Population Health

April 17, 2019

Latino Center for Health offering small grant awards of up to $15,000


The University of Washington Latino Center for Health has announced a funding call for its 2019 Small Grants Program. This program offers funding to projects and partnerships benefitting Latinx communities in Washington State. Letters of intent to apply are due on May 1, 2019. Two levels of funding are currently available through the program: Academic…

April 16, 2019

Exposure to chemical in weedkiller increases risk for cancer


New research from the University of Washington found that exposure to glyphosate — the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide — increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent. The research team conducted an updated meta-analysis — a comprehensive review of existing literature — and focused on the most highly exposed groups…

April 9, 2019

Applications for undergraduate Library Research Awards due May 6

Woman studying in Suzzallo Reading Room

The Population Health Initiative is again partnering with the University Libraries to offer Population Health Recognition Awards as part of the annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates. The Library Research Award is given to undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding ability to identify, locate, select, evaluate and synthesize library and other information resources and to use them…

April 2, 2019

Aga Khan University internship applications due April 17


The Aga Khan University offers international internships to University of Washington undergraduate and graduate students through a partnership with the Population Health Initiative. Applications are being accepted until April 17 for fall 2019 postings. There are 19 different internship positions available in this round of applications. These positions include roles in communications, finance, grant writing,…

March 28, 2019

Initiative-funded project assesses health disparities among state’s agricultural workers


University of Washington researchers launched a study last year to identify and address health disparities related to the environmental, occupational, socioeconomic and biological stressors faced by rural underserved agricultural workers in Skagit and Whatcom counties. The project is funded by a $50,000 grant from the Population Health Initiative. The community-research team created a survey to…

March 26, 2019

UW researchers develop smartphone app to detect opioid overdoses

UW researchers have developed a cellphone app that uses sonar to monitor someone’s breathing rate and sense when an opioid overdose has occurred.

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a cellphone app that uses sonar to monitor someone’s breathing rate and sense when an opioid overdose has occurred. The app, called Second Chance, sends inaudible sound waves from the phone to people’s chests and then monitors the way the sound waves return to the phone to…

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

Shot of the roses in the Rose Garden by the Drumheller Fountain in Rainier Vista.

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


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…

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