Population Health

April 13, 2021

Helping minority-owned small businesses survive and thrive post-COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a profoundly negative impact on small businesses and entrepreneurs, placing an approximated 4.2 million businesses and 47.8 million jobs at immediate or near-term risk of not surviving. To address this economic challenge, an interdisciplinary project at the University of Washington worked to connect business and legal support to assist…


April 8, 2021

Study finds higher COVID-19 infection rates in pregnant women

A University of Washington-led study finds that the COVID-19 infection rate in pregnant women is 70% higher than that of similarly aged adults in Washington. This study marks the first to address COVID-19 infection rates in pregnancy through the study of a large population representative of most pregnancies in the state. The researchers’ findings will…


April 6, 2021

Spotlight: Ali Rowhani-Rahbar’s pivot to firearm-related injury and crime research

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar has devoted much of his career to preventing and reducing the lethality and recurrence of interpersonal violence and self-directed harm. Born and raised in Iran, Rowhani-Rahbar began his career by earning a medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in 2002. While in medical school, he completed his dissertation on the…


March 31, 2021

Application period open for 2021 summer applied research fellowships

The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, is accepting applications for the summer 2021 Population Health Applied Research Fellowship Program until April 22, 2021. This paid fellowship program will offer a multidisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students training in data analysis techniques as…


March 30, 2021

Collaboration offers incoming students an understanding of population health

An ongoing collaboration between the University of Washington Population Health Initiative and First Year Programs offers incoming undergraduate students the opportunity to research and learn about the concept of population health within the local Seattle community. This partnership reaches approximately 3,000 incoming freshmen and transfer students, offering students a preliminary introduction to the concept of…


March 25, 2021

Emission reductions of 80% above Paris Agreement targets needed to limit warming

A 2017 University of Washington-led study uncovered that current emissions reductions are not enough to achieve the Paris Agreement’s global temperature target of staying below 2 degrees Celsius warming this century. After disseminating these findings, the same researchers have now turned their attention to determine what emissions cuts would meet the international climate treaty’s goals….


March 23, 2021

UW team advises employers how to keep employees and customers safe from COVID-19

As businesses look towards resuming work operations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many have questions and concerns about reopening safely. To address this issue, Martin Cohen, teaching professor at the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, established the Return-To-Work Task Force. The task force combines expertise across disciplines to inform various…


March 18, 2021

Bleeding gums may indicate your diet needs more vitamin

New research from the University of Washington School of Dentistry suggests that bleeding gums may be indicative of vitamin C deficiency. The study, led by Philippe Hujoel, professor of oral health sciences in the UW School of Dentistry, demonstrates that bleeding of the gums is associated with low vitamin C levels in the bloodstream. Subsequent…


March 16, 2021

UW School of Nursing establishes a Center for Antiracism in Nursing

Acknowledging how systemic racism has led to adverse health outcomes and inequities, the UW School of Nursing has established the Center for Antiracism in Nursing. The center will disseminate antiracist teaching practices and curriculum, foster community partnerships, and support historically marginalized groups. It will also host listening sessions and convene an advisory committee to inform…


March 11, 2021

Applications for summer Population Health Social Entrepreneurship Fellows due April 7

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative – in partnership with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, CoMotion and the Evans School – is accepting applications for its summer 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows Program until Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program offers $10,000 summer salary each to four graduate or professional students from…


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