The Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) marked its official launch on October 24 at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Leadership Conference in Cle Elum, Washington. Lisa Cohen, director of WGHA, introduced the Alliance to 275 business and global health leaders from the Seattle area who attended the conference.
The Alliance strives to connect, organize, and motivate Washington groups that share the goal of improving health conditions for people around the world. Its mission is to facilitate creative global health collaboration and initiatives with its partners and promote efforts to expand research, education, and training opportunities with the goal of improving health worldwide. Throughout the past year, the Alliance has been identifying the critical components to a successful global health sector in Washington State. From these components, the organization created a global health framework that focuses on four areas:
PATH is the hosting secretariat for WGHA staff and has been instrumental in laying the groundwork over the past year for this official launch. PATH’s president and CEO, Dr. Christopher Elias, serves as the president of the Alliance executive board.
The board includes members from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Infectious Disease Research Institute, PATH, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, and Washington State University’s School for Global Animal Health.