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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 Oustanding 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)


Close Up December 2013: Jared Baeten

Jared Baeten counseled HIV-infected patients in Kenya when there was no treatment. Those were "hard" conversations, he says. Now there's not only treatment, but also a powerful new prevention strategy. Baeten's been at the forefront of research to drive down the HIV epidemic. (December 2, 2013)

Close Up November 2013: Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran has been well aware that indigenous people smoke more, often drink too much, and have higher rates of obesity than other groups. Find out how she's "decolonizing research" to improve the health of these communities. (November 7, 2013)

Michael Phillips: Pioneering Suicide Research in China

Michael Phillips, MPH '84, has spent nearly 30 years in China, where he's a leading expert on suicide and a pioneer in mental health research. Thanks to public health interventions over the last two decades, suicide rates have dropped in half. Phillips, the UW School of Public Health's Distinguished Alumnus for 2013, says his training gave him the background he needed to make an impact. (October 23, 2013)

Striving to Improve Health in Underrepresented Communities

Four committed students. Three great fellowships. Nearly two dozen generous donors. Read how these UW School of Public Health students hope to improve public health in underrepresented communities and across the world.

(October 14, 2013)

Close Up October 2013: Myo Myint Aung

Myo Myint Aung followed in his father's footsteps to become a medical doctor in Myanmar, the long-isolated Southeast Asian nation now opening up after decades of military dictatorship. His experience providing care to survivors of a devastating cyclone led him to pursue a career in public health. Now he's in his second year of the Master's in Health Administration program, and plans to return to Myanmar to help improve access to health care.

(October 17, 2013)

SPH Grad Students Help Local Public Health Department Assess Healthy Eating Policies

Five SPH graduate students spent the summer conducting research for the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) unit of Public Health – Seattle & King County. Their projects ranged from evaluating the City of Seattle's Healthy Vending Guidelines implementation to New York City's recent ban on super-size sodas.

(October 8, 2013)

Four Rising Stars from China Arrive to Study Global Health

In a groundbreaking project for UW Global Health and China public health, four rising stars from premier Chinese universities will begin MPH and PhD studies this month in the Department of Global Health. Two outstanding faculty members will also come to UW as Faculty Scholars this winter.

(September 24, 2013)

Close Up September 2013: Caleb Banta-Green

Heroin use is on the rise across Washington state, with the most dramatic increase among 18- to 29-year-olds. Caleb Banta-Green tracks these trends and more. Find out what he has to say about heroin, marijuana and the need to change the dialogue around medication use.

(August 27, 2013)

UW Researchers Team Up with Neighborhood Residents to Measure Diesel Pollution in South Seattle

The residents of the Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods in Seattle’s Duwamish Valley now know how much diesel exhaust they are exposed to, thanks to the University of Washington School of Public Health and Puget Sound Sage, a nonprofit coalition in Seattle. A report on findings from the air pollution study are published online today. (September 12, 2013)

Close Up August 2013: Grace John-Stewart

Transmission of HIV from mothers to children has dropped dramatically, thanks to researchers such as Grace John-Stewart. Find out how success in Kenya led John-Stewart to create a UW center that integrates public health approaches for women, children and adolescents. (July 31, 2013)

Service-Learning Project Teaches High School Students about Health Inequities

Students at a Seattle-area high school gained a deeper understanding of public health under a unique program taught by six undergraduates from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (July 19, 2013)

Rogelio Riojas: "I'll be an activist until I die."

