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Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

As school districts across the United States grapple with how, or even if, to reopen schools in the fall, a new report from researchers at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health offers lessons learned from other countries that can form the building blocks of school reopening plans closer to home.

A monthly vaginal ring is one significant step closer to potentially becoming a new HIV prevention method for cisgender women in sub-Saharan Africa, who face persistently high rates of HIV infection but have few options to protect themselves.

Elizabeth Halloran, a professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, according to an announcement July 15 by the academy. She is among seven new members for 2020 who hail from the UW.

Kenneth Mugwanya, an assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and his research team have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test the effectiveness of integrating methods of HIV prevention into sexual and reproductive health services for women in Kenya.

By the end of the century, heat exposure may lead to approximately 110,000 premature deaths annually across the United States in a high climate-warming scenario, suggests a new study published in GeoHealth

Since improved nutrition standards for school meals were put into action across the United States in 2012, children – especially those from low-income households – have been eating healthier school lunches with better overall nutritional quality, a new study published today in JAMA found.

We tend to think of parks and other green spaces as encouraging people to walk. But a new study led by Steve Mooney, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, suggests that living in a dense neighborhood with places to walk to, such as stores and transit, actually might encourage more walking. 

In a large, multinational trial, the antiviral drug remdesivir reduced recovery time in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19 by about one-third. The trial was conducted by the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial Study Group, a collaboration that included researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Ann Vander Stoep’s path to becoming a child psychiatric epidemiologist began on a trip to East Africa. More than four decades later, her career would lead her back to that part of the world to teach the next generation of researchers.

When there weren’t many jobs in education in New York in the 70s, Kathleen Peterson, an aspiring high school teacher, took some advice and chased down an opportunity in an emerging field where she could apply her skills in science and data.

Findings suggest COVID-19 recession might impact birth outcomes, chronic disease later in life

An international group of researchers – including faculty from the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the UW Medicine's Institute of Protein Design – will work together to combat emerging pandemic viruses under the auspices of a newly formed United World Antiviral Research Network (UWARN).

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health are part of two interdisciplinary teams to win Innovation Grants this year from the UW's EarthLab. Each team, which is led by and with community partners, will receive up to $75,000 to research a complex environmental issue and develop science that can be acted upon to make a positive impact on people and communities. Learn more about the two winning projects below.

Older adults with dementia are often excluded from decisions about their transitions in care as their condition worsens. And little is known about how to best incorporate their voices and their preferences in such decisions.

Anne M. Turner from the University of Washington School of Public Health and her research team hope to change this thanks to a five-year, $3.3-million grant from the National Institute on Aging. Turner is a professor in the School's Department of Health Services and associate director of the Health Promotion Research Center, which sits in the department.

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health have surveyed business leaders in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to identify concerns about reopening and offer solutions.

The researchers hope the survey will reveal new strategies some workplaces are using that could help others—particularly small businesses running on thinner margins. They also plan to draw on the results to develop industry-specific guidance for this and future pandemics.

A study led by researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health found that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can severely affect pregnant women who were considered overweight or obese before they became pregnant.

Public health researchers around the world have an opportunity to learn from some of the leading infectious disease modelers in the United States who are now analyzing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), projecting the future of the pandemic and informing policy responses.

In studies of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in homeless communities in Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and Atlanta, University of Washington researchers that the prevalence of positive COVID-19 tests was higher in shelters with clusters of confirmed positive cases than in shelters with fewer previously reported cases. 

A new study led by a researcher in the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Pharmacy concludes that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is 13 times more deadly than the seasonal flu. Findings from the study, published May 7 in the journal Health Affairs, show a fatality rate of 1.3% among symptomatic cases in the U.S. The comparable rate of death for the flu is 0.1%. 

India Ornelas from the University of Washington School of Public Health has been analyzing and studying the effect United States legal status has on the mental health of undocumented Latinx immigrants and is now looking at how COVID-19 is impacting them.