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Meet the 2018 Pioneers of Global Health Awards Winners and test your global giving knowledge

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And the envelope says …

But first, a drum roll for the following: a woman who wouldn’t give up on cervical cancer in Africa; another woman whose research has changed the field of public health; and two non-profits with different strengths teaming up to reduce HIV rates in Malawi. WGHA is honored to present the 2018 Pioneers of Global Health Awards Winners:

  • Award for Impact: Dr. Vivien Tsu, PATH
  • Rising Leader: Dr. Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • Outstanding Collaboration: VillageReach and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands for the Chipatala Cha Pa Foni or “Health Center by Phone” for Adolescents Program

We couldn’t be more proud of their work and their roots in this region’s global health sector. Come take a dive with us at the Seattle Aquarium on October 11 when we honor awardees at WGHA’s fifth Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner & Auction.

Global giving

A recent report says the world was generous in 2017, giving a record amount in emergency relief. Which country gives the most? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

Better, faster, stronger

In the three years since it formed, MSR Global Health has brought clean water to more than half a million people in 30+ countries. But they aren’t stopping there—they’re speeding up by launching the MSR Impact Project, a platform that raises money to reach more people faster with clean water. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an MSR loyalist, or just starting your Couch to 5K, you can use the Impact Project’s platform to get involved.

Have you heard?

You’ve probably heard that Cliff Schmidt, founder of Literacy Bridge, has a Talking Book that has people in remote villages listening. But have you also heard that Literacy Bridge is now Amplio? Cliff and company are using their audio technology to amplify community voices and share key health knowledge.

Hat tip to Minerva Strategies, who helped with Amplio’s rebrand and shared guidelines for other nonprofits considering it.

Got milk?

Breast milk is the gold standard in infant nutrition (just ask Melinda Gates), but too many vulnerable babies aren’t getting breast milk. WGHA members like Adara DevelopmentPATHSwedish, and World Vision are changing that. In India, Kenya, Vietnam, and South Africa, PATH is setting up human milk banks for newborns who wouldn’t have breast milk otherwise, making them six times more likely to survive.


ISO ten creative scientists

Kameron Harris is using applied mathematics to advance our understanding of brain wiring. Mary Regier is using biomedical engineering to understand cell-fate patterning to improve health care. Kameron and Mary are supported by a three-year Washington Research Foundation (WRF) postdoctoral fellowship, and you could be too.

WRF is accepting applications through this weekend for its second cohort of ten postdocs to work on ambitious projects that break new ground in solving major public needs. Fellows will be funded for three years at eligible research institutions in Washington state. Don’t miss your chance to apply.

Wedding bells still ringing

We noted a few global health weddings in a recent issue. A few others are getting hitched this year too: Erin Schneider (The Max Foundation), Todd Dennett(Tiller), and Sean McKee (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation). Did we miss yours? Drop us your virtual save-the-date today!

Around town

Lean in, work out, and link up with these Seattle-based events coming up soon:

  • Share best practices for building inclusive global health workplaces at WGHA’s diversity roundtable. Learn from other WGHA members who are blazing the way—PwCVillageReach, and Resource Media. (July 19 for WGHA members only)
  • Make your miles count with Fred Hutch’s sixth annual Obliteride. Pick your distance and join thousands walking or riding for better treatments, better outcomes, and better lives for cancer patients. (August 11)
  • Network on the roof at Life Science Washington’s summer social. (August 23)

Nightingales and veggie Rx

Four nurses from four countries have one fellowship in common: the Partners in Health (PIH) Nightingale Fellowship. They’re improving patient care in their home countries thanks to PIH. And on the home front, PIH is serving up nutrition in the Navajo Nation through its fruit and veggie prescription program, and 85% of participants are now eating 5+ healthy servings a day. How’s that for delicious news?

Washington Research Foundation supports research and scholarship in Washington state, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies.

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