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  • School of Dentistry and Department of Global Health faculty members helped lead the second Latin American Workshop on Clinical Research Methods in Oral Health, held Feb. 22-27 at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.

    The conference, whose theme was “An Update on HIV,” was conducted jointly with the University of Washington School of Public Health and School of Dentistry. Dr. Joseph Zunt, Professor of Global Health and Professor of Neurology, was principal investigator on a Fogarty International Center training grant that funded the conference.

    Thirty-two people attended this year’s conference, drawn from a pool of about 70 applicants made up mostly of junior faculty from Latin American universities.

    Dentistry faculty presenters included:

    • Susan Coldwell, Associate Dean (behavioral sciences)
    • Timothy DeRouen, Director of the Center for Global Oral Health (randomized clinical trials)
    • Ana Lucia Seminario, Pediatric Dentistry (epidemiology)
    • Charles Spiekerman (biostatistics)

    Dentistry alumnus Dr. Jorge Luis Castillo (Orthodontics Class of 2000), chair of pediatric dentistry at Caetano Heredia University, was a conference faculty member, as he was last year. The faculty also included Dr. Lilliam Pinzon of the University of California at San Francisco.

    Last year’s workshop, which was also held at Cayetano Heredia University, marked the School of Dentistry’s first clinical training research foray into the Southern Hemisphere. The workshop is a shorter version of the school’s annual six-week Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods, which has helped hone the skills of researchers from around the world for more than 20 years.

    Dr. Seminario, who also helped organize the 2014 workshop, said last year that it underscored the value of a face-to-face presentation.

    “Culturally, it has a lot of impact when someone from a developed country goes to a developing country,” she said. “It also shows us the need for more training, and our goal is to encourage more evidence-based research.”

    This article is cross-posted from the School of Dentistry Website.
    Photo: University of Washington faculty presenters in Lima, Peru with colleauges from Caetano Heredia University. Courtesy of School of Dentistry.

  • March 13, 2015

    University of Washington faculty and student analysts from the START Center contributed key background research for a report on gender inequality released this week and promoted by three global health powerhouses: Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.

    "Women and girls should be able to lead the lives we want, wherever we’re born and wherever we live. This simple view is the reason that we collaborated on this report. We hope that the data in it can be used to help get us there." - Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.

    The Full Participation Report was commissioned to examine progress made since the landmark Beijing Declaration made headlines when leaders from around the world committed to ensuring that women and girls have the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of life. Since the Declaration in 1995, the status of women and girls has improved, but a deeper look into the data shows there is still much work to be done to secure gender equality on global scale. For example, one in three women experience physical or sexual violence, and 200 million fewer women have internet access than men in the developing world.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation commissioned the report and it features downloadable data on the state of women. Its 850,000 data points cover a variety of issues including education, maternity leave, child marriage, and voting rights.

    The University of Washington students specifically analyzed violence against women, and women in the media, two of the key Beijing declarations. The team identified indicators (e.g. measures of the status of these areas, such as prevalence of violence against women, existence of laws protecting women) and data sources to measure the indicators. They ranked the data sources in terms of quality and ability to evaluate changes over time to see how much progress had been made in the areas addressed by the Beijing Declaration in the past 20 years. These inventories were then shared with the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) of The Economist, which created many of the visualizations for the report.

    Department of Global Health faculty and students from the START Center who contributed background research to this report include: Jonathan Muir, PhD student in Sociology; Emily Deischel, PhD student in Epidemiology; Erica Lokken, MS student in Epidemiology; Pamela Kohler, PhD, faculty mentor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and School of Nursing; and Lisa Manhart, faculty mentor, START Center Co-Director, and Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Global Health. 

    To learn more about gender inequality, follow ‪#‎NoCeilings and visit noceilings.org to view the report.

    The START Center at the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health uses an innovative mentorship model to provide high-quality analysis and research support to public health organizations while developing applied research and analytic skills or graduate research assistants in global and domestic public health. To learn more visit the START Center website.

