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Biostatisticians Contribute to UW Study Pinpointing Ivory Poaching

Researchers from the School's Department of Biostatistics supported a UW study that used DNA analysis to identify elephant poaching hotspots in Africa. (July 2, 2015)

School-Based Health Centers Overcome Barriers to Providing Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

School-based health centers in Seattle overcame billing, provider training and other barriers to successfully provide long-acting reversible contraception for teens who most likely would not have had access to these methods anywhere else, according to a recent study from the UW School of Public Health. (June 24, 2015)

Close Up June 2015: SPH Omenn Award-Winners

Each year, the School honors two outstanding graduate students – one PhD and one master's – for their academic excellence and commitment to public health. This year's winners of the Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence are Trevor Peckham, who earned dual MS and MPA degrees, and Peter Cherutich, the first graduate of our new PhD program in global health metrics and implementation science. (June 12, 2015)

Study Cites Lack of Support to Turn Nutrition Research into Policy

Everyone agrees science should be at the policy table, researchers say. But little research has been conducted into what works best when it comes to improving the links between policymakers and public health nutrition and obesity investigators. (June 16, 2015)

School Launches New Center for Health and the Global Environment

The UW School of Public Health has opened a new center devoted to developing and promoting innovative approaches to understanding and managing the impact of global environmental change on human health. (June 16, 2015)

SPH Joins Alliance to Spur Healthcare Innovation

The School received a $13,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to become the sixth site for the Center for Health Organization Transformation. (June 15, 2015)

Senior Sanjit Kaur Wins UW's President's Medal

Sanjit Kaur hopes to improve health care delivery by improving health systems. "You get the chance to improve more lives and more communities," the graduating senior says. (June 5, 2015)

SPH and CDC Release Mall Walking Guide

The School's Health Promotion Research Center and the CDC have released a guide on the health benefits of mall walking. The guide also features practical strategies for starting mall-walking programs. (June 5, 2015)

2015 Global Healthies

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Hot Humid Days Increase Risk of Hospitalization and Death

In two just-released studies, researchers at the University of Washington show that hot weather in King County (which includes Seattle) is associated with adverse health outcomes, including hospitalization and death. (May 21, 2015)

START Projects Help King County on Early Childhood Initiatives, Recidivism

Two graduate students recently completed five-month research projects to help King County keep people in better health and out of jail. The projects were the first domestic assignments under the newly expanded Strategic Analysis and Research Training program (START). (May 21, 2015)

Washington Authors Produce 'Farm-to-Fork' Report for President's Council

Many things can be done to improve America's complex food systems in ways that align with public health and nutrition goals, according to a new report co-authored by MPH student Jamie Bachaus and Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten. (May 21, 2015)

Close Up May 2015: Sara Mackenzie

Public health has exploded in popularity on college campuses. At the UW, the number of students in the Public Health Major has jumped from 60 in 2012 to more than 400 this year. Find out from Sara Mackenzie what's driving this interest, and how a Frisbee brought her to Seattle. (May 8, 2015)

SPH to Evaluate Farmers' Market Incentives to Promote Healthier Eating

The Center for Public Health Nutrition will help evaluate a program designed to boost consumption of fruits and vegetables among people with low income. (May 8, 2015)

SPH to Coordinate National Healthy Brain Research Network

The Health Promotion Research Center in the Department of Health Services has been named the Coordinating Center of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Brain Research Network. (May 5, 2015)

Nepal Students Mobilize for Earthquake Relief

Relief activities in Nepal will last indefinitely, but after that the real effects of the devastating earthquake will emerge and continue for years, said UW School of Public Health graduate student Biraj Karmacharya, a native of Nepal. (April 30, 2015)

Cameras, Cellphone Blocking Could Reduce Teen Distracted Driving

Blocking cellphones inside of cars and filming teens while they drive could reduce distracted driving, according to research from the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health. (April 29, 2015)

Health Sciences' Students Pushed to Ask Big-Picture Questions in IPE Program

Hundreds of University of Washington Health Sciences students were encouraged to keep asking the "why" question last week during the fourth and final session of a year-long Interprofessional Education (IPE) program. (April 28, 2015)

Reducing Obesity an 'All-Hands' Effort, Expert Says

Obesity rates may have leveled off in the United States, but don't expect a sigh of relief from Shiriki Kumanyika, a pioneering obesity researcher visiting the University of Washington. (April 22, 2015)

Close Up April 2015: Jennifer Otten

Jennifer Otten is part of a UW team studying the impact of the minimum-wage increase in Seattle. She's also an expert on food systems, and one of her greatest passions is food waste – we throw out roughly 25 percent of the food we buy, she says. Otten teaches the popular "Food Studies: Harvest to Health," which has no textbook and no tests, but lots of videos. (April 16, 2015)

Three Epi Students Win NIH Research Fellowships

Three graduate students from the Department of Epidemiology have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health. (April 14, 2015)

UW Honors I-TECH Director for Contributions to Lifelong Learning

Ann Downer, a pioneer of distance learning at the University of Washington, has been named winner of the UW's 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award. (April 9, 2015)

Magnuson Scholar Seeks 'Missing' HIV-Infected Children in Kenya

This year's Magnuson Scholar from the UW School of Public Health is Anjuli Wagner, a PhD candidate in Epidemiology. (April 6, 2015)

An Endowed Professorship Made Possible By Many Donations

More than 125 colleagues and friends of King Holmes, founding chair of the department of Global Health, have contributed above $500,000 to establish an endowed professorship in his name. (March 20, 2015)

SPH Making an Impact

From counting the homeless in Seattle to vaccinating orphaned children in India, our students, alumni and faculty work to create healthier communities. (March 20, 2015)

