Population Health

October 17, 2019

Assessing community well-being post disaster via physical activity data

New research from an interdisciplinary team of University of Washington researchers funded by the Population Health Initiative found that biking and walking data may be useful to understand the impact of a disaster on a community and its recovery progress. The research team used counts of the daily number of bicyclists and pedestrians on four…


October 15, 2019

Initiative-supported UW Data Collaborative seeks to foster data sharing

Fostering collaboration and data sharing is the impetus behind the new UW Data Collaborative (UWDC), initiated and hosted by the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology and in partnership with the Population Health Initiative, Urban@UW and the Student Technology Fee program. The collaborative seeks to broaden the potential impact of high-security confidential and proprietary…


October 10, 2019

UW names Population Health building after Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling is known internationally for his captivating analysis of global health data, for discovering a paralyzing disease in Africa and explaining its socio-economic causes, and for his intense curiosity and life-long passion for educating students, world leaders and the public. Now, Hans Rosling — a Swedish doctor, statistician, author and professor — will be…


October 8, 2019

Initiative-funded project seeks to apply AI to behavioral health

Caregivers for children with chronic health conditions may experience symptoms of depression and sleep problems due to stress. To address this challenge, a tri-campus team of University of Washington researchers has developed CocoBot, a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect how caregivers are feeling and suggest self-help options. A grant from the Population…


October 3, 2019

Findings of Applied Research Fellows to help inform King County program changes

The Population Health Initiative’s 2019 Applied Research Fellows spent 10 weeks this summer analyzing the impact of a program called First Steps, which provides wraparound maternity and infant services for low-income pregnant women in King County. Their findings, which were presented to staff and leadership of the Community Health Services Division (CHSD) of Public Health…


October 1, 2019

Pop-up galleries will visualize the bond between homeless humans and their pets

A series of pop-up galleries featuring autobiographical photographs made by people experiencing homelessness with their pets will launch on Friday, October 4, 2019 in the University of Washington’s Red Square. The galleries, which will appear in public spaces around Seattle in October, will help illustrate the connections homeless people share with their companion animals. The…


September 24, 2019

Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

A new study co-led by the University of Washington found that long-term exposure to major air pollutants, and especially ozone air pollution that is increasing with climate change, accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung. Emphysema is a condition in which destruction of lung tissue leads to wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, and…


September 16, 2019

Social Entrepreneurship Fellows program creates business models for faculty projects

The Population Health Initiative’s summer 2019 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows Program concluded in August with the fellows presenting their findings to students, faculty and staff from schools and colleges across campus. The fellows spent 10 weeks analyzing population health innovations developed by University of Washington researchers to determine how these innovations could be financially sustainable while…


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…


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