Population Health

January 16, 2020

Developing a chatbot to support caregivers of children with chronic conditions

Being a parent or caregiver to a child can be a stressful experience, with added challenges if a child has a chronic illness or medical condition. A tri-campus team of University of Washington researchers is attempting to help reduce this stress through development of a chatbot that supports caregivers of children with chronic conditions. “We…


January 14, 2020

New funding aims to boost number of inclusive classrooms in Washington state

Half of children with developmental disabilities in Washington state will never be in a classroom alongside their typically developing peers, despite research showing that inclusive education is beneficial to all children. A recent gift to the University of Washington’s Haring Center for Inclusive Education will support an effort to improve academic and life outcomes for…


January 8, 2020

Awardees of 2019 pilot research grants report on progress

The Population Health Initiative awarded six pilot research grants in March 2019 to faculty-led teams from seven different schools and colleges, plus representatives of both UW Bothell and Tacoma. The pilot research grants encourage new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects that address the grand challenges the UW seeks to address in population health. Since…


January 3, 2020

Initiative announces 2020 funding call for pilot research grants

The Population Health Initiative seeks to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. In support of that vision, the initiative is pleased to announce its 2020 funding call for population health pilot research grants of up to $50,000 each. Applications for this round of funding are due on Friday,…


December 18, 2019

Precision mapping could help predict infections of a widespread tropical disease

Satellite images, drone photos and even Google Earth could help identify communities most at risk for getting schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that is second only to malaria in its global health impact. A team led by the University of Washington and Stanford University has discovered clues in the environment that help identify transmission hotspots for…


December 11, 2019

New autoinjector device seeks to make medicine more accessible

Image of the Epinject device

Through student project-turned-startup MedsForAll, University of Washington materials science and engineering alum Shawn Swanson is developing an affordable alternative to the EpiPen. The MedsForAll approach is to separate the drug from the autoinjector device, allowing the device to be sold separately and pharmacists to load it by inserting a glass ampule of the prescribed drug….


December 5, 2019

Winter 2020 undergraduate course highlights UW population health research

The Population Health Initiative has again partnered with the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) to offer a series of lectures during winter quarter 2020 that focus on the three pillars of population health: human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. The Research Exposed! (General Studies 391) course will feature faculty from…


December 4, 2019

Creating mental health friendly cities for youth

What would it take to make Seattle a mental health friendly city for young people? What innovations and actions might promote adolescent mental health in Seattle, as a model for other cities? The Population Health Initiative recently partnered with the University of Washington’s Global Mental Health program and Urban@UW to host an in-depth conversation with…


November 19, 2019

New UW research evaluates tropical forests as a natural climate solution

A new research project from the University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is investigating tropical forests as a natural climate solution that could help protect human health, create climate-resilient communities and slow the pace of planetary warming. Specifically, the research team aims to estimate the potential benefits of the cooling services that forests…


November 13, 2019

Bill Neukom to chair Population Health Initiative advisory board

Known for his decades-long leadership of Microsoft’s law and corporate affairs team and then at the American Bar Association, his success as CEO of the San Francisco Giants and founder/CEO of the World Justice Project, Bill Neukom (pictured) will now chair the external advisory board for the University of Washington Population Health Initiative. “This is…


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