Field Notes, Update

Open for business, a site for sore eyes, and (re)search and rescue

The info hub for the hub of global health

There’s an app for that

Apps aren’t just for streaming movies or playing games. WGHA members are embracing apps in global health, too.

  • Public Health—Seattle & King County shared resources for coping and care in the Black community in the face of ongoing racism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include apps by and for People of Color for meditation, mental health, and self care.
  • Washington State University researchers have developed a software program that could make it easier to identify deadly antimicrobial-resistant bacteria that cause over 2.8 million infections in the United States annually.

A site for sore eyes

The pandemic caused major disruptions to corneal health care and eye bank operations, but that hasn’t stopped SightLife, which has teamed up with Orbis to take clinical trainings online. From lectures to facilitated discussions to hands-on skills training, corneal surgeons and ophthalmic personnel from low- and middle-income regions can continue honing their skills to fight blindness and provide quality eye care. We see you, SightLife.

Open for business

As some businesses start to reopen, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and partners are helping workers stay safe. They are offering free Small Business Safe Start Supplies Kits with cloth face coverings, disposable masks, and sanitizer for businesses in King County. Order a kit for delivery while supplies last.

A man’s world

Melinda Gates is calling out the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women. COVID-19 has caused a breakdown in supply chains leading to reduced family planning supplies, ill-fitting PPE that was designed for men, lost jobs due to caregiver responsibilities, and the list goes on.

She has a few suggestions to make a difference now: supporting women-led businesses, ensuring employers allow work flexibility, making sure women have access to financial aid, and including the voices of diverse experts in decision-making. We think these good ideas should be the norm after the pandemic, too.

(Re)search and rescue

Big things are happening with COVID-19 trials and research. Check out these updates from WGHA members.

  • Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is conducting immunology-related COVID-19 research, including studies on immune responses in people hospitalized with COVID-19, the impact on lung tissue, and overactive inflammatory immune response.
  • Fred Hutch has been named the coordinating center for vaccine clinical trials of the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN). A Fred Hutch team will lead operations for at least five large-scale efficacy trials and is looking for volunteers now.

Talk to me now

A new and improved prototype of Amplio’s Talking Book is in the works. The new version will include rechargeable batteries and an upgraded processor to decrease costs and waste while increasing data security. Rural communities in Zambia are first in line to field test the new tech.

People on the move

  • Carmen Mikacenic is the newest principal investigator at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.
  • Dori Borjesson is the first woman to serve as the dean of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Want to be on the move with us? Check out WGHA’s communications manager position and apply to join our small but mighty team of connectors!

Around town

  • July 30: Join the Medical Teams International Field of Dreams fundraiser. This virtual event will take you on an immersive tour around the world to learn about life-saving medical care, hear from Medical Teams’ field staff, and meet the people they serve.
  • July 30: Learn best practices for data-gathering during COVID-19 in part four of RTI International’s webinar series.
  • August 6: Tell your teacher friends to sign up for the virtual STEM Global Educator Workshop to earn 3 STEM clock hours.
  • From now through August 8: Choose your own adventure in Fred Hutch’s re-imagined Obliteride fundraiser. Instead of the annual bike ride, you can cycle, run, or choose your own socially distant workout to support cancer research.

“When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something.”

—Representative John Lewis,
Congressman and civil rights advocate

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