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May 12, 2021

Honorees announced for 2021 undergraduate research recognition awards

The Population Health Initiative announced the award of Population Health Recognitions to 12 students participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium for their innovative and well-presented research work. This award was created in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program and was open to students across all three campuses who are presenting at the annual Undergraduate Research…


May 11, 2021

Exploring physically distant technology access and assistance to support a changing economy

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered not only massive job losses, but also displaced many workers whose occupations are incompatible with the changing times. Among those impacted, people of color, younger laborers, those with lower levels of education and low-wage laborers are disproportionately affected by the rise of this new economy. As safety restrictions lessen and businesses…


May 6, 2021

Initiative announces summer 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows

The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, CoMotion and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, announced the selection of five graduate student fellows for the summer 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program cohort. The fellows will devote 10 weeks over the summer to generate impactful solutions and contributions to…


May 5, 2021

Study links helpful behavior during the pandemic to feelings of connection to others

According to a recent study led by researchers from the University of Washington, people who recognize their connections with others and identify with all humanity are more likely to cooperate with public health measures and act altruistically amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The multi-disciplinary behavioral study draws on data collected across 80 countries. The findings reveal…


April 29, 2021

Cultivating farmworkers’ COVID-19 health on the air in the Yakima Valley

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the need to stay informed about relevant public health policies and health information has proved vital. Yet, for many, this information is often inaccessible due to language, cultural, or technology barriers. Recognizing this problem, University of Washington researchers from the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) have worked…


April 27, 2021

Spotlight: Francis Abugbilla focuses on post-conflict peacebuilding mechanisms

Francis Mbawini Abugbilla is a Ph.D. candidate at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and 2020 Population Health Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. His research focus is Peace, Violence and Security, with his dissertation focusing on post-conflict peacebuilding mechanisms in Africa. Abugbilla grew up in the Bawku West District of Ghana, raised as a farmer…


April 22, 2021

Addressing and assessing the impact of COVID-19 on Latino immigrant families

As of February 2021, Latinos comprise 32% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washington State, despite accounting for only 13% of the state’s total population. These statistics allude to the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Latino communities in Washington State and beyond. To address the pandemic’s impact on Latino communities, researchers from…


April 21, 2021

Community groups support frontline workers’ public health needs throughout pandemic

New research from the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences reveals that community-based organizations’ outreach efforts have met critical public health needs among Washington’s agricultural and other frontline communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the study, 68% of agricultural community members in Yakima and Chelan counties received public health information…


April 20, 2021

New mapping tool helps City of Seattle prioritize equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

To ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, Seattle city officials have collaborated with researchers from the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) to create a mapping tool that will locate historically underserved groups. Seattle city officials will use the mapping tool to determine where to locate vaccine sites to effectively…


April 15, 2021

Application period open for Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response

The Population Health Initiative is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 cohort of students for the Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response. Applications can be submitted until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on Friday, May 14, 2021. The 15-credit certificate is intended to provide University of Washington graduate and professional students from a variety of disciplines with…



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