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Researchers Find Homeopathic Cold Syrup Effective for Young Children

Homeopathic syrup is an effective treatment for reducing the severity of cold symptoms in preschool children, according to a new study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine. (December 8, 2016)

Zeliadt Wins Best Paper of the Year Award from Veterans Affairs Unit

Steven Zeliadt, research associate professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was recently selected as author of the “Best Research Paper of the Year” for his study of how lung cancer screening may negatively influence a person’s decision to stop smoking. (December 7, 2016)

UW Researcher Takes Part in Study on Urban Planning and Public Health

Well-planned cities that encourage walking, cycling and use of public transportation will help address significant global health challenges, says an international group of researchers. To create healthier, more equitable communities, researchers suggest policies are needed that reduce private motor vehicle use and prioritize alternative modes of transport. (December 7, 2016)

Irvin Emanuel MD Endowed Fellowship

A new endowed fellowship has been created in the Department of Epidemiology to honor Emeritus Professor Irv Emanuel. Established by former faculty member Dr. Michelle Williams and her husband Dr. Todd Curtis, the fund will support Epidemiology graduate students enrolled in the Maternal and Child Health Program. (November 18, 2016)

Creating Community: Dean Frumkin’s Legacy

When he took over as dean six years ago, Howard Frumkin was struck by how fragmented the School of Public Health appeared to be. “We’re in 20 locations around the city,” Frumkin recalled. “Those serendipitous meetings you’d like to see between faculty and students just didn’t happen.” (November 18, 2016)

Student Awards & Scholarships

(November 18, 2016)

Faculty/Staff/Retiree Campaign for Students

The University launched the UW F/S/R Campaign for Students, a special gift matching program for all UW faculty, staff and retirees to support students in the School of Public Health. (November 18, 2016)

Public Health Undergrads Learn Through Service

Students gain valuable experience while at the UW, but not many can say they’ve produced a video that “improves the interface between Chinese callers and 9-1-1 dispatchers.” (November 18, 2016)

Transformative Gift Boosts Population Health Initiative

The University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative has received a major boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation provided a gift to fund construction of a new building that will house several UW units working in population health, including parts of the School of Public Health. (November 18, 2016)

SPH Volunteers Join Thousands to Deliver Inclusive Care at Seattle Free Clinic

Patient counts were up at this year’s Seattle/King County Clinic, which served nearly 4,500 of the city’s most vulnerable people. (November 30, 2016)

Shorter Time Between Bariatric Surgery and Childbirth Increases Complications

In a 33-year retrospective study, researchers compared birth outcomes for infants born to mothers with a history of bariatric surgery to outcomes for infants born to mothers without weight-loss surgery. The new study showed that infants born to mothers with prior bariatric surgery had significantly higher risks for prematurity, neonatal intensive care unit admission, and being small for gestational-age status.  (November 30, 2016)

Updated Digital Media Guidelines Address Growing Impact on Child Health

More children, even in low-income households, are using digital media on a daily basis. Researchers from the UW School of Public Health say too much media or the wrong type of content may affect child health and development and interfere with family relationships. (November 21, 2016)

SPH Professor Named Fellow of the AAAS

Xiao-Hua (Andrew) Zhou, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. (November 21, 2016)

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Changes in Oral Health

Pesticide exposure in farmworkers from agricultural communities is linked to changes in the oral microbiome, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (November 16, 2016)

Center Awarded $20 Million HHS Grant to Strengthen Health Systems Globally

The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), based in the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health, was recently awarded $20.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the first of five years of funding. (November 16, 2016)

New Approach Estimates Human Cost of Iran-Iraq War and First Gulf War

Using a new approach to measure historical war-related deaths, researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health confirm that nearly 240,000 people died from causes attributable to wars in Iraq from 1980 through 1993. (November 8, 2016)

NIOSH Awards $9.2 Million to Washington Research Center

The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, directed by Richard Fenske at the University of Washington School of Public Health, received more than $9.2 million in grant funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (November 8, 2016)

Researchers Call Out Lack of Diversity in Human Genome Studies

People of African, Latino or indigenous ancestry are underrepresented in many major genome studies, according to a new analysis by researchers from the UW School of Public Health. Researchers suggest that the lack of inclusion in genomics research could have repercussions in clinical medicine. (November 8, 2016)

