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Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

Suzanne Wood, an assistant professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, recently received a two-year, more than $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Defense to evaluate the delivery of health care for service members and Veterans with spinal cord injuries, and offer recommendations for improvement.

“Our results will enable federal health systems and their stakeholders to examine and improve upon the services delivery model to achieve meaningful organizational change,” Wood said.

Marie-Claire Gwayi-Chore has spent the better part of a decade traveling the globe – examining what public health interventions work, for whom and under what circumstances, and how they can be adapted and scaled up in ways that are accessible and equitable.

It’s no surprise that she's taking the same approach to create a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment for University of Washington School of Public Health students, particularly students of color.

Any level of physical activity reduces the relative risk of some cancers by up to 20 percent, according to an interdisciplinary group of experts from the United States and Canada, confirming 2018 guidelines.

As a college student, Carey Farquhar fell in love with Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), where she volunteered to help build a school one summer. More than 30 years later, she’ll get the chance to return to one of her favorite African countries – this time as a consultant for the World Health Organization.

Farquhar’s six-month consulting assignment begins Jan. 1. She’ll be based in Geneva, where the WHO is headquartered, but she plans to travel regularly throughout western and central Africa, including visiting WHO offices in Burkina Faso and possibly Senegal.

Exposure to the toxin cadmium, a known human carcinogen, even at levels found in people who do not smoke cigarettes, leads to accelerated cognitive impairment, according to a new animal study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

The UW School of Public Health strives to create a learning and working environment free from sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

What is sexual harassment? One of the University of Washington’s policies defines it as a form of harassment based on the recipient’s gender or sex characterized by

Climate change is already causing widespread harm to the health of all people living in the United States, with extreme heat making workers less productive and toxic air contributing to 64,000 deaths in a single year. In a new brief on climate change and health in the U.S. published Nov. 13, University of Washington and Harvard University researchers say it is still possible to prevent some health effects and mitigate others, and that aggressive action on climate is also action to protect health.

Keshet Ronen of the University of Washington School of Public Health recently received a $200,000 Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness grant from the University of Wisconsin to develop an innovative program that uses social media to prevent depression in young pregnant women or women who have recently given birth.

For nearly four decades, a thriving relationship between the University of Washington and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System has incubated critical research that has improved health and health care for Veterans and their communities.

This Veterans Day, on Nov. 11, we take a deeper look at the longstanding partnership and spotlight one of the collaboration’s key researchers.

In a new study of more than 3,000 Caribbean Hispanics, researchers from the University of Washington found that individuals with African ancestry at a key Alzheimer’s gene had 39 percent lower odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease than individuals with European ancestry at the gene.

The University of Washington School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health are partnering to lead a new Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. Designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Washington Center of Excellence (CoE) will join four existing national centers working to improve foodborne illness surveillance and outbreak investigation. 

Marco Carone, an assistant professor of biostatistics and the Norman Breslow Endowed Faculty Fellow at the University of Washington School of Public Health, recently received a $2.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel statistical tools to more effectively describe the health effects, both intended and unintended, of common medical therapies using data from electronic health records (EHRs).

Dean Hilary Godwin has appointed the following members to the SPH Strategic Planning Committee:

Christine Hurley (MHA ’77) will receive the University of Washington School of Public Health’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award, the School’s highest honor, for her distinguished service and achievement in public health.

Hurley is a trailblazing health care leader and fearless advocate for vulnerable communities in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Over the last four decades, she has worked tirelessly to reduce barriers to health care, safe and stable housing, and other social services for the elderly, the homeless and LGBTQ individuals, including those suffering from AIDS.

United States action on global pandemics could save lives, address significant foreign policy interests and boost economic prosperity, according to a new analysis from leading researchers, including Kristie Ebi, an expert on global change and health at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Recent estimates in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study show that the combination of air pollution, poor water sanitation, and exposure to lead and radon is responsible for nine million premature deaths each year. Though this figure is large, it captures only a fraction of the real burden, and it doesn’t consider climate change, say a community of scientists led by University of Washington School of Public Health researchers.

Elizabeth “Betz” Halloran, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine today.

Halloran is a pioneer in the field of designing and analyzing vaccine studies, and her work has helped scientists and public health officials figure how to stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases.

More people in Indonesia are overweight than ever before, with particularly worrying trends among rural and poorer populations, according to a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health and partners in Jakarta. To top it off, many adults now have or are at risk for nutrition-related heart disease and diabetes.

Several members of the University of Washington School of Public Health community are being recognized by the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA) for their dedication and contribution to public health. Topping the honors is Betty Bekemeier, director of the School’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP), who will receive the Public Health Leadership Award.

Awards will be presented this week at WSPHA’s annual conference in Wenatchee.