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Addressing Global Health Challenges with Human-Centered Design

  • WeWork 500 Yale Ave N Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)

IxDA Seattle is pleased to host Anna Rapp, Associate Program Officer with the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Please join us and General Assembly for an informative and inspiring presentation on global health challenges and human-centered design solutions.

Tickets $10

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Sometimes a 10-cent piece of paper is the difference between a life and a death. Child health records can play a vital role in keeping children around the world healthy. Within immunization programs, these records are needed to maintain health histories for children, identify those who need to be immunized, and find those who have missed immunizations or are off-schedule.

Unfortunately, child health records often suffer from poor accuracy, low availability and non-use. What does design have to do with it? Increasing evidence shows that the design and format of these tools themselves can make a difference in the way that they are used, and indeed in the health of the families who use them.

This year, a contest to revamp the child health record garnered more than 300 entries from around the world and from all walks of life. Changes - both simple and radical - to the way that records are designed are underway now in several countries.

We’ll discuss how better design can make a substantial impact in addressing global health challenges. Using child health records as a case study, we’ll discuss how human-centered design influences our thinking and global health and development work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Anna Rapp is an Associate Program Officer with the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Her work focuses on issues related to strengthening immunization systems in low-income countries. This includes efforts to improve data quality and use, as well as supporting enhancements to supply chains that distribute vaccine to children in these settings. Ms. Rapp is a graduate of the University of Washington with an MPH in Global Health. Before joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she worked with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, as well as with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has spent time working on health systems in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Philippines.



6:30 to 7:00 Registration and Networking, Light appetizers and drinks included
7:00 to 8:00 Talk and Q&A

Getting there

WeWork is located at 500 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98010.

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Our sincerest gratitude to General Assembly for helping make this event possible.

At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.


Due to the costs related to the event, no refunds will be granted within 24 hours of the event. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Earlier Event: November 4
Seattle Design Critique