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Remembering Dr. Farmer, celebrating women, and going maskless

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Remembering Dr. Paul Farmer

People across the world are mourning the passing of Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health. If you have a story or tribute you’d like to share in his memory, you’re invited to use #PaulsPromise on social media or submit your tribute online.

Tomorrow, March 12, join the memorial livestream to honor Dr. Farmer and his commitment to justice and dignity in global health. The memorial will be held from 7:00–9:00 am PT.

Celebrating women in global health

International Women’s Day was on March 8, but that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating now. Let’s keep the momentum going by participating in the IWD 2022 social media campaign with the theme Break the Bias. Share a photo of yourself doing the pose and use #BreakTheBias and #WGHSeattle to show your support of gender equity in global health and beyond.

Interested in joining the movement of professional women and allies working toward gender equity in global health? Join Women in Global Health Seattle or a chapter near you. Follow Women in Global Health on social media to stay updated on gender equity initiatives, events, and advocacy opportunities.

Going maskless

Today marks the end of the indoor mask mandate for King County, Washington. But this doesn’t mean the virus is gone. Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds us it makes sense to keep masking up if you are at increased risk of COVID-19 or in contact with someone at high risk. You may choose to mask to be considerate of higher risk members of the public or to continue to reduce your own risk. Basically, keep using your best judgment to protect yourself and others.

Gov. Jay Inslee shared examples of places that will and won’t require masks starting tomorrow. Don’t forget—private businesses can still require them, so keep those masks handy.


Amplio Talking Books are now in Haiti, with audio content delivered in Haitian Creole. Through a partnership with CARE, Talking Books deliver messages on topics such as nutrition, health, COVID-19, gender, agriculture, animal husbandry, financial literacy, and more through a group listening model. Watch the short video for more details.

Ukraine update

As we watch the crisis in Ukraine unfold, WGHA members are working tirelessly to support the impacted areas.

  • World Vision is providing aid packages, hygiene and child-friendly kits, and psychological first aid to children living through traumatic events.
  • UNICEF is providing emergency medical supplies, water, sanitation, and child protection services.
  • Medical Teams International sent 26 pallets of medical supplies and mobilized a response team.

Teen mental health

Teens have shown increasing levels of anxiety, depression, and mental health issues over the past few years. Providence shared resources and advice for helping teens in your life through this challenging time, such as understanding their concerns, stopping the spiral, and making sure they get enough sleep.

The Upswing Fund, powered by Panorama Global, released a new report about adolescent mental health that examines four common challenges experienced by community-based mental health organizations and provides recommendations. It also shared its 2021 Impact Summary, which highlights the collective impact of its 92 partner organizations addressing adolescent mental health.

Zoomin’ around town


  • Listen to the Fred Hutch Cancer Health Equity NOW podcast to explore cancer care in Washington State through the eyes of community health workers.
  • Listen to the Resource Media Outside Voices podcast to hear from Xavier Boatright—an environmental justice organizer and researcher working to ensure equal access to clean air, clean water, and safe spaces to spend time outside in his community.

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”

Maya Angelou, American author and poet

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