Seattle’s Global Health Organizations: Making a Difference

This town–the ‘Emerald City’– is such a mother-lode of Seattle-based global health organizations that they simply can’t all be listed here.  I’ve picked a handful of ones I know well or have visited, or their experts have talked in my global health seminars. 


Downtown Seattle skylineBill & Melinda Gates Foundation, led by co-chairs Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and William Gates Sr.  “…Innovations in health, development, and learning to the global community.”
Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), led by CEO Stewart Parker. “Translating science into global health solutions.”
Medical Teams International (MTI), from Portland yet a strong Seattle presence. I absolutely love their difficult work in Central Asia. “…assisting all those affected by disaster, conflict, and poverty.”
PATH, led by CEO Steve Davis. “A catalyst for global health”
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI), led by President Alan Aderem, Ph.D. “Freedom from infectious disease”
Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), led by Executive Director Lisa Cohen. “Facilitating collaboration to create activities and partnerships in global health…”
World Concern, led by President David Eller. “Witness the transformation.”
World Vision, led by President Richard Stearns. “Building a better world for children.”


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So many! I’ve highlighted a few below, or go to the UW’s complete list:
Center for AIDS Research (CFAR): led by UW’s Dr. King Holmes.[HIV-related collaboration and interdisciplinary research.]
Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh), led by UW’s Dr. Grace John-Stewart. “Discovery. Leadership. Collaboration.”
Global Health Resource Center, led by director UW’s Daren Wade. “…Network and stay connected in global health.”
Health Alliance International (HAI), led by UW’s Dr. Stephen Gloyd. “….Foster social, economic, & health equity for all.”
Institute of Health Metrics Evaluation (IHME), led by UW’s Dr. Christopher Murray. “Accelerating global health progress through sound measurement and accountable science.”
International Clinical Research Center (ICRC),led by UW’s Dr. Connie Celum. “…Streamlining multi-center international infectious disease prevention trials.”
International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH), co-led by UW’s Dr. Ann Downer. “…Partnering to support the development of health work forces and health delivery systems.”
—Helen Holter
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