Courtney Carson, MA

Policy and Advocacy Officer

Courtney Carson manages congressional outreach, policy development, and legislative analysis to support the US advocacy work of the coalition. In this capacity, she serves as GHTC’s primary interface with Congress and helps develop strategies to advance the coalition’s legislative priorities.

Courtney has a background in foreign policy and global health, serving as staff to Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and managing his chairmanship of the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Prior to joining GHTC, she managed outreach and policy development for a cross-sector coalition advancing international development, global health, and trade policy. She has also worked to enhance public-private partnerships for international development with ACDI/VOCA and the Corporate Council on Africa.

Courtney received her MA in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies and her BA in International Relations, Economics, and French from the University of Delaware. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and plan her next travel adventure.

Articles Written by Courtney

PATH/Aaron Joel Santos
Five issues to watch in US global health R&D policy in 2018

2018 is shaping up to be another important year for US policy related to global health and medical research. As Congress returns for a busy work session and the White House continues to roll out policy reforms, here are the top five issues GHTC will be following in 2018.

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Dr. Stephen Redd gives a tour of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, which serves as a command center for monitoring and coordinating CDC’s emergency response activities to health threats in the United States and abroad. Photo credit: Mark Fletcher/CDC.
7 ways CDC is keeping us safe from deadly diseases

The threat is real: defunding the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) puts us all in danger, in every country of the globe.

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Photo: White house/Shealah Craighead
Medical research, global health programs face steep cuts in Trump budget

On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released its full fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. This budget proposes significant cuts to programs that support global health and medical research at the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Agency for International Development.

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Architect of the Capitol
Global health and medical research saved from spending cuts in FY17 budget agreement

What global health R&D advocates need to know about the FY2017 budget agreement.

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Office of Management and Budget
Trump budget proposes steep cuts to research and foreign assistance that will threaten global health research

What global health advocates need to know about the President's "skinny" budget.

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US Department of Homeland Security
President Trump wants to "cure the illnesses that plague us." That means we must invest in R&D

The United States can lead the world toward President Trump’s vision of accelerating cures for diseases that have plagued humanity, but not if we retreat from international engagement and development efforts—including strong engagement in global health R&D.

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Flickr/Mark Taylor
Price addresses innovation, infectious diseases, NIH support at nomination hearings

At his nomination hearings, Secretary of Health and Human Services-designee Tom Price addressed global health and infectious diseases; innovation for rare diseases; support for health innovation, NIH, and priority setting for NIH-funded research. GHTC covers what he had to say.

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Flickr/Gage Skidmore
Trump administration and global health research: What we’re watching for in 2017

As all eyes look toward President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, GHTC examines the policy issues we'll be tracking on in 2017.

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CDC/James Gathaney
Tillerson talks global health and development at Senate confirmation hearing

At his nomination hearing, Secretary of State–designee Rex Tillerson was questioned on women’s empowerment, family planning, development aid, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). GHTC covers what he had to say.

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US Navy
Senate votes to protect medical research at DoD

Today the US Senate voted to protect critical medical research programs at the Department of Defense (DoD).

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President will redirect Ebola funds for Zika, but where is the money from and where will it go?

The Administration announced that it will transfer nearly $600 million in remaining Ebola funds to fight the growing threat of Zika virus. But many questions remain. Where is the money going? What accounts is it coming from? And what does this mean for the Global Health Security Agenda?

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CDC/Dr. Scott Smith
Global health R&D in the President’s FY17 budget request

On Monday, President Obama released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY17).

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Setting the stage: UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines to consider IP, trade, human rights, and access to medicine

In November 2015, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines to discuss and develop solutions to promote innovation and access to essential medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, and other health technologies needed to ensure health and well-being around the world.

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Obama highlights global health and innovation in State of the Union

GHTC has long championed US leadership in global health and innovation, and we were encouraged to see President Barack Obama highlight these themes in his State of the Union address.

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PATH/Patrick McKern
Global Health Innovation Act has passed the House of Representatives

Last month, Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) introduced a new piece of legislation—the Global Health Innovation Act (H.R. 2241)—that would strengthen global health research and development (R&D) programming at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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TPP: What does it mean for global health and what’s next?

After ten years of debate, on November 5, 2015, international negotiators released the final text of the largest regional trade agreement in history—the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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New legislation would strengthen USAID’s role in global health R&D

Update: The Global Health Technologies Coalition is excited to announce that the Global Health Innovation Act (H.R. 2241) passed the House of Representatives on December 18.

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Steering Committee


Rachel M. Cohen, MA

Regional Executive Director, North America

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

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Jodie Curtis

Washington Representative

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Jonathan Daniels

Manager of Policy and Advocacy


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Kevin Fisher

Director of Policy, Data & Analytics


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Karen A. Goraleski, MA

Executive Director

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Heather Ignatius, MA

Lead, US and Global Policy and Advocacy


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Sharyn Tenn, MA

Senior Advisor for External Affairs

International Partnership for Microbicides

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