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Position Title: Reader/Grader
Course: ENV H 447/547, Environmental Change and Infectious Disease
Instructor: Jerry Cangelosi
Start Date: ASAP
End Date: June 15, 2017
Application Deadline: March 30, 2017
Position Summary: DEOHS is seeking a Reader/Grader to work up to 10 hours per week during the Spring 2017 quarter. This Reader/Grader will support teaching of the parallel courses ENV H 447 and ENV H 547, Environmental Change and Infectious Disease.

Required Qualifications: Enrolled in the UW School of Public Health as a graduate or undergraduate student for at least 10 credits during Spring quarter.

Salary: $17.34 per hour

Application Procedure: Please submit CV and letter of interest Trina Sterry,

Specific Job Functions:
 Attend all classes (TTh, 10:30 – 11:50 HSB RR134) to help instructor with evaluation of presentations
 Assist instructor with scoring assignments and exams
 Maintain and update course Canvas site

Non-discrimination Statement:
The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended, Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended, other federal and state statutes, regulations, and University policy. Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action compliance efforts at the University of Washington are coordinated by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, University of Washington, 231 Gerberding Hall, Box 351240, Seattle, Washington, 98195-1240, telephone 206.543.1830 or email

Access Statement
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, as a visitor or a student, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or

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Hello SPH students. If you're interested in learning about how public health, migration and queer identities intersect in Mexico, please consider participating in our study abroad program this summer.

We're looking for thoughtful and curious students to fill a few open spots. Here's more info:

Dr. A. Taranath


Faculty, University of Washington Seattle Proprietor, AT Consulting: dialogues for justice

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Every year, the School of Public Health recognizes excellence in education and service by giving awards to outstanding students, faculty, staff, and community partners. These awards will be presented at the school's annual recognition and celebration event on Friday, May 12th at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The Student Public Health Association (SPHA) is soliciting nominations for the following five awards. 

Please submit nominations using the provided catalyst survey links by Friday April 7, 2017.

Outstanding Student Community Service Award

Presented to a student who has shown dedication and commitment to social justice and community empowerment by building bridges between the University of Washington and the community.

Excellence in Teaching Award

Presented to a teaching assistant who has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to create a dynamic learning environment for students.

Distinguished Teaching Award (Faculty)

Presented to a faculty member who has a mastery of the subject matter, enthusiasm, and innovation in the teaching and learning process, with an ability to engage and inspire students both within and outside the classroom.

Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award

Presented to a faculty member who excels in fostering student learning, original thinking, and innovation, with the ability to inspire students through one-on-one instruction and mentorship.

Service Award for Community Partners

Presented to a community partner who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting social justice and public health within Seattle and within the learning community at the University of Washington.

You can also visit the SPHA website for a listing of all the awards and respective links. 

If you have questions or comments, contact us at

Scholarship: AfterCollege Student

Posted: March 22, 2017

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Scholarship Description

We believe that what's good for students is good for everyone: schools, employers, community, and other students! That’s why we not only help students find jobs and internships, but also offer scholarships to help fund their education. AfterCollege has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and student activities through our program to date.
As a job and internship resource, our scholarships are for students who demonstrate professionalism and effectively communicate how they will be exemplary candidates in their field. This means that we evaluate applicants with the eye of a hiring manager, so: watch your grammar, check your spelling, put your best accomplishments forward and you may get paid for thinking about your future!

Eligibility requirements:

- Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree (AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) in any discipline
- Minimum 2.5 GPA

Deadline: March 31st, 2017 at 11:59pm

For more information or to apply, click here.

Join #FreeTheTampons as an Advocate

Posted: March 21, 2017

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Our mission is simply this: All who need them should find readily accessible tampons and pads in every restroom outside the home or dorm. Can you imagine any public restroom without toilet paper, paper towels, or soap? Shouldn’t it be the same for menstrual hygiene specific necessities? Shouldn’t all public restrooms provide the menstrual hygiene products needed for those their periods —and make sure the dispensers are always full?  

It's not just about free tampons. It's about dispensers placed throughout campus. It's about access. It’s time to take menstrual hygiene needs seriously. It’s a necessity. Not a luxury.

With that being said, do you know of any individuals or groups that may be interested in being part of this movement? Or better yet, already are part of this movement? 

If you are interested, please contact Deidra West, (800-321-9832).


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Date and Time: March 23, 2017 10AM-1130AM (PST)

Goal: To provide information to providers, community organizations and community members on the following topics areas:

  • What is prediabetes/diabetes? What are common symptoms?
  • Identifying the risk factors associated with prediabetes
  • Why does the disease present an opportunity for an appropriate and effective screening program?
  • What does an effective screening and referral program look like, and what tools are used?
  • What are the advantages of a quality improvement format?
  • Key strategies for a community-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
  • How to train and support peer Lifestyle Coaches representative of your community
  • How to develop sites, outreach and participant engagement for your NDPP, and maintaining attendance and momentum
  • Overview of YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
  • Developing a Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Local and national impact of YMCA DPP
  • Referral opportunities/Systems being developed in WA for provider referral through EHR to YMCA DPP
  • Finding local and national diabetes resources and support


Speakers include:

  • Dr. Heather Readhead, MD, MPH –Providence Family Medicine, Spokane, WA
  • Kelsey Stefanik-Guizlo, MPH -American Diabetes Association, Seattle, WA
  • Chris Norwood- Health People, Bronx, NY
  • Susan Buell-YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, Tacoma, WA


Hosted by: Gary Gant, MPH, MBA, HRSA Region X and Dr. Nidhi Jain, MD, MPH, HRSA Region IX


Please register for this event at:


For additional information, please contact:

 Gary D. Gant, MPH, MBA

Public Health Analyst

  1. S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, Region 10,

701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1520

Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206.615.2318|Fax: 206.615.2500| E-mail:

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The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is holding a contest for one epidemiology student to attend the 2017 Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho this June. You could win roundtrip airfare, a three-night hotel stay and free registration to the largest national meeting for applied epidemiology.

