Population Health

August 14, 2019

Court-imposed fees and fines may create a cycle of poverty and incarceration

New research from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health supports the argument that court-imposed fees and fines may keep the most vulnerable people ensnared in a vicious cycle of poverty and incarceration. The researchers found that, among a group of adults experiencing homelessness in the Seattle area, people with outstanding legal debt spent…


August 7, 2019

Food security of Cambodians threatened by hydropower demands

The lower Mekong River Basin produces more than two million tons of fish annually, making it the largest freshwater fishery — and one of the most productive ecosystems — in the world. The basin also support a number of rice production powerhouses. With a handful of new hydropower dams completed, and more than 135 either…


August 2, 2019

New Population Health Building topped out and artists selected

The University of Washington announced today the topping out of its new $230 million Population Health Building. The UW also has selected two artists whose work will help tell the story of the education and research that will take place within the new facility. Construction of the eight-story building began in April 2018. Workers today…


July 31, 2019

How the private sector shapes ‘offender-funded justice’

Fines and fees are standard procedure in the criminal justice system — and the greater an accused person’s involvement, from challenging a traffic ticket to a felony conviction, the higher the costs. In addition, the entities levying those fines and fees are not always the public agencies in charge. Private companies often contract to provide…


July 24, 2019

Initiative announces new Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response

The Population Health Initiative announced today the launch of a new Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response. The certificate is intended to provide University of Washington graduate and professional students from a variety of disciplines with an integrated body of study to better support prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery from crises to assist those affected…


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…


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