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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 only PhD program of its kind in the world. (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)

UW Professor Chairs EPA Panel to Review Nitrogen Oxides Standards

Lianne Sheppard from the University of Washington School of Public Health was selected to chair a 17-member committee that advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on air quality standards for oxides of nitrogen. Sheppard is a professor of biostatistics and environmental and occupational health sciences. (August 11, 2016)

Labor unions are boons for community health, study finds

Labor unions, whose numbers are at historic lows in the U.S., help to build a culture of health in the workplace and beyond. They not only advocate for healthy and safe work environments, but they also improve the lives and promote the health of workers, their families, the community and public health. Jenn Hagedorn (HServ), Amy Hagopian (Hserv, GH) and Noah Seixas (DEOHS) are quoted. (July 7, 2016)

Certain Immigrant Communities at Risk for Future Outbreaks, UW Study Finds

Parents born in certain countries are less likely than others to vaccinate their children. Researchers analyzed data on 277,000 kids living in Washington State, almost a quarter of which had at least one parent born in Somalia, Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, or India. Elizabeth Wolf, a former MPH student, is quoted, and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi) is featured. (July 7, 2016)

UW Professor Appointed to NIH Review Panel on Infectious Diseases

Lisa Manhart (Epi) will serve as a member of the Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases Study Section in the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review for the term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2020. (July 6, 2016)

UW Study Finds Disparities in Traumatic Brain Injury Care for Children

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries, and who are from poorer families that don’t speak English well, may not get the critical care they need. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi) is quoted. (July 6, 2016)

UW Ebola Simulation Exposes Risks to Clinical Caregivers

During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, medical personnel accounted for three of the four cases diagnosed in the US. A new paper documents how a simulation can help develop clinical care protocols to identify safety threats while caring for infectious patients. The reviewer team included Scott Meschke, Nancy Simcox and Sarah Wolz (all from DEOHS). (July 6, 2016)

SPH Responds to Orlando Violence: Shock, Grief & Public Health Questions

In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Shirley A.A. Beresford, senior associate dean for the University of Washington School of Public Health, issued a powerful school-wide statement. (July 6, 2016)

SPH Diversity Update June 2016

The SPH Diversity Committee offers an update on SPH Race and Equity Work Groups that met this spring. (July 6, 2016)

Close Up June 2016: Anjum Hajat

Anjum Hajat is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. In this interview, she describes how the social determinants of health plays a role in her research. (June 24, 2016)

Opioid prescriptions drop for first time in two decades

After years of relentless growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996. Bruce Psaty, UW professor of medicine (general internal medicine) and epidemiology, is quoted. (May 20, 2016)

Read Like a Dean: Howard Frumkin's Top Ten Books for Summer

Need some suggestions for good books this summer? Check out what Dean Howard Frumkin is reading. (June 28, 2016)

UW students head to Nepal for hands-on learning

The University of Washington will hold an exploration seminar in Kathmandu, Nepal, in August as part of its year-old Nepal Studies Initiative. NSI co-directors Biraj Karmacharya, former PhD student in epidemiology, and David Citrin, affiliate instructor of global health, as well as Trinell Carpenter, a public health major and participant in the upcoming Nepal seminar, are quoted. (June 20, 2016)

Orlando Massacre - Shock, Grief and Public Health Questions

Senior Associate Dean Shirley A.A. Beresford issued a statement in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. (June 17, 2016)

SPH Researches Barriers & Opportunities for Seattle Food Waste

The City of Seattle enlisted the University of Washington School of Public Health to analyze current food waste prevention and recovery efforts and help develop local strategies. (June 17, 2016)

Honoring Record Batch of SPH Graduates

The University of Washington School of Public Health honored a record batch of graduating students in a celebration led by Dean Howard Frumkin and public health titan Dr. William Foege. (June 14, 2016)

SPH Study Maps Wealth and Diet Quality

The University of Washington School of Public Health and collaborating institutions have developed a method for measuring socioeconomic status and connecting it to measures of diet quality. (August 11, 2016)

SPH Faculty Member Named President of American Society for Nutrition

Marian Neuhouser, a nutritional epidemiologist, who studies the role of dietary factors in cancer prevention, took office as president of the American Society for Nutrition on June 1. (August 11, 2016)

UW Collaboration Leads to Major Malaria Discovery

Severe malaria is responsible for at least 400,000 deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization. The University of Washington teamed up with the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Goa Medical College in India to find out what causes severity in the life-threatening disease. (August 11, 2016)

UW Faculty Member Receives $2.5 Million NIH Grant for Obesity Prevention

Linda Ko, assistant professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $2.5 million grant to help prevent obesity among Hispanic/Latino youth. (August 11, 2016)

Close Up May 2016: Omenn Award Winners

Each year, the School honors two outstanding graduate students – one PhD and one master's – for their academic excellence and commitment to public health. This year's winners of the Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence are Farah Mohamed, the master's winner, and Jean Morrison, a PhD student in biostatistics. (May 23, 2016)

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