Field Notes, Update

Refreshing your watchlist, setting sail, and breaking barriers

The info hub for the hub of global health

Advocacy warrior

Steph Curry is not only an all-star player for the Golden State Warriors—and arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history—he’s also an advocate for global health, gender equity, and racial justice. Check out his conversation with Bill Gates on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Report, disparities in access to care in communities of color, and the importance of accurate information and empathy. Steph’s our MVP for making health topics trend among Gen Z basketball fans.

Refresh your watchlist

Eight months into the pandemic, you may be getting a little (or a lot) bored. These WGHA members and friends have you covered with fresh entertainment.

  • Adara released a documentary about its remote programs in Nepal—Big Mountains, Big Dreams.
  • Resource Media began a new season of its Outside Voices Podcast featuring personal stories from BIPOC communities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ folks, and their relationship with nature and the outdoors.
  • Partners In Health was the focus of the award-winning documentary Bending the Arc, now available on Netflix.
  • Zero Malaria Starts with Me launched the #MosquitoClapChallenge, a viral TikTok campaign to raise awareness for World Mosquito Day. Dust off your dancing shoes, because there’s still time to join in.

Anchors aweigh

The Solidarity is setting sail for global health. This World Vision medical ship is traveling down the Amazon River to reach isolated communities in Brazil, which has been hit hard by the pandemic with over 142,000 deaths and 4.7 million cases of COVID-19. Volunteers and medical professionals aboard the ship are delivering 1,400 food boxes, 800 hygiene kits, 2,100 face masks, medical care, and hope to families in need.

Celebrating DEI in oncology

Two research scientists are working to elevate Black voices in cancer research and medicine by creating an inclusive community—Black in Cancer—to network, support, and educate people that either work in, or are affected by, cancer. Sponsored by Fred Hutch and other leading research organizations, Black in Cancer highlights the contributions of Black researchers, physicians, and patient advocates within the global oncology community.

Fighting for DEI in training

More than 150 business and nonprofit groups signed a letter asking the White House to withdraw its executive order (EO) limiting diversity training programs on racial and gender biases. Locally, VillageReach’s Emily Bancroft responded to USAID’s decision to pause future diversity seminars with a public comment expressing hope that “the global health and development field in the US will be more vocal about this Executive Order and the impact that it could have on much needed anti-racism efforts in our sector.” Add your voice to the conversation by commenting on the article, sending a letter to the White House, and publicly declaring racism as a public health issue.

Breaking glass ceilings

Looking to level up your leadership skills? Check out WomenLift Health’s Leadership Journey program, a year-long experience aimed at giving mid-career women the tools and support network to successfully use their voice, expertise, and leadership skills for impact. Submit your application by November 13 to join the 2021 cohort.

Humble brag—WGHA Governance Board member Bindiya Patel is in the inaugural cohort.

Triple Threat

The combination of floods, locusts, and COVID-19 is causing a major humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia. The International Rescue Committee is on the scene responding to food insecurity and the twelve-fold increase in COVID-19 cases since June. The IRC is raising community awareness on COVID-19 risk factors, providing PPE, and building water points to allow for hand washing. It’s also providing multi-purpose cash transfers and essential non-food items for local farmers who lost their crops.

Risky Business

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s latest Global Burden of Disease Study finds that high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and obesity are among the top global risk factors that contribute to millions of deaths each year. On a positive note, exposure to smoking (previously a top risk factor) has decreased worldwide by 10%. Maybe government officials should take a page out of the anti-smoking campaign playbook?

People on the move

  • A.J. McClure is named the new executive director of Global to Local, starting December 1.
  • Bea Covington is the new global partnerships director at Amplio.
  • John Ray is the newest principal investigator at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.
  • Julia Roper is the new program officer at Panorama.

Around town

“The pandemic has made clear the need to address the social determinants of health to make sure that everyone has the same opportunity to come back as a stronger and more equitable community.”

Dr. Luis Manriquez, medical director of Range Community Clinic, a clinical practice affiliated with Washington State University

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