Seventh Annual CUGH Conference


Do you know an important global health story that’s been overlooked by the media and deserves special notice? 

NPR’s "Goats and Soda" blog, which covers global health and development, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are pleased to announce the 2016 Untold Stories of Global Health Contest. The contest is designed to give a platform to important but underreported global health stories.

CUGH, NPR’s Goats and Soda Blog, and GHN share the goal of raising awareness about health issues around the world. We invite you to nominate an issue you feel deserves urgent attention, whether you’ve worked on it firsthand or come across it in your travels. The best nominations for the Untold Stories focus on a specific issue in a specific location (i.e., not global chronic disease) and should include available data and evidence, as well as contact information.


Send us your ideas, and if we choose your issue, we’ll help you expand the audience for your issue. Entrants can submit a nomination here, with a short (150-word) statement describing the story and why it deserves more coverage and support. 
  • Entry Form
  • Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2016.

The contest will be jointly judged by NPR’s Goats and Soda blog, CUGH and GHN, based on the entries’ newsworthiness, creativity and feasibility for coverage.

The winning entry will be covered by NPR as a news report and a text story (or stories) that will appear in both NPR and GHN. At least 10 runners up will also be recognized. All winning entries will be shared on CUGH's website and bulletin. 

NPR and GHN will consider and share the runners up entries as sources for possible stories for coverage. GHN will cover at least one runner-up idea as a story or series of stories in GHN.

  • The winner will be announced publicly in April 2016 at the CUGH conference in San Francisco (April 8-11, 2016). 
  • Runners-up will have short summaries included on the GHN website.
  • The winner (maximum of 1 nominee per entry) will receive free registration for the CUGH conference. 
Last Year’s Winning Entry: 
After reviewing more than 170 entries for the 2015 Untold Global Health Stories Contest, Global Health NOW of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health selected the chronic inflammatory disease mycetoma. GHN sent writer Amy Maxmen to Sudan to cover the story, leading to a 3-part series titled The Most Neglected Disease, published in December 2015.


About NPR’s Goats and Soda Blog: NPR launched Goats and Soda in 2014 to cover thought-provoking and underreported stories related to health. 

About CUGH: Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) builds interdisciplinary collaborations and facilitates the sharing of knowledge to address global health challenges. It assists members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service. It is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities everywhere. CUGH promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-poor countries, developing human capital and strengthening institutions' capabilities to address these challenges. It is committed to translating knowledge into action. 

About Global Health NOW: Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a free news service designed to inform the global health agenda, delivering the day’s most interesting and essential news every weekday. We aggregate and summarize the latest global health news, and publish original news stories and commentaries with leading global health experts. Subscribe to Global Health NOW for free:


See the full contest rules here