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Studying the impact of precarious work on health

Anjum Hajat, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, has received a four-year, nearly $1.4 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study “precarious work” and how it contributes to health disparities in the United States. (February 18, 2019)

Diet drinks linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

Diet drinks, such as Diet Coke and diet fruit juice, are linked to an increased risk for stroke, and are particularly associated with blood clots of the small arteries, according to a new study published today in Stroke. (February 14, 2019)

Seattle’s minimum wage policy affects child care businesses, some raise tuition or cut jobs

More than half of child care business in Seattle, Washington, saw their labor costs increase after the city raised its minimum wage to $13 per hour in April 2015, according to a new study led by researchers at the UW School of Public Health. (February 11, 2019)

New study shows how exposure to air pollution early in life may lead to autism

Exposure to air pollution, particularly traffic-related air pollution, has previously been linked to autism spectrum disorder in epidemiological studies. And now a new animal study from the University of Washington School of Public Health describes a possible mechanism by which this relationship might occur. (February 4, 2019)

SPH to kick off strategic planning process

The UW School of Public Health will launch a strategic planning process as it prepares to head into its 50th anniversary year. (January 18, 2019)

Rogelio Riojas to address 2019 SPH graduating class

Distinguished alumnus Rogelio Riojas (MHA 1977) has been chosen as speaker for this year’s SPH graduation celebration June 16 at Alaska Airlines Arena. (January 18, 2019)

Andrasik to be honored with 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. award

Michele Andrasik was selected by the UW School of Public Health to receive the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for her efforts to create an environment where individuals can empower themselves and her commitment to addressing community needs. She will receive the award at an MLK celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Magnuson Health Sciences Center. (January 16, 2019)

Salad, soda and socioeconomic status: Mapping a social determinant of health in Seattle

Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighborhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue, according to new research on social disparities from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study used local data to model food consumption patterns by city block. Weekly servings of salad and soda served as proxies for diet quality. (January 14, 2019)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Update: January 2019

Read the latest news on School-wide efforts to improve equity, diversity and inclusion. (January 14, 2019)

Race and Equity Updates

The School of Public Health is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive school. Check here for updates on actions, work groups and news. (May 11, 2016)

Seattle's Soda Tax Almost Entirely Passed on to Consumers, Researchers Find

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) found the cost of Seattle's so-called soda tax was almost entirely passed on to consumers. (January 7, 2019)

MPH Committee's New Focus: Designing Core Courses

Plans to re-envision the UW School of Public Health's MPH continue to move forward, with faculty-led groups now drafting syllabi for the MPH core courses. (January 3, 2019)

Student finds her community at the UW, pays it forward for public health students of color

Born and raised in Côte d'Ivoire, in West Africa, senior Christelle Nidafolo Silué (PH-GH) recently returned to her home country to reconnect with her family and to put to practice the skills she has learned at the School of Public Health. While there, she did an independent study of the former French colony's history and the impact it has had on public health. Now, a member of Students of Color for Public Health, Silué is helping her peers navigate silimar transformational opportunities that will elevate their Husky experience. (January 2, 2019)

Farmer's market incentive program in Seattle area gets more people to eat their fruit, veggies

A farmer's market incentive program may increase access to fruits and vegetables for residents of low-income communities, suggests a new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health. (December 31, 2018)

I-TECH receives PEPFAR funding to help end the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe

Stefan Wiktor, acting professor of global health at the UW schools of Public Health and Medicine, has received funding through the PEPFAR to promote HIV prevention and treatment and to help Zimbabwe’s efforts to reach HIV epidemic control. The five-year award, with an annual budget of about $15 million, is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (December 31, 2018)

Close Up: Terrance Kavanagh

A laboratory scientist, fly fisherman and winemaker, Terrance Kavanagh left his native Michigan for the University of Washington in 1985 to be a postdoc in the pathology department. Today, he leads three UW centers, including the Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment, where researchers work to understand how genetic factors influence human susceptibility to environmental health risks. Kavanagh is one of two UW researchers recently named as new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (December 21, 2018)

