A blueprint for regional global health alliances
It’s important to acknowledge that partnership is often absurdly complicated. Organizations have to compete for scarce funding, and funders are often more interested in supporting outcomes promised in a short time frame than in the longer-term work of creating partnerships, which can take years to come to fruition. There can be historical, organizational, and personal barriers, which require patience and time to overcome—two commodities in short supply for most of us.
However, as global health issues become increasingly complex and the resources to address them scarcer, the reality is we have to find ways to work more productively together.
This is tougher than you’d think; but Washington State is a trailblazer.
In 2007, WGHA formed with the leadership and support of global health organizations, the business community, civic institutions, and government agencies. WGHA has increased interconnectivity among global health entities as well as the broader community in Washington State. This has yielded stronger partnerships and higher impact by building awareness of the field, fostering a dynamic network of colleagues to solve problems no one entity can do alone, and maximizing program and scientific expertise.
With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we documented our journey and key learnings in The Blueprint for Building a Regional Global Health Alliance: Lessons Learned from Washington State. This report also reflects the candid insights of global health leaders from across the country. We hope that by sharing our experience, leaders from other regions will consider the benefits of establishing an alliance to strengthen their global health communities.