Population Health


May 22, 2018

Initiative awards population health innovation grant with CoMotion

Mother and child playing app on the smartphone

The Population Health Initiative and CoMotion have announced the joint award of a Population Health Innovation Fund grant of $50,000 to Katie Davis, assistant professor at the Information School and Joshua Lawler, professor of Environmental and Forest Sciences. This award is intended to fund a project that simultaneously supports the University of Washington’s vision for…

May 18, 2018

Awardees announced for undergraduate research recognition awards


The Population Health Initiative has awarded Population Health Recognition Awards to 12 students participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This award was created in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program and was open to students from all three campuses who are presenting at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 18. Awardees were selected for their…

May 16, 2018

Initiative awards 2018 graduate student conference travel funds


The Population Health Initiative today announced the winners of 16 Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards. These awards are intended to further the academic, research or professional goals of graduate students as they strive to become the next generation of leaders in population health. These awards were open to graduate students on all three UW campuses…

May 10, 2018

UW welcomes new director of global mental health


Dr. Pamela Y. Collins has joined the University of Washington as Director of Global Mental Health, a joint program that is co-led by the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her focus will be building on the existing work of faculty and as well as attracting new funded research. Collins started in her…

May 8, 2018

Use of fringe loans linked to poor health


Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance recently published a first-of-its-kind study showing that fringe loan services may cost poor and working class Americans not only their finances, but also their health. Their research notes that people who use fringe loan services and…

May 2, 2018

Initiative releases its Report to the Community

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The University of Washington launched the Population Health Initiative two years ago with the goal of taking the next big step to improve the health and well-being of people here and around the globe. Since then, significant early progress has been made toward realizing the initiative’s vision of creating a world where all people can…

April 26, 2018

Groundbreaking occurs for new UW population health building


The University of Washington broke ground on April 25 for the new population health building on its Seattle campus, a 290,000-square-foot facility that will be the home for the Population Health Initiative. The new building will create a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation to better understand and improve all the factors that influence the…

April 24, 2018

Progress reported by inaugural round of pilot research grant awards


The Population Health Initiative pilot research grant encourages new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects that address critical components of the grand challenges the University of Washington seeks to address in population health. The initiative funded an inaugural round of five pilot research grants to faculty-led teams from 10 different UW schools and colleges in…

April 18, 2018

Social Work’s Communities That Care model gaining national traction


The University of Washington School of Social Work’s Communities That Care program, a youth development model, continues to be adopted across the nation. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment committed significant funds to this system when it adopted CTC in 2016, with CTC now implemented in 48 communities in the state. The CTC…

April 11, 2018

New UW training program to improve access to dental care for children

Boy brushing his teeth in bathroom

The University of Washington is launching an interprofessional training program to improve access to dental care for children ranging in age from one to five. This new program, which is led by the UW School of Dentistry, is funded by a $1.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Early Childhood…

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