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March 22, 2019

Mapping the flu in Seattle

Flu study kiosk in the UW Health Sciences Building lobby. Adults and children can drop by and get their noses swabbed if they think they have flu symptoms.

The Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine recently launched the Seattle Flu Study in an effort to better understand how influenza and other contagious diseases spread, which will help inform how they might be better detected, monitored and controlled. The study will create a first-of-its-kind citywide network for infectious disease tracking by recruiting 10,000 Seattle…


March 20, 2019

UW DEOHS helps map Washington’s environmental health disparities

The Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map ranks communities from 1 (blue) to 10 (red) to show the risk they face from environmental health hazards.

A new tool developed by the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and its partners illustrates communities most impacted by pollution and environmental inequality. This tool harnesses available data to map 19 indicators of community health by combining measures of pollution, proximity to environmental hazards, population health and socioeconomic status into…


March 14, 2019

Initiative announces award of 2019 pilot research grants

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The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of approximately $280,000 in pilot research grant funding to six faculty-led teams. These teams include members from seven different schools and colleges, plus representatives of both UW Bothell and Tacoma. Funding was partially matched by additional school, college and departmental funds, bringing the total value…


March 12, 2019

UW degree programs recognized as among the best in the nation

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The U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate School rankings recognized many of the University of Washington’s graduate and professional degree programs as among the best in the nation. Several schools and departments placed prominently in the 2020 rankings, including medicine, nursing, social work and public affairs. “To tackle the many challenges our world…


March 6, 2019

Initiative to pilot a summer applied research fellowship program

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The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with the University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, will pilot test a Population Health Applied Fellowship Program during summer quarter 2019. This paid fellowship program will offer a multidisciplinary team of students training in data analysis techniques as well as in research and presentation skills…


March 4, 2019

Population health cooperative agreement signed with Aga Khan University

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The University of Washington has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aga Khan University to codify population health partnership activities already underway and to leverage complementary strengths to further expand research, service and education in low- and middle-income countries. The agreement was signed by UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Aga Khan University President…


February 28, 2019

Initiative piloting a summer social entrepreneurship fellows program

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The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, CoMotion and the Evans School, will pilot test a Social Entrepreneurship Fellows Program during summer quarter 2019. The paid fellowships will be offered to three graduate students from different disciplines who will explore various social enterprise models for innovations developed by University of…


February 22, 2019

Spring undergraduate course to highlight disaster research

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A home in Puerto Rico with a temporary roof after Hurricane Maria. The Population Health Initiative is offering a one-credit, credit/no-credit seminar-style course for undergraduate students during spring quarter called, “Disasters: Approaches to Preparation, Response and Recovery.” Natural and human-made disasters result in enormous human and economic costs, including immediate loss of lives, destruction of…


February 19, 2019

Memorandum of understanding signed with the Karolinska Institutet

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The University of Washington announced today the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Karolinska Institutet that is intended to deepen collaboration in areas of teaching and research impacting population health. The five-year agreement details a range of possible collaborative projects and activities to explore, including faculty and student exchanges, joint research activities and…


February 14, 2019

Inaugural pilot research grant awardees close out their yearlong projects

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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…



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