The health of the world knows no boundaries, and health events in one area impact far beyond local populations. In light of this, the Board on Global Health (BGH) carries out activities and studies aimed at advancing the health of people worldwide.
The Board on Global Health (BGH) is charged with monitoring the broad field of global health and the pursuit of critical concerns in three major areas:
- U.S. policies and programs in global health;
- Health problems in developing countries; and
- Health issues of mutual concern to the United States and other industrialized and industrializing societies.
The mission of the Board is to provide expert analysis and judgments to the National Academies, the United States government, and to other appropriate audiences, on the meaning to the United States of health developments beyond its borders, and areas of U.S. international health investment that are most likely to benefit the health of the U.S. population and promote global well-being, security, and economic development.
Four forums dedicate their efforts on Microbial Threats, Innovation in Health Professional Education, Global Violence Prevention and Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety to ensure these important topics are continually reviewed for ways to improve health of those affected.
The Board also convenes ad hoc committees to review topics of critical concern. Recently, the Board has convened committees on: