University of Washington School of Public Health

SPH Stories Feed

SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

* Related links: SPH in the News | SPH Research News | SPH Close Up

Funding Supports Novel Studies of Population and Forensic Genetics

Bruce Weir, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a four-year, $1.6 million award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to develop new statistical methods to describe the genetic structure of populations in a way that encompasses their evolutionary history. (November 20, 2017)

Enquobahrie Wins National Award for Leadership in Maternal and Child Health

Daniel Enquobahrie received the 2017 Loretta P. Lacey Academic Leadership Award for excellence in teaching and leadership in maternal and child health (MCH). The award was presented by the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health at an event in Atlanta on Nov. 5. (November 20, 2017)

SPH Welcomes Latino Center for Health

The University of Washington's Latino Center for Health has moved to the Department of Health Services within the School of Public Health. (November 20, 2017)

Paper Wins Inaugural Stanford Medicine WellMD Center Award

A paper by Christian Helfrich, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, received the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center’s inaugural Physician Well-being Article Award. The paper reports on the association of staffing and workload with odds of burnout among primary health care providers for veterans. (November 17, 2017)

Identifying Differences in Tumor, Survival in Metastatic Breast Cancers

Researchers have identified differences in tumor characteristics and survival in women diagnosed with de novo stage IV metastatic breast cancer compared to those with recurrent metastatic breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. (November 17, 2017)

How Air Pollution Clouds Mental Health

Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine connections between toxic air and obesity, diabetes, and dementia. (November 14, 2017)

Decoding NewsCatcher Acronyms and Abbreviations

What follows is a key to decode the acronyms and abbreviations used in the School of Public Health's twice-monthly newsletter, called NewsCatcher. (November 6, 2017)

Saluting Our Veterans and their Continued Legacy of Service

At the UW School of Public Health, we value the unique perspectives and experiences veterans and military-affiliated students bring to our diverse learning environment. In celebration of Veterans Day, on Nov. 11, here are stories of five of our current student veterans and their passions for public health. (November 3, 2017)

Epi Professor Wins National Award for Lifelong Excellence in Teaching Epidemiology

Noel Weiss, professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has won the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Abraham Lilienfeld Award for lifelong excellence in teaching epidemiology. (September 6, 2017)

New global approach to tracking climate change and its impact on public health

Professor Howard Frumkin co-authored a major new report in The Lancet tracking how climate change threatens human health. (October 30, 2017)

Researchers Find 3 Million Americans Carry Loaded Handguns Daily

An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm. (November 2, 2017)

Contact with Nature Tied to Better Mental Health and Sleep

Spending more time outdoors in nature, particularly in green spaces such as gardens, is tied to better mental health and fewer sleepless nights, according to new research from an international group of scientists. (October 25, 2017)

Close Up: Eric Larson

Eric Larson is driven to find ways to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, and to delay cognitive decline in old age. For more than 30 years, he has studied thousands of people, 80 years and older, to understand how the body, especially the brain, ages. Now, Larson uses decades’ worth of research results to propose a path for growing old in the healthiest possible way, while also highlighting the importance of public health for an aging society. (September 27, 2017)

Study Suggests Lead Exposure Could Have Significant Effects on Grown-Ups too

Lead exposure during adulthood may cause persistent deficits in certain forms of learning and memory, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health. (October 18, 2017)

SPH Faculty Member Receives $350,000 NIH Grant to Study Air Pollution and Autism

Lucio G. Costa, a professor in the department of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW School of Public Health, will receive $350,000 a year for five years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the links between traffic-related air pollution exposure and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). (October 13, 2017)

Testing Interventions to Reduce Mental Health Disparities among Latina Immigrants

India Ornelas, associate professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health, has received three million dollars from the National Institutes of Health to test an innovative program aimed at reducing mental health disparities among Mexican immigrant women. (October 13, 2017)

Biostatistics Chair Receives $2.8 Million NIH Grant to Lead Data Coordinating Center

Patrick Heagerty, of the UW School of Public Health, has received $2.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead the data coordinating center for a study of non-drug approaches for preventing chronic low back pain, which could lead to reduced opioid use. (October 13, 2017)

