Population Health

December 2, 2021

Actionable strategies and approach to address disaster research response issues

Researchers from the University of Washington, in partnership with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, have developed a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) template to better support the development of collaborative approaches to disaster research response (DR2) among academic public health and public health agencies. This template was published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health…


December 1, 2021

Digital health innovation workshop tackles population health challenges

Ideas turned into hands-on experience for students at a brand-new workshop focusing on improving the health of people around the world through digital innovations. Twenty-seven students from different disciplines came together on November 11, 2021 for an immersive experience hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Population Health Initiative…


November 24, 2021

New study offers view into work life of app-based drivers during COVID-19

A new University of Washington study highlights the significant effects of COVID-19 on app-based drivers regarding their business and livelihood. Marissa Baker, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, was senior author on this recent study wherein four app-based drivers conducted interviews of 100 fellow drivers to assess…


November 22, 2021

Initiative’s Applied Research Fellowship project assesses housing vulnerabilities in King County

The 2021 University of Washington Population Health Applied Research Fellows recently concluded their research on the effects of household growth, demographic and spatial distribution, environmental risks and COVID-19 on housing vulnerabilities in King Country. Their goal was to analyze the disparities created by these factors in an effort to better inform future access to affordable…


November 17, 2021

Initiative announces relaunch of its interdisciplinary pilot grant program

The Population Health Initiative has relaunched its interdisciplinary pilot grant program, leveraging project savings from the construction of the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health to dramatically expand the initiative’s internal granting capacity in 2022 and 2023. The relaunched program now features three different tiers of grants with varying foci and awards ranging in size…


November 9, 2021

UW Community Circle kicks off a year of healing discussions with a virtual event

Several University of Washington programs kicked off a community circle on October 28, 2021, with a virtual event open to all UW faculty and staff. The purpose of the event was to invite attendees into an intentional space to participate in future conversations around processing and coping with the events of the past 20 months…


November 4, 2021

New research and education hub to focus on coastal resiliency

The Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub, which is based at the University of Washington and Oregon State University, has launched with the goal of studying dangers prevalent in coastal communities, specifically in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, in order to increase safety and resiliency in the communities. These coastal areas are prone to…


November 2, 2021

Spotlight: Sara Curran’s exemplification of interdisciplinary collaboration

Sara Curran, professor of International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology (CSDE), recognizes the merit and significance of interdisciplinary collaborations. Curran also holds a joint appointment as professor of Sociology, another joint appointment at the Daniel J. Evans School of…


October 27, 2021

Analyzing the impact of the pandemic on low-income housing security in Washington State

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New research from of the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing security in Washington State. Through a collaboration with the Tenants Union of Washington State, the researchers examined low-income tenants’ housing security. They discovered that current conditions had increased rental debts, reduced…


October 21, 2021

Assessing the mental health of UW students during spring 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been growing concern over how social distancing and pandemic-related isolation have impacted mental health. Of significant interest is the pandemic’s impact on student mental health, recognizing the stressfulness of academia and navigating the uncertainty of 2020. Coincidentally, a University of Washington study on student mental health was in progress…


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