Media Contacts

Adam Taylor, Global to Local, 206-293-2485,, @Global_2_Local

Terren Roloff, Washington State University, 509-358-7527,


Washington State University Joins Global to Local Initiative

New strategic partnership will support existing health and economic development programs in SeaTac/Tukwila with the goal of bringing them to Eastern Washington

SEATTLE – November 13, 2014 – Global to Local (G2L), a community-based, nonprofit program that aims to improve access to health care and drive economic development among diverse, low-income populations, announced today that Washington State University (WSU) has joined as its newest community partner. The addition of WSU could expand existing G2L programs in South King County into eastern Washington communities in the future.

G2L was created as a partnership between Swedish Health Services, HealthPoint, Public Health – Seattle & King County, the Washington Global Health Alliance and the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila. The program builds on the expertise of Washington state’s global health institutions to bring strategies that have proven effective in developing countries to underserved communities in the United States that face similar health challenges.

WSU Spokane and G2L will begin working together to identify opportunities to utilize WSU’s existing global health and agricultural programs as well as successful G2L programs that could be replicated in Eastern Washington.

“Serving underserved populations throughout Washington state is at the core of what we do at Washington State University,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “The goals of G2L perfectly align with our land-grant mission to help address the real and emerging challenges facing Washingtonians.”

One such program is the SeaTac-Tukwila Food Innovation Network, a community-based, collaborative initiative to increase entrepreneurship and promote healthy eating in SeaTac and Tukwila. Network members include community organizations and businesses such as Pinchot (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute), Lifelong Aids Alliance, Swedish Health Services, the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila and Urban Food Link as well as Public Health – Seattle & King County.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with such a widely-respected research institution and look forward to developing more solutions that make a positive impact on people’s health,” said Adam Taylor, executive director of Global to Local. “WSU brings a new set of expertise to our diverse group of founding partners, and for the first time, we can look at opportunities to expand our work beyond SeaTac and Tukwila.”

To date, G2L has reached more than 4,000 SeaTac/Tukwila community members and has identified, trained and equipped dozens of community leaders to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods. The program has raised more than $2.5 million from public and private partners to support key activities in SeaTac/Tukwila.


About Global to Local 

Founded in 2010 through a partnership of Swedish Health Services, HealthPoint, Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Washington Global Health Alliance, along with the Cities of SeaTac and Tukwila, Global to Local is a community-based health program established to provide innovative, holistic and community-driven solutions to provide access to health care and drive economic development in diverse, low-income populations. Its pilot cities are Tukwila and SeaTac, Washington, where the program works to address fundamental challenges, including communication and information barriers for immigrant and non-English speaking residents. Corporate sponsors include Bartell Drugs, Boeing, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Novo Nordisk and Providence Regional Medical System. More information about Global to Local can be found at

About Washington State University  

Washington State University conducts translational research and provides education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university, with a mission of improving quality of life. One of the nation’s top public research institutions, WSU stands among 96 U.S. public and private universities with very high research activity, according to the classification from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Many of its academic programs win recognition for excellence. In addition to the Pullman campus, WSU has campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouverextension offices in every county, and a Global Campus with online degree programs accessible worldwide. 






Media Contacts

Rosalind Brazel, for Global to Local, 206-343-1543,, @rosalindbrazel

Adam Taylor, Global to Local, 206-293-2485,, @Global_2_Local 

New Global to Local Diabetes Management Program Launched with AT&T Smartphones

The Remote Diabetes Management Program provides smartphones and support services to help low-income Puget Sound residents suffering from diabetes manage their health and wellness

SEATTLE – August 7, 2013 – Global to Local (G2L) announced today that it launched a new Remote Diabetes Management Program that uses mobile health technology to help low-income SeaTac/Tukwila residents manage their diabetes, health and wellness. Recruitment and enrollment is currently underway for the first phase of the program. 

To kick off this initial phase, G2L is providing up to 100 AT&T smartphones at no cost to participants and program administrators. Phones will be pre-set with a diabetes management application, along with unlimited voice, text and data service. Program participants will upload regular glucose readings and receive customized feedback and educational materials designed to help them control blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy diet and regular physical fitness program. The program will be extended to additional individuals once the first phase is complete.  

