Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.
Two UW Public Health Researchers Win NIH Early Independence Awards
Motivating a depressed older adult to work on solving her or his problems is no easy task. However, the UW Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) researchers and community partners who developed the Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) have been successful in doing just that.
Q&A: Andy Stergachis
Pharmacovigilance: a tongue-twister of a word that means keeping tabs on the quality and safety of medicines and vaccines. In the US, this public health work is primarily done by the FDA, academic groups, and pharmaceutical companies. But what happens when a country doesn't have the resources to watch over the medicines given to its citizens? Or when a country gets medicines from foreign pharmaceutical companies that don't commit resources to monitoring their own products?
The friends, faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW School of Public Health extend their condolences to Bob Day, dean of the School from 1972-1982, and his family on the passing of his wife, CJ Taylor, founder of the Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. CJ was a dedicated champion of breast cancer research and efforts, a great supporter of the School of Public Health, and a graduate of our MHA program.
Life expectancy in most US counties falls behind world's healthiest nations
The most current county-level analysis finds large disparities nationwide. Women fare worse than men, and people in Appalachia, the Deep South, and Northern Texas live the shortest lives.
TO: SPH Faculty, Staff, and Students
FROM: Dean Howard Frumkin
SUBJECT: All Hands Meeting
Please join me and the rest of our SPH colleagues at the first All Hands Meeting at 1:00, April 1, in Hogness Auditorium. We'll talk about the current State of the School and our soon-to-be-launched Strategic Planning Process. And there will be refreshments!
The School of Public Health and the Student Public Health Association are seeking nominations for the 5th Annual Service Award for Community Partners, to be presented at our All-School Awards Ceremony on May 19, 2011. Nominations are due by 11:59 pm, April 12, 2011. (At left, student Tegan Callahan presents last year's award to Gerry Pollet of Heart of America Northwest.)
Dean Howard Frumkin has issued the following statement concerning the inclement weather of Monday, November 22, 2010:
The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) has an exciting new exhibit that celebrates 100 African American healthcare professionals in the Pacific Northwest, raises awareness about health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans, and provides tips and recommendations for better health.
Three of the featured healthcare professionals are SPH faculty:
Imagine two people: one is completely blind, and the other suffers from intense back pain. Which person would you describe as "healthier"?
A landmark survey launched this summer aims to measure the impact of different diseases, injuries, and risk factors on people's health worldwide, and we welcome your participation.
Provost Phyllis Wise has named Dr. Howard Frumkin as the new Dean of the School of Public Health, effective September 27, 2010. Frumkin will succeed Patricia Wahl, who is stepping down after 11 years as Dean.
Frumkin was previously at the Centers for Disease Control, where he served as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Public Health from Harvard University.
Christopher J. Elias, MD, the University of Washington School of Public Health's 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, spoke at the School Graduation Celebration while receiving his award. Dr. Elias is the president and chief executive officer of PATH, a Seattle-based international nonprofit organization working in more than 70 countries and dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.
Here are Dr. Elias' remarks:
Thank you, Hugh.
At the School's annual MPH Practicum Reception on May 6, 2010, Dean Pat Wahl presented the fourth annual Service Award for Community Partners to Gerry Pollet, executive director of Heart of America Northwest, a public interest organization that works for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
On May 13, 2010, Professor Michelle Williams will deliver the Spring 2010 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Biomedical, Social, and Environmental Determinants of Reproductive Health: A Changing Landscape. The lecture will be presented at 3:30 pm in Room T-747 in the Health Sciences Building.
The UW School of Public Health (SPH) and the Student Public Health Association (SPHA) are seeking nominations for the fourth annual Service Award for Community Partners.
Poll shows Washington voters willing to pay higher taxes to ensure health care
A poll of Washington registered voters taken in October showed, at that time, strong support for health care reform and willingness to pay higher taxes to guarantee insurance coverage for themselves and others.
Austin Ross, who spent his entire career at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, was inducted into Modern Healthcare's Health Care Hall of Fame on March 21. The late Senator Ted Kennedy was also inducted at the American College of Healthcare Executives 2010 Annual Leadership Congress in Chicago.
On February 10, 2010, Dr. Lucio Costa will present the School's Winter 2010 Distinguished Faculty Lecture at 3:30 PM in T-739 in Health Sciences.
Post-Bachelor Fellows at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have planted their flag in the global health landscape in a forceful "Comment" published in The Lancet that invites a new generation of "skeptical optimists" to change the way health problems are measured.
The fellows were invited by Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, to write a Comment for the journal earlier this year. The Comment was made available online Nov. 11 and appears in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal.
On December 1—World AIDS Day—Grace John-Stewart, MD, PhD will present the School of Public Health's Fall 2009 Distinguished Faculty Lecture and School of Medicine's Science in Medicine Lecture: Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV-1: From Discovery to Delivery. The lecture will be presented at 1:30PM in Hogness Auditorium, A-420 Health Sciences. Dr. John-Stewart is Professor of Global Health, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Professor of Epidemiology in Public Health. She also directs the UW Center for AIDS and STD.