Major Gift from Gates Foundation to Boost Population Health Initiative with New Hub

The University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative has received a major boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through a gift to fund construction of a new building that will house several UW units working in population health, including parts of the School of Public Health. (November 3, 2016)

Global Study Reveals New Hypertension and Blood Pressure Genes

Thirty-one new gene locations linked with blood pressure have been identified in one of the largest genetic studies of hypertension and blood pressure to date, with valuable input from the UW School of Public Health. (October 28, 2016)

Close Up October 2016: Anne-Marie Gloster

Anne-Marie Gloster grew up eating fish sticks that came frozen in a box, and it wasn’t until she was 20 that she was exposed to good food. Now, Gloster is designing food and nutrition classes and teaching the first cooking course at the UW since home economics was removed from the curriculum 30 years ago. Hear more about her love of food and cooking. (October 25, 2016)

Accidental Firearm Injuries May Be Linked to Cycle of Violence, Washington Study Finds

Among patients hospitalized for accidental injuries, those harmed by guns are more likely to have a history of violence and are at high risk of committing a violent crime in the future, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (October 26, 2016)

Informatics Expert Elected to the American College of Medical Informatics

Anne Turner, associate professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been elected to the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) for her significant contributions to the field. (October 20, 2016)

Antiretrovirals Pose Low Risk to Nursing Mothers and their Babies, SPH Study Says

Breastfeeding mothers can safely take antiretroviral medicine to prevent HIV infection without posing a risk to their babies, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (October 20, 2016)

New Health Professions Program for Underrepresented Students

The University of Washington School of Public Health has partnered with the UW’s School of Medicine and School of Dentistry to oversee an academic summer program that will prepare underrepresented and minority students for careers in the health sciences. The six-week Summer Health Profession Education Program (SHPEP) is funded by a $355,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (October 19, 2016)

SPH Diversity Update October 2016

Update on Race and Equity Initiatives at SPH (Oct. 10, 2016) (October 12, 2016)

2016-17 Magnuson Scholar Seeks to Prevent Diseases at ‘Earliest Possible Time’

Sylvia Badon likes to cite Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Franklin may have been speaking about fire safety, but Badon, a fourth-year PhD candidate in epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, uses the quote to explain her motivation to improve the health of communities by preventing diseases. (October 7, 2016)

Banta-Green Receives State Public Health Award Amid Big Opioid Announcement

Caleb Banta-Green, an affiliate associate professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health and senior research scientist at the UW’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, was awarded the state’s Public Health Leadership Award for his extensive work in drug abuse epidemiology. (October 7, 2016)

Hot weather can increase risk of agricultural worker injuries

Warmer weather is related to an increase in traumatic injuries for outdoor agricultural workers in central and eastern Washington. These findings, which appear October 7 in PLOS ONE, come from a study by researchers at the University of Washington and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ SHARP Program. The study is the first to estimate the risk of traumatic injury in farmworkers using temperature data linked to the geographic location of the injury. (October 7, 2016)

UW Center Expands Depression Care to Reach Diverse Communities

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health have partnered with local, state and national organizations to help diverse elderly populations manage depression and social isolation. (October 5, 2016)

Distracted Driving Law in WA Needs an Update, SPH Study Finds

Laws intended to curb distracted driving have not kept pace with technology and can be difficult to enforce, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. (October 5, 2016)

SPH Prepares Students for Safer, Longer Careers in Construction

Construction trainees are ready for work, thanks to a grueling 380-hour program that provides skills and safety training to adults in King County—many of whom have overcome adversity. (September 27, 2016)

SPH Faculty Members Receive CDC Funding to Study Cancer Topics

The Health Promotion Research Center has been awarded $900,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for studies that address cancer disparities. (September 26, 2016)

NIH Awards Nearly $5 Million to Research Environmental Influences on Child Health

The UW School of Public Health was awarded more than $4.7 million on Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health to investigate how the environment influences neurodevelopment and asthma risk in children. (September 21, 2016)

Close Up September 2016: Carey Farquhar

By 8:30 most mornings, Carey Farquhar has already exercised, dropped her kids at school and taken part in at least two calls with colleagues in Kenya. A ground-breaking HIV researcher and long-time mentor, she hopes to develop a more diverse student body as well as launch more fieldwork opportunities for students in Asia. She was recently named associate chair for academic programs in the Department of Global Health. (September 16, 2016)

