Population Health

February 21, 2018

UW and Public Health – Seattle & King County create new academic health department


The University of Washington Schools of Public Health and of Nursing have executed an agreement with Public Health – Seattle & King County that is intended to encourage collaboration and resource sharing through a new academic health department. The goal of this three-year agreement is to provide mutual benefits to the UW and to King…

February 14, 2018

Learning environmental lessons in the wild


A course in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, “Wildlife Conservation in Northwest Ecosystems,” teaches UW students about the intertwined ecosystem of Yellowstone National Park through experiential learning. Students complete a week of intensive fieldwork, which is then followed by research projects and presentations that demonstrate how research in Yellowstone is relevant to Washingtonians….

February 7, 2018

Nursing advances local population health through King County partnership


Best Starts for Kids is a levy-funded initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County, Washington by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families and communities who are at risk for a host of chronic diseases. The UW School of Nursing and Public Health – Seattle & King County have partnered…

January 31, 2018

Collecting perishable natural disaster data

Debris from damaged structures at Jojutla, a town in the state of Morelos near the epicenter. Most structures in town suffered extensive or complete damage. Photo credits: Pedro Arduino and Jake Dafni.

The analysis of infrastructure damaged by natural disasters allows researcher to gain insights that helps inform development of more resilient communities. However, data for this type of analysis must be gathered quickly after a disaster to ensure it is useful, meaning research teams must get on the ground before clean up and repair work progresses…

January 24, 2018

Evaluating the connection between toxic air and mental health


New research from a University of Washington-led study found that the risk of psychological distress increased alongside the amount of fine particulate matter in the air of a specific neighborhood. The research also indicated that black men and white women show the most significant correlation between air pollution and psychological distress. This study is believed…

January 16, 2018

Initiative partners with CoMotion on pilot funding


The Population Health Initiative has partnered with CoMotion’s Innovation Fund to offer a $50,000 Population Health Innovation Award for the Fund’s next round of funding. The Population Health Innovation Award will fund projects that support the initiative’s vision of creating a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Projects will also…

January 9, 2018

Initiative announces 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 a funding call to University of Washington faculty for population health pilot research grants of up to $50,000 each. Applications for this round of funding…

January 3, 2018

Nursing schools prioritize population health education

Nursing staff meeting on the Acute Care unit at Harborview Medical Center.

The leaders of nursing schools and programs at 20 colleges and universities across the State of Washington recently developed a white paper agreeing to focus on population health in nursing education. The University of Washington Bothell School of Nursing & Health Studies’ dean, Shari L. Dworkin, was one of the contributors, as was UW Seattle…

December 19, 2017

Making engineering accessible to all


Since 2014, the University of Washington College of Engineering’s AccessEngineering program has supported the development of a diverse, well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates and faculty by increasing the participation of people with disabilities. The program is also working to improve engineering education by integrating disability-related and universal design content into engineering courses. Ultimately, the AccessEngineering…

December 13, 2017

HydroShare allows better analysis of extreme weather events and water scarcity


HydroShare, an online collaborative environment for sharing water-related data, allows researchers to better analyze extreme weather events and water scarcity such as hurricanes, flooding and droughts. The HydroShare research team, which includes University of Washington researchers from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, recently received a $4 million National Science Foundation grant to fund…

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