Field Notes, Update

Women experts, celebs, and a sketch comedian

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Master list

You’ve been watching a lot of COVID-related news, but how many women have you seen? Women make up 70% of the global health workforce, but only 10% of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

That’s why Women in Global Health (WGH) launched Operation 50/50 to promote equal representation. WGH has compiled a roster of women global health security experts to curb the excuse that there aren’t any. Nominate an expert today.

Singers, actors & soccer stars

Celebs are using their influence to speak out on COVID-19.

  • Lizzo sent meals to ER staff around the country, with a special message for the University of Washington (UW) Medicine team.
  • Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation donated funds for PPE and medical supplies to Partners In Health and the International Rescue Committee, among others.
  • Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, and the rest of the Contagion cast teamed up with researchers to release the Control the Contagion campaign, and Resource Media is partnering to promote it. Like, retweet, and share the PSAs with your networks.
  • Italian stars, from soccer player Francesco Caputo to filmmaker Olmo Parenti, spoke out in response to the pandemic. Check out these and more Italian communicators of COVID-19 in Minerva Strategies’ blog.

Parlez-vous français?

The national government in Niger launched a pilot program, Niger Smart Villages, to bring education and technology to remote villages with low literacy levels. Amplio’s Talking Books are part of the pilot bringing critical health and agriculture messages in French and Zarma.

Funny you should ask

Mike Mathieu, new senior writer at Message Lab, is not your typical science and health writer. As a former writer and performer on The Cody Rivers Show, his background is in sketch comedy. In his new gig, Mike’s experience thinking outside the box and relating to his audience comes in handy when sharing complex science with lay audiences.

House party

Distance doesn’t have to mean disconnect. WGHA members are coming together while working apart.

  • Adara Group reminds its Seattle team and global partners they’re only one call away.
  • Amplio’s virtual meetings look a lot like The Brady Bunch.
  • Panorama team keeps their #MorningMotivation going with a home dance party.

Virtual reality

Virtual meetings and home offices are the new reality. Kati Collective offers insights on how to make multi-stakeholder meetings work. Spoiler alert: this includes being flexible and pivoting plans to adjust.

And when you’re not in meetings, turn up these playlists to stay productive. If you need a break, check out these virtual tours of museums, international landmarks, zoos, and parks.

Retool & repurpose

Industries in Washington and beyond are switching gears to support hospitals and health care providers on the front lines.

  • Medical Teams International repurposed its Mobile Dental Vans for Swedish Health Services to serve as drive-through COVID-19 testing sites.
  • Local distillers are making hand sanitizer for first responders and medical staff.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA are converting CenturyLink Field to a field hospital.

Swab for SCAN

Seattle researchers are building a disease tracking model for COVID-19, and they’re looking for residents to step up and swab.

The Seattle Flu Study pivoted its focus and partnered with Public Health – Seattle & King County to launch the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN), which sends home testing kits to residents whether or not they are showing symptoms to help researchers learn more about the virus.

Other SCAN collaborators include WGHA members UW Medicine, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Lend a hand

Calling all medical practitioners: Public Health – Seattle & King County is looking for volunteers (RN, NP, MD, PA, and medical assistants) to staff quarantine and recovery centers. The sites operate 24/7 with shifts from 7:00 am–7:00 pm and 7:00 pm–7:00 am. Contact Amy Curtis for info.

From the White House to your house

Washington-based research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) was the basis for a White House decision to extend nationwide social distancing. The IHME model forecasts the number of hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators needed, as well as deaths—state by state—with a national virus peak currently in April. The forecasts are updated daily. IHME is also expected to release forecasts for European nations in the near future.

The President also signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, this includes funds for hospitals, businesses, and nonprofits; checks to individuals and families; a break from student loan payments; and a boost to unemployment services.

People on the move

  • Dr. Paul M. Buckley is co-leading Fred Hutch’s new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Angel Roggie joined VillageReach as senior associate of communications.

Around town

  • Apr. 8: Find out the latest travel restriction info with Key Travel and Global Washington.
  • Apr. 10: Register for Global Washington’s webinar to start a contingency plan for fundraising.
  • Apr. 10: Dig deeper into the relationship between the US and Russia with the World Affairs Council.
  • Apr. 13–May 18: Learn about the COVID-19 pandemic in a seminar series with the UW Department of Global Health.

“It is often in times of crisis that our humanity, resilience and compassion shine brightest.”

—Dr. Guy Hudson, CEO of Swedish Health Services,
thanking Washingtonians for staying home

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