UW Global Health Leader Receives Inaugural WGHA Award for Impact at Party for the Health of It

October 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Kristen Eddings, Washington Global Health Alliance, 206.456.9612, keddings@wghalliance.org
Bobbi Nodell, University of Washington Department of Global Health, 206.543.7129, bnodell@uw.edu

UW Global Health Leader Receives Inaugural WGHA Award for Impact at Party for the Health of It

The Washington Global Health Alliance will honor Dr. King K. Holmes, William H. Foege Chair of Global Health at the University of Washington, with its first annual Award for Impact at “Party for the Health of It,”  Nov. 9, 2013. Dr. Holmes receives this inaugural award because of his lifelong commitment to collaboration and mentorship.

Hundreds of global health researchers and professionals have been mentored by Dr. Holmes since his start at the University of Washington in 1969. And his commitment to bringing all disciplines into the field of global health when the Department of Global Health was launched in 2007, has led to collaborations with faculty in 15 of 16 schools across the University of Washington as well as collaborations with governments, schools, and non-governmental organizations around the world. Department of Global Health students come from a wide array of disciplines and involve undergraduates and graduate students in several degree programs.

The Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) Award for Impact is bestowed on an individual, organization, or project that demonstrates a remarkable commitment to collaboration. The award recognizes collaborations that produce improved health outcomes through innovative partnerships, mentorships, and programs. Award recipients conduct their work from their home base of Washington State. The award will be presented by one of Dr. Holmes’ mentees, Dr. Judd Walson, at the Party for the Health of It on Saturday, Nov.9, 2013, at the Seattle Aquarium. Dr. Holmes will make brief remarks during the benefit dinner.

Dr. Holmes completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard College in 1959, his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in 1963, and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Hawaii in 1967. He has participated in research on STDs for over 40 years in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. He has authored over 550 peer-reviewed publications and edited 30 books, monographs, and journal supplements.

Party for the Health of It is a one of a kind event: part socially conscious inspiration, part global health education, wrapped in a festive, energetic party atmosphere. Mentioned at the World Economic Forum as an innovative engagement mechanism for young people, the party invites and activates a new generation to contribute to global health.

Party for the Health of It will kick off with an intimate Party for the Health of It benefit dinner. The benefit dinner debuts in 2013 to unite multiple generations around global health. Proceeds from the evening will support a new collaboration for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene among World Vision, PATH, Washington State University, the University of Washington, and WGHA.

What: Party for the Health of It
Where: The Seattle Aquarium
When: Saturday, Nov.9, 2013
Tickets: $45 Party for the Health of It, $250 Party for the Health of It Benefit Dinner
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About the Washington Global Health Alliance

WGHA invites and activates every sector in our region to advance global health equity through advocacy, promoting and engaging Washington’s global health sector and building innovative partnerships between traditional and unexpected organizations to increase global health impact.
About the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health

Through a generous gift and endowment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and complementary Washington State resources, the UW Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all 16 UW schools and colleges.

Learn more, globalhealth.washington.edu