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March 26, 2015

Global Health NOW Launches Website

New site features original articles and commentary, news headlines and comments sections


Global Health NOW, an e-newsletter started last year by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has launched a website. The site will cover the most pressing global health stories of the day, as well as serve as a convening news forum for global health professionals — from practitioners to policymakers — academics, students and journalists.

The Global Health NOW e-newsletter will continue to publish Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. (Eastern time). It is available, at no cost, by subscription.

“Thousands of people all over the world subscribed to the e-newsletter in our first year, but the format had significant limitations. We were hermetically sealed in a network of people who happened to hear about us,” says Brian W. Simpson, MPH ’13, director of content at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and founding editor of Global Health NOW. “With the website, we’re excited to have a much wider venue that matches our ambitions to be the essential read in global health by delivering smartly curated news and valuable original content.”

Global Health NOW’s website will build on the e-newsletter’s editorial tradition of aggregating the important global health news articles of the day while expanding original features, commentaries and Q&As. In addition, the site will regularly run articles from journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the weekly webcast This Week in Global Health, as well as a Photo of the Week showcasing photographs from PhotoShare, a collection of international health and development photographs.

Global Health Now will also allow readers to become part of the conversion in its comments section.

Inaugural content includes a Q&A with Joanne Liu, international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders); a webcast from This Week in Global Health featuring global health advocate Hans Rosling; and a Pulitzer Center-sponsored feature on pregnancy prevention in the Dominican Republic.

Another regular feature is an online book club run by Dayna Kerecman Myers, Global Health NOW’s associate editor. The book club is currently asking readers to vote on its first book.

The site, which is mobile-ready, uses tags so viewers can easily search for topics of interest. Content can be shared to social media channels and via email.

“We’re building more collaborations with others working in this space and look forward to providing even more critical reads to the global health community in the coming months,” Simpson says.

NOTE: If you’re attending the Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Boston this week (March 26 – 28), please visit the Global Health NOW exhibit in Liberty Ballroom B of the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Brian Simpson, Global Health NOW’s Editor-in-Chief, can be reached at


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