The G2L Way
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.
Community Health Worker I
Community Health Worker I
FIN Program Director
Director of Finance and Administration
FIN Incubator Program Manager
Community Health Worker II
FIN Cultural Outreach Specialist
Connection Desk Program Coordinator
Community Engagement Specialist
FIN Program Assistant
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
Charis May Hnin
Founder & Principal
Talitha Consults LLC
Dr. David Fleming
Vice President Public Health
Principal Consultant and Founder
Chief Executive Officer