Researchers partner with Penn to study costs of Alzheimer's and dementia care

Anirban Basu, a professor in the schools of Pharmacy and Public Health at the University of Washington, has received more than $230,000 from the National Institutes of Health to measure the current and future costs of care for people with dementia. The research is part of a sub-grant from the University of Pennsylvania. (December 13, 2018)

Most syringe exchange clients in Washington state say they want help

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health peeked inside syringe exchange sites in Washington state in 2015 – via surveys – to understand people’s interest in stopping or reducing their opioid use. They found that most people wanted help, but weren’t getting it, according to the study, published this month in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. (December 11, 2018)

Biostatistics student recognized for leadership, community service by Seattle's ARCS Foundation

Kelsey Grinde, a doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics at the UW School of Public Health, is a recipient of the inaugural Dorothy L. Simpson Leadership Award, presented by the Seattle Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation. (December 6, 2018)

Alcohol misuse and unsafely-stored firearms could be a dangerous mix for children

In Washington state, an estimated 470,000 children under 18 live in a firearm-owning household. Among them, over half live in a household in which a firearm has not been safely stored by being unloaded and locked up. A new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health suggests these children are at increased risk of self-harm and interpersonal violence. (November 30, 2018)

Implementation science student wins $100,000 Grand Challenges Grant from Gates Foundation

Samantha Dolan, a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve data collection and monitoring of childhood immunizations at Kenyan health facilities by optimizing workflows. (November 30, 2018)

Global climate report warns of serious threats to health, productivity and livelihoods

Hospitals and health systems exist solely to improving people’s health, yet paradoxically they are a top producer of greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change, putting people at risk. In a new brief on climate change and health in the United States published today, University of Washington and Harvard University researchers say public health and health care systems are key to preventing further dangerous climate impacts. (November 28, 2018)

Close Up: Amy Hagopian

War has profound public health consequences, yet it's entirely preventable, says Amy Hagopian, who has studied the impact of armed conflict on population health for many years. She has estimated mortality in war zones, taught about the role of health professionals in preventing war, and advocated against nuclear weapons and military recruiting in high schools. Now she is on a mission to help shape the emerging field of war and health. (November 26, 2018)

Gates grant helps global health researcher improve economics of food systems, nutrition

Carol Levin, a clinical associate professor of global health at the University of Washington, was recently awarded nearly $2.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve food systems, nutrition and health. (November 16, 2018)

International study finds genetic risk for chronic inflammation

Genes contributing to immune and metabolic processes may be linked to chronic inflammation, suggests a new study of genomic data from more than 200,000 individuals. Findings were published online Nov. 1 in the American Journal of Human Genetics. (November 14, 2018)

Biostatistician to advise the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

Jonathan Wakefield, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was invited to be a member of the technical advisory group to the United Nations (UN) Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. (November 14, 2018)

Modeling study shows PrEP can reduce HIV risk among young, sexual minority males

Adolescent males who identify as gay or bisexual, or are sexually active with other males, are at high risk for HIV infection. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) say pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs can significantly reduce this risk, especially in communities with high HIV burden. (November 13, 2018)

She dreamt of being a military pilot, now she protects their health and well-being

Through a partnership between the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Army physicians receive training in public health with specific training in occupational and environmental medicine. (November 9, 2018)

Duchin elected to the board of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, was elected to the Board of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Duchin is also a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health and member of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. (November 5, 2018)

SPH students recognized by Washington State Public Health Association for impact

Two students from the University of Washington School of Public Health received Exceptional Student Awards from the Washington State Public Health Association during its annual conference last month in Wenatchee. (November 5, 2018)

Who should be the 2019 graduation speaker?

The UW School of Public Health will celebrate its next graduating class on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Alaska Airlines Arena. Graduation speaker nominations are now being accepted. (November 2, 2018)

Health care leader joins SPH's health administration program

Robert Malte, former chief executive officer (CEO) for EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Washington, joined the University of Washington School of Public Health on Oct. 1 as the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program’s practitioner-in-residence and clinical associate professor of health services. (October 31, 2018)

Michael Gale Jr. named 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Michale Gale Jr. (PhD, Pathobiology, '94) has been named the UW School of Public Health's Distinguished Alumni Award winner for his innovative research, profound impact on global health and dedication to mentoring. (October 26, 2018)

HPV vaccine is safe, effective method of protection for HIV-positive youth in Africa

In a new study, researchers at the University of Washington tested the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine on HIV-positive African youth and found a robust immune response to the vaccine. (October 23, 2018)

SPH Endowed Fellow: Manahil Siddiqi

Every year, 12 million girls are married before they are 18 – threatening their health, education, safety and future. Manahil Siddiqi aims to put a stop to it. (October 16, 2018)

SPH Endowed Fellow: Maayan Simckes

Maayan Simckes fell in love with public health at 16, when she traveled to a small mining town in the Peruvian Andes as an environmental sampler for a lead exposure study. Since then, the PhD candidate has been devoted to public health efforts with real-time impact on community health and resilience. (October 16, 2018)

Health care leader joins MHA program

Robert Malte, former chief executive officer for EvergreenHealth, is the new practitioner-in-residence for the Master of Health Administration program at the University of Washington School of Public Health, effective Oct. 1. (October 16, 2018)

Faculty support that fosters collaboration

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ross Prentice Endowed Professorship for Biostatistical Collaboration. The Prentice Endowed Professorship was established in 1998 by the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to honor the continuing service and collaborative spirit of Dr. Prentice to both institutions. (October 16, 2018)

Options within the Public Health - Global Health Major

The School’s popular public health major has evolved into the Public Health – Global Health Major to better reflect its domestic and global competencies. (October 16, 2018)

Alumni profile: Salima Alibhai

While visiting rural villages in Pakistan in 2015, Salima Alibhai (Executive MPH ’13) was stunned to see children, sometimes as young as 5 years, with red-stained teeth. (October 16, 2018)

Food systems, nutrition and health

The world faces food problems on multiple fronts: Obesity is skyrocketing in some countries, yet millions of people don’t get the nutrients they need. Climate change and conflict, meanwhile, are compounding our ability to feed the world’s growing population. At the same time, about a third of food produced ends up in the trash.

Undergraduates at the University of Washington School of Public Health will grapple with these issues in a new major on Food Systems, Nutrition and Health. (October 16, 2018)

2018-19 Grayston-Day Endowed Fellows

The Grayston-Day awards seek to increase the number of health professionals from diverse communities by funding the education of underrepresented students in the public health field. (October 17, 2018)

Updates on Equity Diversity and Inclusion October 2018

Student travel awards, a summer program that serves as a pipeline for potential public health students, and faculty-of-color gatherings. Read more about updates on equity, diversity and inclusion. (October 15, 2018)

Ask Dean Hilary Godwin

We invited new and returning students to pose questions to Hilary Godwin, who joined the SPH as our new dean in July. Here is a sampling of their queries, and Dean Godwin’s answers. (October 10, 2018)

Hagopian to receive prestigious peace award from the APHA

Amy Hagopian of the University of Washington School of Public Health will receive the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace from the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 13. (October 10, 2018)

Park facilities encourage longer bouts of physical activity, study finds

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health watched 225 Seattle residents during their visits to public parks – through GPS devices, activity trackers and travel diaries – and found that they were active for longer at parks that had a greater variety of recreational facilities. (October 9, 2018)

Researchers win $680,000 NIH grant to develop mHealth tool to improve HIV care

Brandon Guthrie and Keshet Ronen from the University of Washington School of Public Health were awarded a three-year, nearly $680,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a mobile health tool to support youth transitioning from pediatric to adult HIV care in Kenya. (September 14, 2018)

Breakthrough study identifies 535 genes that influence blood pressure

Researchers have newly identified more than 500 genetic regions that influence people’s blood pressure in the largest global genetic study of blood pressure to date. (September 28, 2018)

UW SPH Dean Urges Emergency Shelter for Region's Homeless

Providing emergency shelter to the region’s homeless before bad weather hits could save lives and protect the health of the community, UW School of Public Health Dean Hilary Godwin told the King County Board of Health. (September 21, 2018)

Projecting heat-related deaths in a warming climate

Large parts of the world could experience dramatic increases in heat-related deaths under scenarios of greater climate change, according to a paper published September 13 in the journal Climate Change. Researchers argue that the world needs to keep global temperatures in check by meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. (September 18, 2018)

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