Population Health

July 14, 2020

Engineering researchers partner with county on an innovative wastewater treatment system

Wastewater is treated at West Point Treatment Plant, located next to Seattle’s Discovery Park, before being released into Puget Sound. In coming years, more strict environmental regulations may require nitrogen to be removed from wastewater prior to discharge to improve the water quality and marine habitat. To meet the projected regulatory requirements, King County would…


July 8, 2020

Fall undergraduate course to delve into the impacts of violence

The Population Health Initiative is offering a new General Studies course, “Violence: Approaches to Response and Prevention,” during fall quarter 2020. This is a one-credit, credit/no-credit seminar-style course for undergraduate students, and has been developed in collaboration with the UW’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. Violence has been a constant throughout human history, resulting…


June 30, 2020

Initiative announces latest cohort for humanitarian graduate certificate

The Population Health Initiative today announced the admission of five new students into the 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…


June 25, 2020

Initiative co-funds two Innovation Gap Fund grants with CoMotion

The Population Health Initiative and CoMotion have announced Population Health Innovation Gap Fund grants of $50,000 each to teams led by Elin Björling, a senior research scientist and lecturer in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and Kit Galvin, a research scientist in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. These joint…


June 23, 2020

Initiative launches COVID-19 population health equity research grant program

The Population Health Initiative today announced the launch of a new COVID-19 population health equity research grant program. Awards of up to $20,000 each are available to support University of Washington researchers in partnering with communities of color – which are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic – to develop COVID-19 research projects that address…


June 16, 2020

Initiative announces award of 18 COVID-19 economic recovery research grants

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of approximately $333,000 in COVID-19 economic recovery research grants to 18 different faculty-led teams. These teams are composed of individuals representing 13 different schools and colleges. Funding was partially matched by additional school, college and departmental funds, bringing the total value of these awards to…


June 10, 2020

New database seeks to democratize air pollution data for research

With the goal of democratizing air pollution data, University of Washington Civil & Environmental Engineering researchers helped launch a first-of-its-kind publicly available database that provides access to long-term information about air pollution concentrations and economic damages caused by human exposure to air pollution. The database was developed by researchers at The Center for Air, Climate…


June 3, 2020

Listening to the community is critical to improving Latino health

The University of Washington’s Latino Center for Health is based at the University of Washington School of Public Health and operates in partnership with the School of Social Work. Hallmarks of the center’s work are community collaboration, advocacy and culturally responsive research. Engaging the community in a respectful and authentic way is at the very…


May 27, 2020

Prescribed burns and thinning protected forests during the massive Washington wildfire

The 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire in north central Washington State was the largest contiguous fire in the state’s history. Flames spread over 160,000 acres of forest and rangeland in just a single day, ultimately burning more than 250,000 acres in the midst of a particularly warm and dry summer. In the first major study following…


May 18, 2020

Initiative launches COVID-19 economic recovery research grant program

The Population Health Initiative today announced the launch of a new COVID-19 economic recovery research grant program. Awards of up to $20,000 each are available to support University of Washington investigators to quickly respond to the vast array of economic-related challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The period of performance for these awards is five…


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