CSTE Conference attendees come from every state, represent all levels of government and academia, and span diverse professional specializations. The conference presents opportunities to network with state, local and federal public health professionals. Last year, 1,400 attendees shared methods and best practices with 578 presentations and 258 posters. Speakers included APHA President Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff and more.

Consider the benefits of CSTE membership as you build your public health career. Annual student membership is only $30 and includes capacity development and networking opportunities through specialized subcommittees. Members, especially student members, save on conference registration. CSTE’s four fellowships – the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship and Project SHINE fellowships – are excellent opportunities for pursuing your public health passion. Visit and to learn more.

Essay Responses Due: March 31, 2017

For more information, click here.

To apply, click here.

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Fellow Public Health Students,

As the graduate student representative for the Population Health Initiative (PHI), my responsibility is to represent your voice as this initiative unfolds. For several months the leadership team has been working together to develop the mission, vision and potential projects for the PHI. After several workshops and discussions, the leadership team has identified potential projects and we need your feedback before we move forward.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback is essential in guiding the leadership council’s next decisions and direction. Our hope is to receive your feedback by Friday, March 17.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to the project prioritization process for this initiative. If you have already responded, I thank you for your feedback and apologize for the duplication during our attempt to be as inclusive as possible.

To learn more about the initiative, please visit our website at


Eric J. King, MPHc
Department of Health Services
School of Public Health
University of Washington

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Location: 909 1st Ave Room 630 Seattle WA


Project Description

This is a quality improvement project focused on establishing the safety and effectiveness of teledermatology.  Teledermatology is dermatology done over a distance by taking images of skin lesions and sending them to dermatologists. Teledermatology is important for VA patients who live far from face-to-face dermatological care. Dermatologists are scarce within the VA, so the goal of this project is to provide high quality dermatology care to those who would normally not get it, or would have to travel great distances to get it. Thus, this is a great opportunity for undergraduates interested in increasing access to healthcare for a vulnerable population.


Using one of the most comprehensive health databases in existence, students are given the opportunity to collect and analyze data and write papers based on their findings.  This could lead to a rare opportunity to be the first author on a paper that they can submit to a journal. 


Undergraduates work closely with project director and mentor, Professor Gregory Raugi M.D. Ph.D, and other undergraduate volunteers. 



Experience in scientific writing and literature review is recommended.

Coursework or experience with statistics, epidemiology, and study design is recommended.

Preference is given for undergraduates interested in public health and medicine.

We are looking for undergraduates to start either in spring 2017 or summer 2017. 

A commitment of at least 10 hours per week for at least one year is required.


For information about applying:

Please email Jordan Gemelas at with resume and a short statement of interest. Deadline for application is 11:59pm April 1, 2017.

Scholarship: UW S.E.E.D.

Posted: March 2, 2017

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UW S.E.E.D. Scholarship
Success, Education and Empowerment for all DREAMers

The S.E.E.D. Scholarship aims to positively acknowledge the contributions of undocumented students enrolled at the University of Washington (all campus locations). This award recognizes UW students for their academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and involvement in the community. The award is open to all undocumented students who will be registered full-time enrolled students at the UW during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The recipient will receive a one-time award, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, which will be dispensed in the 2017-2018 academic year. The award is made available through generous contributions to La Raza Commission and its constituents. Recipients will be notified by April 7, 2017. To acknowledge these accomplishments and receipt of scholarship, recipients will speak at the DREAM Banquet on April 22, 2017 held in the UW Tower (Seattle campus).

Applciations Due: April 2nd, 2017 at 11:59pm

Click here to apply.

Semester in Development: Uganda

Posted: March 2, 2017

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Spend your next term learning from locals, interning with change makers, and living in the Pearl of Africa. Combining in-class learning with meaningful internships, the Semester in Development is one of the most unique programs available for current students. Over the course of 12 weeks, program participants will explore a wide variety of global and local issues, interacting with Ugandans of all walks of life.

Gain career relevant experience while interning abroad, develop new perspectives on global issues while studying abroad, and build global connections while living abroad, all while still in school.


    Earn transferable credits equivalent to two courses while learning from engaging, local professors.


    Gain meaningful experience working with one of our 20+ NGO partners.


    With over 10 national parks, the source of the Nile and incredibly rare Mountain Gorillas, Uganda has a lot to offer.

    Date: Summer 2017 (May 31st - August 25th)

    Program Total: $4,925

    Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2017

    For more informtion, click here.

    Click here to apply.

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At the Seattle University Healthcare Career Professional School Fair, you will have the opportunity to meet with SU students and alumni who are interested in pursuing health-related careers. Graduate school and health profession career programs from across the country will be in attendance, including programs in medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and a range of allied health fields.

