Field Notes, Update

Sail like a girl, Seattle’s new equation, and the missing millions

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Happy birthday, Field Notes!

Last summer, we had an idea for a different kind of newsletter. Our vision: something useful and catchy that you could read in a few minutes and was less likely to end up in that dark place at the bottom of your inbox. Today, Field Notes celebrates its first birthday!

Thank you for reading and sharing. Our favorite stories have been about you: Linda Barnes, the Puyallup posse, Rhea Coler, Felix Lankester—the list of global health thinkers and doers goes on.

Field Notes is taking August recess (because we know better than to compete with Seattle summer), but we’ll be back September 7. See you then!

Sail like a girl

Allison Dvaladze advocates for breast cancer patients around the world and builds partnerships to support Fred Hutch’s oncology program in Uganda. But this summer, Allison took on a new challenge—sailing to Alaska—as part of the eight-woman sailing team that made history by winning a 750-mile race. That’s how girls do it.


PATH was established in 1977, and last week it unveiled a transformative new look. The bold and modern rebrand matches how PATH’s work, partnerships, and innovation have evolved in the last four decades. And while the visuals are transforming, the core values are staying. PATH, you’ve never looked better.

New math

What do you get when you add pediatric virologist Lisa Frenkel and systems biologist John Aitchison? The country’s largest (and we’re betting the most effective) pediatric infectious disease research program. Congratulations to the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the Center for Infectious Disease Research on a really smart equation.

Bob the Builder

Thanks to Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and colleagues, the BUILD Act is building momentum on Capitol Hill in both chambers. The bill replaces the Overseas Private Investment Corporation with a new agency that can lend money, buy equity, and insure private investments in line with US foreign policy. Learn more here


Your travel needs are different from most …

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Missing millions

Some 300 million people living with viral hepatitis don’t know they have it. World Hepatitis Day (July 28) marks the worldwide search to find those missing millions, and Seattle’s Hepatitis Education Project is leading the local charge.

We’ve got your number

  • Calling volunteers: Between 2014 and 2017, Seattle/King County Clinic gave free health care to 16,300 locals. The clinic is happening again September 20–23. Don’t miss this chance to bring your global expertise to meet local needs. Sign up here.
  • Calling policy nerds: Join a national policy conversation with Senator Patty Murray and the Center for Strategic and International Studies on August 6.  
  • Calling interns: Kaiser Permanente has you covered with this How To: Resume and Social Media event on August 14.
  • Calling recent hires: WGHA’s Launch program provides an orientation to the region’s ecosystem, networking and professional development, a cool guest speaker, and a wine reception (of course). Snag your ticket for the September 12 event today.

FDA said yes

Malaria eradication efforts got a boost when the FDA approved a new drug to treat a certain type of malaria that infects some 8.5 million people every year. The new malaria treatment has its roots in Seattle with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding the drug development and PATH developing the diagnostic.

In this room, you literally have what’s driving the malaria fight. Since PMI started in 2006, the game has shifted from controlling to eradicating malaria, and the organizations in this room are leading the charge.

—Dr. Ken Staley, director of the President’s Malaria Initiative,
speaking with WGHA executive members in Seattle

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