Population Health

Bolstering healthy starts for children, adolescents and families

Addressing the health and well-being of children, beginning with a mother’s prenatal health and extending through a child’s adolescence to maximize cognitive, physical, emotional and social development.

Progress towards addressing this challenge will require cooperation at the intersection of the three pillars of population health (i.e., human health, environmental resilience, and social and economic equity) to develop inclusive, innovative, sustainable and ethical solutions. Despite progress made in many indicators in recent decades, challenges remain to maintaining and improving health in the rapidly changing world in which we live.

A few examples of the types of challenges the UW is addressing to bolster healthy starts for children, adolescents, and families are:

  • Improving access to technology
  • Developing affordable and sustainable housing
  • Improving community stability
  • Strengthening education and schools
  • Reducing environmental exposures
  • Improving support for family planning
  • Ensuring food and water security
  • Improving healthcare access and quality
  • Preventing, detecting and treating infectious and non-infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition)
  • Improving infrastructure (e.g., clean water, sanitation)
  • Preventing injuries and violence
  • Designing or strengthening necessary laws, policies and regulations
  • Bolstering parental and family support
  • Ensuring access to prenatal care
  • Improving security from needing to migrate, and security during migration
  • Strengthening the social safety net

Please visit our resource directory to explore additional areas of population health expertise at the UW, or contact us with questions or potential ideas.