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Dean Hilary Godwin has been named to a panel advising Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan on strategies for short and long-term community-wide infection mitigation efforts.

The experts are meeting weekly with Mayor Durkan to provide advisory support as the City of Seattle works to achieve the rapid scaling of public health infrastructure required to meet its goal of sustainably mitigating the impacts of COVID-19.

What do communities most vulnerable to COVID-19 need to know about the disease, and what are the most effective methods for reaching them? These are questions a partnership between the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health seeks to answer.

Shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to wear face masks during essential outings have left many wondering what safe alternatives can protect them from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In response to a request made by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health tested the performance of different materials to use for possible handmade face masks.

Easing social distancing measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – for each household to have contact with one or two others – would reconnect most households in a community and allow the virus to keep spreading, according to a website developed by researchers from the University of Washington.

As Washington became the first state in the nation to identify an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, faculty in the School of Public Health quickly grasped that life was about to change.

“We were ramping up, knowing that we were going to need to shift to online teaching at the end of winter quarter,” said Dr. Sara Mackenzie, director of the B.A./B.S. in Public Health–Global Health and principal lecturer in Health Services.

Hilary Godwin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, was the lone public health voice among a group of aviation professionals that testified May 6 before a Senate committee on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the next steps for reopening amid the pandemic. (Watch the hearing.)

Researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine have received $5.8 million from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator initiative to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of two drug regimens – hydroxychloroquine with and without azithromycin – for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative’s COVID-19 rapid response grants program has awarded funding to nine projects involving the School of Public Health. These awards are intended to accelerate research that addresses a variety of population health-related issues caused by the pandemic.

To address the surge in the need for health care for people with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a number of jurisdictions across the United States have established alternative care sites in convention centers, public parks, shopping malls and other non-traditional environments.

A new study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health is examining the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission between humans and their pets.

The project is a collaboration between the Center for One Health Research, housed in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) at Washington State University. 

A group of scientists, including Thomas Fleming, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has developed a new approach for clinical trials during infectious disease outbreaks such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health are gathering data and stories on how individuals, families and communities in Seattle and King County, Washington, are coping with the stay-at-home measures put in place to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The King County COVID-19 Community Study (KC3S) began gathering data in mid-March and will do so through May 5.

Similar decrease found outside Seattle, one year after 'soda tax'

One year after Seattle’s tax on sweetened beverages took effect, low-income children and their parents were consuming significantly fewer sugary drinks, according to a new study.

A researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health has found that 75% of the United States workforce are in jobs that cannot be easily performed from home. With many cities and states ordering businesses to close and residents to stay at home to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), workers who cannot work from home are not only at risk of increased exposure to disease but also other job disruptions such as layoffs, furloughs or hours reductions.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Haylea Hannah's studies and career has taken her all over the map — from universities in Chapel Hill, Atlanta and Seattle to a fellowship in Johannesburg, South Africa, and summer program in Sendai, Japan.

She has a particularly strong connection though to the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, where she has worked with a local health department for nearly five years, first as a newly-minted epidemiologist and now as a University of Washington School of Public Health doctoral candidate.

The United States has no clear laws regarding liability when someone returns a firearm that was temporarily surrendered to reduce suicide risk, according to a new University of Washington study co-authored by a doctoral student at the UW School of Public Health. The study was led by researchers at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) at UW Medicine.

This study was published online March 19 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Travel bans can delay the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by a few days but efforts to reduce transmission of the virus such as hand washing and social distancing have a greater impact on controlling the pandemic, according to a new study.

Swab samples self-collected by patients are just as effective in identifying infections of the novel coronavirus as samples collected by clinicians, according to a new study co-authored by the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Channeling his studies in public health and involvement in equity and diversity groups, senior Kenny Nguyen was part of a team that designed a mobile app that won Best Impact at a University of Washington hackathon. The annual event, held this year on Jan. 18, was hosted by the Women in Informatics group at the UW Information School.

The Gretchen C. Murphy Support Fund for Health Informatics & Health Information Management (HIHIM) Students is helping to train the next generation of health care and technology leaders who will dedicate their careers to the development and management of enterprise-level health information systems.

The first-ever recipients of the Murphy Fund are Bekele Babo, Barbara Tisi and Kasey Segiel.