SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

The hallways and classrooms of Auburn Riverside High School may have been deserted on March 11, but the kitchen was abuzz as more than two dozen food service managers learned fresh approaches to creating healthy meals for students.

Sea-level rise associated with climate change is a concern for many island and coastal communities. While the dangers may seem far off for large coastal cities like Miami or New Orleans, the advancing oceans are already displacing some small indigenous communities, and many others are at risk around the world.

Prior to catastrophic flooding expected during the next few decades, people living in these communities can begin an orderly process of managed retreat, or planned relocation, to higher ground either nearby or at a distance.

Seattle’s minimum wage increases did not boost supermarket prices in the city in the two years after the policy began, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

A new project led by Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a two-year, $350,000 grant from Gilead Sciences to help achieve micro-elimination of hepatitis C in parts of Kenya.

Micro-elimination focuses on breaking down national and international elimination goals into smaller goals that are relevant for defined populations. In an effort to support micro-elimination efforts, the Gilead Medical Affairs team has funded up to 30 projects around the world.

Diet drinks, such as Diet Coke and diet fruit juice, are linked to an increased risk for stroke, and are particularly associated with blood clots of the small arteries, according to a new study published today in Stroke.

The study was co-authored by Shirley Beresford, senior associate dean and professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. It was led by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.

Anjum Hajat, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a four-year, nearly $1.4 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study “precarious work” and how it contributes to health disparities in the United States.

More than half of child care business in Seattle, Washington, saw their labor costs increase after the city raised its minimum wage to $13 per hour in April 2015, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study was published in a special issue of the Social Work and Society International Online Journal.

Exposure to air pollution, particularly traffic-related air pollution, has previously been linked to autism spectrum disorder in epidemiological studies. And now a new animal study from the University of Washington School of Public Health describes a possible mechanism by which this relationship might occur. The study was published Jan. 16 in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

Sitting on her grandpa’s porch in a small village in northern Côte d'Ivoire, in West Africa, eating peanuts and simmering in the summer heat, Christelle Nidafolo Silué could not have been happier. It had been six years since she last saw her grandfather, who she calls her “favorite person.” And she had so much to tell him about her life in Seattle and her studies at the University of Washington.

The UW School of Public Health will soon begin work on a new strategic plan, Dean Hilary Godwin announced.

"As we prepare to mark the School’s 50th anniversary next year, it’s important that we not only celebrate the amazing things we’ve accomplished, but that we also have a blueprint for the future," Godwin said.

New challenges in public health continue to emerge, she stressed.

Distinguished alumnus Rogelio Riojas (MHA, 1977) has been chosen as speaker for this year’s SPH graduation celebration June 16 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Riojas, a UW Regent and the 2016 SPH Distinguished Alumnus, is founder and executive director of Sea Mar Community Health Centers. He has devoted his career to expanding access to quality and affordable health care, as well as increasing opportunities for jobs and education.

Michele Andrasik was selected by the UW School of Public Health to receive the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for her efforts to create an environment where individuals can empower themselves and her commitment to addressing community needs. She will receive the award at an MLK celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Magnuson Health Sciences Center.

Greetings, SPH! This is a short update on what’s been happening on the equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) front.

Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighborhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue, according to new research on social disparities from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study used local data to model food consumption patterns by city block. Weekly servings of salad and soda served as proxies for diet quality.

The School of Public Health is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive school. Check here for updates on actions, work groups and news.

Andrasik honored with 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. award (Jan. 17, 2019)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Update: January 2019 (Jan. 14, 2019)

UPDATE: The UW Curriculum Committee has approved the syllabi for the new MPH core curriculum, which will start in Fall 2020.

Plans to re-envision the UW School of Public Health’s MPH continue to move forward, with faculty-led groups now drafting syllabi for the MPH core courses.

Six faculty teams began meeting in December to draft syllabi for the MPH Re-envisioning Steering Committee. The drafts will be presented to department curriculum committees in February and to the school-wide Curriculum and Education Policy Committee (CEPC) in March.

Two-liter bottle of soda increased 64 percent; price of diet drinks jumped, too

As expected, Seattleites paid significantly more for their Mountain Dews and Monster Energy Drinks last year. They also paid much more for diet drinks in some stores, even though non-sugary beverages were exempt from the city’s new tax.

A farmer’s market incentive program may increase access to fruits and vegetables for residents of low-income communities, suggests a study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Stefan Wiktor, acting professor of global health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, has received funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to promote HIV prevention and treatment and to help Zimbabwe’s efforts to reach HIV epidemic control. The five-year cooperative agreement, with an annual budget of about $15 million, is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anirban Basu, a professor in the schools of Pharmacy and Public Health at the University of Washington, has received more than $230,000 from the National Institutes of Health to measure the current and future costs of care for people with dementia. The research is part of a sub-grant from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dementia care has substantial economic costs, with consequences for health care systems as well as for the health and well-being of families who provide care for loved ones with dementia.