Registration fees include coffee and brown-bag lunch for up to two representatives, parking for one vehicle, one table, and marketing to SU students. Access to power and wireless internet is optional, and rather limited, so we ask that you advise us in advance so that we can meet your needs. Table linens can be provided for an extra fee.

Registration Notes:

Early registration is $125.00 and will run until March 9th, 2017

General registration is $150.00 and will run from March 10th until May 2, 2017

To register:


Tue, May 9, 2017

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT


Seattle University (Student Center)

901 12th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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PUBPOL 599A Citizen Behavior Change: The Social Marketing Approach

Lecturer: Nancy Lee

Time: 10:00am - 12:50 pm

Location: SMI 107

Credits: 4

Text Required: "Social Marketing: Changing Behaviors For Good"

Lee/Kotler 5th Edition (Sage)

SLN: 18956


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The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is a two-year, $50,000/year fellowship for graduate students interested in pursuing leadership positions within the environmental field.

The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is offered in memory of longtime Foundation Chair, Priscilla Bullitt Collins. In her honor, an outstanding, environmentally knowledgeable graduate student from a community under-represented in the environmental movement, who has demonstrated exceptional capacity for leadership as well as scholarship, will receive the fellowship award. The Foundation encourages applications from a broad diversity of students, with a particular emphasis on students of color and others who have overcome discrimination or other significant hardships.

Priscilla (Patsy) Bullitt Collins who devoted much of her life to working for the public good, donating first her time and energy and then—after receiving a multi-million-dollar inheritance—donating all of her money to causes she believed in. She embraced the idea of stewardship, supporting projects that touched the future in some way, whether by nurturing a love of reading in children or setting aside open spaces for generations to come.

Eligible applicants must first secure a recommendation from a faculty member. Only faculty recommended applications will be considered. Eligible applicants will be:

Currently enrolled in a graduate candidate program in British Columbia, Washington State or Oregon, not restricted to environmental studies;
Prepared to demonstrate a strong desire and capacity for leadership; and
Seeking leadership opportunities to make substantial contributions to the environmental field.

Please visit the Fellowship FAQs if you have specific eligibility questions.

The fellowship is offered to graduate students attending universities physically located in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The Bullitt Foundation supports efforts in these states to build a regional model of a healthy, sustainable environment.

Applications must be submitted through our Online Application Portal on or after January 1, and must be submitted NO LATER THAN April 1.

All applications will be reviewed and scored based on faculty recommendations, applicant responses, and thoroughness of the application package. A confirmation of receipt will be provided to each eligible applicant.

A blue-ribbon selection panel will review finalist applications and an in-person interview will be required for final selection. Interviews are held in mid-June at the Foundation office in Seattle.

Award recipient must be willing to attend an award event to be held in Seattle, Washington at a date to be announced.

No hardcopy applications are available or will be accepted.

Inquiries may be directed to:

For further information, click here.

Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship

Posted: February 28, 2017

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The Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship was established in the 1930s by the Bailey and Babette Gatzert Foundation for Child Welfare. In accordance with the donors’ wishes, the funds are to be used to promote education for “the better care and treatment of children suffering from defects, either physically or mentally.” This one-quarter fellowship will be awarded to support the writing of a doctoral dissertation in the field of child development, with special reference to children with disabilities.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 31, 2017; noon (PDT)


  • Candidates must have achieved doctoral candidate status at the time of nomination.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated progress on their dissertations, which indicates completion by the end of summer quarter 2018, or before.
  • Candidates may not have received another dissertation writing award from the Graduate School (e.g., GO-MAP, Presidential Dissertation, etc.).
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Nomination process

Nominations should be submitted to Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards no later than noon, Friday, March 31, 2017. No late materials will be accepted; applications will not be considered unless they are complete and submitted by the deadline.

Terms of award

  • This is a one-quarter award.
  • The award must be used during the 2017-18 year (summer 2017 through spring 2018).
  • Students must enroll for at least 10 credits during the quarter in which they receive the award (except for summer quarter when two credits are required).
  • During the quarter of award, students may not receive funding or employment from another source without prior approval from the Office of Fellowships and Awards.
  • The award provides a stipend equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $2,572 per month), GAIP insurance and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and international student fee) up to 18 credits.
  • The number of awards distributed will be determined by the caliber of the nominations and the amount of funding available.
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

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Scholarship: Health Trends $1000

Posted: February 28, 2017

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Health Trends $2,000 Scholarship

Are you planning on enrolling, or are currently enrolled in a health science program? How would you like an extra $2,000 towards your goal of becoming a healthcare professional? offers $2,000 in scholarship awards each year - 1 $1,000 scholarship each June and 1 $1,000 scholarship each December. This is open to aspiring health science and nutrition students.

Our normal 500-word essay submission process has been expanded to allow “video essays” as well. This means you can submit a 500-word essay or a 2-3 minute video to YouTube or Vimeo explaining why you want to become a healthcare professional.

How to apply:

We have made the application process simple:

1) Click here to go to our application form and fill out your info

2) Submit your essay one of two ways: upload your video on YouTube or Vimeo and submit the video URL or page the video is located on, or write your essay directly in the application form

We do not give more weight to video or essay submission. Choose your own method. 

