SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

Professor Lisa Manhart, PhD, MPH, will become Associate Dean for Research at the University of Washington School of Public Health, effective July 1.

Manhart is a professor of epidemiology and adjunct professor of global health who has been on the UW SPH faculty since 2003, after earning her PhD in epidemiology at the School. She has a long track record as an NIH-funded investigator and currently serves as a standing member on the NIH Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases (CRFS) study section.

Marissa Jauregui, a master’s student in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was selected by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a 2019 Health Equity Fellow for its health equity fellowship program, the Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP).

2019 Multicultural Graduation

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams visited the University of Washington last week to meet with students in the School of Public Health to talk about the nation’s opioid crisis – and to take a few selfies.

Opioids and addiction are among Dr. Adams’ priorities as the “Nation’s Doctor.” His latest initiatives have aimed at combating the worst addiction epidemic in American history through prevention, intervention and treatment.

Emma Spickard never thought of herself as “one of those funny people,” but there she was on stage at a college improv tournament, playing an overly competitive cousin from a wacky family trying to rig an Easter egg hunt. And she had the audience in stitches.

Child-care providers play an important role in the development and health of about 10 million young children enrolled in early child care centers in the United States. They teach kids how to care for themselves by keeping good hygiene, eating healthfully, moving their bodies, and navigating new emotions and social spaces.

But what about the well-being of the teachers themselves?

In one of the first qualitative studies on the impact of Uganda’s new advanced degree requirement for nurses, researchers from University of Washington School of Public Health identified collective concerns among bachelor’s of nursing (BSN) students about future job prospects and work culture.

The University of Washington School of Public Health supports community water fluoridation, based on its enormous public health impact and the recommendation of health authorities across the United States.

On May 30, 2019, Dean Hilary Godwin joined the deans of the other five UW Health Sciences schools in issuing a letter to Johnny Johnson, Jr, DMD, president of the American Fluoridation Society, and Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer and the Chief Science Officer for Washington State, Washington State Department of Health.

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For Students:

The SPH Awards of Excellence, held this year on May 15, recognizes exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service and many contributions to our School. (See the full list of winners.) Each department and interdisciplinary program in the School selects one Outstanding Student at the PhD level.

The SPH Awards of Excellence, held this year on May 15, recognizes exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service and many contributions to our School. (See the full list of winners.) Each department and interdisciplinary program in the School selects one Outstanding Student at the master's level.

The SPH Awards of Excellence, held this year on May 15, recognizes exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service and many contributions to our School. (See the full list of winners.) The School honors an outstanding undergraduate student from each of the Health Informatics and Health Information Management, Environmental Health and Public Health-Global Health majors.

The annual Awards of Excellence recognize exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service and many contributions to our School. This year's event took place on May 15. (See the full list of winners.) The following awards are administered by the Student Public Health Association and voted on by students.

The Communicating Public Health to the Public Award is given annually to a member of the SPH faculty, staff or student body who effectively communicates public health issues to the general public, on a significant scale. The award recognizes an op-ed or op-ed equivalent (such as an article, blog post, TED talk, video, speech) as well as sustained efforts to inform the public through media interviews.

The SPH Awards of Excellence, held this year on May 15, recognizes exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service and many contributions to our School. (See the full list of winners.) Staff awards are given annually by each department in the School of Public Health and the Office of the Dean.

The Omenn Award is the most prestigious, School-wide recognition for students. Each year, the School of Public Health honors two standout graduate students — one doctoral and one master's — for their academic excellence and commitment to public health. This year's recipients are Annie Doubleday, a master's student in environmental and occupational health sciences, and Christopher Kemp, who is pursuing a PhD in global health with a focus on implementation science.

Thirty-three faculty across the University of Washington's three campuses were honored May 2 at the 3rd Annual Latinx Faculty Recognition Event, hosted by the Latino Center for Health.

Christopher Simpson, a professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was recently awarded $121,134 from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries' Safety and Health Investment Project Grants Program. The award will fund and support a project to examine respiratory hazards for workers who make a living roasting, grinding, packaging and serving coffee.

A research project led by James Hughes, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health to continue to address statistical issues in AIDS research. The project was awarded more than $770,000 for one year.

In the largest study to date of reproductive factors and breast cancer risk in Hispanic women, researchers have found important links between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of breast cancer.

The researchers – including an epidemiologist from the University of Washington School of Public Health – pooled data for nearly 6,000 Hispanic women from four previous studies conducted between 1995 and 2007 in the United States and Mexico. They found that women with a history of breastfeeding had a 17 percent lower risk of breast cancer.