Global to Local making a difference daily | Chuck Parrish

If there is a sustainable way to improve health-care outcomes at low cost for our under-served neighbors, Global to Local is likely to be there. Gender-based swims at Tukwila Pool, exercise classes, cooking and shopping classes, health screenings and referrals, all of these constitute a holistic approach.

Global to Local (G2L) – What do they do in Tukwila?

If there is a sustainable way to improve health-care outcomes at low cost for our under-served neighbors, G2L is likely to be there. Gender-based swims at Tukwila Pool, exercise classes, cooking and shopping classes, health screenings and referrals, all of these constitute a holistic approach.

Primarily funded by Swedish, Providence, and Seattle/King County Public Health, G2L is a non-profit pilot program that serves only SeaTac and Tukwila. G2L works collaboratively with several organizations to make things happen.

G2L employs four bilingual community health promoters (CHP) who understand the languages and cultures of our Burmese, Eritrean, Latino and Somali friends. CHPs work directly with clients and community leaders (liaisons).

G2L mobile health department provides phones to diabetes clients. The phones are preloaded with an app for remote diabetes management. A case manager reviews the data and advises them.

The Connection Desk is staffed by university students. They help clients identify and access food, housing, employment, language skills and training resources. The students are certified to assist in Affordable Care Act enrollment.

G2L – We are lucky to have them.

Tukwila Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish can be reached at chuckparrish2009@gmail.com

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