  • Benita Beamon, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, adjunct associate professor of Global Health, and faculty fellow with the Department of Global Health and College of the Environment passed away Nov. 29, 2014 from colorectal cancer. She was 48. Beamon appeared in our Pathways to Global Health video series speaking on her work in complex humanitarian emergencies. She will be greatly missed.

    Her obituary was posted on the funeral home website:

    Benita Michele Beamon, age 48, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at her home after a courageous fight against colorectal cancer.

    Benita was born June 11, 1966 in Atlanta, GA. She grew up in Apple Valley, MN, and graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1984. Benita received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; an M.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

    Benita is survived by her mother, Sylvia Sugars Beamon of Eagan, MN & father, Louis Beamon of Apple Valley, MN; her partner of 2.5 years, Lauri Aicher (Casey, Ande, Keegan) of Seattle, WA; one brother, Barry Beamon of Monroe, SD; one nephew, Dominick Beamon of St. Paul, MN; four aunts: Christine Sugars Edwards of Portsmouth, VA; Gloria Sugars Fox (Herbert) of Stone Mountain, GA; Jean Sugars of Philadelphia, PA; and Ruth Sugars of Silver Spring, MD; three uncles: Earl Sugars (Edna) of Thornburg, VA; James Sugars (Helen) of Ashburn, VA; and Lorenzo Sugars (Edna) of Chesapeake, VA; one great aunt, Rosa Jenkins of Portsmouth, VA; and many cousins.

    Benita Beamon was a pioneer in humanitarian logistics research. Her expertise was in humanitarian relief chains, sustainability, and supply chains and production systems research. She very much wanted to use her expertise to make the world a better place. She was an avid musician and patron of the arts. She loved football and baseball, and was a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Seahawks. She enjoyed watching movies and listening to music.

    She is preceded in death by her partner of 21 years, Sherry Ann Muhl, and her grandparents Earl & Esther Sugars and Dorsey & Lillian Beamon. In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate a donation to be made in Benita’s name to the United Nations’ Central Emergency Relief Fund through the following website:
  • The Department of Global Health is excited to announce five funding opportunities for travel support and fieldwork experiences for graduate and professional students, and medical residents at the University of Washington.

    These funding opportunities are administered by the Global Health Resource Center and provide assistance for costs associated with doing fieldwork outside of Seattle. Applications for each may be submitted via a Common Application and Catalyst Dropbox. Visit each fellowship page to learn more and apply now! The deadline is 11:59 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015. SCOPE Fellowship Application Deadline Extended to Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

    Applicants are required to use the Common Application and Catalyst Dropbox to complete their application. Students are encouraged to apply for more than one fellowship, but are only eligible to receive one award per application cycle. If a student is awarded and accepts the fellowship, they must immediately withdraw their applications to other Department of Global Health fellowships or funded programs. Fellowship recipients must meet all program deadlines and program requirements, including attendance at a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Common eligibility criteria:

    • Graduate or professional students enrolled in a full-time University of Washington degree program.
    • Medical residents enrolled in a University of Washington residency program are eligible to apply for:
           -- George Povey Social Justice and Activism in Global Health Fellowship
           -- Global Opportunities (GO) Health Fellowship
    • Good academic standing.
    • Not currently receiving another DGH award or fellowship for the same time period, or for the same program or fieldwork experience.
    • Medical and post-doc fellows, and undergraduates are NOT eligible for any of these awards.

    Please review the criteria for each of the awards to ensure that you have submitted the proper documentation to complete the process. Apply now using the Common Application. All documents must be submitted via Catalyst Dropbox by 11:59 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015. SCOPE Fellowship Application Deadline Extended to Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Universidad Mayor de San Marcos in Lima received Peru's award for a “Center of Excellence.” The award was given to the Center for Technical, Biomedical and Environmental Research at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, along with an award of 16.7 million soles (equivalent to nearly US$5.6 million). The center is supported by the University of Washington and la Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil.

    United States Ambassador to Peru, Brian A. Nichols, was in attendance to acknowledge the award.