Don't forget to fill out your name and email address. If you don't provide your contact information, or provide incorrect contact information or we cannot reach you, your scholarship will be forfeited and we will choose another winner.

Essay details:

We made the essay topic relatively straightforward:

Why do you want to become a healthcare professional?

In 500 words or less (or a 2-5 minute video), explain how you came to the decision to start a career in the health sciences.

Eligibility Requirements:

All winning applicants will be screened prior to funds disbursement. The following requirements will be considered for our essay/video scholarship contest are as follows:

Currently enrolled in college or in their senior year of high school.

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

All applicants must be a U.S. citizen.

Scholarship Application Deadline:

Be sure to get your application in before our deadlines.

Scholarship #1 – Applications must be sent in between January 1st and June 30th of the current year (funds distributed by July 30, 2017)

Scholarship #2 – Applications must be sent between June 31st and December 31st of the current year (funds disbursed by January 30th, 2018)

(In order to give us time to process applications for the previous year, the form will be temporarily taken down for 2 weeks. We will update the scholarship page at that time to reflect the new competition year.)

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Scholarship: Addiction Resource $3000

Posted: February 28, 2017

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Addictive substances abuse has killed more people than every American war combined, and more than 10 times over. Many victims of drug addictions feel as though they are fighting a war themselves.
Through the years, millions of lives have been damaged due to drug abuse and addiction. In the US, there are an estimated 3.6 million people who are addicted to some form of drug, whether for recreation or by prescription. These include people who accidentally become dependent, and eventually addicted to painkillers like Opioids.

With the AddictionResource Scholarship, we want to challenge current and prospective college students to share their story on how we can make the world addiction-free.

Every year, we select three winners in the essay contest. The winners will receive awards toward their tuition at their respective colleges and universities. The winning applicants for first, second and third place receive scholarships in the amounts of $2,000, $700 and $300, respectively. The scholarship awards may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses. There are no costs associated with submitting an application for this scholarship.

To apply, click here.

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Course Description

Detecting outbreaks, preventing epidemics, raising awareness, evaluating programs, allocating resources, or monitoring risk behaviors, all are public health activities requiring surveillance data. This course is designed to introduce students to public health surveillance from a global health perspective, and equip them with the knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate public health surveillance systems. Such skills are needed both in the executive workplace, such as health departments, and in academic research. This course will help students recognize the various causes for which we conduct public health surveillance, identify the sources needed for surveillance data collection, predict the challenges faced by public health surveillance, and master the steps and methods to consider in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health surveillance systems, all from a global health perspective.


Course Logistics

Credits: 3

Days and Times: Monday, Wednesday / 10:30-11:50AM

Quarter: Spring, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Charbel El Bcheraoui

Location: HST T530

SLN: 15588

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Course Description

Detecting outbreaks, preventing epidemics, raising awareness, evaluating programs, allocating resources, or monitoring risk behaviors, all are public health activities requiring surveillance data. This course is designed to introduce students to public health surveillance from a global health perspective, and equip them with the knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate public health surveillance systems. Such skills are needed both in the executive workplace, such as health departments, and in academic research. This course will help students recognize the various causes for which we conduct public health surveillance, identify the sources needed for surveillance data collection, predict the challenges faced by public health surveillance, and master the steps and methods to consider in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health surveillance systems, all from a global health perspective.


Course Logistics

Credits: 3

Days and Times: Monday, Wednesday / 10:30-11:50AM

Quarter: Spring, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Charbel El Bcheraoui

Location: HST T530

SLN: 15588

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Quarter: Spring 2017

Time and Location: MW 8:00-9:20am, Health Sciences T473

Grading: 3 credits, graded

Instructor: Thomas Fleming, Department of Biostatistics (

Prerequisites: BIOST 511 or equivalent, and one of BIOST 513, BIOST 518, STAT 421, STAT 423, STAT 512, or EPI 512; or permission of instructor

SLN: 11489 (BIOST 524) or 19675 (STAT 524)



Design of medical studies, with emphasis on randomized controlled clinical trials.

We will explore many challenging and often controversial issues:  eliminating bias, need for randomization, intention to treat principles, reducing variation, addressing missing data, phases of clinical research, role of Phase 2b screening trials, identifying and addressing safety signals, conducting confirmatory studies, when to use blinding, computing power and sample sizes, factorial designs, choosing proper endpoints, role of surrogate markers, designing non-inferiority trials, group sequential guidelines, the importance of confidentiality of interim results, role of data monitoring committees, adherence and retention requirements, interpreting confirmatory and exploratory analyses, and ethical issues in clinical research.

These issues will be carefully examined, with extensive reliance on examples from clinical areas such as HIV/AIDS, oncology and cardiovascular diseases.  Suitable for physicians, graduate students in biostatistics, epidemiology, medicine, and other related scientific fields.

