Population Health

September 28, 2022

Making the switch to e-cigarettes leads to holistic health benefits for adult smokers

A new study from the University of Washington sought to determine whether adult smokers might experience multiple health and well-being benefits by switching to e-cigarettes. Their results showed an overall positive effect on the health of smokers after making this switch in their adult life. The researchers drew from the Seattle Social Development Project, which…

September 21, 2022

Spotlight: Kristina Adams Waldorf uses social media to combat vaccine hesitancy in pregnancy

As a professor and researcher in the University of Washington Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf’s career has centered on studying infectious diseases in pregnant people for more than 20 years. Her extensive research is conducted through the Adams Waldorf Laboratory, which is part of the Center for Reproductive Sciences and the…

September 14, 2022

Pilot project promotes environmental justice through protection of urban green spaces

The restoration and protection of urban green spaces can mitigate the harmful effects of climate change on human health. Kristin Hayman, first year graduate student at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, and her team are awardees of a Population Health Initiative Tier 1 Pilot Grant that seeks to identify communities…

September 7, 2022

Decreasing the stigma of mental health through a peer educator approach

The pressing mental health crisis the world faces and major gaps in the mental healthcare system led Dr. Jody Early, professor at the University of Washington Bothell’s School of Nursing & Health Studies, to partner with Sandra Huber from the Verdant Health Commission to create Mental Health Matters (MHM). This program supports community-centered health education…

August 30, 2022

Meta-analysis shows self-injury and thoughts of suicide reduce stress levels for young adults

Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people, and the role of self-harm and suicidal thoughts are known risk factors for suicide. A group of researchers from the University of Washington recently conducted a comprehensive meta-analysis of the mental impacts and reasons behind teens and young adults engaging in self-harm and/or considering attempting…

August 23, 2022

Pilot grant awardees from 2020 report their final project outcomes

The Population Health Initiative awarded six pilot research grants to faculty-led teams from 10 different University of Washington schools and colleges in March 2020. The pilot research grants supported innovative interdisciplinary collaboration among research teams and resulted in projects that tackle significant local and global population health challenges. The teams have closed out their projects…

August 16, 2022

Ten new members named to Population Health Initiative executive council

Ten new members have been named to the 30-member Population Health Initiative executive council by President Ana Mari Cauce. These individuals, who will begin their terms in autumn quarter 2022, are: Jody Early, professor of Nursing and Health Studies, UW Bothell Beatrice Gandara, clinical associate professor of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry Nancy Hertzog, professor…

August 9, 2022

Teaching students about microgrids advances Indigenous energy sovereignty

Indigenous tribes are historically reliant on U.S. energy production. In the past two decades, the development and implementation of microgrids on Indigenous land has allowed several tribes to move toward energy sovereignty. Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Professor Stephanie Bostwick has been instrumental in building on this progress by shifting the engineering curriculum at NWIC towards…

August 3, 2022

Researchers seek to increase firearm safety in rural areas by studying patterns among youths

Researchers from the University of Washington explored the patterns of handgun carrying among young people growing up in rural areas as part of a wider Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded series of projects focusing on firearm violence and injury prevention. Their goal was to inform programs that help prevent violence and injury from firearms…

July 26, 2022

UW professor’s book redefines reasoning and solutions for homelessness

University of Washington faculty member Gregg Colburn recently authored a book titled Homelessness is a Housing Problem, which highlights factors of homelessness and solutions that lie in the housing market. His research contextualizes homelessness across different areas of the country and seeks to create a cultural and societal shift in the way homelessness is addressed….

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