This past October, Battelle was pleased to attend the annual Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner and Auction for the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA). The fundraising event was one chapter in a long history of collaboration and support between Battelle and WGHA.
WGHA is a Seattle-based organization connecting public and private organizations operating in the health and life sciences sector in Washington State and beyond. Their mission is to “strategically connect, expand and strengthen the global health community to advance health equity.” They act as a networking and information clearinghouse for the strong and vibrant health community in the Northwest region, providing a safe space for collaboration among researchers, providers, non-profits, government entities, and private industry to solve local, national and global health challenges.
Washington is rapidly becoming a global hub for public health and healthcare research and innovation, driven in part by the activities of WGHA. The area is home to a growing number of global leaders in life sciences, public health, healthcare, health education, biotechnology and medical device development, in addition to influential non-profits such as PATH (formerly known as the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), the University of Washington, the Washington State Public Health Association, and the Gates Foundation (all members of WGHA).
Battelle was one of the founding members of the Alliance in 2007 and has maintained an active presence in the organization ever since through our Seattle office. Battelle has operated in Seattle since 1967 and is an active part of the research and business community in the state. Through our participation with WGHA, Battelle has been able to develop and sustain valuable relationships with other health research entities and public and private organizations operating in the region. In return, we have been able to leverage our large national and global network of Battelle researchers to connect organizations in WGHA with needed expertise.
Battelle also participates and hosts educational events with the Alliance, and donates to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) student scholarship funds of organizations in Washington. This winter, Battelle researchers will attend an information sharing event focused on online and mobile application development for healthcare services. The Battelle Seattle office will host its own roundtable event later this year.
Participating in organizations like WGHA is a natural fit for Battelle. As the largest non-profit research organization in the world, we strive to serve and invest in the communities in which we operate. We are pleased to continue to collaborate with WGHA in 2016 and beyond.