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Quarter: Spring 2017

Time and Location: TTh 1:30-2:50pm, Health Sciences RR134

Grading: Graded, 3 credits

Instructor: Ali Shojaie, Department of Biostatistics (

Prerequisite: BIOST 511/12 & familiarity with R, or instructor’s permission

SLN: 11496


With increasing access to Big Data in public health and medicine, Machine Learning methods are commonly used to analyze diverse biomedical and public health data. Specific health science applications include highly detailed person-specific measurements such as medical imaging, genomic or other high-dimensional molecular data, as well as population-scale data derived from linking electronic medical records that can then be used for surveillance or comparative effectiveness research. This course provides a hands-on introduction to Machine Learning tools for analysis of biomedical and public health data, with a special emphasis on pitfalls and challenges of analyzing Biomedical Big Data. This course covers two main areas of Machine Learning, namely, supervised and unsupervised learning methods for analysis of Biomedical and Public Health Big Data. Supervised learning methods covered in the course include high-dimensional linear and logistic regression, including model selection and regularization. Other regression and prediction techniques, including support vector machines, decision trees, boosting and random forests will also be discussed. Especial emphasis will be on challenges and pitfalls of machine learning in high-dimensional settings, particularly the dangers of over-fitting, assessment of training and test error, and cross validation, in the context of IOM recommendations for analysis of -omics data. Unsupervised learning methods covered in the course include various clustering methods (hierarchical, K-means and model-based) and dimension reduction techniques (PCA, MDS), as well as their applications to identify interesting patterns in high-dimensional data. Examples in the R programming language will be used to illustrate the methods discussed throughout the class.

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Public Health Management Certificate

Through online courses, webinars, discussions, and an integrated project, this award-winning program helps public health professionals increase efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability at their workplace. Scholars develop core management skills, including:

  • planning
  • organizing
  • budgeting
  • analyzing performance

Date: June 2017 to June 2018

Format: Distance-based with one Seattle on-site (August 14–17, 2017)

Application deadline: May 31, 2017

Early bird rate (by May 1) $3,500 per person or $3,300 per person for groups of three or more
After May 1: $4,000 per person or $3,800 per person for groups of three or more

Travel assistance (up to $300 per person) is available.

For more information: 

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SPRING Course 2017: HSERV 590A

Posted: February 23, 2017

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In this course you will tackle pressing public health problems with Seattle-area organizations (our “clients”) while working in interdisciplinary teams. You will enjoy close faculty mentorship relationships, AND meet new accreditation competencies for MPH students. Finally, you will have a real-world influence on important public health problems while producing a great project for your job portfolio!

Example Projects: 

  • Increase access to Hepatitis C care for active drug users (People’s Harm Reduction Alliance)
  • Help city of Auburn residents to better prepare for a variety of emergencies (UW-City of Auburn Livable City Year Program)
  • Work with the Somali health board to develop a training for mental health workers in south Seattle
  • New WA law on Medicaid access for released prisoners: how’s it going? (NW Health Law Advocates)
  • Are we prepared for what happens with all the nuclear weapons in Puget Sound if there’s an earthquake? (Physicians for Social Responsibility)
  • With the death of the Affordable Care Act, how should the UW help its students get health insurance? (Hall Health)







SLN: 14990


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At the Seattle University Healthcare Career Professional School Fair, you will have the opportunity to meet with SU students and alumni who are interested in pursuing health-related careers. Graduate school and health profession career programs from across the country will be in attendance, including programs in medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and a range of allied health fields.

Registration fees include coffee and brown-bag lunch for up to two representatives, parking for one vehicle, one table, and marketing to SU students. Access to power and wireless internet is optional, and rather limited, so we ask that you advise us in advance so that we can meet your needs. Table linens can be provided for an extra fee.

Registration Notes:

Early registration is $125.00 and will run until March 9th, 2017

General registration is $150.00 and will run from March 10th until May 2, 2017

To register:


Tue, May 9, 2017

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT


Seattle University (Student Center)

901 12th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

SPRING Course 2017: EPI 588/HSERV 578

Posted: February 17, 2017

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Are you writing a grant or preparing a scientific proposal for funding? Then this course may be for you. Your proposals will be developed from the specific aims through the methods. 3 credit students will have their proposals extensively critiqued. 2 credit students will learn about all aspects of submitting proposals and will participate in a mock study section.

Who should take this course? Students currently developing research grants/applications will benefit most from this course. It prioritizes students in Epidemiology and Health Services who have passed their preliminary examination and are preparing dissertation or fellowship proposals. However, It is open to other students by permission of the instructor.

FORMAT: Lecture 


Lectures: Fridays, 11:00-12:50

INSTRUCTOR/S: Annette Fitzpatrick and Larry Kessler

EPI 588A SLN: 14153

HSERV 578A SLN: 14986 EPI 588B SLN: 14154 HSERV 578B SLN: 14987


Questions or add codes (3 credit sections only): or


Tent City 3 Survey

Posted: February 17, 2017

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Dear UW Community,

We are second-year graduate students in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program.

As part of our Evaluation course, we are evaluating Tent City 3’s stay on our campus during winter quarter.
We seek the views of UW students, faculty and staff about how well the TC3 stay went. 

Please complete this short questionnaire. 

It should take 5-10 minutes of your time and your responses will remain anonymous.

Your responses will contribute greatly to the power and strength of our evaluation!


Hena Parveen
Kira McCoy
Khanh Ho

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Spring 2017 Course Offering - BIOST 311: Regression Methods in the Health Sciences

Quarter: Spring 2017
Time and Location: MWF 1:30-2:20pm, Health Sciences RR134 (lecture), T 12:30-1:20pm, Health Sciences T473 (discussion)
Grading: Graded, 4 credits
Instructor: Anna Plantinga, Department of Biostatistics (
Prerequisite: Open to all majors. No prior programming experience is required, but students should have a background in statistics at the level covered in BIOST 310. Students without BIOST 310 may contact the instructor for permission.
SLN: 11479

BIOST 311 introduces regression methods for analysis of continuous, binary, and time-to-event (survival) data.

