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Population Health

Initial projects

The Population Health Initiative’s executive council—with input and feedback from faculty, students and staff across all three UW campuses—has identified four initial projects that will help improve the University’s ability to address the population health challenges we face locally, nationally and internationally.

  1. Experiential, interdisciplinary and community-based training and education
    During the initiative’s initial outreach, students, trainees, faculty, and employers have repeatedly requested greater access to, and support for, experiential, problem-based learning, preferably realized through greater partnership with local, regional, national and international communities. Closely linked is repeated requests for increased opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. As a result, this project seeks to create more population health experiential education and training opportunities for students, trainees, faculty and practitioners; to strengthen needed interdisciplinary connections across schools and students; and to bolster partnerships and engagement across schools, department, communities and countries to work collaboratively to address population health topics.

  2. Population health fellows
    The next generation of scholars, practitioners, and professionals will require a greater breadth and depth of population health knowledge for their work than is possessed by this generation of leaders. To meet this challenge requires creative, but systematic, approaches to open up the pipelines, consider new types of on ramps, and consequently speed up the preparation of new leaders in population health. This project seeks ways to prioritize training resources for undergraduates, undergraduate-plus-one students, graduate students and pre- and post-doctoral trainees.

  3. Grant development
    Conducting interdisciplinary, collaborative work across the University requires a networked, distributed system of support. This project seeks to better support the development and submission of complex, interdisciplinary and/ or collaborative proposals (i.e., encompassing identification of available opportunities, team development and response development) using population health as a model.

  4. Promotion and tenure
    This project seeks to improve the alignment of faculty promotion and tenure criteria to the realities of interdisciplinary and collaborative research, teaching, public scholarship, mentoring and community engagement. This improvement is needed as there are often institutional dis-incentives or no clear or compelling academic/institutional incentives for faculty to engage in interdisciplinary or collaborative work. Additionally, there are few ways to fully recognize or measure faculty contributions to interdisciplinary and collaborative work.

These projects will be developed and implemented in collaboration with a variety of units, faculty, students and staff from across all three campuses during the 2017-18 academic year.