Population Health


January 31, 2023

Early Fall Start 2023 course will explore social entrepreneurship and population health in India

The Population Health Initiative and University of Washington Honors Program have partnered to offer, “Social Entrepreneurship and Population Health in India,” an Honors Early Fall Start study abroad opportunity. This program will run from August 19 to September 8, 2023, and be led by Alissa Bilfield of the School of Public Health and Akhtar Badshah…

January 26, 2023

Ocean drilling help scientists home in on the link between tectonic forces and earthquake cycles

A study led by the University of Washington and the University of Texas Austin discovered that tectonic stress near Japan’s Nankai subduction zone is less than expected. The area is known to have some of the most powerful and damaging tsunamis in the globe, like the 1946 eruption that killed thousands, and is still on…

January 23, 2023

Winter quarter seminar series focuses on data science methodologies in population health

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative and the eScience Institute are offering a two-part seminar series, “Pop Health Data Science,” during winter quarter 2023. This series will explore the application of data science methodologies to address pressing challenges to population health. The two seminars for this quarter are: Thursday, January 26, 2023: Ali H….

January 18, 2023

Spotlight: Akhtar Badshah’s passion for social impact

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A chance encounter nearly 20 years ago sparked what has become Akhtar Badshah’s passion for the topics of social impact, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Now a lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Badshah’s first passion was architecture. He spent his formative professional years at the Massachusetts Institute…

January 12, 2023

Awardees of winter quarter 2022 Tier 1 pilot research grants report their progress

Eleven Tier 1 Population Health Initiative pilot grants were awarded to teams representing researchers from nine different UW schools and colleges, as well as UW Tacoma and numerous community-based partners, in February 2022. These awards from the initiative’s Tier 1 pilot grant program were intended to support researchers in laying an interdisciplinary foundation for a…

January 10, 2023

Initiative co-hosts second annual Sacia Digital Health Innovation Workshop

Students from a variety of disciplines came together on November 19, 2022, in the University of Washington’s Hans Rosling Center for Population Health to make the second annual Sacia Digital Health Innovation Workshop an exciting and engaging day of activities. The event, which sought to offer students an immersive and hands-on opportunity to workshop new…

January 5, 2023

New foundation funding to help UW faculty members mitigate effects of racism on health

Two University of Washington faculty members, Weichao Yuwen and Maggie Ramirez, have received a $50,000 grant from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation’s Emergent Innovation program to narrow gaps in health equity. Yuwen and Ramirez’s project, “AI-Enhanced Nursing Intervention Platform for Latino Family Caregivers,” seeks to tailor an existing artificial intelligence platform – Caring for…

December 13, 2022

UW study bolsters evidence of link between air pollution and health outcomes

New research from University of Washington investigators has added to the evidence that prenatal and postnatal exposure to air pollution can harm kids. Specifically, the study found that mothers in the first and second trimesters who were exposed to nitrogen dioxide (N02) were more likely to experience behavioral problems. Children aged 2-4 exposed to small…

December 6, 2022

Initiative announces award of five autumn quarter 2022 Tier 2 pilot research grants

Five new Population Health Initiative Tier 2 pilot grants were awarded today to teams representing researchers from six different UW schools and colleges as well as several community-based partners. The total value of these awards was roughly $530,000, which included $280,000 in funding from the initiative plus additional matching funds from different schools, colleges and…

December 1, 2022

Lower-income communities realize economic benefits from sweetened beverage taxes

Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages is a known contributor to a number of health issues, with several local jurisdictions in the U.S. having implemented sweetened beverage taxes as a means of successfully reducing purchasing. Most studies of the economic impact of these taxes have focused on retail-level data, with a new study from University of Washington…

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