Population Health

September 21, 2020

Applied Research Fellows develop tool to explore population changes in King County

The 2020 Population Health Applied Research Fellows concluded their 10-week program to produce small area population forecasts at the Census tract and Health Reporting Area levels by sex, race, ethnicity and five-year age groups for King County from 2020 to 2045. Their findings, which were presented to staff from a variety of King County departments,…


September 15, 2020

Eleven new members named to initiative executive council

Nine new faculty, one graduate student and one undergraduate student have been named to the 30-member Population Health Initiative executive council by President Ana Mari Cauce. They are: Becky Alexander, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, College of the Environment Jennifer Bacci, assistant professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy Kyle Crowder, professor of Sociology, College of Arts…


September 9, 2020

Systemic racism also impacts plant and animal life in cities

New research led by the University of Washington found that social inequalities, specifically racism and classism, are impacting the biodiversity, evolutionary shifts and ecological health of plants and animals in our cities. For example, several studies the authors included found fewer trees in low-income and racially minoritized neighborhoods in major cities across the U.S. Less…


August 27, 2020

Generous gift to College of Education bolsters effort to diversify education workforce

The University of Washington College of Education has received a $6 million anonymous gift earmarked to bolster diversity in the education workforce, which is a key driver in ultimate K-12 student success, especially for students of color. The gift will expand financial support – including tuition assistance, textbooks and more – for recruitment of teacher…


August 19, 2020

UW’s youth reading program sees record numbers during COVID-19 pandemic

Real Dawgs Read is a University of Washington program that typically asks kids to read 30 minutes a day over 30 separate days during the summer. The program ran a special session between March 25 and June 5 and experienced its highest level of participation — with 3,240 readers taking part — in its five-year…


August 13, 2020

Initiative announces award of 14 COVID-19 population health equity research grants

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of approximately $265,000 in COVID-19 population health equity research grants to 14 different teams of UW faculty researchers and community leaders. Funding was partially matched by additional school, college, departmental, and external funds, bringing the total value of these awards to roughly $378,000. These population…


August 5, 2020

Early childhood intervention programs have long-term benefits

A decades-long study by the University of Colorado and the University of Washington has found that youth programs designed to prevent drug use and delinquency and support healthy development can reap lasting benefits not only for participants, but also for their future kids. The research focuses on a program called Raising Healthy Children, which the…


July 29, 2020

Launch of new Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences

The University of Washington announced the establishment of the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE), which is fueled by a $2.5 million inaugural investment from Microsoft. UW CREATE seeks to make technology accessible and to make the world accessible through technology. People with disabilities are dependent on technology and if…


July 21, 2020

United World Antiviral Research Network launched

A newly formed United World Antiviral Research Network (UWARN) will be bring together researchers from institutions in several countries to spot and confront emerging pandemic viruses. The network will include investigators from the University of Washington, including its School of Medicine, the UW Medicine Institute of Protein Design, and the School of Public Health; Fred…


July 14, 2020

Engineering researchers partner with county on an innovative wastewater treatment system

Wastewater is treated at West Point Treatment Plant, located next to Seattle’s Discovery Park, before being released into Puget Sound. In coming years, more strict environmental regulations may require nitrogen to be removed from wastewater prior to discharge to improve the water quality and marine habitat. To meet the projected regulatory requirements, King County would…


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