Breastfeeding Reduces Hospitalization among HIV-Exposed Infants, Study Finds

During the first year of life, breastfeeding could protect infants exposed to HIV at birth from other infectious diseases, according to a study from SPH, the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Medical Research Institute. (September 20, 2016)

UW Medical Center Legionella Update

Legionella, the bacterium that causes Legionnaire’s disease, was detected in several water sources at UW Medical Center. Here’s what we know, based on information from UWMC, Public Health – Seattle King County, the CDC, and Jude Van Buren, senior director of UW’s Environmental Health & Safety. (September 16, 2016)

SPH Faculty Member Authors APEX Award-Winning Publication

Basia Belza, a core investigator of the Health Promotion Research Center at the UW School of Public Health, and partners in five states authored an award-winning guide for developing mall walking programs throughout the country. (September 13, 2016)

UW Partners with City on Yearlong Livability Program

The UW has begun a yearlong partnership with the City of Auburn under the new Livable City Year program. Students and professors in SPH and other UW programs will work with the city to advance its goals for livability and sustainability in the upcoming academic year. (September 13, 2016)

Close Up August 2016: Linda Oseso

Linda Oseso turned her research assistant position into a full-time job at Fred Hutch’s HIV Vaccine Trials Network. “A social scientist at heart,” she is using her people skills and passion for public health to create educational videos that help explain a new HIV prevention method called Antibody Mediated Prevention. (August 18, 2016)

Professor Joel Kaufman Named Interim Dean of Public Health

Professor Joel Kaufman, an internationally recognized expert in the relationship between environmental factors and cardiovascular disease, was named interim dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health. (August 30, 2016)

Diversity Committee seeks staff nominations

The SPH Diversity Committee is seeking nominations for staff members to serve on the committee. (September 13, 2016)

SPH Outreach Manager Receives Lifetime Leadership Award

The International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association recently announced Marilyn Hair (DEOHS) received the Jeannie Peeper Presidential Lifetime Leadership Award for her contributions to those in the rare disease community that have fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. (August 26, 2016)

UW Students Have Hard Conversations about Race & Disparity in London

During a four-week exploration seminar called Dark Empire: Race, Health and Society in Britain, students examine the presence and well-being of minorities in Britain, who make up 14 percent of the country’s 64 million residents. Eric King, a graduated public health major and now a graduate student in the Department of Health Services, explains how his understanding of racism has shifted. (August 18, 2016)

UW School of Public Health Names Two New Endowed Appointments

Dean Howard Frumkin has announced the recipients of two new endowed appointments established by former Dean Gilbert S. Omenn and his wife, Martha A. Darling. (May 31, 2016)

UW Funds Underrepresented Students for Environmental Health Research

Gabino Junior Abarca, a third-year student, may have found his calling in environmental health through the Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) program offered by the department of environmental and occupational health sciences. (August 16, 2016)

SPH Student Appointed to AHIMA Student Advisory Committee

Adele Kroeger, a Health Informatics and Health Information Management post-baccalaureate certificate student, was appointed to the American Health Information Management Association Student Advisory Committee. (August 16, 2016)

SPH Research Informs Health Care Advocacy and Reform Under ACA Waiver

In an effort to expand health care coverage to all Washington residents, SPH researchers worked with a coalition of advocacy organizations to analyze the 1332 federal waiver procedure as a potential avenue for health care innovation and reform. Researchers were a group of graduate students enrolled in the Public Health Leadership, Planning and Advocacy Skills course at the School. (August 16, 2016)

SPH Study: Vulnerable Groups Can Have Quality Diets Despite Economic Constraints

For years, issues of taste, cost and convenience helped explain why the highest rates of poor nutrition are found among minorities and the working poor. The idea was: you improve access, you improve nutrition. However, a new study suggests that those who prioritize nutrition while food shopping have higher-quality diets regardless of gender, education and income. (August 12, 2016)

UW Professors Named American Statistical Association Fellows

Anirban Basu and Ruth Etzioni were named fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA). They were officially recognized for their professional contributions to the field of statistical science at an August 2 awards ceremony during the ASA Joint Statistical Meeting in Chicago. (August 4, 2016)

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