Biostatistics Alumni In Demand at Innovative Firms

Graduates from our top-ranked Biostastitics Department land good jobs in Big Data. (March 20, 2015)

How Big Data Can Lead to Safer Drugs and Vaccines

Electronic health records have been around for decades, but only recently have more researchers started to recognize their potential for improving public health. (March 20, 2015)

Percentage of Children Eating Fast Food on a Given Day Drops, Study Finds

A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast-food restaurants also has dropped, according to a new study. (March 27, 2015)

UW Center to Use Novel Method to Screen Chemicals’ Toxicity

Tens of thousands of chemicals are currently in use, with more introduced every year. Scientists, however, have discerned the toxicity to human health for only a fraction of these, because the traditional method of testing is time-and cost-prohibitive. Thus, the need for high-capacity in vitro systems to screen chemicals for their potential health impacts is significant. (March 19, 2015)

Researchers Find HIAs Raise Awareness of Public Health

Health Impact Assessments are useful tools to promote public health because they raise awareness of health issues among decision-makers, according to a new paper from the Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington School of Public Health. (March 20, 2015)

Student Group Works to "Undo Racism"

A group of MPH students is working to "undo racism" across the School and community. (March 19, 2015)

Swab Test Holds Promise for Detecting Tuberculosis

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health helped develop a protocol to test for TB in easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving upon existing detection methods. (March 12, 2015)

Spending on Food Sanitation Linked to Fewer Illnesses

Higher spending on food safety measures correlated to lower rates of foodborne illness, according to researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Nursing. (March 12, 2015)

Close Up March 2015: Noah Simon

Noah Simon is developing open-source software that could help other scientists better understand diseases. Ultimately, that could lead to more targeted therapies and better personalized medicine. (March 4, 2015)

UW School of Public Health Ranks Sixth in Nation

The University of Washington School of Public Health once again ranked among the top public health graduate schools in the nation. (March 10, 2015)

Public Health Student Wins Sophomore President's Medal

Ashley Bobman, a public health major, was named winner of the University of Washington Sophomore President's Medal for her outstanding performance during her first two years. (March 3, 2015)

Gunshot Victims at Dramatic Risk for Future Harm

People injured by gunshot wounds in Washington state were at far greater risk of returning to the hospital with ensuing firearm-related injuries, according to a new study by the University of Washington School of Public Health. (February 23, 2015)

Greater Green Space Linked to Less Depression in Twins

Greater access to green space is associated with less depression, according to a new study of twins from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (February 18, 2015)

Study Finds Lower Pesticide Levels in People who Eat Organic Produce

Research shows that among individuals eating similar amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower levels of organophosphate pesticide exposures than those consuming conventionally grown produce. (February 11, 2015)

Close Up February 2015: India Ornelas

India Ornelas has been committed to social justice since high school. Today, she works on interventions to reduce binge drinking among Latino men and enables Navajo communities to grow more vegetables. She also works to create a culture of diversity at the School of Public Health. (February 3, 2015)

For Health Sciences Students, Intro to Farmworkers' Pain 101

Physician-anthropologist Seth Holmes discusses morality of letting immigrants wear out their bodies "so the rest of us can be healthy." (February 10, 2015)

Intervention Targets Binge Drinking Among Latino Men

A culturally adapted intervention could reduce unhealthy drinking among Latino immigrants, according to researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. (February 6, 2015)

Evidence bears out predictive model of pesticides in diet: Lower pesticide metabolite levels seen in people who eat organic produce

While health-conscious individuals understand the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies, they may not be aware of the volume of pesticides they could be ingesting with their vitamin C and fiber.

A study to be published in the Feb. 5 Environmental Health Perspectives is among the first to predict a person’s pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet. (February 3, 2015)

Washington-Led NIH Panel Issues Recommendations for Low-Back Pain Research

Adopting a more uniform research approach could lead to greater and faster progress for preventing and treating low-back pain, concluded a University of Washington-led task force of the National Institutes of Health. (January 16, 2015)

Health Services Professor Named Vice Chair of US Preventive Services Task Force

David C. Grossman, professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was appointed vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the expert panel that makes evidence-based recommendations about services such as health screenings. (January 16, 2015)

Close Up January 2015: Gary Goldbaum

Gary Goldbaum was drawn to public health after his father’s hospitalization for tuberculosis. Today he runs the Snohomish Health District, which serves more than 700,000 residents. There Goldbaum plays a role in everything from disasters and disease outbreaks to improving the fitness of 5th-graders. (December 30, 2014)

Suicidal Teens Have Easy Access to Firearms, Study Finds

More than 40 percent of American teenagers who lived in a home with a gun had easy access to it, a new study has found. The percentage who had access was the same among teens with mental health problems and suicidal tendencies. (January 9, 2015)

Grad Students Work on Rails to Trails Plan for Hoquiam

A group of first-year MPH students worked with the city council in Hoquiam (Grays Harbor County) to analyze ways to convert a former section of rail line into a bicycle path. (January 9, 2015)

SPH Will Play Key Evaluation Role Under $65 Million Grant for Healthier Washington Project

The State of Washington has just received a four-year, $65 million grant to support its transformative Healthier Washington project, and it is anticipated that the University of Washington School of Public Health will play a key role in monitoring and evaluating its success. (December 23, 2014)

Using Epidemiology to Investigate Crime

Can crime be studied – and prevented – like a disease? UW Law Professor Mary D. Fan thinks so. Fan, who worked as a federal prosecutor, is earning a PhD at the UW School of Public Health to better understand how to prevent harm before the damage reaches the criminal justice system. (December 23, 2014)

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