract Session at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition and a newly launched Webinar Series focused on the fundamental aspects of ethical engagement and career development within global child health. Additional programs include the highly successful International Community Access to Child Health (ICATCH), the International Elective Award for residents, and Travel Awards for pediatricians in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs). We aim to have an open channel of communication with our members through an active SOGH Listserv, a quarterly Section newsletter, and a growing social media presence . Over the past several years, SOGH has become increasingly active in the areas of Advocacy and Policy with frequent engagement with the AAP Department of Federal Affairs and the opportunity to develop and write timely AAP Policy Statements in the Global Health space. We also support scholarships for SOGH members to attend the AAP Legislative Conference each Spring in Washington, DC. Recognizing the increasing number of organizations engaged within the area of global child health, we have selected SOGH members to serve as official liaisons to connect SOGH with many global-health related groups, including the Helping Babies Survive planning group, the AAP’s Committee on Pediatric AIDS, and the International Pediatric Association.

SGH is led by an elected Executive Committee (EC) consisting of a Chairperson and Immediate Past Chair and five EC members, each with a specific area of oversight.

We appreciate your interest in and support of the Section and hope you are able to find a way to become engaged. If you are just joining or are considering joining SOGH, please let me or others on the team know what additional information we can provide, or how else we can be of assistance. Note that SOGH offers several membership categories in an effort to make the Section highly accessible to colleagues within and outside of the United States. We particularly welcome physicians-in-training (medical students, residents, and nurse practitioners) and early career physicians as members.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Patrick T. McGann, MD MS FAAP
Chairperson, AAP Section on Global Health