Population Health


January 17, 2019

New suite of resources supports tribes in preparing for climate change


The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and regional tribal partners have developed a collection of resources that may be useful to tribes at any stage in the process of evaluating their vulnerability to climate change. The project is a partnership among tribes, tribal associations, universities and the federal government. This new suite of resources…

January 14, 2019

Pilot research grant awardees report progress on projects


The Population Health Initiative awarded eight pilot research grants to faculty-led teams from 11 different UW schools and colleges in March 2018. The pilot research grants encourage new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects that address the grand challenges the UW seeks to impact in population health. Since receiving their awards, the eight teams have…

January 10, 2019

Latina immigrants practice mindfulness together to combat depression and anxiety

Participants practicing yoga during an ALMA pilot session.

A University of Washington Latino Center for Health project encourages self-soothing techniques as part of a mindfulness program that helps Latina immigrant women build coping skills to combat depression and anxiety, which they face at higher rates than other ethnic groups. Called Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA), or Latina Friends Motivating the Spirit, the…

January 3, 2019

Initiative announces annual funding call for pilot research grants


The Population Health Initiative seeks to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. In support of that vision, the initiative is pleased to announce its funding call to University of Washington faculty and PI-eligible research scientists for population health pilot research grants of up to $50,000 each. Applications for…

December 27, 2018

Initiative partners with CoMotion to offer a pilot innovation award


The Population Health Initiative has again partnered with CoMotion’s Innovation Fund to offer a $50,000 Population Health Innovation Award for the Fund’s spring 2019 round of funding. The Population Health Innovation Award will fund projects that support the initiative’s vision of creating a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Projects…

December 19, 2018

UW NSF-funded center gathers disaster related data

Visiting researchers learn how to operate the BLK360, a lightweight, highly accurate close range laser scanner used to capture 3D point cloud and imagery data

The University of Washington’s Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Experimental Facility launched earlier this fall with the goal of developing more resilient communities through the collection, assessment and archiving of high-quality perishable data in the aftermath of disasters. The center, which is headquartered in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is the first of its kind…

December 13, 2018

Aga Khan University internship applications due January 14


The Aga Khan University offers international internships to University of Washington undergraduate and graduate students through a partnership with the Population Health Initiative. Applications are being accepted until January 14 for summer 2019 postings. There are 25 different internship positions available in this round of applications in the countries of Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tanzania and…

December 12, 2018

New Nature for Health initiative to launch research on health benefits of time outside


A new University of Washington initiative seeks to advance research about how time spent in nature can help to improve health. Nature for Health will specifically focus its efforts on research that examines nature’s effects on health across five populations: veterans, children, older adults, health care providers and underserved populations. Researchers from across academic disciplines…

December 4, 2018

UW center focuses on risky behaviors in young adults


The Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors at the University of Washington School of Medicine focuses much its work on young adults since health habits are often established at that age and risk behaviors peak during this time. The center investigates the harms that stem from high-risk behavior involving alcohol, including unsafe sexual…

November 28, 2018

Livable City Year seeking partner for the 2019-2020 academic year


Proposals are now being accepted from cities, counties, tribes and special districts interested in partnering with the University of Washington’s Livable City Year initiative for the 2019-2020 academic year. Livable City Year connects UW faculty and students with a municipal partner for a full academic year to work on projects fostering livability and sustainability. The…

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