Seattle is marking the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair not so much by merely painting the Space Needle retro orange as by looking forward — the Next 50 celebration — and the region’s rapid emergence as an epicenter for global health is a big part of it.
Today, a public exhibit describing many players and projects opens at the Seattle Center called the Global Health Experience.
So I asked one of the organizers, Kristen Eddings at the Washington Global Health Alliance to take me on a quick tour, which I tried to make into a prize-winning movie:
Okay, I admit to not being the best at video. But Kristen was a good sport, and provides a good overview of the project. It’s free and open to the public — Tuesday through Sunday 11 am to 6 pm, until Aug. 19 — next to the Experience Music Project on the east side of the Seattle Center. Here’s a link to more info.
As this article on the exhibit by the Seattle Times says:
The Seattle area is full of institutions working on the problems of global health: fighting malaria, delivering vaccines, making childbirth safer and combating diseases like dengue fever…. Their numbers have mushroomed in recent decades as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — which is helping to pay for the exhibit — poured money into global health.
“We have this astounding concentration of global-health institutions and expertise here — probably the greatest concentration in the world,” said Lisa Cohen, Washington Global Health Alliance’s executive director.