Field Notes, Update

Global health STDs, wonder women, and parasitic worms

The info hub for the hub of global health

Diving in

Maurizo Vecchione, executive vice president of Global Good at Intellectual Ventures, spends his “on” time collaborating with Bill Gates to invent tech for the developing world. He spends his “off” time doing search and rescue missions in the Puget Sound with the US Coast Guard, sailing, scuba diving, and otherwise exploring the Pacific Northwest.

ADJUevent – WGHA’s member mixer

Adjuvants are global health rock stars like you who help facilitate global wins. You’re busy advancing health equity among the world’s most vulnerable people. Let us give you a night off and your global health network a boost. Get your ticket today for ADJUevent on April 26!

Have you heard?

Cliff Schmidt, founder of Literacy Bridge, has a Talking Book invention that has millions around the world listening. But don’t just listen to us—go hear Cliff at Pacific Science Center on March 13 (reserve tickets here).

Full house

Help make Global to Local’s first community open house a full house on March 20. Register today to meet G2L’s staff, visit friends and neighbors, and break bread.

Girl power

Melinda said it best: “When money flows into the hands of women, everything changes.” And with that wisdom, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $170 million to help women around the world increase their economic power. Let’s go, girls!

Wonder women

Cheers to three wonder women in our own community. PATH’s chief financial officer, Olivia Polius, is a 2018 CFO awards honoree. And Debra A. Canales and Dr. Rhonda Medows, both executive vice presidents at Providence St. Joseph Health, were named two of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare 2018.


Balanced structure & grace

Walla Walla’s own Seven Hills Winery was founded in 1988 by fourth-generation farmer Casey McClellan. Our bottles pair well with gruyère cheese or dark chocolate, and they’re a perfect match with good company and global health conversation. Notes of restrained oak and bright acidity blend smoothly to create a variety of flavors that will leave you singing notes of your own. Editor’s note: After serving Seven Hills at our events for years, we can vouch that this isn’t just news through the grapevine.

As a special for Field Notes readers, the first five readers who book their Friday Seven Hills food and wine experience will receive a 15% discount. Click here to uncork the details.

The edge of seventeen

It takes about 17 years for an intervention to go from discovery to implementation—aka the “know–do” gap. University of Washington scientists are trying to narrow the gap with their Fundamentals of Implementation Science course. Apply by May 15 and bring us back from the edge of 17.

Anything for the cause

Seventeen volunteers from the Netherlands have parasitic worms. On purpose. Researchers are piloting a new way to test vaccines faster. Would you volunteer for that?

The doghouse

While the tobacco industry is eyeing new global markets, former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has his eye on industry. Bloomberg let the dogs out—investing $20 million to create a global tobacco watchdog group that will closely monitor industry marketing in developing countries.

If we look at the health of the world in 10 to 20 years, I am confident that the science and the innovation I see represented around this table are what is going to make the difference.

–  Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, speaking with global health and life science representative in her first industry roundtable

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