Population Health

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…


November 5, 2019

UW student team develops universal eyedrop bottle adaptor to reduce medication waste

Nearly all eye droppers create droplets that are too big for an eye to absorb. Bigger drops means people go through medication faster, which means they buy more medication more often. To address this challenge, a team of University of Washington students created the Nanodropper, which is a small device that screws on to bottles…


October 29, 2019

Swinomish Tribe collaborates with the UW to prepare for climate change

A new research project led by the Swinomish Tribe and the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is identifying strategies informed by indigenous values to adapt to climate change. Some of the adaptation strategies adopted to date include adding climate-change education to the Tribe’s educational curriculum on traditional harvest practices and…


October 22, 2019

Visualizing the lives of people experiencing homelessness and their animals

Sparked by a grant from the University of Washington Population Health Initiative, the UW’s Center for One Health Research has created a series of pop-up galleries featuring autobiographical photographs made by people experiencing homelessness with their animal companions. The center’s photo galleries provide windows into the lives of people experiencing homelessness as they navigate the…


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…


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