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Four peas in a pod(cast), news from Everest, and aftershocks in Puerto Rico

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Photos of Fido

Dog pics might be the new microchips. Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is working with PiP My Pet on a facial recognition app to track dogs in Tanzania who’ve been vaccinated for rabies.

Taking pictures is faster and cheaper than inserting microchips, meaning more dogs could be vaccinated. And since rabid dogs cause 99% of the 59k human deaths from rabies each year, this new tech option could go a long way toward eliminating rabies by 2030.

It’s my party

Which global health organization reflects your birthday party style?

  1. Active  Panorama turns three and unveiled a brand new website organized around their three action tank principles: accelerate, catalyze, and empower.
  2. Celebratory – Cambia Grove turns five and will host a community celebration on March 30 highlighting the health care innovation community with a look toward the future.
  3. Reflective – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation turns 20, and the co-chairs reflect on two decades of work and progress in their annual letter (and video).

Ain’t no mountain high enough

Join Bloodworks Northwest, We Work for Health, and yours truly for an exclusive screening of the newly released documentary, Bombardier Blood, April 22 at SIFF Uptown. Chris Bombardier’s journey to become the first person with hemophilia to climb Mt. Everest (and the rest of the Seven Summits) will be followed by a discussion on science, lived experience, and more. Get your tickets now to go to the movies with us.

More news from Everest

Chris isn’t the only global health mountaineer taking on Everest. Next month, Jennifer Adair and Niki Robinson of Fred Hutch will hike to base camp to raise support for cancer research with Climb to Fight Cancer. Coordinating their trek is Luke Timmerman, a native Seattleite who you may remember from our Oct. 2017 Field Notes edition as the first Climb to Fight Cancer participant to tackle Everest.

Four peas in a pod(cast)

Refresh your global health podcast mix and make your commute more interesting with these additions:

  1. Bloodworks 101. In its brand new podcast, Bloodworks Northwest highlights CEO Curt Bailey, who brings a snowboarding approach to his leadership.
  2. CASE in Point. Emily Bancroft, VillageReach president, shares tips for collaborating with local governments to create sustainable systems change.
  3. Under Construction with Marilyn Strickland. Tony Mestres, president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, shares his views on equity, philanthropy, and partnerships in this episode of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s podcast.
  4. Coming soon! Coronavirus Crisis Update.  Be the first to hear experts explain the global health security and geopolitical impacts of COVID-19 in this spin-off of the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ podcast series, Take as Directed, which will be released early next week.    


Natural disasters leave lasting physical and mental health needs. Americares deployed a team of mental health workers to Puerto Rico, where residents are still feeling devastating effects and aftershocks from the January 7 earthquakes.

As of February 19, the small but mighty team has helped train over 2,010 community health workers, front line responders, and local leaders in Psychological First Aid so that the care continues even when the team leaves.

Budget reactions

The White House released the President’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 which, for the fourth year in a row, suggests major cuts (34%) to global health funding at the US Agency for International Development and the State Department. “Not so fast” was the reaction from many stakeholders, including the Global Health Technologies Coalition which cited global health security concerns in the middle of the COVID-19 epidemic.

People on the move

  • Hamid Bolouri joined Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason as an associate member in the Center for Systems Immunology. His background as a researcher and professor also included stints at Fred Hutch and the Allen Institute for Immunology.
  • Wilma Comenat brings extensive nonprofit experience to her new role as VP of Development at The Max Foundation where she’ll oversee development and communications.
  • Christine Squires, former executive vice president and chief development officer at Americares, will be the organization’s new president and CEO starting in March.

Around town

  • Feb. 27: Join fellow communicators for WGHA’s first Communicators Roundtable of the year. WGHA members only.
  • Mar. 7: Learn the latest in immunotherapy research at Fred Hutch’s CRI Immunotherapy Patient Summit.
  • Mar. 7: Network with experienced mentors at World Affairs Council and Young Professionals International Network’s 8th Annual International Women’s Day Speed Mentorship.
  • Mar. 24: Get oriented to Seattle’s global health community, hear from a senior global health leader, and meet fellow newbies at WGHA’s LaunchFor recent hires at WGHA member organizations only.
  • Apr. 4: Tell your teacher friends to register for WGHA’s STEM Global Educator Workshop to get hands-on global health activities for their classrooms and earn six STEM clock hours.
  • Apr. 7–8: Join Life Science Washington, innovators, scientists, and global health enthusiasts in the two-day event, Life Science Innovation Northwest.

“Fearless science is humanity at its best.”

Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr., president and director of Fred Hutch

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