Field Notes, Update

From Seattle to Kampala, a groundbreaking TB drug, and 5 under 40

The info hub for the hub of global health

Among the UNGA

Global to Local community health worker Abdi Hussein willl be among the cast of many at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this month. Abdi is a refugee from Somalia and worked at a refugee hospital in Kenya before moving to the United States. Now Abdi works with hundreds of immigrants and refugees, many of them his own neighbors and friends, connecting them to health care and other services. At UNGA, Abdi will be one of two Patient Champions selected from a nationwide field, thanks to support from the Global Health Council and the Medtronic Foundation.

P.S. If you want the skinny on UNGA or want to download your own experience, join WGHA members (and Abdi!) on October 4 for our UNGA debrief event.

SFO to Sea-Tac to Kololo

Before their careers brought them to Seattle, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO, and Gary Gilliland, Fred Hutch president and director, were medical school residents in San Francisco. This summer, they were reunited at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) in Kampala. Thirty years ago, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was visiting faculty there, and today Dr. Gilliland oversees the 14-year alliance between the Hutch and UCI.

Good on ya, Sis

WGHA’s sister organization, Global Health Alliance Australia, studied the health impacts of climate change in the Asia Pacific. Its report outlines just 12 of the many pathways between the changing climate and poor health outcomes, including anemia, depression, the appearance of new viruses, and lower IQs in children.

Do you know the health risks of climate change but still don’t know how to talk about it? Check out Resource Media’s tips for communicating climate change before your next family gathering.

Game changer

The FDA approved what promises to be a game-changing antituberculosis drug—pretomanid. The three-drug treatment for people with drug-resistant and nonresponsive tuberculosis (TB) has deep roots in Seattle’s global health community. Dr. David Sherman who has a lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute played a lead role in its discovery and early development. And the TB Alliance, which ultimately developed the approved drug, was launched by RTI International’s Doris Rouse and includes these Seattle-based TB champions: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Infectious Disease Research Institute, and PATH.

Learn more at WGHA’s members-only Roundtable on Tuberculosis on September 10, featuring Dr. Susan Maloney from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


While kids are going back to school, WGHA is working with their STEM teachers and scientists to build the next generation of global health dreamers and doers. Sign up and spread the word about these STEM Global fall events.

  • September 25: Global health scientists and practitioners, register for WGHA’s STEM Global Public Engagement Training to master talking about your work with the public.
  • November 2: STEM educators, join us for the STEM Global Educator Workshop, complete with global health curriculum and resources for your classrooms.


We’re from the iSchool and we make information work!

Participate in the University of Washington School of Information (iSchool) Capstone program. Imagine, you are only three steps away from solving your biggest information challenges:

  1. Scope your project proposal. Review prior years projects. Contact our Capstone sponsor manager, Dr. Phil Fawcett, at iCapstone@uw.edu.
  2. Enter your project proposal in our database. Review the proposal guide and enter your project by late September/October 2019.
  3. Meet the student teams by attending Capstone Networking Night. Submitting a project proposal will guarantee an invite to Capstone Networking Night on October 28, 2019, 6-8 PM.

Superfood for Babies

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and PATH are highlighting the benefits of breastfeeding and making breast milk more accessible for babies around the world. Check out IHME’s interactive map with local patterns of breastfeeding across Africa and learn why PATH is establishing human milk banks in India.

5 under 40

Several Seattle global health pros were recognized as Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honorees. This rock star group includes:


Everybody needs a partner in wine

WGHA found ours in DeLille Cellars, who is donating 50% of its September D2 Heart label sales back to Washington’s global health community. A pioneering Washington State winery, DeLille Cellars has been crafting acclaimed Bordeaux-inspired blends for 27 years. D2, one of its founding wines, supports DeLille’s passion for nonprofits through the D2 Heart label.

Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits gave this iconic red 91 points, and it tastes even better when you’re drinking it for a cause. Whenever you need a partner in wine, DeLille is worth the dime. Make your wine purchase count here.

People on the move

  • Drew Clark, WGHA board member, is promoted to national director for institutional foundations at World Vision.
  • Kate Davidson joins Intellectual Ventures as its director of public relations after years of leading PR and communications at PATH.
  • Madé Lamont joins PATH as a new business development associate.
  • Gayle Rietmulder joins the executive leadership team at Medical Teams International as vice president, chief of finance.
  • Erin Schwartz joins the University of Washington’s (UW’s) College of Engineering as the senior director of corporate foundation relations after 15 years at The Max Foundation.
  • Judd Walson and Susan Graham are promoted to vice chair and associate chair, respectively, at the UW Department of Global Health Academic Programs. Meanwhile, Jared Baeten and Carey Farquhar move into new roles at the School of Public Health Dean’s office.
  • David Wu joins the San Diego Zoo as its new chief development and membership officer and president of the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.

Around town

  • September 10: Take part in a two-part event at Cambia Grove. 1) Lunch & Learn featuring what it takes for a startup to pilot successfully in the health care system, and 2) the TRAILS Competition Kickoff with an in-depth discussion on data flow and provider burnout.
  • October 2: Innovators join Life Science Washington and Product Creation Studio for DeviceConnect to learn about emerging medical devices.
  • October 17: WGHA’s sixth annual Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner and Auction is just around the corner. Join us to celebrate the 2019 Pioneers awardees.
  • February 13–16: Save the date for the 2020 Seattle/King County Clinic and sign up to volunteer.

Change is made not only possible but probable when we partner with and invest in women.

– Soja Orlowski, executive director of Worldwide Fistula Fund, writes about the best way to change the world

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