Wendy Johnson

7 Guest post: Global health needs to focus on health, not disease

This is a guest post from Wendy Johnson, a physician at the University of Washington with extensive experience working health issues in low-resource communities in Africa. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Wendy Johnson  The UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) couldn’t come at a worse time. While the delegates, disease experts and functionaries…

0 Seattle still wants to save the world

As regular readers know, the title of last week’s “Can Seattle Save the World? (Poverty, Health and Chocolate)” was tongue-firmly-in-cheek, but also meant to raise some important questions. There’s a serious debate about the meaning and priority of “health” in “global health.” The event itself proved so popular that we…

0 TEDxRainier talk: Global health needs solidarity, not charity

Here’s a video of the UW’s Dr. Wendy Johnson, director of new initiatives at Health Alliance International, at a recent TEDxRainier talk. Johnson says that many of our international health efforts are “still based on the model of charity, like giving handouts to the homeless.” Too many of Seattle’s global…