Field Notes, Update

From the Congo to Clark County, the warming planet is cooling our success, and Seattle wants your flu sample

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Global lessons for local outbreaks

Measles is in the news, with dozens of cases here in Washington State. In the middle of this US outbreak, VillageReach shares four lessons we can bring home from our African colleagues. From engaging political support to launching communications campaigns – there’s room for us to step it up.

You can’t sleep this off

Sleeping sickness is a serious and disabling disease—fatal if untreated. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (where 85% of the world’s cases are), the Ministry of Health is teaming up with two Seattle powerhouses—PATH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—for a twofold solution to eliminate sleeping sickness by 2020. The approach includes a scholarship to train 25 new local health experts and a commitment to bring the first all-oral treatment, fexinidazole, to market. Sleep on that.

Warming planet, cooling success

Climate change complicates human health in some predictable ways—famine, drought, and natural disasters—and in some less predictable ways. Now, the changing climate is threatening gains in preventing and treating HIV. These growing impacts underscore efforts like the Bridge Collaborative, which aims to address the intersection of human and planetary health, including its joint publication with Panorama on the philanthropic case for multisector funding.

Eyes on Ayin

Nonprofit Providence St. Joseph Health launched a for-profit arm this week. The new Ayin Health Solutions will bring to market decades of Providence know-how and value-based care like lower costs, better quality, and a population health perspective. Organizations that care for people need someone to care for them. Welcome, Ayin.


Wine with a view

That’s better than premier wine? Premier wine with a premium view, of course.

Located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Winery has award-winning wines with a stunning landscape to boot. Craig and Vicki Leuthold turned their vision of making premier Washington wines into a reality in 2001 and now welcome thousands of visitors each year to their destination winery. Maryhill’s exclusive reserve tasting room and world-class summer concert series await you. Click here to uncork your tour details.

Moving on up

  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s new CIO, Kathy Alexion, has been a familiar face at Fred Hutch since 2016. In her new role, Kathy will use cloud technology to clear the way for researchers to do what they do best—find cancer cures.
  • The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) welcomes Seattle native Amelia Apfel, a new media relations officer, to advance IHME’s Local Burden of Disease project—an effort to map health metrics throughout the world in 5X5 kilometer increments.
  • Governor Jay Inslee appointed former Washington State University Spokane chancellor and longtime health science advocate Lisa Brown as Washington’s new Department of Commerce director.

Step right up …

And give a sample. If you have the flu, that is. Seattle’s flu study hopes to get 10,000 swabs from achy, sneezy Seattleites. The effort is supported by WGHA members Seattle Children’s Research Institute, UW Medicine, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who hope to use this health data to prevent the next big pandemic.

Around town

  • February 12: Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, cofounder and CEO of The Max Foundation, discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly in global cancer at Science in the City.
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  • February 21: Take your lunch break at Cambia Grove with Echo Health Ventures and Camber Collective at the Developing a High-Impact Business Plan Lunch & Learn.
  • March 7: Get a head start on celebrating International Women’s Day with stories from the front lines of fighting for women’s rights.

“We want to see what the future looks like, and we think the Pacific Northwest is the best place to look.”

– Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary, UK’s Department for International Development, talking with Washington Global Health leaders about technology, health care, and digital transformation

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