Population Health

April 5, 2018

UW launches world’s first health metrics sciences department


The University of Washington will establish the world’s first academic department devoted to the science of health metrics on July 1, 2018. The new Department of Health Metrics Sciences, which will be part of the UW School of Medicine, will focus on using high-quality information to measure population health, its determinants and the performance of health…

March 27, 2018

Developing holistic approaches to management of fisheries


New research from the University of Washington College of the Environment indicates that an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management offers a simple set of rules that can help avoid scenarios that might cause a worst-case outcome for fish and their surrounding environments. For example, factors such as predators, habitat, food sources or temperature can influence…

March 15, 2018

International internship agreement signed with The Aga Khan University


The University of Washington and The Aga Khan University announced the launch of a new international internship program that will provide population health-focused experiential and work opportunities for UW undergraduate and graduate students in East Africa, the Middle East and Central and South Asia. Under this five-year agreement, The Aga Khan University and other agencies…

March 13, 2018

Initiative announces award of 2018 pilot research grants


The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of eight pilot research grants of $50,000 each to faculty-led teams from 11 different UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma schools and colleges. This $400,000 in funding was more than doubled by matches from additional school, college and departmental funds, bringing the total value of these…

March 8, 2018

Bridge funding awarded for new population health faculty hires


The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of approximately $1.8 million in funding for three new faculty positions that will focus on developing innovative solutions to the three population health grand challenges identified by the Initiative. These awards, which are each a four-year “bridge” against future retirements, were selected through a competitive…

February 28, 2018

UW joins the new University Climate Change Coalition

Researchers working at the UW Clean Energy Institute’s Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.Matt Hagen/Clean Energy Institute/University of Washington

The University of Washington joined 12 other top North American research universities in the new University Climate Change Coalition, a group that seeks to leverage its research and resources to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. Each participating institution will convene a climate change forum in 2018 to…

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…

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