Population Health

Collaboration support

The Population Health Initiative seeks to support faculty, students and staff in conducting interdisciplinary, collaborative work across the University. The following resources are intended to support such collaboration.

Resource directory for team development

We have partnered with the UW’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences to develop a directory of population health-related faculty and center/institute resources located at the University of Washington.

The goal of this directory is to present the breadth of expertise across disciplines and campuses that are currently working on the population health challenges we face. We hope this directory will create new opportunities for partnership and collaboration as we move toward fulfilling the 25-year vision of this groundbreaking initiative.

As a means of growing this directory, we encourage you to add yourself or your center via the submission form on the site if you are not currently listed. Please feel free to also contact us if your entry needs to be updated.

Visit the Directory

Faculty networking sessions

Faculty networking sessionThe Population Health Initiative organizes and hosts faculty networking sessions during autumn, winter and spring quarters.

The main objective of these sessions is to introduce faculty members to individuals in other disciplines at the university who are working on similar issues, with the goal of facilitating new, interdisciplinary collaborations.

Sessions that have been held to date have focused on topics such as:

  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Disasters and humanitarian crises
  • Mental health
  • Mobile and digital strategies for improving population health

Notifications of future networking sessions are distributed via the initiative’s electronic newsletter. You can receive these mailings by adding yourself to the initiative’s distribution list via our subscriptions page.

Best practices in promotion and tenure guidelines

The Population Health Initiative seeks to bring the university community and partners together in more interdisciplinary and collaborative ways to improve the health of people here and around the world.

A potential barrier to realizing this goal is the appearance of inconsistent criteria in recognizing interdisciplinary and collaborative research, teaching, public scholarship, mentoring and community engagement for faculty promotion and tenure.

This concern, which is shared by faculty and leadership across the university, was a key focus of the UW Faculty 2050 project, an ongoing effort to strengthen the UW as a public institution of higher education.

One of the major outputs of the UW 2050 effort was the initial analysis and identification by Drs. Janine Jones and Carole Lee of some of the best practices currently being utilized to acknowledge collaborative and interdisciplinary research, teaching and community-engaged scholarship in promotion and tenure guidelines at the UW.

A sample of the best practices identified to support faculty in ensuring that collaborative and community-engaged efforts are valued include:

  • Being transparent about promotion and tenure criteria to new faculty.
  • Identifying unit-level examples of collaborative, community engaged efforts that are aligned with exemplary research and teaching and including these as appropriate metrics in promotion and tenure review process.
  • Defining the values that matter most within the unit based on current and past trends (i.e., sharing what typically drives the discussion of promotion and tenure files).
  • Identifying the range of pathways by which faculty have been successful in securing promotion and tenure (by job class).
  • Ensuring that mentoring committees establish a regular communication routine between the junior faculty member and their faculty mentors.

Read the report

Collaboration spaces

The Population Health Initiative has compiled a directory of physical spaces on the Seattle campus that can be used for teams engaged in collaborative work.

View the list

Discussion forum

Looking for a partner for a grant application or a project? Interested in finding a collaborator for a publication or an idea?

Sign up for our Mailman email list manager, which will allow you to receive, and take part in, discussions with other University of Washington faculty, students, and staff interested in population health.

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Other resources

A number of different units across the three UW campuses are charged with supporting collaboration, including: