INTERNATIONAL HEALTH COMMITTEE
To meet our mission, the IHC has three main objectives:
Education: The IHC develops presentations on international health issues that are presented at the annual education conference (AEC) and at regional WSEHA meetings. Updates to this website include links to technical resources that WSEHA members can access to learn more about international health issues and best practices in basic water and sanitation.
Outreach: The IHC is developing strategic partnerships with sister organizations, such as the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA), to better utilize resources to promote environmental health in an international setting. The IHC holds silent auctions on an annual basis at the WSEHA AEC and/or JCH to not only raise money for overseas projects but to increase awareness of international health issues.
Assistance: WSEHA has worked with many different organizations to support projects related to environmental public health. Each year, the IHC chair and WSEHA Board select a recipient for the IHC funds. See the list to the right for project descriptions.
Los Manguitos (2001)
West Bengal, India (2007)
Los Rodriguez, Nicaragua (2009)
Water 1st International (2014)
Mercy Corp (2016)
Help Animals India (2020)
Past IHC-Sponsored Projects
2023 IHC Recipient
Etta Projects is a Tacoma based non-profit organization that works in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America. In rural areas of Eastern Bolivia, their current service area, the majority of families live without adequate water, sanitation, and access to healthcare. Their mission is to collaborate with communities to create sustainable solutions to improve health, sanitation, and clean water. In 2022, Etta expanded its focus to eliminating food insecurity in the region using environmental solutions. Through their work, over 71,000 people in Bolivia have benefited with improved health and nutrition, water, and sanitation. Additionally, 19 communities and 435 families now have environmentally sounds sanitation systems, and 31 villages have clean water systems and water committee to manage them.
Here is how YOU can help sponsor Etta Projects and make this year’s IHC Silent Auction and Raffle successful:
► Donate to the silent auction! Items in the past have included: gift cards, experiences, getaways, books, gently used items and memorabilia, etc. Anything helps!
► Raffle baskets! It’s time to get competitive and creative! IHC is encouraging all WSEHA board members, LHJs, and any individual with a creative spirit to donate your best raffle gift basket. Last year Kitsap Public Health and DOH earned bragging rights for the most money raised and most creative baskets, respectively. Who is going to take the awards from them this year?
► Make a donation using this link:
IHC Chair: Layken Winchester
2022 IHC Committee
2022 IHC Auction Room
2021 IHC Recipient
Water 1st International
"Our vision was to support local, on-the-ground organizations (our partners/colleagues in this work) who would organize and train community members to participate in every step of the process. And we would commit to consistent project funding as well as monitoring and evaluation. In a world that entices us with new technologies, new inventions, and new gadgets, we have remained steadfast to our effective mission. We have 3,758 independently operated projects to demonstrate that our approach works.
Today, our Water1st community is comprised of more than 8,000 supporters across the country, including a network over 300 youth advocates. Collectively, our extraordinary community is making a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable families."
from Water1st International website, https://water1st.org/about-us/our-story/
WSEHA donated over $2200, thanks to your generosity and the WSEHA Board.