    The team that applied for and won this award included Jorge Alarcon, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and Affiliate Professor of Global Health at UW. Alarcon works closely with Joseph Zunt, MD, MPH, UW Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Global Health.  Zunt is currently co-director of four NIH-funded research training programs in Peru that cover a variety of health-related disciplines. He has been working in Peru since 1996.

    The award is from the Committee of Science, Techonology, etc. (CONCYTEC) and is the first time the Peruvian government has provided an award for developing a Center of Excellence. They will provide additional center development awards, perhaps annually, to develop new centers. 

    The new Center at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, "Centro de Investigaciones Tecnológicas, Biomédicas y Medioambientales” (Center for Technical, Biomedical and Environmental Research), will support interdisciplinary health-related research in Peru.

    Photo courtesy of Universidad Mayor de San Marcos. Left to right: Rector of UNMSM,  Dr. Pedro Cotillo; President of the Council of Ministers, Ana Jara; President of  CONCYTEC, Dr. Gisella Orjeda;  and U.S. ambassador,  Brian A. Nichols

  • The University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) International Core is delighted to announce this year’s International Pilot and Global to Local Awards. The proposals were recently reviewed by a committee, which included seven reviewers from three CFAR-affiliated institutions.

    Congratulations to the awardees:

    Robert de la Grecca
    "Stigma, coping, mental health, and adherence to care among newly diagnosed HIV patients: a longitudinal study"
    Lima, Peru 

    Renee Heffron
    "Safer Conception among Seattle Area HIV-1 Serodiscordant Couples"
    Seattle, Washington 

    Jennifer Slyker
    "Financial Incentives to Increase Pediatric HIV testing"
    Nairobi, Kenya 

    Additionally, the CFAR International Core is delighted to announce this year’s International Infrastructure Awards. These awards enhance clinical, laboratory, and administrative capacity and provide opportunities for new research. The proposals were recently reviewed by a committee, which included nine reviewers from three CFAR-affiliated institutions.

    Congratulations to the awardees:

    John Kinuthia
    Colposcope and cryotherapy equipment, Discordant Couples Clinic, Kenyatta National Hospital

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Kenneth Sherr
    Conference tables and chairs, Beira Operations Research Center, Mozambique

    Beira, Mozambique

    Benson Singa
    Server and Air Conditioner, UW Kenya Country Offices

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Joseph Zunt
    Polycom, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center

    Bangkok, Thailand

    The CFAR International Core remains committed to seeking additional funding sources, as all the applications highlighted this very important and ongoing need.

    For more information on the UW/FHCRC CFAR International Core, click here.

  • The Department of Global Health is pleased to announce that we will provide at least six individuals with $500 grants to help support their travel, registration, and expenses to attend the 6th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), “Mobilizing Research for Global Health”, March 26-28, 2015, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA.  We are currently accepting applications for these travel grants from University of Washington faculty, staff, students, and house staff.

    The awards will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to those individuals who meet the following criteria:

    •         Junior faculty, full-time staff member, full-time student, or professional trainee at the University of Washington

    •         Actively participating in the 6th Annual CUGH Conference by giving an oral presentation, presenting a poster, hosting a table talk OR organizing a panel discussion, lecture, poster, table talk, or other aspect of the meeting

    •         Are clear that the maximum award amount is $500 and that they will be responsible for covering the remainder of their conference travel and expenses through other sources

    DOWNLOAD AND SUBMIT YOUR DGH TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION:

    Completed applications should be emailed to Daren Wade, dwade@uw.edu and consist of:

    1)     Completed DGH Travel Grant Application (attached)

    2)     Additional support documentation, which includes a copy of a confirmation email indicating that you have been accepted to present a poster, lecture, panel presentation, or table talk at the 6th Annual CUGH Conference and a copy of your conference registration.

    Deadline for the application will be Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

    Applications will be reviewed by Department leadership, as they are received and will be awarded based on their compatibility with the criteria above. 

    REGISTER FOR THE MEETING: Applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible as registration rates increase on February 1.  Current University of Washington faculty, staff, and students, are eligible for the “Member” rates. 