“SeaTac and Tukwila have high incidence of diabetes and many residents are undiagnosed or newly diagnosed,” said Adam Taylor, Program Director at G2L. “This new program will take many of the tools that G2L already has in place—including nutrition and exercise classes—and allow us to extend our reach into the community and help even more people living with diabetes better control it.”  

The first step in the Remote Diabetes Management Program is registration which includes gathering baseline health data—blood pressure, BMI, glucose values and cholesterol levels—to inform the individual’s initial needs and monitor progress through the program. G2L will measure the success of the program by tracking positive improvements in a patient’s physical health (e.g. reduction in blood sugar levels, weight and cholesterol and increase in physical activity), as well as program engagement. G2L hopes to have 70 percent of participants submit weekly updates detailing health data and tracking physical activity.    

Participants will also receive one-on-one support from a G2L case manager to ensure they stay on a healthy track. The case manager will monitor patient health information remotely and identify those who need additional support. Personalized messages can be sent via the smartphones, and the case manager will make phone calls and arrange in-person meetings to provide additional information and guidance.  

The Remote Diabetes Management Program represents a joint effort between G2L, AT&T and HealthPoint Community Health Clinics, along with support from Swedish Health Services and Providence Health & Services. The majority of participants are being referred to G2L from HealthPoint Community Health Clinics. G2L partner Bartell Drugs will also play an integral role in the recruitment and enrollment process.  

“The rate of diabetes may be increasing, but so is our understanding of the disease and the number of resources and technologies we have available to help,” said Dan Dixon, President of G2L. “Thanks to the support of our generous partners we can help the many people living with diabetes lead happy, healthier lives. That’s what G2L is all about.”   

Nearly 80,000 people in King County are living with diabetes according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. SeaTac and Tukwila residents experience approximately 1.5 times the number of diabetes-related deaths compared to the King County average.  

“AT&T is pleased to provide the mobile technology that will allow patients to manage their health anywhere and at anytime,” said Dr. Geeta Nayyar, chief medical information officer for AT&T. “By using technology in this way, we can deliver a better patient care experience and help build healthier communities.”

About Global to Local 

Global to Local is a community-based health program established to provide innovative, holistic and community-driven solutions to providing healthcare and economic development strategies in diverse, low-income populations. Its pilot cities are Tukwila, Wash. and SeaTac, Wash where the program works to address fundamental challenges including communication and information barriers for immigrant and non-English speaking residents. Founding and additional partners include Swedish Health Services, Public Health - Seattle and King County, Washington Global Health Alliance and HealthPoint. Corporate sponsors include Bartell Drugs, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Novo Nordisk and Providence Regional Medical System.

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Free Health Fair and Screening  (DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE)

Saturday, April 27, 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.


14277 Pacific Hwy. S. Tukwila, WA 98168

Healthy snacks provided

Activities for kids

Mid-day program

Screenings provided:



Blood pressure

Body mass index

Connect with Providers!

Dental and medical

Health insurance

Social services

Physical activity


If you are a provider interested in information about securing a table at the event, please contact Nancey at or call (206) 370-1426 

*For best results, do not eat or drink for 8-12 hours before screening

Health professionals will advise you of your risk of chronic diseases and refer services based on your screening

If you are a provider interested in information about securing a table at the event, please contact Nancey at or call (206) 370-1426  


Komo news did a great story on Global to Local and the exciting partnership we are developing with the Tuikwila Community Center to provide culturally appropriate exercise opportunities for women.  Read more here.


Saturday, Nov. 10, 8am-12pm

Showalter Middle School

4628 South 144th St. Tukwila, WA 98168

  • Glucose*
  • Cholesterol*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Free Flu shots provided by Bartell Drugs

*For best results do not eat or drink for 8-12 hours before screening

Health professionals will be there to help you understand your risk for chronic diseases and refer you to services, if necessary.