This course will cover linear regression, logistic regression, and proportional hazards regression, all at an introductory level. Students will learn how to use R, a freely available statistical computing software, to display and analyze data. Throughout the course, we will make use of examples drawn from the biomedical and health sciences literature.

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Who We Are: 


The UW Peer Health Educators (PHEs) aim to bridge the gap between students and on campus health resources. We are a group of dedicated student volunteers from a variety of majors and departments who are passionate about a wide array of student health issues such as sexual health, physical health, body image, mental health, and more!


What We Do:


We are based out of the UW Health and Wellness Office (which we are very proud of). Of our most recent accomplishments, in Fall Quarter 2016 we helped out with the Laci Green DAWG Daze event, presented our Mental Health Workshop to FIGs and other student groups, hosted campus-wide events during Student Safety Awareness Week, designed and distributed our first PHE Tips! poster campaign, and initiated the It’s On Us - UW campaign against sexual assault. In Winter Quarter 2017, so far we've hosted events during Consent Week with SARVA and have collaborated on the Ask a Sexpert events in the residence halls.

If you’re interested in becoming a PHE for the 2017-2018 academic year, our application is open and due on February 20th. You can learn more about the program and how to apply by visiting this link:

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We are looking for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and medical residency and recent postdoctoral fellows to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Papers must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on March 10, 2017.

Additional information and detailed submission guidelines are available on the PCD website at

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This course aims to teach students from engineering, sciences, public health, and business the perspective and knowledge needed to build evidence-based cases for translation of global health devices into low-income markets.


The course is scheduled to run T/TH 9:30-10:50am.

Overview: The broad goal is to empower students to build cases for funding, investment, or commercialization during their careers, whether as entrepreneurs or advocates from within  small  or  large  companies.  The  course  will  be  framed  around  pillars  in  a  typical  business  plan  –  questions  of  intellectual  property,  competitive  advantage,  regulatory path, cost, distribution, and acceptance are similar, but the answers to those questions are  entirely  different for  low‐income  markets.  The  course  content  will  include  lessons  from companies already developing global health devices, lectures from experts on key topics, and guided study in which students will research topics and report their findings to  the  class  via  presentations  and  in‐class  discussions.  In  addition,  student  teams  will  develop a case for an existing or emerging technology from a company or UW research group and present their project to the technology owners and a panel of advisors.  


Student qualifications/prerequisites: The course is open to undergraduate students and graduate students from all departments with no formal restriction. However, this is an emerging area, and students will make significant contributions to course material via their  own  guided  research;  thus,  students  should  be  comfortable  with  open‐ended  problems, information‐finding, and assimilation of complex topics. We hope to populate the  course  with  diverse  disciplines  (e.g.,  engineering,  sciences,  public  health,  lab  medicine, business) to allow cross‐disciplinary discussion groups and project teams.   

Instructor:  Dr. Barry Lutz, Department of Bioengineering (

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Dear Students,

 Are you interested in applied public health?  You will want to take Epi 506, a new 2 credit (credit/no credit) course offered in spring 2017.  The official course title is “Surveillance Systems and Decision Making in Public Health”.

 Learn what applied public health professionals work on, and how they use data to drive public health decisions.

 The course is team taught by public health professionals from the Washington State Department of Health, local health jurisdictions and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.  

 Meet people working in the fields you are interested in, and learn how data and surveillance skills are used in real life to make policy and programmatic decisions that affect the people of Washington.

 Each week, there will be a lecture on a different surveillance topic followed by discussion of how surveillance data are used to drive public health action. 

 Topics include everything from surveillance and action on elevated blood lead levels in children to how data are used to regulate the shellfish industry in WA to how data are used to make decisions about prevention of healthcare associated infections, and more!  Something for everyone, and you will meet your future peers and mentors in applied public health.

 Come expand your network and your horizons, and learn how data are used to make the public health decisions that affect us all each day.


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Vivian Hawkins, MS PhD

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Hello health sciences students, 
My name is Julian Whitford and I am President of the University of Washington’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter. You may have heard of some of the IHI frameworks for healthcare improvement, such as the triple aim. More information on our chapter can be found at


We are an interdisciplinary professional and graduate student organization open to students across all the Health Sciences. IHI Open School Chapters are part of an international network dedicated to improving healthcare through education and interprofessional collaboration. We participate in quality improvement projects in the community and in the Clarion national case study competition (


We also offer opportunities for shadowing, interdisciplinary networking and educational sessions on improving healthcare. IHI Open School also provides free online courses on healthcare quality, safety and leadership that are designed for current students or professionals (  


We are currently recruiting for class representative leaderships positions. Class reps help to organize events, projects and serve as the contact person for their programs. We are looking for class reps from each health science school and program. Class reps will meet once or twice a quarter with other student leaders and help to develop and organize events.

We also have an exciting opportunity for students interested in participating in a 4-person interdisciplinary team to represent the UW and compete at the Clarion national case study competition. There is funding available for interested students.


If you are interested in improving your skills, knowledge and connections please email! You can also email to be added to our listserv to hear about future events and opportunities.

Happy new year and have a great quarter! 
Julian Whitford 

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Greetings from the Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Interdisciplinary Instructional Institute (QMRAIII) at Michigan State University.

