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2014

More than 30 SPH Faculty Promoted

These are the faculty from the School of Public Health who received promotions effective July 1, 2014. (July 18, 2014)

Immunization Hesitancy Linked to Topical Fluoride Refusal

Parents who refused to immunize their children also tended to turn down fluoride treatments for them, according to a new study. (July 16, 2014)

Jet Pollution a Greater Health Risk Than Previously Thought

The exhaust of jets using Los Angeles International Airport were detected at twice the normal levels as far as 10 miles downwind from the airport. (July 16, 2014)

Michael Yost named new Chair of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Dean Howard Frumkin named Professor Michael Yost the new Chair of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), effective August 18, 2014. Professor Yost will succeed Professor David Kalman, who has been Chair of DEOHS for 16 years. (July 16, 2014)

Close Up July 2014: Walter Kukull

Walter Kukull tells us how he went from studying psychology to epidemiology and ultimately to a disease that is the third-to-fifth leading cause of death. (June 26, 2014)

Are the ACA-Inspired Networks of Healthcare Sustainable?

Q&A with Aaron Katz: Health-systems policy expert looks beyond first impressions (June 20, 2014)

A Team Approach to Combating the Wounds of War

The idea of a team-based, cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to health care is at the core of a new initiative launched last year at the University of Washington. Known as Interprofessional Education, IPE uses curricula and training opportunities to educate and engage health sciences students from six disciplines—dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work. (June 18, 2014)

MPH Students Go Mystery Shopping for Medicaid

You've heard of mystery shopping, where market researchers snoop around to gather information on products or services. Well, two School of Public Health graduate students have been doing some secret shopping in the name of health care reform. (June 17, 2014)

Close Up June 2014: Donna Denno

Donna Denno is a pioneering online teacher for the UW, but she rarely posts a lecture. She tells us how she teaches and what drives her to protect vulnerable children across the globe. (June 5, 2014)

SPH Center Receives $3.75 Million CDC Grant for Healthy Aging Research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week awarded a five-year, $3.75 million grant to the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) in the University of Washington's School of Public Health to continue its research on healthy aging. (June 10, 2014)

A Message on Gun Violence from the Dean

Dean Howard Frumkin issued the following statement to students, staff and faculty of the School of Public Health in the wake of the Seattle Pacific University shooting. (June 6, 2014)

Determining the Health Needs of the Homeless

Hana Alicic, a Public Health major graduating this June, leads a project to address the health needs of the homeless. (June 6, 2014)

Vaccination Limits Severity of Pertussis

Young people who have been vaccinated against pertussis but still contracted the disease recovered more rapidly and suffered less severe symptoms than other pertussis patients, according to a study led by a University of Washington School of Public Health graduate student. (May 19, 2014)

Close Up May 2014: Timothy Thornton

Timothy Thornton loved math, but knew statistics might have more practical benefits. Now he's helping unlock genetic health risks for Hispanics as part of a new center within our Department of Biostatistics. (May 12, 2014)

Study Links Traffic-Related Air Pollution to Changes in Right Side of Heart

Air pollution from traffic was associated with changes in the right side of the human heart, says a study led by PhD student Peter Leary. (May 16, 2014)

Sims Named Chair of WA Insurance Exchange

Ron Sims was named new chair of the WA State Health Benefit Exchange board. (May 16, 2014)

Reducing Maternal Deaths through Realistic Trainings

Dylis Walker, associate professor of global health, is leading an effort to reduce maternal mortality in Guatemala, Mexico and Kenya. (May 16, 2014)

Depression May Increase Diabetes' Patients Risk of Kidney Failure

Diabetes patients suffering major depression were nearly twice as likely to experience end-stage kidney disease, according to a study by the UW School of Public Health and VA Puget Sound Health Care System. (May 9, 2014)

Keeping U.S. Drinking Water Safe

National Safe Drinking Water Week, May 4–10, celebrates a valuable resource. Turn on the kitchen tap in any home in Seattle and out comes water meant to quench our thirst, rinse our fruits and vegetables, and clean our dishes. At the School of Public Health, researchers are developing tools to assess risks at the tap, measuring water treatment byproducts that may pose risks to health, and providing training to water system managers and operators to better protect water sources. (May 8, 2014)

Bonderman Fellow Plans Solo Travel in Africa, South America

Senior Susan Glenn, an undergraduate in public health, won an unusual Bonderman Travel Fellowship to visit at least six countries in eight months. (May 5, 2014)

Students, Staff Celebrate Service Day

Students and staff spruced up a park, harvested vegetables and volunteered at a food center during the School's annual day of service. (May 1, 2014)

Selenium, Vitamin E Supplements Linked to Prostate Cancer

Some men who take high doses of selenium and vitamin E supplements could increase their risk of aggressive prostate cancer, according to a recent study led by Dr. Alan Kristal, professor of epidemiology. (May 1, 2014)

