Population Health

Nurturing brain, behavior and capability development

Achieving emotional, psychological, and social well-being by growing opportunity and access, supporting motivation, self-determination and behavior change, and by improving prevention, recovery and cures for mental illnesses.

Progress towards addressing this challenge will require cooperation at the intersection of the three pillars of population health (i.e., human health, environmental resilience, and social and economic equity) to develop inclusive, innovative, sustainable and ethical solutions. Despite progress made in many indicators in recent decades, challenges remain to maintaining and improving health in the rapidly changing world in which we live.

A few examples of the types of challenges the UW is addressing to nurture brain, behavior and capability development are:

  • Improving social and income mobility
  • Bolstering accessibility to nature
  • Expanding access to integrative care
  • Ensuring education access and quality
  • Disrupting different forms of trauma
  • Transforming behavior
  • Reducing environmental degradation
  • Designing or strengthening applicable laws, policies and regulations
  • Supporting lifestyle changes
  • Reducing rate, burden and race issues, including impact on equity
  • Preventing and treating substance abuse
  • Creating strong social environments, particularly within the family but also the community
  • Preventing and treating mental health disorders

Please visit our resource directory to explore additional areas of population health expertise at the UW, or contact us with questions or potential ideas.