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Sherry Williams

Sherry Williams

Community Affairs Director

Sherry E. Williams is Community Affairs Director at Swedish. She is working to engage and partner with organizations and community groups to promote health and wellness in new and innovative ways. Her work includes special projects, community engagement, sponsorships and partnerships.

Blog Posts by Sherry Williams

July is Global Health Month

Swedish, Washington Global Health Alliance and the Seattle Center’s Next Fifty (celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair) are part of the solution in combating global health issues globally and locally with the Global Health Nexus - Global Health Month. Global Health Month will feature our region’s strengths in combating malaria, diabetes and cancer, and in improving mother and child health and access to safe water.  

Here are some events where you can participate in Global Health Month:

  • The Global Health Experience Exhibit, July 3 - August 19, Seattle Center, Next Fifty Plaza
  • "Groundswell: A night for global health" a public event featuring Melinda Gates, Saturday, July 14 at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
  • AGENCY (formally Party with a Purpose), Saturday July 14th at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
  • "Be the Change Student Competition" winners honored, Saturday, July 14th at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
  • "Perspectives: How faith-based and secular health organizations partner for better global health", Sunday July 15th at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

Be part of the global health solution. Many of the exhibits and events have a call to action where you can take action in a variety of innovative ways. If you'd like to learn more about how Swedish is applying global solutions to local healthcare challenges in underserved populations, click here. 

Swedish brings communities together

What do you call an event where a healthcare institution, a university and over 20 construction and engineering companies to provide much needed improvements to a local preschool building? We call it: Together We Can: Head Start Makeover. On July 16th, Swedish, Seattle University and members from the WA State Society for Healthcare Engineering WSSHE; American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), McKinstry Construction, GLY Construction, Coffman Engineers Inc., Graham Construction and G&W Commercial Flooring and others came together to provide a much needed extreme makeover to the Yesler Terrace Head Start Pre-K school building. Swedish’s commitment to community benefit and engagement took the lead to bring about this service project to make a direct impact on the community we serve.


The in-kind donations of materials, labor, and equipment along with $70,000 raised by the local construction and engineering industry and concerned community members put this unique community project was on tract to succeed. The Head Start Pre-K school building has two classrooms for 20 smart and energetic 4 and 5 yr old students and four teachers who needed a place to inspire learning for Yesler Terrace families. The building was dark, cold at times and the kitchen floor and playground was in bad shape. In seven hours with 150 volunteers the pre-k school building was transformed into a place of pride and fun with: 

Global to Local: Impacting the SeaTac and Tukwila Communities

Continuing Swedish’s long-standing commitment to improve the health and well-being of our region, Swedish has partnered with Washington Global Health Alliance, Public Health of Seattle & King County, and HealthPoint to address disparities in local healthcare through a groundbreaking initiative: Global to Local.

The Global to Local initiative is a new approach in applying global solutions to local healthcare challenges in underserved populations. The partnership reached out to SeaTac and Tukwila, which are just 15 miles south of Seattle and are both strong, vibrant communities with a long history of activism and community pride. However, with the settlement of new immigrants and refugees there have been many challenged for access to healthcare. Currently there are over 70 languages spoken in SeaTac and Tukwila schools and households. Many families have never seen a primary care doctor or do not know how to navigate through the healthcare system. These challenges have increased the need for additional services to address the basic needs of the community.

What will Global to Local do?

We talk the talk - let's start walking

Today (April 6) is National Start! Walking Day. Swedish is partnering with the American Heart Association to mobilize walkers from Cherry Hill, First Hill, Ballard, and Met Park (some of our campuses) to participate in National Start! Walking Day. We're coordinating this effort to encourage and motivate Swedish employees to walk one mile at noon.

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