State Relations

November 4, 2019

Olympia staffers participate in the UW’s Stop the Bleed training

Legislative and security staff participated in Stop the Bleed training led by Harborview Medical Center’s Dr. Eileen Bulger and Maria Paulsen, RN. Staff were trained to become an immediate responder to bleeding injuries, which can happen anywhere and are the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events. Instructors worked with staff until they…


October 14, 2019

Plans announced for a new medical education building in Spokane

The UW School of Medicine and Gonzaga University will open a new center for medical education, health sciences and innovation on Gonzaga’s campus in Spokane in 2022. This exciting project is made possible through a public-private partnership with McKinstry, who will design, build and manage the $60 million 80,000 square foot building. UW President Ana…


September 4, 2019

UW’s new population health sciences building on track for completion

Senator David Frockt helped celebrate the placing of the final beam in the UW’s new center for population health sciences – a significant milestone in a project that has consistently been on time and on budget. At the UW, we believe improving population health worldwide is a moral imperative, driven by our public mission of…


July 30, 2019

Senator Frockt champions firearm injury prevention research at Harborview

On Friday, Senator David Frockt and leaders at Harborview Medical Center announced the Harborview Injury and Prevention Research Center (HIPRC) will receive $1 million in state funding over the next two years to research firearm injuries and deaths and develop strategies to reducing gun violence. Harborview is the regional Trauma 1 hospital for critically injured…


July 24, 2019

Legislators visit UW Tacoma, which raises $108,000 for student emergency aid

Legislators joined more than 200 UW Tacoma supporters and community leaders at UW Tacoma’s annual Summer Soiree benefiting an emergency aid fund for students experiencing financial crisis. Each year, it is estimated that nearly three million students face a financial crisis of one form or another and leave school over an expense of less than…


July 19, 2019

Senator Braun visits local students at UW’s STEM Camp in Chehalis

This week, the UW partnered with the Chehalis and Hoquiam School Districts and the Quinault Indian Nation to host a STEM camp for incoming 9–12th graders focused on engineering and medical science. At this one-of-a-kind camp, faculty and students from the UW College of Engineering and UW Medicine provided local students with opportunities to interact…


July 1, 2019

Legislators engage with UW faculty in their local communities

Recently, twenty-five new UW faculty members participated in the UW’s annual five-day Faculty Field Tour to explore Washington’s diverse communities and learn about UW’s impact across the state. The tour visited communities throughout Washington, including Olympia, Vancouver, Toppenish, Richland, Ritzville and Spokane. At these stops, local legislators also had the opportunity to participate and engage…


May 2, 2019

Legislature adjourns after passing 2019-21 budgets

Late Sunday evening, the legislature passed the 2019-21 operating and capital budgets, marking the end of the 105-day legislative session. The budgets have been delivered to Governor Inslee for signature. The legislature made significant investments in the UW and higher education in the final compromise budgets. The budgets provide increased funding for student financial aid…


April 9, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative session day 86, House and Senate budget proposals released

It’s week 13 of the 2019 Legislative Session and the legislature is quickly approaching fiscal committee cutoff in the opposite house. After bills pass through their house-of-origin, they move to the opposite chamber for consideration. Bills must move to the floor of the opposite house for consideration by 5 p.m. today to remain alive. To view…


March 14, 2019

News from Olympia: Legislative Session Day 60, House passes Speaker Chopp bill that plans for a UW behavioral health campus

Late yesterday, the House unanimously passed legislation (HB 1593) to launch plans to establish a new behavioral health innovation and integration campus within the University of Washington School of Medicine and in coordination with the UW’s health sciences schools. The proposal directs the UW to plan for a new teaching facility with a capacity for 150…


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