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A toast to global health, overcoming stigma, and the heroines of health

Discovery Center exhibition

Join WGHA members for a private reception at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center next Tuesday, July 18. Come enjoy beverages, bites, and connections with one another as we celebrate and explore “Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births”—an exhibition examining the arc of human reproduction through the lens of art and design. Registration for this in-person event is free for WGHA members!


A toast to global health


Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2023 Global Health Impact Awards on October 4. In honor of the launch of WGHA’s Innovation Exchange, this year’s theme is Exchanging Ideas.


Join WGHA for an inspiring evening at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture as we celebrate dedicated individuals and organizations making a difference in global health. Space for this event is limited so make sure to get your tickets soon! 



Meet the finalists


We are thrilled to announce this year’s Global Health Impact Awards finalists! The Global Health Impact Awards (GHIA) celebrate the people and organizations that deliver greater health equity every day through their commitment to innovation throughout the global health ecosystem. The winners of each award will be announced this August in a Special GHIA Edition of Field Notes and celebrated in person during our awards ceremony on October 4. 



Rising Star finalists


The Rising Star award is given to an individual age 40 or under who is making an exceptional impact in the field of global health. Judges looked for evidence of creativity and initiative, influence, potential to contribute meaningfully to the field, and ability to inspire collaboration.

  • Kingsley Ndoh, Founder & Chief Strategist, Hurone AI

  • Ritu Kamal, Associate Director, Global Programs, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

  • Thanasis Vratimos, Founder & Board President, GIVMED Share Medicine Share Life

Luminary Leader finalists

The Luminary Leader award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and a relentless commitment to the global health community. Judges looked for evidence of leadership, health impact, driving collaboration, and meaningful mentorship.

Organizational Impact finalists

The Organizational Impact award is given to an organization making an exceptional impact in improving global health equity. This award takes into account the impact relative to size and scope of the organization's financial and staff resources. Judges looked for evidence of better health outcomes and impact relative to organization size and budget as a result of innovation, deference to local leaders, and collaboration among diverse partners.


Congratulations to all this year's GHIA finalists!



Addressing disparities


According to Fred Hutch, endometrial cancer affects Black and white women equally in the United States, with a lifetime risk of approximately three percent. However, the mortality rate is significantly higher for Black women. Dr. Kemi Doll, a gynecologic oncologist at Fred Hutch, is working to address these racial disparities in endometrial cancer care by developing updated diagnostic guidelines and conducting a clinical trial to examine the impact of social support on treatment outcomes for black women. This work aims to improve diagnostic accuracy, implement new guidelines, and provide crucial support for Black women with endometrial cancer.



Overcoming stigma


In its latest blog post, UW Medicine shares the importance of talking about mental health, especially with men, and how it can save lives. Despite being the group with the highest suicide rates, men are not talking enough about their mental health. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, and eating disorders are prevalent among men, yet many cases go undiagnosed due to societal perceptions and stigmas. UW stresses the importance of having consistent and open conversations and shares tips on how to start conversations about mental health and give support to those who need it. 


Heroines of health

Women in Global Health’s Heroines of Health Award is back! This year’s award will recognize the contribution of exceptional women health workers in Africa who are advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. These individuals include doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers, and gender advocates who are driving positive change and ensuring health and bodily autonomy for women and girls. Don’t miss the official awardee announcement on July 19 during the Women Deliver 2023 conference in Kigali, Rwanda.




Nominations for the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) 2023 Innovating for Impact Awards are now open! GHTC will honor one research partnership and two congressional champions who have helped transform breakthrough scientific research into lifesaving tools to combat global health challenges. Submit your nominations by July 31!



Around the community


  • July 24: Register for Fred Hutch’s next virtual Global Oncology Lecture Series seminar with Margaret Lubwama, a medical microbiologist at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, who will present “Bacteremia in hematologic cancer patients with febrile neutropenia in Uganda.”

  • July 28: Get your tickets for the Congolese Integration Network’s (CIN) 3rd annual Refugees and Immigrants Week Fundraising Gala at the prestigious Pacific Tower in Seattle! Refugees and Immigrants Week’s mission is to empower the diaspora by celebrating cultural heritage, leadership, and skills.

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