Population Health

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…


December 2, 2020

Improving smoke forecasts by flying through wildfire smoke plumes

Recent years have seen hazy skies and hazardous air quality become regular features of the late summer weather on the West Coast. New research led by the University of Washington looks at the most detailed observations to date from the interiors of West Coast wildfire smoke plumes and showed that smoke forecasts may incorrectly predict…


November 19, 2020

Winter 2021 undergraduate course highlights UW population health research

This winter, the Population Health Initiative is again partnering with the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) to offer a series of lectures that focus on the three pillars of population health: human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. The Research Exposed! (General Studies 391, SLN 15106) course will feature faculty from…


November 12, 2020

Discussing suicide prevention leads to safer weapons storage

A new University of Washington study found that talking to people at gun shows about suicide prevention and the risks of unsecured firearms can lead to safe weapons storage. The research by UW’s Forefront Suicide Prevention program was based on visits to 18 gun shows and other community events around Washington state last year. The…


November 4, 2020

New UW models show how COVID-19 can spread through a city

A research team led by UC Irvine and the University of Washington has created a new model of coronavirus diffusion through a community. This approach factors in network exposure — whom one interacts with — and demographics to simulate at a more detailed level both where and how quickly the coronavirus could spread through Seattle…


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