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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)

EPA Grant to Help UW Develop Low-Cost Sensors for Wood Smoke in Rural WA

The University of Washington received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop low-cost air pollution sensors to help Native American and Latino communities in the Yakima Valley reduce their exposure to wood smoke. (August 10, 2016)

Major UW Study to Test Antibiotics as Treatment for Diarrheal Disease

Researchers in the Department of Global Health and at Kenya Medical Research Institute are working to determine if antibiotics could help save thousands of children from dying of diarrheal disease thanks to a four-year $2.5 million grant from the World Health Organization. (August 10, 2016)

UW Climate Change Expert Studies Minimum Mortality Temperature

Researchers are a step closer to answering an important question about the health risks of climate change: Are people acclimatizing to higher global temperatures? A new study suggests that people can adapt to gradual increases in average global temperatures. (August 11, 2016)

Close Up July 2016: Kenny Sherr

Kenny Sherr leads the UW's program on implementation science, the first such PhD program of its kind. (July 21, 2016)

Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM)

The HIHIM undergraduate program, administered by the Department of Health Services, has a diverse student population in ethnicity, gender and age. Eighty-five percent of students are non-white, while the number of international students has doubled in the last two years. (July 22, 2016)

Gaining Leadership Skills to Transform Health Systems

Growing up in Ethiopia, Mahlet Takele saw firsthand the vulnerability of poor health systems to epidemic disease. Takele, a 2016 graduate of the Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM) program, wants to strengthen health systems to address current and future public health challenges. (July 1, 2016)

UW Graduate Named Peru's New Health Minister

Alumna Patricia García (MPH 1998, Epidemiology), an affiliate professor in the UW's Department of Global Health and dean of the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University, was named Minister of Health for Peru. She was appointed by newly elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and was sworn in on July 28. (July 29, 2016)

UW Faculty Member Co-Authors Study Linking Climate Change and Dengue Risk

Increasing temperatures over the next several decades will expand the seasonal window of opportunity for mosquitos to transmit dengue fever in Europe, putting much of the continent at risk for an epidemic. (August 11, 2016)

Second Opinions on Breast Biopsies Reduce Misdiagnoses, UW Study Finds

Obtaining a second opinion could significantly improve the accuracy of breast cancer biopsies, according to a study from the University of Washington. (August 11, 2016)

UW Biostatistics Students Recognized at Regional Competition

Jonathan Fintzi, a PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, won the oral competition for the 2016 Western North American Region of The International Biometric Society Student Paper Competition. Joshua Keller, also a PhD student in biostatistics at the School, was runner-up for the competition’s written category. (July 26, 2016)

Alumni Updates - Spring/Summer 2016

Alumni Updates - Spring/Summer 2016 (July 22, 2016)

New Faculty - Spring/Summer 2016

New Faculty - Spring/Summer 2016 (July 22, 2016)

Hot Jobs in Health Informatics Lead to Diverse Student Body

Armed with a new degree in health informatics and health information management (HIHIM), Mahlet Takele hopes to help transform health systems. HIHIM is one of the School's most diverse programs.
(July 22, 2016)

Washington Researchers: Vaginal Ring May Be Highly Effective Against HIV

Consistent use of a monthly vaginal ring can significantly reduce the spread of HIV, according to new data analyses led by a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Findings were presented this week at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. (July 22, 2016)

Gil Omenn & Martha Darling Establish New Endowed Faculty Funds

Dr. Omenn and his wife, Martha Darling, have established two endowments to reflect their commitment to securing the finest faculty members for the School of Public Health. The Gilbert S. Omenn Endowed Chair in Biostatistics will support a senior faculty member in that department, and the Robert W. Day Endowed Professorship will support a junior faculty member from any SPH department.

(July 1, 2016)

The Husky 100

The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. These students know that education happens inside and outside of the classroom, and they are making a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. In the inaugural year of the award, seven students from the School of Public Health were honored. (July 1, 2016)

Student Awards & Scholarships - Spring/Summer 2016

Each year, UW and SPH award scholarships and fellowships to outstanding public health students. (July 1, 2016)

Race & Equity @ SPH

On campuses across the country, students, staff and faculty have been engaged in impassioned debate over race, diversity and equity. More than a year ago, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in which she challenged the UW community to confront bias and racism at all levels. (July 1, 2016)

UW Developing 25-Year Vision for Population Health

This spring, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce invited the UW community and its partners in the Seattle area to develop a long-range vision for improving health and well-being across the planet. (July 1, 2016)

Dean Frumkin to Step Down in September

Howard Frumkin, dean of the UW School of Public Health, announced he will be stepping down in September. (July 20, 2016)

UW SPH Leaders Call for Prison Divestment

The University of Washington School of Public Health issued a statement on Friday, July 15, calling for the UW to disengage from the prison industry, citing mass incarceration as a public health and moral crisis. (July 18, 2016)

UW Collaboration: Traumatic Brain Injury not Linked to Alzheimer’s

A large, multi-institution study has found no connection between suffering a traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness and later development of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. (August 11, 2016)

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