    Download the application.

    For questions, please email Daren Wade, Director, Global Health Resource Center, dwade@uw.edu.

    For more information about the 6th Annual CUGH Conference, visit www.cugh.org

    Daren Wade, MSW
    Director, Global Health Resource Center
    Department of Global Health
    University of Washington

  • Assoc. Prof. Donna Denno contributed to this Special Supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health, and her December 18 Op-ed in the Seattle Times further highlights the issue of adolesent health. From the WHO website:

    GENEVA 18 December 2014 - There is growing recognition of the importance of addressing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people. According to a WHO-led Special Supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health – published online today – which marks the twentieth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, efforts must be intensified to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents (10-19 years) and young people (10-24 years) are met and their rights fulfilled.

    From the World Health Organization website.

  • Jeri Sumitani, a staff member of UW's International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH), is a U.S.-trained physician assistant who volunteered to help with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She is chronicling her experiences during her six-week stay in Sierra Leone on WebMD's Health News blog. Read about her experiences here.

  • Julia Bunting, Global Director of the Programmes and Technical at The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), London will be at the University of Washington Dec. 8 as part of the 5th Annual Maternal Health Lecture Series in Honor of Beth Peterman sponsored by the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series. Bunting has more than 24 years of experience working on maternal and reproductive health globally. 

    Here is a Q&A with her:

    Your lecture is titled "Lifecycles – a Perspective on Reproductive & Maternal Health." Can you give us a sneak peak into the perspective you plan to discuss at your lecture?

    JB: I will cover a number of lifecycles, including my own, from how I became interested in reproductive health at the tender age of 16. I’ll also will also look at patterns and trends in our field over the last 25 years.

    You’ve been working in reproductive health for some time. How do you stay motivated?

    JB: We are making progress. Lives are being saved and transformed, particularly as a result of the efforts of people working in country. I get to spend time connecting to programs when I meet with clients and colleagues in the field, and I can’t fail to be inspired. You can see the difference.

    What are the most important gains you’ve seen in reproductive and maternal health?

    JB: The issues are now on the agenda in a way that they haven’t really been before. Even when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were established, maternal health was seen as a low priority relative to others, and reproductive health wasn’t even there. We’ve seen massive changes and these issues are now front and center for many people.

    What makes International Planned Parenthood Federation's work unique? What do they bring to the global health arena?

    JB: IPPF is a global network of autonomous, nationally owned, civil society organizations. They are part of the communities they serve and are staffed and governed by people in those countries. If you want to make long term development gains and build sustainable futures you need to work with and for local organizations – this is not something that can be done by external agencies.

    Why do you think it’s important for MPH, lab science, or data-focused students to learn about these issues?

    JB: The obvious answer is that to prevent a maternal death requires not just supply-side or demand-side interventions but also an enabling environment. We need a fully functioning health system. The maternal mortality ratio is often seen as a marker for the strength of health systems. And beyond the health sector reproductive and maternal health are about issues of equity, rights, and empowerment. Anyone interested in improving health outcomes and/or equity and rights should be interested in the experiences of the reproductive and maternal health field.

    How does reproductive and maternal health fit into the larger global health field?

    JB: In reproductive and maternal health, we think about people. Women and young people in particular. We don’t just think about diseases. And that’s not to say that diseases or the work people do on diseases is not important. The focus of reproductive and maternal is about lifecycles and what the different opportunities and challenges that women deal with at different points in their life. Basically, it’s about how to provide services to people, as opposed to treating diseases.

    How is the Ebola crisis affecting maternal health?

    JB: What we’re hearing anecdotally in the field is that women in labor are afraid of hospitals, and they are also being turned away from hospitals because health care workers don’t think they can handle more patients and are particularly concerned about the risk of infection during delivery. The maternal health gains that have been made in countries affected by Ebola are at real risk.

    What role does advocacy play in global health, in addition to advocating for funding?

