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Study Finds Trauma Centers Improve Outcomes for Injured Pregnant Women

Pregnant women suffering traumatic injuries experience better maternal and neonatal outcomes if they are treated at a designated trauma center, according to new research from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (January 29, 2016)

Miss Washington USA, a PhD Student, Promotes Healthy Lifestyle, Body Image

The new Miss Washington USA is a PhD and RD student in Nutritional Sciences who is conducting predoctoral research at the Fred Hutch on whether full-fat or low-fat dairy products affect the way the body regulates glucose. (January 27, 2016)

Professor Highlights Dietary Gap between Rich and Poor at White House Event

About 46 million Americans receive supplemental food assistance, with the average subsidy amounting to $4 per person per day. But Professor Adam Drewnowski told a White House audience it's not enough to meet nutritional needs. (January 27, 2016)

Safe gun storage improves when free storage devices supplied

A new systemic review finds that when gun owners are given a safe storage device and some counseling, they will likely practice safe firearm storage. (January 21, 2016)

American Cancer Society Program Boosts Workplace Health Promotion Efforts

An American Cancer Society program called The CEOs Challenge increased health promotion efforts at large companies, according to a University of Washington School of Public Health study. (January 15, 2016)

Steven Gilbert Wins Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award

Steven G. Gilbert was recognized by the Society of Toxicology with its Public Communications Award for broadening the public’s understanding of toxicological issues. (January 15, 2016)

Diversity Committee Wins 2016 Martin Luther King Award

The SPH Diversity Committee has been awarded the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr Community Service Award by UW Health Sciences. (January 11, 2016)

Close Up January 2016: Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming was bound for the priesthood, but changed his career pathway when he was inspired by a gifted math teacher and then by a fellow math student who later became his wife. Fleming went on to become a leading biostatistician and a prominent advocate for rigorous evaluation of the benefits and risks of new drugs, biological products and devices. He had a key leadership role in a landmark clinical trial on the prevention of HIV transmission – a study that garnered Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011. (January 5, 2016)

Hands-on Hazards Class a Blast for Students

UW School of Public Health grad students learn how to recognize potential health and safety hazards through visits to worksites and industries. (January 6, 2016)

Paris climate talks a big deal for health, says UW professor

Kristie Ebi, UW professor of global health and environmental & occupational health sciences, has attended United Nations climate-change conferences since 2000. The agreement reached at the Paris conference in December, she said, was nothing short of monumental. Ebi sat for a Q&A about her experience in Paris. (January 6, 2016)

Students Choosing More Nutritious School Meals

Students are choosing healthier school lunches, thanks to a federal program that updated nutrition standards, a new SPH study has found. (January 4, 2016)

Needs of Older Adults Highlighted in New Fact Sheets

Two peer-reviewed fact sheets from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center explore the eldercare workforce and policies that would allow older adults to remain in their homes for as long as possible. (December 28, 2015)

Norman E. Breslow, Key Figure in Public Health and Biomedical Research, Passes Away at 74

The public health community at the University of Washington and around the world was saddened by the loss of Norman E. Breslow on Dec. 9, 2015. Dr. Breslow, 74, died in Seattle after a long illness. (December 16, 2015)

Close Up December 2015 Susan Inman

Susan Inman was a first-generation college student. Now, as director of academic services for the Public Health Major, she helps undergraduates navigate the School of Public Health. She has also managed an explosion in student enrollment, from 80 undergraduates in 2012 to about 480 this winter. (December 3, 2015)

How Design Affects Health: UW Team from Schools of Public Health and Built Environments Selected for AIA Consortium

The School of Public Health and the College of Built Environments are part of a University of Washington interdisciplinary team selected to join a consortium seeking to further research and recognition of the strong influence of design on public health. (December 7, 2015)

An Online Calculator to Help Senior Citizens Predict Their Remaining Healthy and Able Years

Want to know how many healthy years you have left if you are 65 or older? Faculty at the University of Washington School of Public Health have created an online calculator to help you figure it out. (December 4, 2015)

SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities

A new University of Washington initiative, called Urban@UW, is thinking "upstream" when it comes to creating safer, healthier and more livable cities. (December 2, 2015)

Close Up December 2015: Victoria Holt

Online courses, increased undergrad and public health practice programs, and more effective grant strategies are all on the agenda for Victoria Holt, new chair of the Department of Epidemiology. (November 10, 2015)

Report Outlines Likely Climate Change Impact on Puget Sound Region

A new report by the University of Washington projects dramatic changes in the Puget Sound region due to climate change; an entire chapter is devoted to the potential effect on human health. (November 23, 2015)

CDC Funds Three New Health Promotion Projects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $2.56 million to the School's Health Promotion Research Center to fund three special interest projects. (November 20, 2015)

Evaluating Effort to Improve Veterans' Access to Health Care

The School of Public Health will help evaluate a new effort to improve veterans’ timely access to health care. (November 20, 2015)

Older Drivers – When Should They Give Up the Car Keys?

By 2024, one of every four drivers will be over 65. PhD student Laura Fraade-Blanar's research is trying to identify the point of cognitive decline at which driving becomes too risky. (November 20, 2015)

Public Health and Visual Design Harness the Power of Infographics

Researchers at the Center for Public Health Nutrition teamed with graduate and undergraduate students of the UW's Visual Communication Design program to create several food-related infographics. (November 20, 2015)

Studies Highlight Mental Health Care Gaps in Mozambique

Two recent studies highlight the challenges of meeting the mental health care needs in Mozambique, which was recently estimated to have Africa’s highest suicide rate. (November 4, 2015)

Meet the ARCS students from SPH

Ten SPH students from Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health are current ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Scholars. (November 2, 2015)

The Castner Fund: Giving Back to the Environment and SPH

It’s not every day that an Environmental Health undergraduate determines his next career step is dental school, but in the case of Dr. Russell Castner, that’s precisely what happened. The 1971 graduate in Environmental Health surveyed the landscape of career opportunities and decided dentistry was a better option. (October 21, 2015)

SPH Scholarship Roundup - Autumn 2015

These SPH student support funds, made possible by generous donations from friends and alumni, recognize academic merit and promise. If you are interested in learning more about supporting our students, please contact Megan Ingram, 206-616-7197 or (October 21, 2015)

SPH Making an Impact - Autumn 2015

From teaching public health to diverse high school students to tracking school lunch times in Seattle, our students, alumni and faculty work to create healthier communities. (October 21, 2015)

Dementia — The New Epidemic

Dementia cases could triple by 2050, according to the World Alzheimer Report 2015. “Dementia is the new epidemic facing the Western world,” says Annette Fitzpatrick, research professor of Family Medicine and Epidemiology. (October 21, 2015)

Keeping an Aging Nation Healthy

10,000 baby-boomers turn 65 every day. The field of “healthy aging”—keeping older Americans physically and cognitively healthy for as long as possible—is an important research opportunity for the UW School of
Public Health. (October 21, 2015)

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

African-American and Hispanic women were more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer than non-Hispanic Whites and were at higher risk of not receiving recommended treatment across breast cancer subtypes, according to a study led by a PhD epidemiology student. (October 30, 2015)

Self-reported Food Spending Closely Tracks Store, Restaurant Receipts

People are good at estimating how much they spend on food, both in restaurants and at home, according to data from the Seattle Obesity Study. That should open the door to new studies in nutrition economics on whether eating healthy adds to consumer food costs. (October 29, 2015)

Team Honored as 'Safer Chemistry Champion' for Reducing Toxics

Staff in the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences were honored Oct. 27 with a “Safer Chemistry Champion” award presented by the Washington Department of Ecology. (October 28, 2015)

SPH to Offer MPH and Master of Urban Planning Concurrent Degree Program

A new three-year program will prepare students for careers in public health or planning, and for the cross-disciplinary work that will be needed in the future. (October 26, 2015)

Are Seattle Schoolchildren Getting Enough Time for Lunch?

