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January 27, 2021

Research reveals how a neighborhood impacts risk of getting COVID-19

New research from the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences examines how geography, income and race influence the likelihood that people in King County test positive for COVID-19. The study reveals that 89% of neighborhoods with the highest COVID-19 rates had a greater proportion of people of color than the overall…


January 25, 2021

UW researchers work to bridge the digital divide in Tacoma

Throughout the ongoing pandemic, internet access has proved a valuable educational tool. However, there exists a substantial gap between those with and without internet access. In light of this digital divide, Jason Young and his research team at the UW Information School – as well as collaborators at the UW Paul G. Allen School of…


January 21, 2021

Pilot grant awardees from 2019 report final project outcomes

The Population Health Initiative awarded six pilot research grants to faculty-led teams from seven different schools and colleges, plus representatives of both UW Bothell and Tacoma, in March 2019. Since then, the interdisciplinary project teams made significant progress towards addressing major challenges impacting population health locally and globally. Projects are now closing out, and highlights…


January 19, 2021

Tire chemical responsible for killing coho salmon in urban streams

A team led by researchers at the University of Washington Tacoma, UW and Washington State University Puyallup have discovered why more than half of the coho salmon that return to Puget Sound’s urban streams die before they can spawn. When it rains, stormwater flushes bits of aging vehicle tires on roads into neighboring streams. The…


January 14, 2021

Project seeks to better tailor responses to student mental health at the UW

In March 2020, the Population Health Initiative awarded six pilot research grants to faculty-led, interdisciplinary research teams committed to addressing critical population health challenges. One such project, “Analysis to Translation: Accelerating and Tailoring Responses to Student Mental Health,” examines the mental health of the undergraduate student population and aims to put their findings in conversation…


January 12, 2021

Round 2 of Washington food study underway to determine insecurity during pandemic

Fish at a market

Recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Washington residents’ access to food and economic needs, University of Washington researchers have teamed with researchers from Washington State University and Tacoma Community College to conduct food security surveys. With support from the UW Population Health Initiative, the first wave of surveys was conducted in the early…


January 6, 2021

New smartwatch app alerts d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing users to desired sounds

University of Washington researchers have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app for deaf, Deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to be aware of nearby sounds. When the smartwatch picks up a sound the user is interested in — examples include a siren, a microwave beeping or a bird chirping — SoundWatch will identify it and send…


December 22, 2020

UW psychologist shares how to find meaning and connection this year

How you spend the holiday season this year should look different as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But by being intentional about how we approach and experience the season, we can find joy, and recognize – even embrace – how we have weathered this year, shares Jonathan Kanter, a research associate professor of psychology…


December 16, 2020

Understanding the amount of income needed to support families in Washington state

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State is a report that identifies, county-by-county, the amount of income needed to support families of various sizes without additional help from the government, community or other personal resources. The latest study, released Oct. 15, shows an increase in the cost of living for almost every family size, in every…


December 8, 2020

Awardees of 2020 pilot research grants report on project progress

The Population Health Initiative awarded six pilot research grants in March 2020 to faculty-led teams from 10 different University of Washington schools and colleges. The initiative’s pilot research grant program seeks to spur new, interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects addressing major population health challenges. At the half-way point, investigators are reporting significant progress in…



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