The QMRA III is designed for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career professionals to assimilate scientific data and implement computer programs towards building a risk assessment for assuring safety and health goals. Participants will gain hands-on experience with risk assessment software and work on real-world case studies.

QMRAIII is a 10 day program during , wherein participants will:

  • Attend lectures from top scientists in the QMRA field
  • Engage in specific hands-on exercises
  • Collaborate within multidisciplinary teams to conduct a QMRA as a research case study under the mentorship of a program faculty member and teaching assistant.
  • Use and Contribute to the QMRAwiki ( knowledge repository

In addition to a comprehensive program, QMRA III provides an excellent environment to meet peers across different disciplines and universities, build relationships, exchange lessons learned and foster new collaborations. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to interact with our cohort and with each other.

QMRAIII 2017 will run from August 4 to August 14, 2017 at University of Washington. Application period for the workshop is from January 15 to March 30, 2017. Please visit to apply.  


Interested students should direct questions to Dr. Jade Mitchell (


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SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH: STUDENT POSTERS -- APHA 2017 (Tues, Nov 7, 12:30 - 1:30pm):

For the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo (Atlanta, GA, November 4-8, 2017), the Spirit of 1848 Social Justice & Public Health Student Poster Session is having an *OPEN CALL FOR ABSTRACTS* for posters that highlight the intersection between social justice and public health from a historical, theoretical, epidemiological, ethnographic, and/or methodological perspective (whether quantitative or qualitative).

Abstracts are due on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017.

We welcome submissions by students (undergraduate and graduate) that are focused on work linking issues of social justice and public health, with a particular emphasis on work pertaining to climate change & toxic politics. This can include but is not limited to abstracts focusing on health equity, sustainable societies, discrimination, and decriminalization, including as related to health impacts of the social, economic, and health policies of the Trump administration.

We are interested in submissions not only from students in schools of public health and other health professions (e.g., nursing, medicine) but also from students in schools & programs focused on law, political science, public policy, government, economics, sociology, urban planning, etc. The work presented can be global, country-specific, or local.

Moreover, given that the call is open to students who may not have any experience submitting abstracts for a public health conference (e.g., undergraduates, and also students in disciplines outside of public health), we would like to point interested students to examples of abstracts selected in prior years for the student poster session (see 2016). Additionally, we plan to pair any undergraduates who have an abstract accepted with a student poster session committee member, to offer technical as well as conceptual guidance with regard to preparing a poster!

  • We encourage students at ALL levels of training to submit abstracts, whether undergraduates, MPH or other master’s students, medical or nursing students, or doctoral students; submissions will be judged in accordance to expectations appropriate for each level of training. Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to submit posters.
  • Abstracts should focus on furthering understanding and action to address the ways that social inequality harms, and social equity improves, the public’s health. Examples of social inequality include inequitable social divisions within societies based on social class, race/ethnicity, nativity, Indigenous and immigrant status, gender, and sexuality, as well as inequitable relations between nations and geographical regions.
  • This session will take place at the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo (Atlanta, GA, November 4-8, 2017) on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in the 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm APHA time slot.

-- Please note that if your abstract is accepted we expect you to present your poster at the APHA conference. We understand that emergencies may occur; however, if you are not able to attend we ask that you find someone to present or stand with your poster so that we can maintain a full program. We make this request out of our commitment to fairness to other students – because any slot that turns into a “no show” could have been a slot in which another student could have presented. We will accept 10 abstracts (the maximum permitted) and create a waitlist, in case there are any cancellations among the 10 accepted abstracts.

For any questions about this session, please contact Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Nylca Munoz (,other subcommittee members are: Jerzy Eisenberg-Gyuot, Lauren Stein, David Stupplebeen, and Jelena Todic.

APHA Reminders re: Abstract Requirements & Continuing Education Credits:

• Abstracts should be no more than 250 words
• All presenters must be Individual members of APHA in order to present.
• All presenters must register for the meeting.
• Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting.

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators and those certified in public health at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

Each session presenter, faculty, responder, or panelist MUST HAVE: (a) Abstract Content; (b) Learning Outcomes; and (c) Conflict of Interest Disclosure

  1. Title- Individual titles cannot be the same as the session title
  2. Abstract- Each presenter needs an abstract describing what will be presented.
    • An abstract should clearly state the purpose, the relevance, content and evidence based on the needs assessment for the topic
    • At least one singular measureable learning outcome (formerly referred to as learning objectives)
    • No mention of commercial entity brand names product or service or promoting a single or specific product or service 
    • Author/faculty information
  3. Learning Outcomes (formerly learning objectives)
    A learning outcome reflects what the learner will be able to do as a result of participating in this educational activity. Each abstract needs at least onemeasurable SINGLE learning outcome based on the presenter’s abstract. No compound learning outcomes.

    • Use the following verbs ONLY: explain, demonstrate, analyze, formulate, discuss, compare,differentiate, describe, name, assess, evaluate, identify, design, define or list.
    • Understand or learn are not measureable outcomes.
  4. Qualification Statement
    Each presenter MUST fill out the statement that describes their qualification for presenting and area(s) of expertise.
     this has been a big issue in the past and some sessions were not granted CE for this reason. Having a poor qualification statement can make a session ineligible for CE.

