Population Health

October 20, 2022

Applied Research Fellowship project assesses King County housing need and supply trends

The 2022 University of Washington Population Health Initiative (PHI) Applied Research Fellowship program (ARFP) recently concluded their research on trends in housing need and supply in King County to better understand how needs are changing and may change in the future. They also provided stakeholders with an updated interactive data tool, developed by past PHI…


October 12, 2022

Spotlight: Ali Ahmed seeks to reduce barriers to care through a career in health policy

When Ali Ahmed moved from Florida to Seattle in 2018, he never could have imagined the accomplishments and experiences he would experience. It was not just the culture and food that had Ahmed excited but also the professional and educational opportunities that come with living in a city as large as Seattle. In fact, the…


October 5, 2022

Social Entrepreneurship Fellows develop strategic roadmaps for emerging innovations

The Population Health Initiative’s summer 2022 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows Program concluded in August with the fellows presenting their findings to students, faculty and staff from schools and colleges across campus. The fellows spent 10 weeks working on population health innovations developed by University of Washington researchers to determine how these innovations could be financially sustainable…


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…


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