Population Health

June 13, 2019

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

Pike Place Market, Seattle WA.

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

OSA - Women's Studies

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

Woman studying in Suzzallo Reading Room

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

The Any Hungry Husky food pantry opened a permanent location on the west side of the UW Seattle campus last fall.

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

EOHS Research Scientist Tim Gould checks air sampling instruments set up on the roof of the SeaTac Community Center.

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….

May 15, 2019

The impact of societal attitudes, political rhetoric on immigrants’ health


New research from the University of Washington School of Social Work argues that the current political climate, and debates over issues such as a border wall, become part of the environment that influences the health of immigrants to the United States. The study co-authored by assistant professor Jane Lee (pictured) identifies the “sociopolitical context” of…

May 13, 2019

Awardees announced for 2019 undergraduate research recognition awards


Twelve undergraduate students participating in the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium have been awarded Population Health Recognition Awards for their innovative and well-presented population health research work. This award was created as a partnership between the Population Health Initiative and the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program in 2017. As was the case in prior years,…

May 8, 2019

Discrimination and PTSD may lead to increased preterm births among African-American women


New research from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work has connected racial discrimination to PTSD, and thus to preterm birth. African-American women are nearly twice as likely to give birth prematurely as white women. These births often coincide with low birth weight, and together are linked to other developmental delays and health effects…

May 2, 2019

Initiative awards 2019 graduate student conference travel funds


The Population Health Initiative today announced the funding of 16 Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards. A total of 30 applications were received for these awards, which are intended to further the academic, research or professional goals of graduate students as they strive to become the next generation of leaders in population health. Funding requests of…

April 30, 2019

Improving the health of homeless youth and their pets

Both pets and people receive care at One Health Clinic.

The University of Washington and Washington State University are working with New Horizons Ministries and Neighborcare Health to provide health care and veterinary care to young adults experiencing homelessness – and their pets. Many people experiencing homelessness have pets, but the animals can be a barrier to health care as owners may not want to…

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