Field Notes, Update

United we stand, a new must-hear kids album, and the link between democracy and health

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United we stand

More than two dozen Washington-based organizations have long-standing partnerships in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe where Cyclone Idai has wrought catastrophic devastation. Health Alliance International, VillageReach, Medical Teams International, and World Vision are among those responding. Heavy hearts, strong backs.

Mic drop

Actually, kids drop albums instead of mics these days … Meet the artists from Syria and neighboring countries making their musical debut on UNICEF’s album 11. The album is a refresh of 11 songs that have been regionally cherished for decades and cover education, nutrition, peace, and more. Meanwhile, Jad Rahbani, who sang the lyrics as a kid on the original album, passed the mic along to the next generation and composed this latest release.

What’s democracy got to do with it?

A new study finds that free and fair elections aren’t just a hallmark of democracy—they’re a good sign for better health. The Lancet-published study uses data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and finds that countries with democratic experience also experienced lower rates of HIV, tuberculosis, cardiovascular disease, and transport injuries. Vote early, vote often.

No smoking

Microsoft’s AI for Good and Seattle Children’s unleashed the power of machine learning to find that smoking even one cigarette a day during pregnancy can double the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For Microsoft’s John Kahan, who lost a child to SIDS, the project was personal.

Bristol ups aid

The Max Foundation and Bristol-Myers Squibb are teamed up to help even more people around the globe face cancer with dignity and hope. Bristol-Myers Squibb expanded its collaboration to help The Max Foundation reach 45% more patients like Carmen with lifesaving cancer treatment.

Stronger together

Decades before Hillary Clinton used the slogan, University of Washington Department of Global Health founder Dr. King Holmes wrote “grow stronger together” on a whiteboard to replace “eat them or be eaten.” That credo shaped Dr. Holmes’s 50-year, 800-publication career, and this month he was recognized by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health with its Distinguished Leadership in Global Health Award.

Top dawgs

In other Husky news, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UW School of Public Health at number 7 and the UW School of Nursing at number 1 among public schools and number 4 among schools offering doctoral nurse practitioner degrees.

Around town

  • April 2: Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, cofounder and CEO of The Max Foundation, discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly in global cancer at Science in the City.
  • April 3:
    • WGHA members: Building on the momentum of World Water Day, join us for a roundtable discussion on increasing access to safe water and sanitation.
    • Final milers: Meet for Lynden International’s quarterly meeting to learn how 1iOpen Productions video captures some of the world’s most remote locations.
  • Through April 30: Give blood! First-time and lifetime donors to Bloodworks NW can enter to win airline tickets, hiking adventures, gift cards, and more.
  • May 2: ADJUevent is back, and you’re the guest of honor! Check out last year’s pics and get your ticket to WGHA’s second annual member mixer.

“When knowledge and practice don’t line up, it’s often because of the money and financial incentives.”

– Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, award-winning journalist and author, speaking to WGHA executive members about the disconnect between what we know and what we do

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