How does Twitter affect obesity? How can we engage diverse groups on the issue of climate change and health? How can we improve malaria treatment in Mozambique, where the disease kills half the children under five years old? These are some of the research studies funded by five innovative pilot grants just awarded by the University of Washington School of Public Health.
These pilot grants grew out of the School's multi-year strategic plan, which identifies six crucial public health emerging challenges: global environmental change, genomics, obesity/food/physical activity, health policy, implementation science, and the social determinants of health. As part of implementing the plan, the School instituted this grant program to give faculty a boost in initiating research programs that address these emerging challenges.
The grants were chosen based on their potential for spearheading new research directions and building resources for future efforts to improve public health. Grants are up to $40,000 each.
The five grants will fund research to:
Mark Oberle, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the School of Public Health, commented, "The emerging challenge areas the School is addressing are based on public health significance, the ability to build on our formidable existing strengths at the School, and the impact on the health of future generations. These specific grant proposals were chosen based on their potential to lead us in future research directions to improve health and well-being locally and globally."