Alumni Profile: Mike Krause

Mike Krause (MSPH '83), a senior industrial hygienist for Veritox, has worked to identify health hazards in workplaces for more than 30 years. We caught up with Krause to learn how his studies in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences prepared him to protect the health and safety of people at work and in their communities. (September 28, 2017)

New Gift to Bring Global Maternal & Child Health Experts to UW

This spring, an anonymous donor couple established the DDD Endowed Visiting Lectureship in Global Health of Women, Adolescents and Children. (September 28, 2017)

John A. H. Lee’s Legacy Lives on Through Endowed Fellowship

Not long before he died in late August, John A. H. Lee, professor emeritus of epidemiology, and his wife, Anne, established an endowed fellowship in honor of his family’s passions for higher education, teaching and scientific research around public health. (September 28, 2017)

Former US Rep. McDermott Endows Global Health Fellowship

Select graduate students in the UW School of Public Health will be able to travel around the world to engage communities in health promotion, thanks to a new fellowship established by former U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, the long-time Seattle Congressman. (September 28, 2017)

Former Refugee Now a Champion for Community Health

Tenacious learner, engaged community leader, loving mother. These words describe this year’s Double Eagle II Endowed Scholar, Farhiyo Ahmed, a senior in the Public Health Major. (September 28, 2017)

SPH Institute Bridges Science and Social Implications of Genetic Discoveries

At the UW School of Public Health's Institute for Public Health Genetics, students bridge the science and the social implications of genetics discoveries. (September 28, 2017)

Kaufman, Frumkin Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Joel Kaufman and Howard Frumkin from the University of Washington School of Public Health have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for their outstanding record of scientific achievement. They are among 13 new members, including six from the University of Washington, who will be inducted next month in Seattle. (September 11, 2017)

Closing the global mental health treatment gap in Mozambique and beyond

This World Mental Health Day, on Oct. 10, the UW School of Public Health highlights Bradley Wagenaar’s work as one example of the many projects from the Department of Global Health’s program in global mental health, to be led next year by Dr. Pamela Collins, formerly of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (October 9, 2017)

Strategy to Support Breast Cancer Survivors May Soon Be Found in an App Store

Researchers at the UW School of Public Health developed and successfully pilot-tested a mobile application called SmartSurvivor to support breast cancer survivors, particularly in rural areas, in their long-term health care. (October 4, 2017)

100 Percent Fruit Juice, in Moderation, Not Tied to Diabetes or Hypertension in Adults

A new study from the UW School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that fruit juice in moderation does not cause high blood pressure or diabetes in adults. (October 2, 2017)

New Study Aims to Find Links between Mental Health, Drug Use and Gun Ownership

Grassroots organization Grandmothers Against Gun Violence makes its first-ever donation for gun violence prevention research to the UW School of Public Health. The contribution will support new analysis by the School to find links between mental health, drug use and gun ownership. (October 2, 2017)

SPH to Host Workshop on Racial Equity and Structural Transformation

The SPH Diversity Committee will host a workshop entitled, "Leading with a Racial Equity Lens for Structural Transformation," on Oct. 20 at the South Campus Center. (September 28, 2017)

Raising Seattle's Minimum Wage Did Not Increase Supermarket Food Prices

Raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $13 an hour did not affect the price of food at supermarkets, according to a new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health. (September 25, 2017)

Center Wins $2 Million to Promote Health Equity in Rural Communities through Data

Elizabeth “Betty” Bekemeier, director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a five-year, $2 million grant to help rural public health leaders better use data to promote health equity. (September 25, 2017)

Poor, Elderly & Urban Populations More at Risk from Extreme Heat

Calls to 9-1-1 for serious emergency medical assistance increase significantly on days of extreme heat, especially in poor, elderly and urban populations, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (September 20, 2017)

Hidden Hazards after the Hurricane

Death, dismemberment, damage, disruption and distress. These are dangers people face during and immediately after storms like Harvey and Irma. But what about the hidden hazards of hurricanes? Experts from the University of Washington School of Public Health weigh in. (September 13, 2017)

Road Map to Achieving a Sustainable, Equitable Food System in Washington

In Washington state, 300,000 children experience food insecurity and 61 percent of adults are obese or overweight. All the while, farmland is decreasing, farmers struggle to earn a living wage, and food system practices generate pollution. (September 11, 2017)