Good Example: “I am qualified because I have conducted research in the area of maternal and child health for the past 20 years and have given multiple presentations on this subject.”

Bad Example: “I am qualified because I am a professor at XYZ University.”

  1. Conflict of Interest Statement
    Each organizer, moderator, presenter, faculty, respondent, etc,MUST answer the “Required Disclosure” section on the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form.

“During the past 12 months have you, or your spouse or partner had a financial relationship that might potentially bias and/or impact content of the educational activity/session?”

Each organizer, moderator, presenter, faculty, discussant, responder, panelist MUST also sign the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form. Electronic signatures are accepted.

“Resolution: I agree not to promote any products, goods or services or to bias the educational content and to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest Policy, Commercial Support Standards, as they become applicable to me.”


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Take a step into the world of an outbreak
investigator! Learn how disease outbreaks – such as Ebola, food-borne illnesses, and pandemic flu –
start, spread, and are detected and investigated.

You will explore the social and environmental factors that influence outbreaks, the agencies and
systems in place to manage outbreak response, and the role of communications, law, and government.

There are no pre-requisites; all majors are encouraged to enroll. Please be advised that basic math
skills are required for the course.

Contact to learn

SLN: 14138; 5 CREDITS

T,Th 10:30-11:50 AM (HSB T625)
Quiz sections:
F 11:30-12:20 PM & 12:30-1:20 PM
(HSB D209)

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Study Abroad to Ghana

Posted: January 20, 2017

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Africa Social Work Ghana: The “Sankofa” Experience in Ghana – Explora-tion of Race & Identity Development in a Cross


 June 21—July 21, 2017 Summer A Term Estimated Program Fee: $5,200 

Program Director: Zynovia Hetherington, MSW, M.Ed. (School of Social Work) zynovia@uw.



Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 Website:


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Description: A 4 week experience based at the University of Greenwich in Southeast London. Students explore both historical and contemporary factors responsible for England's health disparities. Led by a Department of Health Services professor, the course covers British historical context, its National Health Service, social welfare, anti-immigration, urban riots, LGBTQ issues, the rise of Muslim fundamentalism and accompanying lslamophobia as well as many other facets of society that impact British health.

Accommodations: Student stay in U. of Greenwich residential halls on the Avery Hill Campus Credits: 5 credits for HSERV 488 . Independent Study & Honors options also available


Apply by 3/1  Contact Us:

Information Sessions:


Apply by 3/1 Contact Us:
Information Sessions:

• Thursday 1 /26 @ 3:30P in Health Sciences, F-348
• Monday 1 /30 @ 4:30P in Raitt Hall, room 229
• Friday 2/ 10, @ 2:30P in Raitt Hall, room 229



Free Business Cards

Posted: January 13, 2017

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Be prepared: Get free business cards from the UWAA
When you’re on the job hunt, it’s important to leave a great impression. Current UW students can get a free set of business cards for networking, interviewing and career fairs, compliments of the UWAA and its members.

Just fill out the form below by February 14 and receive 20 personalized business cards, available for pickup at the Career &Internship Center.


For more information for submission visit:


Posted: January 13, 2017

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The UW Graduate School offers the interdisciplinary Individual Ph.D. (IPhD) Program for exceptionally able students whose objectives for study are interdisciplinary and require supervision from faculty in two or more UW programs that offer Ph.D. degrees. Students design an individual course of study with guidance from their interdisciplinary Supervisory Committee. This Program is managed by the IPhD Program Coordinator and headed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Students should consider the IPhD if they are:

  • Seeking the opportunity to think outside the box while working on a compelling interdisciplinary research problem that does not fit within a single campus program that offers a Ph.D.
  • Wishing to work with the best scholarly minds on campus
  • Drawn to working with a graduate Supervisory Committee that includes faculty from multiple departments
  • Self-starters and highly motivated
  • Interested in designing their own Ph.D. course of study and areas of specialization
  • Seeking a flexible schedule—either full time or part time

Because the University’s is committed to established disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs, the IPhD Program is quite small. Unusual student ability and motivation, as well as an increased level of attention from the entire Supervisory Committee, are required for students to successfully complete the IPhD.


Please direct requests for further information to:

Jean Rogers, IPhD Program Coordinator
The Graduate School Box 352192
University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-2192
206.685.3234 (f)

Health Equity Circle Lobby Day

Posted: January 11, 2017

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On President's Day, Monday February 20th, 2017 a group of 50-80 health professions students (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work, Undergrad) will caravan down to Olympia, WA to lobby our state's legislature, and we want YOU to join us! We will be meeting with State Senators, Representatives and their staff members advocating for 3-5 pieces of legislation affecting health equity which have yet to be determined, however they will be from the topics of: mental health funding, homelessness prevention, criminal justice reform, progressive tax reform, access to health care (esp in rural areas), and/or othersWe will be voting as a group on which bills to support.

If you would like to participate in the lobby day (NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED), you MUST complete this brief google survey: 

  • Every participant must attend ONE of our two trainings, times TBD
  • The date of the lobbyday: President's Day Monday February 20th 2017. Expect to leave UW early in the morning and return by ~4 p.m.(lunch provided)
  • All interested parties need to respond to the google form (link above) to be looped in for future communications.
  • We have a team researching health equity legislation for this upcoming session and we will hold a vote in late January or early February to decide on the 3-5 bills we will be supporting.