Population Health

May 2, 2023

Initiative announces summer 2023 cohort of Applied Research Fellows

Two students brainstorm at a white boardThe Population Health Initiative announced the selection of three graduate students and two undergraduate students as the 2023 cohort of the Applied Research Fellowship program.

Launched in 2019, the Applied Research Fellowship was created – and continues to be run – in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology. The program’s goal is to offer students data analysis, critical thinking and team science skills that will help them solve complex population health challenges on their way to becoming future leaders in the field.

The cohort of students selected for this year’s fellowship program are:

Name Department School
Zhaowen Guo Political Science College of Arts & Sciences
Pamela Lim Urban Design & Planning and
Environmental Health Science
College of Built Environments and School of Public Health
Rachel Song Psychology College of Arts & Sciences
Tiffany Childs Anthropology College of Arts & Sciences
Lily Bates Public Health – Global Health School of Public Health

These students will spend 10 weeks over the summer working collaboratively with King County’s demographer and Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation Unit with the support of the Population Health Applied Research Fellowship. The team will dive into housing, household size, reasons for migration and displacement and quantifying uncertainty via probabilistic models to help for future prediction planning and management at King County. They will build on the efforts of the 2022 cohort of applied research fellows.

This work is particularly relevant for policymakers and future resource allocators as it helps them understand indicator trends across time and space, and how these trends vary across age, race and space. The dramatic changes in size, geographic distribution and demographic makeup of King County also contribute to the significance of this work.

The opportunity for students to work on a real-world, client-driven project as part of a multidisciplinary team will benefit their understanding how to integrate their disciplinary expertise into a team-oriented, problem-solving approach that develops interdisciplinary solutions to population health challenges.

Learn more about this fellowship program by visiting its web page.