For more information, please call

Adam at (206) 293-2485


Please read the following "Harvest" that summarizes our recent Tigrinya Language Community Cafe.  A big thanks to G2L's Zeineb Mohammed and her team of volunteers for organizing this great event!

Community Café Conversation

Eritreans Residence of SeaTac and TukWila

Workshop Report 1 

Organizing Team

  1.  Zeineb Mohammed
  2.  Habte Sibhatleab
  3.  Afewrki Gebreiyesus
  4.  Ghebrehiwet Ghebremedhin


Communication is a means, among many others, that enables communities to change. Here, “Change” means reflecting a difference in the level of knowledge, attitude, practice, and behavior with respect to environment where the change is happening. As humans are learning animals, tremendous changes have been going on the way people live, and it will never culminate. It would rather continue in perpetuity.

Most communities living in the developed world nowadays possess diverse origin and background, having different values and culture, besieged with different tasks that they are required to do in order to come into grips with new context. These realities together with the existing socio-cultural, economic, policy, and overall developmental settings and situations represent opportunities and strengths at one side and weaknesses and threats on the other side.

When people get together and discuss issues of common concern, workable programs can be drawn. Genuine participation, however, need to be ensured for successes of a plan of activities to be realized. The beneficiaries need to be the planners, executers, monitors, and evaluators.  


Global to Local (G2L) is an initiative working in the realization of the wellness of the communities in SeaTac and Tukwila areas. As part of its activities, it organized a Community Café Conversation Training on February 4, 2012. Experts shared participants of the training with skills to host community café discussions. Eritreans who participated in the training workshop are Zeineb, Habte, Afewerki, and Ghebrehiwet. The event, which gave them chance to know each other, inspired them and sought of making a community café discussion forum immediately with the support of G2L.

Since March, the team conducted meetings once or twice a week. Robin (Consultant) has participated in some of the meetings where she shared her expertise. The meetings helped the organizing team in getting wider perspective on social issues – an area preferred for sake of specificity. In addition, the team discussed and prepared an invitation – flier. In the meetings, updates have been made on the state of the number of participants that are surely to attend. On the agenda of the workshop, tremendous discussions went on, and it was shared with Robin, Janet, and Adam from G2L.

Further, on the logistical aspect, G2L covered expenses for food, child care, stationary, bus pass, and venue.


The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. To encourage interested Eritreans to discuss their common social opportunities and seek ways to utilize them.
  2. To identify and agree on the essential measures to address social bottlenecks to the  wellness of communities.


The effectiveness and sustainability of such gatherings and subsequent ones require resources. For this workshop, the following resources were employed.


Robin, Janet, and Adam have been instrumental in shaping the event by providing invaluable suggestions and comments.


Mr. Alem’s success story about his experience in this country, in view of the feasibilities and advantages of working in communities, has been instrumental in shaping the group discussions. 


The organizing team committed its time in preparing and facilitating the event.


Financial expenses attributed to food, bus-pass, child care, and logistical support for the stationery and venue have been covered by G2L.

Cultural mystiques

The room was scented with aroma of coffee that was prepared traditionally. Besides, traditional food was served. Moreover, traditional clothing and musical instruments have been displayed. Above all, the coffee was served in such a way that participants would feel at ease.    


Participants represented youth and elderly, men and women, boys and girls. Altogether, participants counted 23. The participants vowed to ensure a multiplier effect by bringing more people in consequent events.    

Contents of the workshop


The introductory speech was a welcoming one and a brief note of the event. It highlighted the preparatory activities made and efforts exerted by the organizing team and support extended from G2L. It also noted the objective of organizing the event. The context for the conversation was introduced as to focus on the social aspects with respect to the wellness of families in general and children in particular, contents of the event were read.            

Mr. Alem’s Success Story

Mr. Alem Gezehey is a resident in SeaTac. Per the invitation forwarded to him to share his success story and experiences of the advantages of working through communities, he highlighted that residing in this country would grant ample opportunities and challenges on social, economic, and cultural lives of people. The issue here is that communities lack capacities in identifying opportunities that help them prosper. Eritrean community is not an exception. Strategies that help communities and residents identify opportunities promote the prosperity of communities.  Efforts need to be made to boost the realization of these strategies. He thanked the organizing team, and urged participants to bolster their participation toady and upcoming events.

