Population Health

June 1, 2023

Initiative announces selection of summer 2023 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows

The Population Health Initiative announced the selection of five graduate fellows for the summer 2023 cohort of the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program, which is run in partnership with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, CoMotion, School of Public Health and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. The five fellows will spend 10 weeks over…

May 24, 2023

Report offers recommendations to improve issues of equity in marine plastics pollution

A new report from the University of Washington seeks to highlight the impact of plastic pollution in the ocean on human populations, and particularly the unequal burden it places on different communities. In particular, the authors seek to refocus the problem as being one of plastic production rather than an issue of waste management. Key…

May 18, 2023

Pilot project explores equitable access to state’s paid family leave policy for AIAN families

The 2023 Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Panel report found that American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people experienced higher maternal mortality rates than any other race or ethnic group in Washington State, with the rate of pregnancy-associated death among non-Hispanic AIAN people was 8.5 times greater than non-Hispanic white people. To better target these…

May 16, 2023

Initiative awards nine spring quarter 2023 Tier 1 pilot grants to UW research teams

The Population Health Initiative announced the award of nine Tier 1 pilot grants to interdisciplinary research teams representing 10 of the University of Washington’s schools and colleges. The total award value of these grants is nearly $210,000, which includes school, department and unit matching funds. “We were extremely pleased with the range of challenges these…

May 10, 2023

Initiative announces the award of 12 climate change planning grants

The Population Health Initiative announced today the award of a dozen planning grants to University of Washington researchers to support the launch of new climate-focused collaborations. Each of the $10,000 awards will support the funded teams to complete their planning projects during summer quarter 2023, which will be followed by a special autumn 2023 funding…

May 9, 2023

Honorees announced for 2023 undergraduate research recognition awards

The Population Health Initiative announced it has granted Population Health Recognition Awards to 26 students – representing 20 different projects – who are participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. These awards recognize each of the students for their innovative and well-presented research work. This award was created in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program as…

May 4, 2023

Autumn 2023 undergraduate course to highlight UW population health research

Registration is now open for autumn quarter 2023’s Research Exposed course, which will feature a series of faculty-led lectures focused on the three pillars of population health: human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. This class is offered via a partnership between the Population Health Initiative and the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research…

May 2, 2023

Initiative announces summer 2023 cohort of Applied Research Fellows

The Population Health Initiative announced the selection of three graduate students and two undergraduate students as the 2023 cohort of the Applied Research Fellowship program. Launched in 2019, the Applied Research Fellowship was created – and continues to be run – in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology….

April 25, 2023

Disparities in air pollution exposure could be eliminated with a community-based approach

Significant improvements in air quality in the United States have been realized in recent years, partly due to the Clean Air Act, yet people of color still face higher than normal rates of air pollution. A project led by University of Washington researchers compared three approaches to tackling air pollution, two of which mirrored the…

April 19, 2023

Improving accessibility of newborn screening with low-cost earbuds

Screening newborns for hearing loss is a vital step in assessing their health. Despite the importance of this test, it is often not available to children in low-income countries due to its high cost. To address this accessibility issue, University of Washington researchers have created a new hearing screening system that instead uses a smartphone…

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