    JB: Awareness-raising – both of the issues and the magnitude of those issues. It’s important to communicate that improving reproductive and maternal health is something that we can do and indeed we are making significant progress. We can save these lives and improve health but we need to redouble our efforts. 

    To hear more from Julia Bunting, join us on Monday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Magnusen Health Sciences Building, Room T-435.

  • A shifting government structure, power outages, and even the threat of crocodiles didn’t deter the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) from implementing the electronic medical records system KenyaEMR at more than 340 clinics and district hospitals across Kenya.

    One of the largest EMR rollouts in Africa, this work was supported by the U.S. Health Resources and Services administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

    When PEPFAR care and treatment partners in Kenya identified lack of timely and complete patient data as a major barrier to effective HIV/AIDS patient management, I-TECH and in-country partners set out to design and develop KenyaEMR, expanding on the OpenMRS platform to build an EMR system to collect health data and improve patient care.

    These efforts were first led by I-TECH Kenya’s then-Country Director, Dr. Patrick Odawo, and were assumed by his successor, Dr. Willis Akhwale, supported by dedicated teams in Nairobi and at Seattle headquarters.

    Read more about the challenges along the way, implementation, and the future of EMR.

  • Kristie Ebi was among the first experts in the US on global climate change and health. Today she works with developing countries to lessen the impacts of climate change on their populations. She recently joined the School of Public Health to help it address one of its key emerging challenges, global environmental change and health. Despite the doom and gloom projected by many scientific models, Ebi has a positive message about saving lives and becoming a healthier planet.

    Read the interview.

    Kristie Ebi was among the first experts in the US on global climate change and health. Today she works with developing countries to lessen the impacts of climate change on their populations. She recently joined the School of Public Health to help it address one of its key emerging challenges, global environmental change and health. Despite the doom and gloom projected by many scientific models, Ebi has a positive message about saving lives and becoming a healthier planet. - See more at: http://sph.washington.edu/news/closeup/profile.asp?content_ID=4757#sthash.eKLVLrbO.dpuf
    Kristie Ebi was among the first experts in the US on global climate change and health. Today she works with developing countries to lessen the impacts of climate change on their populations. She recently joined the School of Public Health to help it address one of its key emerging challenges, global environmental change and health. Despite the doom and gloom projected by many scientific models, Ebi has a positive message about saving lives and becoming a healthier planet. - See more at: http://sph.washington.edu/news/closeup/profile.asp?content_ID=4757#sthash.eKLVLrbO.dpuf
  • The Department of Global Health at the University of Washington is now accepting applications for the following Distance Learning courses. Leadership & Management in Health focuses on the practical leadership and management skills required for working in complex local, regional, national, and global health environments. Participants will develop a clear sense of the issues associated with leading organizations and managing people in health and public health environments.

    "I have found that since I started this course I have a different outlook that has made me a better team player who depends on collaboration with teh stakeholders to get the jobs done." - Course participant from Trinidad and Tobago.

    Site Application Deadline: October 26, 2014

    For more information and to learn more about e-learning at the University of Washington, Department of Global Health, please visit http://edgh.uw.edu.

  • Most people had never heard of Ebola as recently as a few of months ago—now this deadly virus is leading every newscast. As West Africa fights the largest Ebola outbreak in history, Pacific Northwest researchers and organizations are working to aid its containment and curb its destructive potential. We hope you will join us for one or both of these upcoming events featuring local researchers and public health practitioners who are working on Ebola.

     

     

    Brownbag Panel Discussion: "Ebola, What's Next?"
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
    Magnuson Health Sciences Center, T-435 

    The UW School of Nursing and the Department of Global Health invite you to a brown bag panel discussion with global health experts:

    • James Pfeiffer, PhD, Health System Strengthening Expert
      Executive Director  – Health Alliance International
    • Karin Huster, RN, MPH, Consultant - Health in Emergencies
      Last Mile Health – Liberia
    • Anastasia Pantelias, MS, Senior Program Officer
      Amanda Lanzarone, MA, Associate Program Officer
      Ebola Response Team, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Vijay Narayan, MPHc, Program Manager
      Health and Social Development Association – Sierra Leone

    For more info: sgimbel@uw.edu.

