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December 5, 2017

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences funds population health pilots

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Faculty from the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences were involved in 21 of the 60 applications received earlier this year by the Population Health Initiative for its inaugural round of pilot research grants. Department Chair Jürgen Unützer was impressed with the quality of 19 proposals that were not funded by the…


November 30, 2017

Reducing mental health disparities among Mexican immigrant women

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3 million grant to India Ornelas (pictured), associate professor of health services at the School of Public Health, to test an innovative program aimed at reducing mental health disparities among Mexican immigrant women. The eight-week program is called Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma, and it introduces women…


November 28, 2017

UW’s Doorway Project seeks to create a hub for homeless youth

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The University of Washington is launching The Doorway Project, an effort to establish a University District neighborhood hub and navigation center specifically for homeless young people in a partnership among faculty, student and community service agencies. The partnership, which is supported by $1 million in state funding over the next two years, is planning to…


November 15, 2017

Urban@UW Homelessness Research Initiative releases annual faculty report

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The Urban@UW’s Homelessness Research Initiative works to amplify research findings and translate them to a broader community of state and local governments, nonprofit providers, philanthropies and others dedicated to improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The initiative recently released its annual faculty report documenting three new cross-disciplinary projects that are underway. These projects —…


November 13, 2017

Winter 2018 undergraduate course focuses on population health

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The Population Health Initiative has partnered with the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program to offer a series of faculty lectures during Winter Quarter 2018 focused on the three pillars of population health: human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. The Research Exposed! (General Studies 391D) course will feature faculty from a number…


November 8, 2017

Encouraging healthy behaviors in young people through Communities in Action

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Students from the University of Washington School of Social Work are joining with community leaders in central and southeast Seattle to increase young people’s chances of achieving success. This program, Communities in Action, helps communities use data about their youth to make informed decisions on how to meet kids’ needs and develop a plan of…


November 1, 2017

New five-year grant for the UW Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology

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The University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology (CSDE) has been awarded a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the Population Dynamics Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This grant will support CSDE’s research and training in demography, population health and reproductive health across five primary research areas:…


October 26, 2017

The UW climbs to top 10 in US News Best Global Universities ranking

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The University of Washington is tied for the No. 10 spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, and is now second among American public institutions. The methodology for these rankings weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. These include such indicators as…


October 24, 2017

Assessing climate change’s impact on High Mountain Asia water resources

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The more than one billion people who live in the High Mountain Asia (HMA) region depend on the area’s large glaciers and snow packs for freshwater, hydropower and agriculture. A University of Washington project is studying the HMA’s glaciers, snow, permafrost and precipitation to determine how climate change is impacting the water resources of that…


October 18, 2017

Reading and writing with your child creates tools for lifetime success

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Home literacy activities have already been associated with higher test scores. However, new research from the University of Washington’s College of Education shows these activities also provide students with tools for lifetime success, specifically the development of key long-term study and executive function skills. The study speaks to the need for a collaborative effort between…



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