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Bringing Global Health Home: The Case of Global to Local in King County, Washington

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Adam Taylor ,

Global to Local, Seattle, Washington
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Fareeha Siddiqui

Global to Local, Seattle, Washington
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MD, MPH
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Abstract

The article describes the experience of testing successful global health interventions in the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila, Washington—2 very diverse, underserved communities outside of Seattle that experience significant health disparities compared with surrounding areas in King County. Topics covered include an overview of the partnership that established Global to Local, the process of engaging Seattle-based global health institutions in identifying global health strategies to test, identifying communities experiencing health disparities that might benefit from global health–inspired interventions, engaging those local communities to understand the perceived drivers of poor health outcomes, tailoring global interventions to the local context, launching programs, and the successes and challenges that have emerged throughout this process. Global health strategies that were tested and are reported on in the article include the use of community health workers to support chronic disease prevention and management, partnering with and building the capacity of local organizations and institutions, linking public health and primary care by addressing the social determinants of health in a primary care and community setting, and using mobile phones to transform practices for managing type 2 diabetes. The paper concludes that based on the early learnings of this approach, there is value in looking to tested and proven global health strategies to address health disparities in underserved communities in the United States and calls for further exploration of this approach by other actors.
How to Cite: Taylor, A. and Siddiqui, F., 2017. Bringing Global Health Home: The Case of Global to Local in King County, Washington. Annals of Global Health, 82(6), pp.972–980. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2016.11.006
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Published on 15 Mar 2017.
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