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July 17, 2019

New smartphone app can hear ear infections in children

The most common reason that parents take their children to a pediatrician is ear infections, according to the National Institutes of Health. Ear infections occur when fluid builds up in the middle ear behind the eardrum and is infected. This buildup is also common in another condition called otitis media with effusion. Any kind of…


July 9, 2019

Eight new members named to 2019-20 initiative executive council

Seven new faculty and one undergraduate student have been named to the 30-member Population Health Initiative executive council by President Ana Mari Cauce. They are: Jared Baeten, professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Medicine, Schools of Medicine and Public Health Bianca Frogner, associate professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine Heather Hill, associate professor, Evans…


June 27, 2019

Awardees announced for 2018-19 undergraduate research travel funds

The Population Health Initiative today announced six winners of the Undergraduate Research Travel Awards for the 2018-19 academic year. These awards were again granted through a partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program as part of its annual conference travel award program. The award application process was open to undergraduate students on all three UW campuses…


June 25, 2019

Initiative and CoMotion co-fund grant to treat pediatric hydrocephalus

The Population Health Initiative and CoMotion have announced the joint award of a Population Health Innovation Fund grant of $50,000 to Jason Hauptman, UW assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, and Pierre Mourad, UW professor of Neurological Surgery and UW Bothell professor of Engineering and Mathematics, for their project, “Non-invasive ultrasonic clearing of implanted catheters.” This…


June 20, 2019

Initiative announces summer 2019 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows

R – L: Esborn, Dey, and Masciel. The Population Health Initiative announced the award of three Population Health Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships to graduate students to explore how to best deploy social entrepreneurship models for population health innovations developed by University of Washington researchers. All innovations are seeking novel ideas for how they can be financially…


June 13, 2019

New study maps where surplus fish could help meet nutrition needs in vulnerable communities

A new University of Washington study funded by the Population Health Initiative has identified vulnerable communities on the West Coast where surplus fish could help meet nutritional needs. An interdisciplinary research team of students, faculty and staff from the College of the Environment and the School of Public Health first mapped nutritionally vulnerable populations along…


June 11, 2019

Initiative announces summer 2019 Applied Research Fellows

The Population Health Initiative today announced the award of six Population Health Applied Research Fellowships to four graduate and two undergraduate students. In partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, the Applied Research Fellowship program was launched this year to equip students with data analysis, critical thinking and team…


June 4, 2019

Winning papers announced for 2019 Population Health Library Research Awards

The Population Health Initiative has awarded Population Health Recognition Awards to four students participating in the 2019 Library Research Award for Undergraduates. Award winners were chosen based on the quality of their writing, innovativeness of their research hypothesis and how well they connected their work to the theme of population health. This award was created…


May 30, 2019

New survey shows UW students face food and housing insecurity

Preliminary data from a recent survey of food and housing insecurity at the University of Washington’s three campuses shows that about one-quarter of students have worried recently about having enough to eat and an estimated 190 students may lack a stable place to live. Results of the online survey are still being finalized. However, an…


May 22, 2019

UW research measures air traffic pollution around Sea-Tac Airport

Research led by the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences is measuring air traffic pollution around Sea-Tac Airport to understand potential health effects on nearby communities. The research team is measuring the geographic reach of aircraft-related air pollution exposures, distinguishing ultrafine particle emissions from aircraft versus those from cars and trucks….



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