Group Discussions

Participants divided themselves into groups and discussed on social issues, vis-a-vis health, education, stability, relationship and communication with respect to the discussion points provided to them. The discussions points are as follows:

  • We all want to ensure wellness of our children. There are many opportunities that enable us satisfy our wants. Yet, serious problems seem to prevail that hinder us from recognizing such opportunities and strengths. In your group, identify these opportunities and strengths and elaborate on how residents maximize their efforts to make use of these virtues.·        
  • Our dreams are to ensure prosperity and wellness in families. These dreams, however, can only be realized when many stumbling blocks can be trespassed. In the respective group, such obstacles/weaknesses will be identified and solutions will be sought.
  • Considering the two opposite situations in life – opportunities/strengths versus threats/weaknesses – the groups will reconcile and recommend workable activities (what, where, when, how). Make sure these recommendations assist in the realization of our dreams.

Group Presentations

The outcome of the group discussions were presented as follows:

Identifying and elaborating Opportunities and strengths


  1. Networked social fabric and extended family relationship
  2. Possession of a perception that “Family is a bases of community’s prosperity” 


  1.  Adequate health services and facilities
  2. Adequate educational services and facilities
  3. Adequate communication channels such as telephone, Internet…
  4. Adequate  support services or agencies, facilities/ and systems  

Identifying and elaborating Weaknesses and threats


  1. Limited English proficiency
  2. Limited skills
  3. Limited education and communication
  4. Limited exposure
  5. Unbalanced diet


  1. Family safety 
  2. Job security and source of income
  3. Youth Peer influence 

Bridging and recommendations


  1. Provision of trainings on diabetes, blood pressure, nutrition, stress management, life skills, HIV/AIDS, Communication Education
  2. Forming sport teams of youth, children, women’s Gymnasium
  3. Production and distribution of information, education and communication materials relevant to our community
  4. Provision of counseling services
  5. Forming of subgroups based on inclination such as women, men, youth, children  


  1. Provision of mother tongue education
  2. Provision of tutorial support to youth and adults
  3. Provision of English language education to new comers
  4. Production and distribution of  materials related to school success and educational materials
  5. Awarding outstanding students and take them as models to multiply excellency 

Recommendations that need immediate attention

Participants mentioned of two issues that require immediate intervention.

  1. Forming Youth Sport Team:

According to participants, there are around 30 youth who can be grouped into a team. These people are in need of immediate attention, as some of them are engaged in unhealthy activities. Therefore, it is important that these people be brought into a team that they can be involved in sport activities before it is too late. Participants of the workshop assured of their contribution in organizing the team.

  1. Producing and distributing Information, Education and Communication (IEC)  materials

IEC materials are essential in teaching communities and assisting access local resources. Thus, the participants suggested of the immediate need that many of the IECs in English be translated into Tigrigna and made accessible to users.


Sustainability is a factor of commitment, participations, belongingness, support system, funding, etc. The organizing team is committed to keep its passion and persistence in organizing more and more events. As usual, G2L’s commitment will spearhead the efforts into tangible results.  Moreover, participants’ fruitful ideas during the event will help in the actualization of our dreams. They have already reflected their commitment in propagating the cause and their participation in subsequent events is guaranteed.  


Nothing is better than working in team. In TEAM, Together Everyone Achieves More. The TEAM work effort to host this community café conversation has been a success. It is a success because a foundation for a stronger community has already been established in people’s commitments to contribute to sustain this work. The next steps are to persistently work on the ideas that came up from the participants and work as a community to implement the strategies they have identified.    


The Global to Local (G2L) Health Promotion and Leadership Development Program Coordinator (PC) will play a leading role in supporting and overseeing the work of a team of three AmeriCorps Community Health Promoters (CHPs) and in working with the G2L Program Manager to develop a new Leadership Development program. 

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