Washington Global Health Alliance marks fifth anniversary with move of headquarters

March 27, 2012

Contacts: Kristen Eddings, Washington Global Health Alliance
206.302.4560, keddings@wghalliance.org

Mary Guiden, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
206.987.7334, mary.guiden@seattlechildrens.org

Washington Global Health Alliance marks fifth anniversary with move of headquarters
WGHA will move from PATH to Seattle Children’s Research Institute building

March 27, 2012—Seattle, Washington—Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2012, and marks the occasion with a move of headquarters from PATH to Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) on Friday, April 6. Since WGHA’s inception, PATH has served as an incubator for WGHA operations. In April, WGHA will transition to a 501(c)(3) organization and will be a tenant at SCRI.

“We are delighted to partner with SCRI,” said Lisa Cohen, executive director of the Washington Global Health Alliance. “This will allow WGHA to  continue to enjoy close proximity to many of our members  located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, including PATH, SCRI, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity & Stillbirth, SightLife, Seattle BioMed, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.”

SCRI has been an active member of WGHA since 2009. Jim Hendricks, PhD, president of SCRI, and Bruder Stapleton, MD, chief academic officer and senior vice president at Seattle Children’s Hospital, serve on the WGHA Executive Committee. 

“This move highlights the synergy between the Research Institute and the WGHA, and offers the opportunity to foster even more collaboration with a dynamic global health partner,” said Hendricks.  SCRI researchers are currently involved in global health projects in many countries around the world, including Australia, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Thailand and Uganda.

WGHA’s key accomplishments include the establishment of the Washington Global Health Fund to commercialize global health technologies; the Global to Local Initiative, using global health strategies to improve health here at home; development of WGHA Ambassadors global health high school training and curriculum; Agency (formerly Party with a Purpose) which attracts new, millennial voices to the global health movement; and Global Health Nexus, organizing July 2012’s Global Health Month activities for the Next Fifty celebration.

WGHA is grateful to PATH for contributing invaluable guidance, resources, and partnership. Our new location at SCRI will allow WGHA to remain in the heart of Seattle, one of the world’s centers for global health innovation.

WGHA’s new address as of April 6, 2012:
1900 9th Ave., 10th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

TEL: 206.456.9610

About WGHA

The Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) supports and advocates for Washington state's global health community as a nexus for research, education, training, commercialization, and delivery on the world stage. WGHA executive members represent the state's largest global health research and delivery organizations, while sponsoring and supporting members include a broad range of corporate, civic and faith-based partners and global health nonprofits.  For more information, visit www.wghalliance.org

About Seattle Children’s Research Institute

At the forefront of pediatric medical research, Seattle Children's Research Institute is setting new standards in pediatric care and finding new cures for childhood diseases. Internationally recognized scientists and physicians at the Research Institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, and bioethics. With Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Research Institute brings together the best minds in pediatric research to provide patients with the best care possible. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical, and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which consistently ranks as one of the best pediatric departments in the country. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org/research