Promoting peace through public health
Amy is a global leader in advancing public health approaches to measure the effects of war and prevent armed conflict. A pioneer in the field of conflict epidemiology, Amy led a study finding at least 500,000 Iraqi deaths could be attributed to the 2003 U.S. invasion. Her work has spurred the field of public health to begin recognizing war as a preventable public health problem. For these contributions, she was awarded the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace. At UW SPH, Amy directs the school’s Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program, which employs problem-based learning, an approach that challenges students to actively engage in solving real problems for real clients. In addition to researching the migration of health workers from poor countries to rich ones, Amy works on homelessness and incarceration as health issues. She is a founding member of a new organization, the Global Alliance on War, Conflict and Health.
Affiliations: Professor, Department of Health Services, UW School of Public Health; Professor, Department of Global Health, UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine; Director, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program; Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Public Health; Member, Nuclear Weapons Task Force, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility