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Drum roll, please …

These three global health movers and shakers are leaving a mark and bringing home awards to boot. Join us in congratulating them.

  • Martha Holley Newsome, Medical Teams International president and CEO, was honored with the Portland Business Journal’s Health Care Global Impact Award. Her leadership has emphasized responding quickly in crisis to vulnerable and displaced people who need it most.
  • Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, The Max Foundation CEO, was the CEO Awardwinner at the Union for International Cancer Control World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur for her commitment to bringing equity, dignity, and hope to people facing cancer around the world.
  • Clint Nohavec, partner at Camber Collective, was a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. Clint’s experience growing up with refugees from war-torn countries inspires him to invest in people as “entrepreneurs of their own lives.”

Flu here

“Alexa, open Flu Doctor.” Find the top three closest places to get your flu shot and the latest flu season stats with Alexa. Seattle Children’s Hospital teamed up with Boston Children’s and gave Alexa science cred to keep families in the know this flu season. Learn more from Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, pediatrician and chief of digital innovation at Seattle Children’s.


Flu there

Vietnam is fighting back with two new, locally produced flu vaccines. Thanks to a nearly decade-long partnership with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, PATH, WHO, and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Vietnam is the first among low- and middle-income countries to move toward sustainable vaccine production.


Flu everywhere

Meanwhile, scientists at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) are working on a breakthrough way to deliver flu vaccines without the shot. IDRI biochemist Darrick Carter explains how the new technology could be good news for pandemic preparedness and for cancer, too.


Leave no scone unturned

Cathleen Collins, PATH, and Neal Myrick, Tableau Foundation, each took a sabbatical to work in a bakery before rolling into Washington’s global health scene. Neal started as a barista and then helped open a bakery in Oregon. Meanwhile, Cathleen was a pastry chef in Montana. It was the yeast they could do.


Overheard at UNGA

Download quick takeaways from last week’s UNGA meeting thanks to the Global Health Technologies Coalition. The skinny: We need new tools to end TB, new innovation to accelerate universal health coverage, and new resources for R&D. And there’s good reason to have both optimism and concern about the Global Goals as Melinda Gates cautions that “progress is not inevitable.


New kids on the block

Welcome to three new faces in WGHA member organizations:

  • Anthony Okoth joins PATH as the new Kenya country director and shares his personal stories about HIV prevention and his vision for PATH in Kenya.
  • VillageReach welcomes Jennifer Crouch, new development director in its Seattle office, and Patrick Sikana, vice president of programs based in Africa.

Human capital

IHME released a study defining an internationally comparable human capital indexfor the first time, measuring country-level education, learning, and health across 195 countries.

African leaders gain management, problem-solving, and communication skills through the International Program in Public Health Leadership (IPPHL) program. Applications open November 1 for the third IPPHL cohort thanks to support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and the Center for Creative Leadership.


Around town


As in any good partnership, we’ve taught each other to ask and answer questions in new ways, leading to new solutions that neither organization would have come up with on our own.

Emily Bancroft, VillageReach president, remarks on VillageReach’s 2018 Outstanding Collaboration award with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.

Limited tickets remaining! Don’t miss your last chance to dive in and celebrate the Pioneers Awardees on October 11 at the Seattle Aquarium.


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