Population Health

May 27, 2020

Prescribed burns and thinning protected forests during the massive Washington wildfire

The 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire in north central Washington State was the largest contiguous fire in the state’s history. Flames spread over 160,000 acres of forest and rangeland in just a single day, ultimately burning more than 250,000 acres in the midst of a particularly warm and dry summer. In the first major study following…


May 18, 2020

Initiative launches COVID-19 economic recovery research grant program

The Population Health Initiative today announced the launch of a new COVID-19 economic recovery research grant program. Awards of up to $20,000 each are available to support University of Washington investigators to quickly respond to the vast array of economic-related challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The period of performance for these awards is five…


May 14, 2020

Initiative announces summer 2020 Applied Research Fellows

The Population Health Initiative today announced the award of six Population Health Applied Research Fellowships to four graduate and two undergraduate students. The Applied Research Fellowship program was launched in 2019 in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology to equip students with data analysis, critical thinking and team…


May 12, 2020

Initiative releases 2018-20 Report to the Community

Cover of 2018-20 Report to Community

The University of Washington launched the Population Health Initiative four years ago 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. The importance of this undertaking has never been more clear…


May 7, 2020

Initiative announces summer 2020 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows

The Population Health Initiative today announced the award of Population Health Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships to four graduate students who will explore how to best deploy social entrepreneurship models for population health innovations developed by University of Washington researchers. All innovations are seeking novel ideas for how they can be financially sustainable while at the same…


May 6, 2020

Awardees announced for 2020 undergraduate research recognition awards

The Population Health Initiative today announced the award of Population Health Recognition Awards to 10 students participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium for their innovative and well-presented population health research work. This award was created in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Program and was open to students from all three campuses who are presenting at…


April 30, 2020

Initiative announces award of 21 COVID-19 rapid response grants

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of approximately $350,000 in COVID-19 rapid response grants to 21 different faculty-led teams. These teams are composed of individuals representing 10 different schools and colleges. Funding was partially matched by additional school, college and departmental funds, bringing the total value of these awards to roughly…


April 22, 2020

UW study reveals disparities in evictions

A new University of Washington study of evictions around the state shows that more women are evicted than men. Further, eviction rates among black and Latinx adults are almost seven times higher than for white adults in the state’s two most populous counties. Based on eviction filings from each of Washington’s 39 counties, the report…


April 15, 2020

UW researchers investigate surprising arsenic discoveries in King County lake

Lake Killarney in Federal Way, Washington is one of several lakes that has arsenic-contaminated sediments from the former American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) copper smelter located about 15 miles away near Tacoma, Washington. After a surprising discovery that some shallow lakes, such as Lake Killarney, have unique characteristics that facilitate the movement of arsenic…


April 5, 2020

Initiative launches COVID-19 rapid response grant program

The Population Health Initiative today announced the launch of a new COVID-19 rapid response grant program. Awards of up to $20,000 each will be available to support University of Washington investigators to quickly launch research projects that address a range of population health-related challenges the pandemic has created. “Our goal with this program is to…


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