Population Health

February 19, 2019

Memorandum of understanding signed with the Karolinska Institutet


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


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…

February 6, 2019

Massive wildfires have strikingly unequal effects on minority communities

These maps show wildfire vulnerability across a state, region or the entire
country. Wildfire vulnerability takes into account both landscape wildfire risk and socioeconomic factors
in determining how likely an area is to adapt and recover from a wildfire. Gray areas on the maps
correspond to areas where physical risk of large-scale wildfire is unlikely.

Researchers at the University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy used census data to develop a “vulnerability index” to assess wildfire risk in communities across the U.S. Their results, which were published in the journal PLOS ONE, show that racial and ethnic minorities face greater vulnerability to wildfires compared with primarily white communities. In particular,…

January 30, 2019

UW researcher explores how communities can build back better after a disaster

Nicole Errett head shot

New research led by Dr. Nicole Errett (pictured), lecturer in the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, explores how a natural disaster can serve as a catalyst for a community to build back better, healthier and more resilient. She recently assessed 28 state disaster recovery plans in a research study funded…

January 23, 2019

New app creates educational bathroom humor

 A CEE undergraduate student plays "LoosePoops" during an app testing event. 

A group of University of Washington Civil & Environmental Engineering students, led by assistant professor Jessica Kaminsky, have created a mobile application called LoosePoops to help educate the public about sanitation issues around the world. Loosely modeled after the popular game Fruit Ninja, where players slice fruit using a touch screen controlled blade, LoosePoops players…

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…

January 2, 2019

Mobile applications have the power to transform HIV/AIDS nursing


New research from the University of Washington School of Nursing found that smartphone applications, or apps, have the potential to improve efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases both in the African subcontinent and around the world. The study, which was led by Sarah Gimbel (pictured), associate professor of nursing, evaluated the current use of…

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