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September 10, 2019

Initiative announces inaugural cohort for new humanitarian graduate certificate

The Population Health Initiative today announced the admission of five students into the new Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response. The certificate, which is offered through the University of Washington Graduate School, is intended to train an interdisciplinary group of UW graduate and professional students to become that next generation of leaders in international humanitarian…


September 4, 2019

New study shows gun stores can help prevent suicides

Firearms are commonly used and the most lethal means of suicide nationwide. A new University of Washington study has found that firearm retailers around Washington state are willing to learn about suicide prevention and to train their employees in how to spot and act on suicide warning signs. The findings from the survey of nearly…


August 28, 2019

Assessing nature’s impact on mental health

Interactions with nature are beginning to be recognized as one way to improve mental health. However, it has been difficult to identify ways to quantify these benefits in a useful manner for cities or organizations that want to integrate nature to improve mental health. A new study from an international team that included University of…


August 20, 2019

UW initiatives seek to help families deal with psychosis

UW Medicine is pursuing multiple mechanisms of care for individuals, and their caregivers, who are going through a psychotic episode. All of this is viewed as welcome news for families in the trenches of psychosis. Among the new resources are: The nation’s first program to teach evidence-based skills to help people whose relatives or friends…


August 14, 2019

Court-imposed fees and fines may create a cycle of poverty and incarceration

New research from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health supports the argument that court-imposed fees and fines may keep the most vulnerable people ensnared in a vicious cycle of poverty and incarceration. The researchers found that, among a group of adults experiencing homelessness in the Seattle area, people with outstanding legal debt spent…


August 7, 2019

Food security of Cambodians threatened by hydropower demands

The lower Mekong River Basin produces more than two million tons of fish annually, making it the largest freshwater fishery — and one of the most productive ecosystems — in the world. The basin also support a number of rice production powerhouses. With a handful of new hydropower dams completed, and more than 135 either…


August 2, 2019

New Population Health Building topped out and artists selected

The University of Washington announced today the topping out of its new $230 million Population Health Building. The UW also has selected two artists whose work will help tell the story of the education and research that will take place within the new facility. Construction of the eight-story building began in April 2018. Workers today…


July 31, 2019

How the private sector shapes ‘offender-funded justice’

Fines and fees are standard procedure in the criminal justice system — and the greater an accused person’s involvement, from challenging a traffic ticket to a felony conviction, the higher the costs. In addition, the entities levying those fines and fees are not always the public agencies in charge. Private companies often contract to provide…


July 24, 2019

Initiative announces new Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response

The Population Health Initiative announced today the launch of a new Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response. The certificate is intended to provide University of Washington graduate and professional students from a variety of disciplines with an integrated body of study to better support prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery from crises to assist those affected…


July 17, 2019

New smartphone app can hear ear infections in children

The most common reason that parents take their children to a pediatrician is ear infections, according to the National Institutes of Health. Ear infections occur when fluid builds up in the middle ear behind the eardrum and is infected. This buildup is also common in another condition called otitis media with effusion. Any kind of…



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