The G2L Way

Global to Local’s mission is to advance health equity and improve health in U.S. communities through application of best practices from around the world. We develop programs and interventions to improve health, lower the cost of care, and empower underserved communities across the country. Communities affected by health disparities are diverse and include women, people of color, people experiencing poverty, immigrants and refugees. Disparities exist both in rural and urban spaces. Our objective is to adapt programs on a local level, share our learnings, and replicate our work across organizations and clinics nationwide.

In the U.S. we frequently associate healthcare with big MRI machines and surgery, often overlooking social determinants of health, such as behavior and environment, as critical contributors to poor health. Sustainable health, however, relies on functioning social and physical environments that work in concert with clinical care. After over six years of listening to Washington communities and partnering with global health experts, we have constructed a framework for adapting global health strategies in our own backyard.

Key learnings from global health include:

  • Activate local community leadership.
  • Use technology to overcome barriers and increase access to care.
  • Generate campaigns around community-identified health issues.
  • Empower community-based organizations.
  • Link health with economic development.
  • Link clinical care with public health and social services.

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How We Got Here

Global to Local was founded by healthcare and public health professionals seeking a new approach to community health in the US. Launched by global health groups, community organizations and city agencies, our work began as a simple concept: to adapt global health strategies to underserved communities in the US. In 2010, G2L launched the first of several pilot programs designed to specifically meet the needs of communities in SeaTac and Tukwila, Washington. It was clear early on that health outcomes of residents in these communities were markedly different from neighboring communities.

Along the way, G2L has served more than 12,000 individuals while testing over 10 programs tailored to meet the needs of the community outside a doctor’s office. Today, Global to Local stands as a model for replication, bringing a world of opportunities to our U.S. communities.

Community Work Takes a Village

G2L staff are dedicated professionals with backgrounds in anthropology, environmental science, health care, public health, public administration, social work, and more. We’ve brought together the diverse expertise necessary to develop wide-ranging programs and provide technical assistance to organizations and clinics.

A.J. McClure

Executive Director

Asni Demisse

Community Health Worker

Deeqo Ibrahim

Community Health Worker

Diana Melgoza

Community Health Worker

Faizah Shukru

FIN Program Coordinator

Hamdi Ahmed

Community Health Worker

Hani Mohamed

CHW Program Director

Jill Kong

Healthy Communities Organizer

Katie Behrends

Director of Finance and Administration

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Kerrie Carbary

FIN Incubator Program Manager

Monica Davalos
Monica Davalos

Community Health Worker

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Njambi Gishuru

FIN Cultural Outreach Specialist

Rebecca Lucine

Connection Desk Program Coordinator

Sheelan Shamdeen

FIN Program Assistant

Wadii’ah Boughdir

Communications Manager


The gracious support of funders, partners, and our board of directors provides our organization a powerful foundation for the hard work ahead.

Board of Directors

Arni Villanueva Carullo

Business Director
HealthPoint SeaTac Clinic

Abdi Fayoke

Business and Finance Officer
King County

Jalissa Horton

Chef Jalissa Culinary Co.

Vice Chair
Charis May Hnin

Founder & Principal
Talitha Consults LLC

Wessen Kifetew

Independent Consultant

Funders & Partners