SEATTLE IS FILLED with passionate advocates for global health. They are doctors, scientists, philanthropists, and students. They are hard-core workers and dedicated volunteers, academics and action-makers.
Some are utterly world-class in dedicating their lives to a single global health issue – like eradicating smallpox – while others are utterly new, wanting to participate in something so much more significant than their own singular lives…
(people I’ve actually met)
Encounters with these dedicated Seattleites range from meeting smallpox eradicator Dr. William Foege and discussing his new book, to the serendipity of being seated at a dinner between the founders of PATH, with two hours to ask them questions.
The list of global health programs in Seattle is as endless as waiting in traffic on a sunny Seattle Friday at 5. Here are few of my favorites, spanning intensely local healthcare in South King County to a Seattle-based breakthrough HIV/AIDS program in Gondar, Ethiopia.
Is there any place on the planet that surpasses Seattle’s density of global-health organizations within a one-mile radius? I don’t know, but I’ve culled them down to a handful, these home-grown natives and near-natives.
Dedicated, contrarian, insightful and inciteful, and loaded with awards, grants, and fellowships for their teaching and research: this is Seattle’s global health community of educators.