Our Origin Story
Before 2009, professionals and leaders in North Carolina would see each other at events, including dinners and receptions. They would say, "you know, we have so much in common." This included many shared interests and a commitment to global health, whether in North Carolina or across the globe. "We should do something together," they'd proclaim.
But then they'd go home. And when they saw each other again, they'd have the same conversation and come to the same conclusion. ‘We should do something - together." In 2009, they finally did.
Leaders at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, FHI 360, IntraHealth International, and RTI International founded what was then known as the Triangle Global Health Consortium, which has now grown and become the North Carolina Global Health Alliance.
The evolution of the Alliance hasn't changed its goal to be a successful convener, amplifier, and advocate for global health in the state and abroad, carrying out its mission through collaborative events, networking, and career development. But it's that original spirit that moved us, that recurring after-dinner conversation of "let’s do something together." That's the real tie that binds us together and keeps us moving forward into the future.
Serving Our Members
We help people and groups discover and create the connections they would have otherwise not established. The Alliance is the source for:
Partnering for growing business. Through our technical sharing and networking events, we aid organizations in forging alliances for global health innovation to win new projects or bring in new revenue through global initiatives.
Access to specialists. Through our knowledge-sharing offerings, forums, and networking events, we help connect people who have specialized expertise to organizations, individuals, and projects with corresponding needs.
Access to new talent. By connecting our organizations and their staff and students, we put the Triangle’s exceptional talent to use regionally and globally. We also help prepare the next generation of global health leaders.
Access to global health best practices. Through our knowledge sharing and technical events, we help the global health community identify and share best practices and demonstrate how best practices can unite traditionally unilateral sectors.
Economic growth for the Alliance and North Carolina. In promoting the Alliance and N.C. as an epicenter of global health worldwide, we help attract new talent, investment, and organizations to the region.
Consolidated voice for advocacy. By combining our members’ voices into one common voice for global health, we convey more power, clout, and credibility with other businesses, governments, and communities regionally and worldwide.
A Letter from Our Executive Director
Dear Friends, May 11, 2023
I am delighted and deeply honored to join the North Carolina Global Health Alliance as Executive Director. I owe a huge thank you to the organization's Board of Directors, committed partners, and former Executive Director, André Anthony, for making this transition seamless and for welcoming me so wholeheartedly. I am excited to lead this remarkable organization into its next chapter and am looking forward to the journey ahead.
Now, more than ever, each of us understands the true significance of human connection in our lives. Just this month, the U.S. Surgeon General called for greater action regarding the ongoing “epidemic of loneliness and isolation.” Since our founding almost fifteen years ago, the North Carolina Global Health Alliance has endeavored to connect you with each other. We have made it our mission to help you establish and re-establish those bonds that tie you not only to your work, but also to one another.
As we enter this new phase - one I hope will be filled with vibrant connection and rich learning - the Alliance will continue to strengthen our efforts as a convener and resource. I will work hard to elevate global health within North Carolina, connect you with your peers, offer opportunities for professional development, and support the career goals of individuals at every stage. I hope you will take advantage of our programs this coming year and in doing so, deepen your own connections to global health and the global health community across our state.
In the coming weeks and months, I plan to do a lot of listening to better understand where we are as an organization and where we want to be. Each of you has a unique perspective on the needs of our global health community, and I am eager to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with your questions and ideas, I would love to hear from you!
I look forward to meeting you, supporting you, and working alongside you. Thank you for your continued support of the North Carolina Global Health Alliance!