    Brought to you by the UW School of Nursing, Department of Global Health, Health Alliance International, and the Global Health Nurses Interest Group.

    Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series:
    “Contagion – Ebola Facts & Fiction Town Hall”

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave.

    How contagious is Ebola? How do we stop its spread? Does it pose a genuine public health threat to Seattle and the rest of the world?

    Join us for an honest discussion about the disease, its effect on the continent of Africa and the US, and what we can do to help. Featured panelists include:

    • Jeffrey Duchin, MD, Chief of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section
      Public Health-Seattle & King County
    • Joe DiCarlo, Vice President, Programs
      Medical Teams International
    • Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, Professor Emerita, Epidemiology
      University of Washington
    • Karin Huster, RN, MPH, Consultant - Health in Emergencies
      Last Mile Health – Liberia

    Following the presentation there will be a post-event opportunity to meet with the speakers at a reception from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets. This event is expected to sell out, so do not delay.

    For more info: Cole Bazemore, Events Coordinator at the Global Health Resource Center at colebaze@uw.edu.

    Brought to you by the CodeMed, Washington Global Health Alliance & the WGHA Discovery Series

  • October 7, 2014

    The Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Program (START), which started as a faculty and student led effort to provide strategic analysis to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011, is expanding to become a Center in the Department of Global Health and will begin offering analysis to other organizations this fall. START has supported over two-dozen graduate students in Epidemiology, Global Health, Sociology, Business, Public Health and Nursing to provide analysis and the program has already completed over 75 different projects with the Gates Foundation.

    Under the direction of faculty co-leads Judd Walson (Global Health, Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology) and Lisa Manhart (Epidemiology and Global Health), the program will expand to provide research and analysis to additional global health organizations as well as domestic-focused organizations.

    The addition of the Domestic component will allow START faculty and students to provide support to local health organizations, including Public Health - Seattle & King County.  The START Domestic Program is being led by Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett (Department of Health Services), who is also the Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. The START Center will also continue their partnership with the Foster School of Business students through the Arthur W. Burke Center for Entrepreneurship to increase collaboration and further integrate business approaches into their analysis.

     “We are very excited about the University of Washington START Center. It’s a great way for students to engage in local and international projects in the global health community” said Saara Romu of the Gates Foundation.

    START has been helping the Gates Foundation answer questions surrounding diarrhea, pneumonia, the scale-up of oral rehydration salts, and scientific advances to fight tuberculosis. Many of their reports delve into the tradeoffs of focusing on one disease or intervention to achieve the biggest impact on health.

    "I just don't think that there are groups who do a better job than START,” said Grace John-Stewart, Professor in Global Health, “The products I have seen and the approach that was built is exceptional. I haven't seen anything quite like it.” John-Stewart partnered with START to learn from their approach to research and analysis as part of her work with the Global Center for Women, Adolescents and Children (Global WACh).

    In addition to their work with the Gates Foundation, START created a report in collaboration with Center for Strategic and International Studies last spring examining the sustainability of global health programs at universities. The report, “Sustainability and Growth of University Global Health Programs,” examined the rapid growth of global health programs at U.S. universities, and provided a framework for analyzing whether universities can continue to produce successful graduates given the job market and funding availability.

    Please join START for an Open House on Thursday, October 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to debut their new space on campus at the Harris Hydraulics Building, and to commemorate their expansion into a center.

    For more information on the START program expansion, contact Emily Allen at emily04@uw.edu.

    Photo 1: START Faculty mentors, students and Department Chair Judith Wasserheit and School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin with Saara Romu of the Gates Foundation.

    Photo 2: START students work on projects in their new workspace at Harris Hydraulics Laboratory. Cheryl Dietrich (Epi – MPH student), Erica Lokken (Epi, MS), Kirkby Tickell (Epi, MPH), Jessica Long (Epi, PhD) and Emily Deichsel (Epi, PhD. Photo credit: Jeff Hodson.