ABOUT THE GLOBAL HEALTH SCIENCE AND PRACTICE TECHNICAL EXCHANGE


ABOUT

The Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange (GHTechX) is an annual event for the global health community sharing state-of-the-art evidence-based best practices and information through a variety of technical sessions.

The 2021 GHTechX took place virtually over four days from April 21 – 24, 2021. The agenda incorporated concurrent sessions from global health technical tracks including, but not limited to health systems, HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health, and maternal, newborn, and child health.

The event is free and open to the public

Visit the 2021 Event Page for more information about this year’s GHTechX.

PURPOSE

The GHTechX is structured to:  

  • Build attendees’ knowledge and introduce new tools to improve global health programs,
  • Include networking opportunities for professionals, students, and others in the field of global health, and
  • Offer a wide breadth of evidence-based sessions from global health leaders, experts, and innovators.

The GHTechX convenes a diverse group of global health researchers, practitioners, and students to participate in sessions highlighting innovative topics, an implementation science framework, and cutting-edge content. Attendees of past years have included students, medical professionals, public health experts and researchers, NGOs, USG staff, non-profits, and others interested in global health. This event includes attendees and presenters from across the globe and encourages cross-national collaboration.

These GHTechX technical sessions, networking opportunities, and peer-to-peer exchange form the foundation of this unique global health event.

HISTORY

The event was originally named the Global Health Mini-University (Mini-U). The first Global Health Mini-University in the early 2000s engaged USAID staff and implementing partners in a day of technical updates and programmatic best practices. Over the years, the annual Global Health Mini-University grew to become a day-long technical forum that brought together professionals and students interested in global health topics.

In 2020, the name was changed to the Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange (GHTechX) in advance of the 2021 event. This name change was intended to better represent the event’s wide variety of participants and sessions. The new name was also emblematic of the collaboration between the GHTechX and the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal, emphasizing the Journal’s focus on program implementation. The fully virtual 2021 event was both a reflection of COVID-19 safety precautions and a continued effort to expand attendee access to the GHTechX sessions.

GHTechX (Mini-U) 2018

By the numbers

22%

Of participants attended the forum via live stream

81%

Of attendees engaged with the forum via the mobile app

64

Cutting-edge technical sessions presented at the forum