Field Notes, Update

Show me the money, show me the data, and help bring global health home

The info hub for the hub of global health

Bittersweet like 90% cacao

Congratulations to WGHA’s own Tina Vlasaty, who is moving over to Kaiser Permanente where she’ll work at the intersection of strategy and planning. If you know Tina like we do, you know it’s perfect for her and bittersweet for us. We’ll miss her business school exactitude, her midwestern kindness, and the way she raises her hand in team meetings, saying, “Oh! I have an idea for that!” And we’ll miss our office dog, Maizy, who in the spirit of solidarity is also resigning.

Finally, congratulations to Tiffany Cain, who is moving into the WGHA vice president role while continuing to guide WGHA’s branding and communications strategies.

You go first

Challenging other countries to open their wallets at the G20 summit, Prime Minister Theresa May committed £1.4 billion to the Global Fund to stop killer diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Show me the money

Find out how many U.S. federal dollars are spent on R&D for the neglected diseases you’re tracking thanks to these interactive graphs from the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC).

Then recognize some global R&D heroes by nominating a research partnership or congressional champion for GHTC’s 2019 Innovating for Impact Awards.

Show me the data

Providence St. Joseph Health and Microsoft have teamed up to bring next-generation technology and cost savings to patients. The powerhouse partnership will combine Microsoft’s AI and research strengths with Providence’s data, clinical care, and potential reach (think 51 hospitals, 829 clinics, and 119,000 caregivers).

Moves like this show us why peers named Providence CEO Rod Hochman one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives.


Help bring global health home!

Remember the last time you saw a global health solution work in the field and thought, That could make a difference back home? Global to Local needs to hear from you.

Global to Local (G2L) uses global health strategies to improve health equity right here in the United States. From workforce to technology innovation, G2L is taking the best ideas from the field and applying them in our own backyard.

Global health problems aren’t just global and the solutions shouldn’t be either. Click here to tell G2L about your global health strategy, program, or solution that can make a difference locally.

I never liked those silos anyway

In the spirit of integration, the National Academies met to break down the silos between infectious diseases and noncommunicable diseases. RTI International’s Rachel Nugent participated in the workshop that brought together leading voices in both fields.

People on the move

  • Raquel Sanchez is named managing director of Global Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, bringing IQ, EQ, and a deep commitment to the field.
  • Greg Amrofell is named chief marketing officer at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), bringing entrepreneurship and creativity to IHME’s work illuminating health priorities around the world.
  • Adara Development welcomes two new members to Adara Partners, a unique business-for-good advisory panel that sustains Adara’s global health work.

Around town

  • July 14: Take a walk with Swedish to keep women healthy and help save lives.
  • July 25: Get social with Life Science Washington and a vibrant community of life science professionals.
  • August 10: Bike, walk, run, or volunteer at Fred Hutch’s Obliteride to raise money for lifesaving cancer research.
  • August 18: Join Nothing But Nets and the Seattle Storm to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria.
  • September 18: If you’re a new hire at a WGHA member organization, it’s not too soon to register for Launch! Offered twice annually, Launch includes an overview of Washington’s global health ecosystem, lessons from a senior leader (spoiler alert: we’ve invited Raquel Sanchez!), and structured networking with 40 other newbies. Sign up today.

“We live in a constant state of outbreaks. What I’ve seen in the 15 years I’ve been working in Kenya is that we can work with local government to build local research capacity. With this local capacity, we can find solutions to outbreaks.”

– Dr. Kariuki Njenga, country director of the Washington State University Global Health Program in Kenya, speaking to WGHA members at our Kenya roundtable event

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