SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

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Forefront Suicide Prevention is a Center of Excellence at the University of Washington focused on reducing suicide by empowering individuals and communities to take sustainable action, championing systemic change, and restoring hope.

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.

Rivals in the sports arena, the state’s two largest public universities have teamed up off the field to improve the health of young adults experiencing homelessness – and their pets.

The University of Washington and Washington State University are working with New Horizons Ministries and Neighborcare Health to provide health care and veterinary care to this vulnerable population. Key educational partners include the UW School of Public Health, WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and UW Medicine.

Jessica Jones-Smith and James Krieger from the University of Washington School of Public Health were recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess the impact of sugary drink taxes and tax revenues on low-income families and their communities.

Jones-Smith is an associate professor of health services and epidemiology, and Krieger is a clinical professor of health services.

Shifts in the social behavior of people with schizophrenia may provide early warning signs of relapse, but effective monitoring of patients is time intensive, expensive and logistically challenging.

After a clinical trial of 61 adults with schizophrenia, a team of researchers — led by Benjamin Buck from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System — may have found a pocket-sized way to pick up traces of social isolation.

African-American women living with HIV who express higher levels of religiosity may be better able to cope with the negative effects of HIV-related stigma than those who express lower levels of religiosity, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study was published Feb. 21 in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Undergraduate students at the University of Washington School of Public Health are educating vulnerable populations across Seattle and King County about life-saving actions such as hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Mothers who decide to induce their baby’s birth after 39 weeks of gestation, rather than wait for labor to begin, may reduce the risk of cesarean birth, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Emeritus Professor Irv Emanuel, an early leader of the School of Public Health and its interdisciplinary Maternal and Child Health program, passed away Friday, Feb. 15. He was 92.

It is not uncommon for faculty members to make lasting impressions on their students. In Dr. Susan Heckbert’s (PhD ’90) case, it is the students who have made lasting impressions on her. Inspired by their questions and sharp minds, Heckbert, a long-time faculty member at the UW School of Public Health, generously established a fellowship to reflect her gratitude for epidemiology graduate students.