The G2L Way

Global to Local develops 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

The staff at G2L represent a family of dedicated professionals working together from 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.

AJ McClure

Deputy Director

Abdi Hussein

Community Health Worker I

Aisha Dahir
Aisha Dahir

CHW Program Manager

Denise Miller
Denise Miller

Communications Specialist

Diana Melgoza

Community Health Worker I

Esther Skurtu

Diabetes Management CHW

Fareeha Siddiqui
Fareeha Siddiqui

Director of Research and Innovation

Jonathan Sugarman
Jonathan Sugarman


Katie Behrends

Director of Finance and Administration

Monica Davalos
Monica Davalos

Community Health Worker I

Niesha Fort-Brooks

Leadership & Engagement Manager

Roda Sugulle

Community Health Worker I

Yordanos Ghebreselassie

Community Health Worker I


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

Board of Directors

Babak Parviz

Vice President

Vice Chair
Dr. David Fleming

Vice President Public Health

Eddie Swafford

Senior Strategic Partner
Western Washington, Providence Health & Services

Jim Bromley

Former Chief Financial Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lisa Cohen

Senior Advisor
Uncommon Partners

Lisa Yohalem

Chief Strategy & Development Officer

Funders & Partners