As an undergraduate, Rogelio Riojas marched against the Vietnam War, campaigned for Latino causes and lobbied for a community health clinic in his hometown of Othello, WA. After earning an MHA ('77) here, he joined Sea Mar Community Health Centers as its CEO. Today Riojas continues to direct Sea Mar while advocating for better health and human rights. "I'll be an activist until I die," he says. (July 10, 2013)

Stergachis Fellowship Funds Ugandan Grad Student Research

Research is underway to improve mental health care in Uganda, thanks to an endowed fellowship created by Andy Stergachis and his wife, JoAnn. (July 9, 2013)

Close Up July 2013: Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett

Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett was in born in Tasmania and grew up in Salt Lake City, the son of a physician and pioneering engineer of the artificial heart. After working in pediatrics and Public Health – Seattle & King County, and volunteering in a clinic on the Thai-Burma border, he recently became director of the School of Public Health’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. (July 8, 2013)

2013 Francis Fellows

Under the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship program, School of Public Health and other UW health sciences students are working across the globe to improve people's lives. (June 3, 2013)

Close Up June 2013: Fred Rivara

Fred Rivara and Arthur Kellermann conducted groundbreaking gun violence research in the 1980s and '90s. They found, among other things, that keeping guns in the house raised the risk of homicide and suicide among family members and friends. How did Congress respond? By essentially banning further studies into gun violence. (May 9, 2013)

Close Up May 2013: Mary Selecky

Countless lives were saved through Mary Selecky's public health efforts. During her 14 years as Washington State Secretary of Health, adult smoking rates dropped nearly a third. More children are vaccinated against disease, while the state is better prepared for earthquakes, floods and epidemics. Selecky also promoted patient safety and better partnerships with Canada. "Bugs know no borders," she says. Before retiring in April, she helped Washington become one of the first two state health agencies to receive national accreditation. (May 1, 2013)

Reaffirming the Value of Indigenous Perspectives

Can you patent a gene? Is genetically engineered fish considered food or animal? What does it all mean to indigenous peoples? Rebecca Tsosie posed these provocative questions and others as she explored the legal and ethical implications of treating the genome as a “commons” in which scientists freely explore on their quest for new discoveries. (April 22, 2013)

Sophia Teshome: Contributing to Ethiopia's Health

Alumna Sophia Teshoma, MPH 2012, works for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Ethiopia. She has immersed herself in Ethiopia's public health issues. Literally. The Seattle native once climbed into a spring of holy water in the Gondar region of northern Ethiopia. (April 17, 2013)

Magnuson Scholar Seeks Answers on Pesticides, Food and Health

Cynthia Curl is the School's Magnuson Scholar for 2013-14. (April 10, 2013)

CEEH Sponsors Public Forum on the Duwamish River Cleanup

The director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences joins local researchers, government officials, and industry experts at a Public Forum on the health impacts and pollution in the Duwamish, Seattle’s working river. Six short, lively ‘lightning’ presentations will be followed by an open microphone time for questions and discussion. (April 9, 2013)

Close Up April 2013: King Holmes

King Holmes was stationed in Pearl Harbor when he tackled his first major disease as an epidemiologist: incurable gonorrhea in the Navy. Since then, he and his colleagues have worked on 20 STDs and other infectious diseases, helping identify, prevent and devise treatments that have improved the lives of millions of people. The discovery with David Eschenbach, chair of UW’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, that the Dalkon shield IUD caused pelvic inflammatory disease was one such discovery. For his many scientific contributions and “amazing gift of mentorship,” Holmes was recently named the winner of the Gairdner Foundation's 2013 global health award. (April 3, 2013)

Close Up March 2013: Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan found his passion in exercise – the perfect medicine, he says, to prevent a range of health woes. He teaches Physical Activity in Health and Disease, the only course on campus of its kind. And he's conducting potentially groundbreaking research on the links between exercise, the built environment and chronic disease. (March 5, 2013)

Contaminated diet contributes to phthalate and bisphenol A exposure

While water bottles may tout BPA-free labels and personal care products declare phthalates not among their ingredients, these assurances may not be enough. According to a study published February 27 in the Nature Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, we may be exposed to these chemicals in our diet and children may be most vulnerable. (February 27, 2013)

Close Up February 2013: Beti Thompson

Beti Thompson set out to teach at a small liberal arts college, but ended up doing cancer prevention work with underserved communities. Her projects – from eastern Washington's Yakima Valley to New Mexico and Chile – have raised awareness about cancer while inspiring young scientists to go into public health work. (February 7, 2013)

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