Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2023 WGHA Global Health Impact Awards! In honor of the launch of WGHA’s Innovation Exchange, this year’s theme is Exchanging Ideas. Join us at the Burke Museum on October 4 to celebrate the people and organizations that deliver greater health equity and demonstrate a commitment to innovation, improving the global health ecosystem through their efforts. Registration space is limited so make sure to get your tickets soon!
We are also accepting nominations for the Global Health Impact Awards! These awards highlight the people and organizations that are making a big impact in global health. Who will you nominate for the following categories?
Rising Star: Awarded to an individual age 40 or under (as of October 1, 2023) who is making an exceptional impact in the field of global health.
Luminary Leader: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and a relentless commitment to the global health community.
Organizational Impact: Awarded to an organization making an exceptional impact in improving global health equity.
Please submit your nominations by May 31.
Celebrating five years
Happy anniversary to Kati Collective! The global consulting collaborative is celebrating Five Years of Weaving Approaches to Health Equity Globally. Founder and CEO Kirsten Gagnaire marked the occasion by sharing her reflections of the past five years in an anniversary video.
April is #DonateLifeMonth, a time to raise awareness about people who have received transplants, recognize those still waiting for transplants, and honor donors and their families for giving hope. In honor of National Donate Life Month, Sightlife is encouraging everyone to take a few minutes to register to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor. More than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants and rely on the generosity of donors.
Can video games be considered therapeutic? Seattle Children’s believes they can be and shares how their Therapeutic Gaming Program is using video games, virtual reality, and other therapeutic technology to improve patient outcomes. Benefits of gaming therapy include pain distraction, socialization, education, and being a creative outlet for patients.
World Health Worker Week
Women in Global Health marked World Health Worker Week in early April by recognizing the Heroines of Health and sharing stories of some dedicated women who are making a difference in their communities. These stories are a good reminder of the challenges that health care workers face and the importance of investing in health care workers to ensure they have the necessary resources, training, and support needed to continue providing lifesaving services.
Committing to sustainability
Adara Group announced the launch of their Sustainability Committee. The committee will be chaired by Senior Business Analyst Storai Sadat and include a team of Adara employees from around the world. The committee was established to lead and coordinate Adara’s environmental, social, and governance commitments and to achieve their long-term sustainability goals.
Around the community
April 17: Register now for Fred Hutch’s next virtual Global Oncology Lecture Series seminar with guest speaker John Scheel, Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Chair of Global and Planetary Health, Affiliate Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Scheel will present, “Improving Breast Ultrasound Interpretation in Uganda.”
April 20: Tune in to Seattle Children’s next Conversations About Autism series: Talking to Your Kids About Their Diagnosis of Autism. This series features experts and advocates who share their knowledge and perspectives on autism as well as helpful tips for supporting a child, adolescent, or young adult with autism.
April 20: Join the Women in Global Health Georgia and Women in Global Health DC chapters for Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Post-Roe: How Restrictive US Abortion Policy Impacts Movements Abroad, a conversation with Dr. Luciá Berro Pizzarossa and Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins on the impact of the US decision to overturn Roe v Wade on the global movement to expand abortion rights.
May 11: Register now for WGHA’s ADJUevent! This event will educate attendees on the global health landscape in Washington State and highlight WGHA’s Executive Members. WGHA members at all levels in their careers and those who work in various roles of global health are encouraged to join!
July date TBD: WGHA private reception for the Designing Motherhood exhibition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Details to be sent to WGHA members soon.