A recent report by graduate students in the Nutritional Sciences Program found that Seattle schoolchildren on average sat down for fewer than 13 minutes to eat lunch – far fewer than the 20 minutes called for in local and federal guidelines. (October 22, 2015)

SPH Alumna Develops New Feeding Cup for Infants with Breastfeeding Difficulties

Alumna Christy McKinney (PhD, Epidemiology ’06) spearheaded the development of a new feeding cup for preterm infants and newborns with cleft palates – infants who commonly have breastfeeding difficulties. (October 20, 2015)

Close Up October 2015: Aaron Katz

Aaron Katz says he was "wired" to do something that mattered, such as working on health policy. Since he moved to Seattle in 1978, he's been a tireless advocate for health reform and new methods of teaching. (October 8, 2015)

Flu Shots Increased During Workplace Promotions at Restaurants

Flu vaccinations nearly doubled among workers at Seattle restaurants taking part in a workplace intervention tested by the University of Washington School of Public Health. (October 16, 2015)

Fostering the human-animal bond

One four-legged friend at a time, PhD student Dr. Heather Fowler is giving back to the community as a volunteer veterinarian at the Doney Clinic. (October 13, 2015)

Victoria Holt Named New Chair of Epidemiology

Victoria Holt, a faculty member since 1991, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Epidemiology. (October 7, 2015)

Study Finds Links Between Race/Ethnicity, Cultural Factors and Cognition

A study led by Research Professor Annette Fitzpatrick found that race, ethnicity and a number of sociocultural factors were significantly associated with performance on cognitive tests. But researchers are urging caution in interpreting the results. (October 6, 2015)

Feel-Good Day Focuses on the Homeless and their Pets

Gemina Garland-Lewis, research coordinator at the Center for One Health Research, organized animal services for the first shared human/animal Feel Good Day Sept. 4 in the U District. The semi-annual event, led by Facing Homelessness, offers free services for the homeless, including haircuts and massage therapy. (October 1, 2015)

Maternal Stress Linked to More Cavities in Children

Young children whose mothers were chronically stressed had a higher prevalence of cavities, according to a study by the UW Schools of Public Health and Dentistry, and King's College London. (October 1, 2015)

SPH Launches New Undergraduate Student Assistance Fund

Five undergraduates are recipients of awards from the School's New Undergraduate Student Assistance Fund. (September 18, 2015)

Close Up September 2015: Victoria Breckwich Vásquez

Victoria Breckwich Vásquez's lifelong endeavor has been to understand the challenges faced by her mother, a single mom from Peru who became a nurse in Los Angeles. Today, Vásquez channels her passions into improving the health of Latino communities, including a little-studied group of forestry workers in southern Oregon who are vulnerable to on-the-job injuries. (August 31, 2015)

PhD Student Receives Bullitt Foundation Fellowship: To Launch One Health Dairy Project in Washington State

A PhD student at the University of Washington plans to tackle issues in sustainable dairy farming with funding from the Bullitt Foundation. Dr. Heather Fowler was selected for the Foundation’s Environmental Fellowship Award, a highly selective prize of $100,000 given to a single graduate student. (September 9, 2015)

Commercial Car Wash Chemical Can Harm Workers, Study Finds

A new report highlights the health hazards faced by workers handling hydrofluoric acid in commercial car and truck washing operations. (September 9, 2015)

On Katrina Anniversary, Study Warns of Public Health Impacts of Climate Change

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina lashed New Orleans, a new study warns that future public health impacts of climate change in Gulf Coast states may be “especially severe.” (August 31, 2015)

Three Faculty Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Three members of the University of Washington School of Public Health are among the 24 new members who will be inducted into the Washington State Academy of Sciences next month for their outstanding record of scientific achievement. (August 27, 2015)

PhD Student Wins Young Investigator Award from International AIDS Society

Graduating PhD student Kristjana Ásbjörnsdóttir received the International AIDS Society (IAS) Lange-Van Tongeren young investigator prize for her research on HIV-infected infants and their response to antiretroviral therapy. (August 27, 2015)

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