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Highlights from SPH Connect Winter 2017


Bridging the “Know-Do” Gap

Implementation science is transforming the way people approach population health to improve lives.

Meeting People in Need Where They Are

Lessons in homelessness were brought home this winter when nearly 60 homeless individuals moved to the UW campus as part of Tent City 3.

2017 Rattlinggourd Endowed Fellow

Gabriel Cortez is a member of the Navajo Nation with deep connections to his people, the reservation and his home state of New Mexico.

Presidential Early Career Award

Catherine Karr honored by the White House for her “pursuit of innovative research.”

New Partnership


Boeing airplane, Copyright 2017 Boeing


Formal Bond with Boeing to Boost Talent Pipeline

A new partnership with Boeing aims to bolster the School’s academic programs and improve the company’s talent pipeline. The partnership comes with a philanthropic gift and establishes the School’s first “focal,” a company leader who will serve as a formal conduit between Boeing’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) team and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

School Celebrations


photos In February, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Department of Global Health and its many achievements. Melinda Gates and Gov. Jay Inslee highlighted the impact of the global health sector in Washington state.


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New Faculty at the School of Public Health


photos of new faculty

Vanessa Galaviz, Chris Vogliano, Sarah Knerr and Elizabeth Cromwell

The Power of Generosity

New Endowed Professorship for Study of Population Health

Two long-time SPH faculty members, Stephen Bezruchka and Mary Anne Mercer, established a unique and timely endowed professorship. The Bezruchka Family Endowed Professorship for the Public Understanding of Population Health seeks to fund a distinguished scholar focused on the study, teaching and dissemination of knowledge about population health. The new fund will continue the couple’s legacy as activists and defenders of underserved and under-resourced communities.

Professor Emeritus Deepens Support for the MHA Program

Austin Ross, a lifelong mentor to hundreds of students and professionals, and his wife Annette understand the value of investing in a public health education. Through their bequest, they are committed to the longevity of the Master in Health Administration (MHA) program. Designated funds from their estate will go to the Austin Ross Endowed Chair in Health Administration to help recruit and retain distinguished faculty to prepare the next generation of health administration professionals.


2017 Graduation Speaker

Natalia Kanem, assistant secretary general of the United Nations and deputy executive director of the UN Population Fund, will speak at the SPH graduation celebration in June. For more than three decades, Kanem has worked to improve the health and education of women and children worldwide.

Alumni Updates


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