Population Health

May 19, 2022

Increased economic support positively impacts maternal health

A team of University of Washington researchers conducted a study determining the impact of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) on alcohol misuse and symptoms of depression among women who had recently given birth. They found an inverse correlation between more generous EITC payments and the risks in question, highlighting the benefits of anti-poverty policies on…


May 17, 2022

WATRIBAL supports food equity and access for tribal communities during COVID-19

The Population Health Initiative hosted students and faculty on May 3, 2022 for a presentation of, “WATRIBAL Project: Assessing food security and traditional foods access in WA State tribal communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” by Dr. Victoria Warren Mears, Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center Director, and Dr. Jennifer J. Otten, Associate Professor for the UW Dept….


May 16, 2022

Initiative announces awardees of spring quarter 2022 Tier 1 pilot research grants

The Population Health Initiative has announced the award of 11 Tier 1 pilot grants to teams representing researchers from seven different University of Washington schools and colleges, plus UW Tacoma and multiple community-based partners. The total value of these 11 awards is $358,706, which included $266,843 from the initiative plus additional school, college and departmental…


May 11, 2022

Honorees announced for 2022 undergraduate research recognition awards

The Population Health Initiative has awarded Population Health Recognitions to 20 students – representing 16 different projects – participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium for their innovative and well-presented research work. In partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program, this award was created as an opportunity for students across all three campuses presenting at the annual…


May 9, 2022

Initiative releases 2020-22 Report to the Community

The Population Health Initiative was launched six years ago by the University of Washington with the goal of bringing our university together with our partners in a more interdisciplinary and collaborative way to help create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. While the initiative was not launched with a…


May 5, 2022

Initiative announces selection of summer 2022 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows

The Population Health Initiative announced the selection of four graduate fellows for the summer 2022 cohort of the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program, which runs in partnership with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, CoMotion and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. The fellows will spend 10 weeks over the summer producing innovative solutions and…


May 3, 2022

Spotlight: Holly Schindler strives to support equity in early childhood policies and practices

Dr. Holly Schindler strives for equitable programs and systems of education for children and families in all areas of her career. Her passion for early childhood emerged early on and led to her sustained focus on early childhood policies and practices through community-based research. Schindler is both the chair and an associate professor of learning…


April 28, 2022

New research finds crowdfunding for medical bills is inequitable, not much of a safety net

A recent study conducted by Nora Kenwothy, an associate professor of nursing and health studies at University of Washington Bothell, and a team of UW researchers determined that despite popular belief, people in states with higher medical debt and lower insurance coverage rates are less likely to be successful through methods of medical crowdfunding. The…


April 26, 2022

Planting trees in pastureland increases climate resilience for communities in the tropics

Researchers from the University of Washington collaborated with The Nature Conservancy and universities across the country on a study that discovered the benefits of adding trees to pastureland to create natural cooling effects that help combat rising temperatures in tropical regions. As these regions struggle to adapt to climate effects of rising temperatures, this cooling…


April 21, 2022

Pilot project seeks to understand health effects of cryptocurrency trading among young adults

Cryptocurrency has become the new buzzword in financial spaces over the last decade, and especially in the last few years. Cryptocurrency is a form of decentralized virtual currency, popularized due to its lack of ties to government or central authorities in addition to its anonymous trading that occurs 24 hours a day. Blockchain technology utilized…


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