Dinner Party with Global Health Rockstars
June 2 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of learning and conversation when you dine with WGHA’s Pioneers of Global Health 2018 Award Winners, Dr. Vivien Tsu and Dr. Laura Dwyer-Lindgren.
Please note that tickets are no longer available for this event, as the tickets have all sold.
Meet the Winners of the 2018 WGHA Pioneers of Global Health Awards
Pioneers Award for Impact: Dr. Vivien Tsu, PATH
WGHA’s fifth annual Pioneers Award for Impact recognized Dr. Vivien Tsu, a pioneer in women’s cervical cancer prevention whose scientific contributions and relentless commitment to protecting women for more than 35 years has helped shift the dialogue from “if” to “when” we conquer cervical cancer.
Dr. Tsu began working in cervical cancer in 1991, when it was an understudied issue with few feasible solutions for low-resource settings. Vivien’s Fulbright scholarship and firsthand experience seeing women suffer in Zimbabwe grounded her dedication and career.
“Vivien’s work to connect women in low-resource settings with HPV vaccination, cervical cancer screening and diagnosis, and breast health services has helped to shift the balance of global health equity in the right direction and allowed thousands of disadvantaged people to lead fuller, healthier lives,” shared Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH.
Speaking about the award and her career, Dr. Tsu said “I am honored by this award and by the opportunities I have had to make a real difference in women’s lives. Working with colleagues at PATH and others in our Washington state global health community, we have helped to guide a movement of technological and system innovation to reach a historic turning point, where the Director General of WHO recently called for the global elimination of cervical cancer.”
Pioneers Rising Leader: Dr. Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
WGHA’s 2018 Pioneers Rising Leader is Dr. Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, who brings an uncompromising commitment to understanding health data and health inequalities and the collaboration required to get them right. Dr. Dwyer-Lindgren’s research documents people living miles apart with health outcomes that are worlds apart.
Dr. Dwyer-Lindgren led research and analysis on one of IHME’s most widely read studies in 2017 that examined life expectancy in the United States by county and how different factors contribute to disparities. The study has been read by people on every continent and was ranked one of the most reviewed studies of 2017 by Altmetric.
“Dr. Dwyer-Lindgren combines diligence, ingenuity, and creativity in measuring conditions that affect people’s health and well-being, whether in King County, Washington State, nationally or globally,” noted Dr. Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington and Chief Strategy Officer for the University’s Population Health.
“This award is as inspiring as it is humbling,” said Dr. Laura Dwyer-Lindgren. “I am grateful to WGHA and the Pioneers judges for this honor. IHME has been recognized globally for its significant contributions to global health, and I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside such dedicated faculty and researchers.”