Global Health Passion Sparks Awards to Honor Student Work

Former UW student Patrick Ryan is a conservationist and a 'global-health junkie.' He builds drinking-water wells in Indonesia and attends global-health seminars on campus. He's also one of the School of Public Health's many donors. A recent contribution from Ryan was used to create a student award in memory of Oscar Gish, a former faculty member who passed away in 2004 but whose passion for social justice lives on. Ryan's donation also sparked an idea for an awards ceremony to honor other outstanding students. (April 22, 2014)

2014 Distinguished Alum Robert Newman: Take Risks, Think Big

When he was a medical student, Robert Newman (MPH, Epidemiology '98) spent a year in Brazil. The Portuguese language skills he picked up came in handy when he later went to Mozambique for two years with Health Alliance International. That led to a career as a global malaria expert with the CDC and WHO. Now he's a managing director at GAVI Alliance. Newman's advice? Don't be afraid to take some risks, says the School's 2014 Distinguished Alumnus. (April 25, 2014)

UW Event on April 25 honors King County workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses

A logger, an electrician, and a firefighter are among the 14 men and women who died last year in King County from job-related injuries or illnesses. An event on April 25, 2014 organized by students at the University of Washington will honor these workers and the soldiers who have died. (April 17, 2014)

Study Predicts When Herpes Least Likely to be Transmitted

A new study from the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine estimates the viral loads below which the herpes simplex virus-2 is unlikely to be transmitted. (April 16, 2014)

In Vietnam, Reducing Harm of Battery Recycling

A team of researchers from the UW School of Public Health discovers how lead spreads through a community while creating awareness of preventive measures. (April 16, 2014)

Washington State CEOs Against Cancer Challenge

A collaboration between SPH's Health Promotion Research Center and the American Cancer Society aims to reduce cancer and improve employee health at participating organizations. (April 16, 2014)

Close Up April 2014: Peter Rabinowitz

Peter Rabinowitz grew up loving wildlife and nature. He trained falcons, studied rattlesnakes and worked as a zookeeper and a cowboy before going on to medical school. Today he fuses his passion for animals, the environment and human health in a unique UW project that looks at the health risks we share from interacting in an increasingly crowded world. (April 4, 2014)

High School Athletes Often Played with Concussion

More than two-thirds of high-school athletes who suffered concussions reported playing with symptoms, according to a study led by Frederick Rivara. (April 7, 2014)

SPH Professor Serves on IOM Panel on Mental Health in Military

Professor Donald Patrick served on an Institute of Medicine committee assessing military efforts to prevent psychological disorders among active-duty service members and their families. (April 7, 2014)

HIV-Testing Campaign Targets Latino Men

Assistant Professor Rosa Solorio launched an HIV-testing campaign targeting young Latino men who have sex with men. (April 4, 2014)

A 'love for the bugs' motivates 2014-15 Magnuson Scholar

Christine Khosropour, the School's 2014-15 Magnuson Scholar, is conducting research to better understand sexual behavior strategies for HIV prevention among men who have sex with men. (April 4, 2014)

Frequent Massage Works Best for Neck Pain, Study Finds

Got a pain in your neck? The more massage the better, a new study says. (March 26, 2014)

ACA Event Helps 50 Students Sign Up for Health Insurance

About 50 students signed up for health insurance March 17 at an event coordinated by the School of Public Health. (March 21, 2014)

Eating Fatty Fish Linked to Reduced Risk of Death, UW Study Finds

More evidence that fish is good for you: A study found that people who ate high levels of oily fish tended to live longer than those who ate no fish at all. (March 17, 2014)

Public Health Research Alongside the Community

Jennifer Bethune, a UW senior majoring in public health, is the current recipient of the Rattlinggourd Scholarship established by Dylan and Susan Wilbanks. She plans to do partner with Native communities to research community-identified health disparities and possible solutions. (March 13, 2014)

The Power of Storytelling in Native Health

A 32-page comic book called The Return, A Native Environmental Health Story, seeks to inspire Native communities with an environmental message. (March 13, 2014)

Bringing a Health Assessment to Environmental Planning

For what is probably the first time in Superfund history, a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was part of the proposed plan for cleanup of the lower Duwamish River. (March 13, 2014)

A Personal Stake in Reducing Gun Violence

As manager of the violence and injury prevention unit at Public Health – Seattle & King County, Tony Gomez (BS, EH '84) has examined nearly every death of a child from firearms over the last 15 years. (March 13, 2014)

Exercise Program for Seniors Expands Nationally

Launched 20 years ago, EnhanceFitness was designed and rigorously tested by the School of Public Health's Health Promotion Research Center and its partners, Group Health and Senior Services, a nonprofit agency serving Seattle and King County. Today, it is one of the most widely delivered, evidence-based group-exercise programs for older adults. (March 13, 2014)

2013 Omenn Award Winners for Outstanding Scholarship

The winners of the 2013 Gilbert S. Omenn Awards for Academic Excellence share a common mission: improving the health of those most at risk. Claire Allen (MPH, Health Services '13) and Vanessa Galaviz (PhD, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences '13) won the Omenn awards -- named for the School's former dean -- which annually recognize a master's level and a PhD student for their outstanding scholarship and commitment to public health. (March 13, 2014)

