SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

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.

Kristie Ebi of the University of Washington School of Public Health was recently designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an honorary title that recognizes Ebi’s extraordinary service to help provide analysis and advice to the government and the public on matters of science, engineering and medicine.

A University of Washington study provides some of the first details of 21 critically ill patients with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States, most of whom were linked to exposures at a nursing home at the center of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak early on in the global crisis.

Victoria Gardner’s office is warm.

She has big, south-facing windows that let the sun shine in (when it’s not gloomy), as well as posters and plants that create an inviting space. What emanates a lot of the warmth, though, is her own ease and openness.

Gardner is the assistant dean for equity, diversity and inclusion at the University of Washington School of Public Health. And she needs a space like this to be able to tackle the complex issues that come across her desk and to meet with people who want to share their stories.

A new study led by Ruanne Barnabas, an associate professor of global health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, has received a $9.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Mastercard, as part of their COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator.

Should students stay or go home for spring break during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Janet Baseman, associate dean of public health practice and professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, weighs in on the issues with The Seattle Times.

“It’s math,” she said, and airline travel in particular has been a “dominant opportunity” enabling the spread of COVID-19. “That’s how outbreaks get seeded,” she said. “That’s how it works.”

Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, co-director of the University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security, is quoted in a New York Times story on Japan's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Washington School of Public Health experts explain best practices to protect against the novel coronavirus in a new set of videos available in eight languages.

The experts address important questions about handwashing, wearing a face mask, cleaning surfaces in a home and more. Videos are available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer, Somali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and English.

A new course from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine will explore the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Course topics range from coronavirus testing and COVID-19 vaccine development to the pandemic’s social and economic implications. 

A University of Washington School of Public Health researcher is leading the world’s first human clinical trial of a potential vaccine for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Hilary Godwin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, told the Association of Washington Business that social distancing measures will help slow the spread of COVID-19. But success means that critical cases and fatalities will spread out over time and “this will be a long haul,” she warned.

The Public Health Undergraduate Student Assistance Fund supports the School’s commitment to developing a more diverse student body and workforce with the skills needed to equitably serve communities in our region and beyond. These students will each receive $1,000 awards.

Meet winners of the fund for the 2019-20 year:

Jodie Katon, a research assistant professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is a new editorial board member of Women’s Health Issues, the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, based at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Women who experience high employment precarity prior to or during pregnancy have a 48% higher risk of delivering low-birth-weight infants than women with low employment precarity, indicates a study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Point-of-care HIV viral load testing combined with task shifting can improve viral suppression and retention in care by up to 14% and enable rapid care decisions, suggest results of a clinical trial led by the University of Washington and the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).

Claire Rothschild, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a two-year, more than $89,000 predoctoral research award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The award will support her dissertation research using text messaging data to improve family planning programs and policies in Kenya.

The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) – a 20-year study of the characteristics, predictors and progression of subclinical cardiovascular disease and other risk markers – has been renewed for another five years with nearly $15.6 million in funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The University of Washington is being recognized for its rich, collaborative ecosystem and wide-ranging community engagement efforts – elements that are at the heart of what we do in public health.

More adult smokers in the United States are quitting smoking than ever before but only a fraction are using evidence-based approaches to do so and certain populations are struggling more than others, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General that reviews and updates evidence on the importance of quitting smoking.