Preparedness Expert Receives $50,000 RWJF Grant to Study Disaster Recovery Strategies

Nicole Errett, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a 12-month, $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study how state policies for disaster recovery planning promote health and well-being. (September 11, 2017)

Researcher Finds Height Plays Role in Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk

Men measuring 5 feet 9 inches and taller are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, according to researchers. (September 5, 2017)

To Text or Not to Text During Disasters

Researchers from the UW School of Public Health have been evaluating innovative emergency communications tools, such as text messaging, to find out what it takes to turn evidence into practice to improve preparedness and response. (August 29, 2017)

Close Up August 2017: Daniel Enquobahrie

Daniel Enquobahrie was named director of the School’s interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice program in January. He investigates the role of environmental and genetic risk factors in early life, and the complex interaction between the genome and the environment through epigenetic mechanisms. (August 25, 2017)

Opioids: The Leading Cause of Drug Deaths in Seattle Area

Drug deaths hit a record high of 332 in King County, in Washington state, in 2016, according to an annual report published by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI). Two-thirds of those deaths were caused by heroin, fentanyl and other opioids. (August 25, 2017)

How you measure a "dose" of nature?

We know that connecting with nature is good for our health, thanks to a growing body of evidence. But how do we measure a “dose” of nature? Do we get the same benefits from having plants in our offices that we do from gardening in our yards? Is looking at a picture of the ocean the same as seeing it in person? (September 11, 2017)

Mixing Opioids and Sedatives Steeply Raises Overdose Risk

Patients who are prescribed both opioids and sedating drugs are six times more likely to die of an overdose than people on opioids alone, according to researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. (August 17, 2017)

UW Superfund Program Receives $10 Million Award to Study Effects of Pollutants on Nervous System

The UW Superfund Research Program received a five-year, $10 million award from the NIH to continue studying the effects that environmental pollutants pose to the nervous systems of humans and fish. (August 15, 2017)

Addressing Depression during Teens Could Prevent Cannabis-Use Disorder

Young people with chronic or severe depression are at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, according to a new study from the UW, authored by Isaac Rhew. (August 9, 2017)

One in Four Americans Receive Formal Firearm Training; Fewer Learn about Suicide Prevention

The United States does not have a national standard or requirement for firearm safety training prior to purchasing a gun, putting the responsibility on gun owners and those who live with them to find ways to learn firearm safety. Only about three in five U.S. firearm owners have received any formal gun training, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health. (July 28, 2017)

Center Helps Develop Guidelines for One Health Epidemiological Studies

The University of Washington Center for One Health Research has played a major role in the development of a new set of guidelines for research in One Health, a growing field that looks at linkages between the health of people, animals, and the changing ecosystems we share. (July 26, 2017)

Close Up July 2017: Heather Fowler

After four years studying dairy practices in Washington state, Heather Fowler is turning her attention to the pork industry. This year's PhD Omenn Award Winner (the School's highest academic honor) is excited to put her degrees to work to improve food safety, protect people who produce pork, and prevent the spread of diseases from hogs to humans. (July 18, 2017)

Communities Cash in on Better Health, Lower Obesity Rates

Obesity, like other chronic diseases, disproportionately affects lower income Americans. But demonstrating whether and how income levels might cause obesity remains a challenge for public health researchers. A new study of Native American casinos in California finds that adding casinos reduces the prevalence of Native babies born large for gestational age. (July 25, 2017)

UW School of Public Health No. 3 in World Ranking

The University of Washington School of Public Health ranked No. 3 in the world and No. 1 among public universities, according to the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017. This widely-used ranking, emphasizing scientific impact, was conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. (July 14, 2017)

Mothers' Lifestyle During Pregnancy May Impact Risk of Diabetes, Obesity

A new study from the School found that pregnant women who maintain total healthy lifestyles – they eat well, stay physically active, have low stress and don’t smoke – are nearly four and a half times less likely to have gestational diabetes. (July 11, 2017)

Population Health Initiative Updates

The Population Health Initiative seeks to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Read about major updates here. (July 5, 2017)

Looking for an older article? Search the site.