New Center Explores Human and Animal Health

Bird flu. SARS. West Nile virus. These and many other emerging infectious diseases have spread to humans from the animal world. Scientists wonder where the next big outbreak will come from. The School's new Human-Animal Medicine Project, which came here from Yale University in 2013, explores these and other links between humans, animals, and the environment to improve health and prevent disease. (March 13, 2014)

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest and Trauma

A center at the UW School of Public Health is coordinating efforts to study which emergency medical tools and techniques work best for reviving victims of cardiac arrest and traumatic injury. (March 12, 2014)

A Global-to-Local Approach in the START Program

It's a dream assignment: Helping the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tackle some of the world's most pressing health problems. For the last two-and-a-half years, more than two dozen UW graduate students have been doing just that, under an innovative program in the Department of Global Health called START (Strategic Analysis, Research & Training). (March 11, 2014)

A Donor Giving Back Full Circle to Native Communities

The story behind the Rattlinggourd Endowed Scholarship and Fellowship established by Dylan and Susan Wilbanks runs along the Cherokee Trail of Tears -- from the South to Oklahoma in the 1800s, to the oil boom around Tulsa in the early 1900s. The story finally lands in the present day in the UW School of Public Health. (March 11, 2014)

Bringing Public Health Education into High Schools

Students at several Seattle-area high schools are learning how they can improve the health of their communities, thanks to a new UW School of Public Health program where undergraduates do the teaching. (March 11, 2014)

When Innovation Leads to a Low-Tech Solution

Think innovation and high-tech must go together? Think again. Partnerships between UW's Department of Global Health and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) have created simple, low-tech solutions to public health challenges in Africa, especially for women and children. (March 11, 2014)

Distance to Supermarket Makes No Difference to Diet Quality, UW Study Says

A new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health finds that distance from a supermarket in Seattle doesn't matter when it comes to diet quality. What counts most is exactly where a person decides to shop. (March 13, 2014)

Study Reveals Childhood Clues for Later Risk of STD

A new study found that children who enjoyed school, grew up in well-managed households, and had friends who stayed out of trouble reported fewer sexually transmitted diseases as young adults. (March 12, 2014)

Close Up March 2014: Saloni Parikh

Saloni Parikh combines a passion for public health with a talent for computer programming. As an undergraduate in the interdisciplinary honors program, she's already making an impact. For a global health study in Kenya, Parikh helped develop a mobile application that allows healthcare workers to track pregnant mothers with HIV. And when she's not studying or Skyping overseas, Parikh competes on the UW's Indian classical dance team. "It's a really great break from all the hours I spend on a computer screen," she says. (March 5, 2014)

Dispatches from Ukraine: Grad Student Jennifer J. Carroll

Graduate student Jennifer J. Carroll wrote a colorful behind-the-scenes look at the protests in Kiev for the Seattle Times and other outlets. (March 11, 2014)

Managing Caregiver's Return to Work Post-Injury

In about a cup of coffee's worth of time, a difficult task might become easier for caregivers' supervisors at Harborview Medical Center. A newly developed 15-minute training module can help them manage workplace injuries and get employees back on the job quickly and safely. (March 10, 2014)

Caregiver Stress Depends Largely on Genes, Upbringing

A new study found that associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing, and less so on the difficulty of caregiving (March 5, 2014)

Repeat Domestic Violence More Likely When Weapons Used, Study Finds

Men who used a weapon against their female partners were more likely to commit a follow-up act of violence, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health and collaborating institutions. A weapon was defined as a gun, knife or vehicle. (February 27, 2014)

Using Genome Data to Unlock Hispanic Health Risks

Biostatisticians at the UW School of Public Health are hoping to better understand the genetic risk factors for diseases such as diabetes and asthma in Hispanic/Latino populations in the US. (February 21, 2014)

Robert Newman Named School’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Robert Newman (MPH, Epidemiology '98) has been named the UW School of Public Health's 2014 Distinguished Alumnus. (February 24, 2014)

Close Up February 2014: Dedra Buchwald

Dedra Buchwald came to the UW as a pioneer in chronic fatigue research. Her passion for cross-cultural work soon led her to explore Native American health issues. Today she is director of the Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research, the umbrella organization of Partnerships for Native Health, which recently became part of the School of Public Health. Find out more about her work, including how a lost driver's license led to creation of the UW Twin Registry. (January 30, 2014)

Close Up January 2014: Doug Conrad

A website down, a call center deluged and heated debates. Those are some of the challenges Doug Conrad has faced as a member of the board overseeing the state's new health insurance marketplace – part of the Affordable Care Act. "All things considered, we've done well," he says. Find out from Conrad what it's like to be on this historic board. (January 13, 2014)

Biostatistician Named to Forbes' List of Top Scientists for Third Straight Year

Daniela Witten was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list of top young scientists for the third year. (January 10, 2014)

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