Seattle, Washington—December 4, 2018—The Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) releases its 2018 Washington Global Health Landscape Study highlighting the number of Washington-based organizations working in global health, the value they bring to Washington, and how they are preparing for the future.
WGHA’s first Global Health Landscape Study in 2007 identified global health as a vital sector of Washington’s economy—providing thousands of jobs and generating billions of dollars locally.
The 2018 Global Health Landscape Study affirms Washington’s position as an international hub for global health. Washington’s global health ecosystem includes 268 organizations, 20% of which identify as small businesses. The sector employs over 14,000 people and contributes $8.8 billion to the state’s economy.
And the value of the robust global health community is more than economic. The 2018 Landscape Study shows that 65% of the organizations working in global health have ongoing projects improving health outcomes in the United States, many of those in Washington. The robust global health community attracts world-class talent and contributes to Washington’s leadership in technology, engineering, and research & development. Washington’s global health workforce is also engaged locally by providing direct services, mentoring the next generation of STEM leaders, and building a better tomorrow.
Washington-based organizations are working in every country around the world to accelerate health equity—strengthening health systems, stopping the spread of infectious diseases, and preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes.
“Washington’s global health community is using innovation, tenacity, and humanity to tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. And we at the Washington Global Health Alliance are fierce believers in the power of collaboration to help this community go further, faster.” said Dena Morris, WGHA president.
Washington-based organizations are also developing capacity and leadership in the countries where they work. Recognizing that local capacity creates lasting improvements in health equity, these organizations are producing new vaccines, building secure and efficient supply chains, training mid-wives and surgeons, and building local leadership capacity.
Washington’s global health sector is a significant component of Washington’s economy. Washington-based organizations are working to create health equity for vulnerable populations everywhere—here and abroad—and are building local capacity and leadership in the countries where they work. Read more in the 2018 Washington Global Health Landscape Narrative, Infographic, or Study.
Thanks to our sponsors Thanks to the Washington State Department of Commerce, the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, the New Venture Fund, We Work for Health, and RTI International for supporting this research.
About the Washington Global Health Alliance WGHA connects and informs Washington’s global health community, creating a culture of collaboration at home so our members can have more impact in the world. Founded in 2007, WGHA was the first organization of its kind and has more than 70 members working to achieve health equity.
WGHA brings members together through events and conversations designed to advance common goals, share best practices, and foster collaboration across organizations and disciplines. Learn more at www.wghalliance.org.