Global Health Nexus—an initiative of the Washington Global Health Alliance in partnership with the Puget Sound Regional Council and Life Science Washington (formerly Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association) existed for the purpose of planning Global Health Month which took place in July of 2012 coinciding with “The Next Fifty” – a celebration of Seattle Center’s 50th anniversary. More than 10,000 people participated in events, a public exhibit and a student competition all focused on rallying the community around global health.
Nexus brought together 300 volunteers from Seattle and our neighboring region’s business, research, government and medical community to build a platform for enhanced collaboration and action in global health.
Highlights of the month
Global Health Experience Exhibit
Thousands of visitors stepped into the stories of four people facing malaria, cancer, diabetes and maternal and child health challenges through this interactive exhibit housed at Seattle Center in July and August 2012.
Groundswell: A night for global health
Melinda Gates headlined this 3,000 person public event at Seattle’s McCaw Hall on July 14, 2012. Featured speakers included Christy Turlington Burns (Every Mother Counts), Dr. Chris Murray (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation), Dr. Craig Rubens (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity & Stillbirth), Lisa Cohen (Washington Global Health Alliance). A special component of the program was a focus on the 2012 Saving Lives at Birth grantees with Wendy Taylor (USAID) and Dr. Peter Singer (Grand Challenges Canada) and the winners of “Be The Change” student competition.
Agency (formerly Party with a Purpose)
An event designed exclusively to engage people in their 20s and 30s in global health, Agency drew a crowd of 700 attendees and coincided with Groundswell: A night for global health, July 14, 2016. Melinda Gates shared her story with the crowd and the program focused on raising awareness of Health Alliance International’s Mobile Moms project in Timor Leste.
Perspectives: How faith-based and secular health organizations partner for better global health
A public event featuring an honest conversation about the realities and challenges of partnership for faith-based and secular organizations on July 15, 2012 at McCaw Hall. Two panels of global health leaders from both secular & faith based organizations discussed how organizations reconcile their differences in order to work together to effectively serve the people most in need. Speakers included Dr. Gary Darmstadt, Director of Family Health for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rich Stearns, CEO of World Vision US, Caryl Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Abed Ayoub, CEO of Islamic Relief USA.
Be the Change Student Competition
A contest for high school, community college and undergraduate university students in Washington state to advance solutions, awareness and innovation in global health. Teams from Glacier Peak High School, Seattle Central Community College and the University of Washington took home top honors. More than 250 students participated.