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  • The Search Committee for the next Chair and Professor, Department of Global Health present the following candidates for Department of Global Health Chair:

    Steffanie Strathdee, PhD (University of California San Diego)
    Curriculum Vitae
    Campus Visit:  April 16-18
    Seminar: April 17 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in T639

    Carlos del Rio, MD (Emory University)
    Curriculum Vitae
    Campus Visit: May 13-15
    Seminar: May 14 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in A420 (Hogness Auditorium)

    Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH (University of Washington)
    Curriculum Vitae
    Campus Visit: May 27-29
    Seminar: May 28 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in A420 (Hogness Auditorium)

    Please join us!

  • The Department of Global Health hosted a high-level delegation from Central South University (CSU) in Changsha, China, April 9-10. The delegation, led by the university’s Vice President and two Deans, visited the UW with the express interest of building an ongoing relationship with the Department of Global Health. While here, the delegation presented on current efforts by CSU to promote and build global health programs, and discussed potential areas of future collaboration between CSU and the Department.

    The delegation was hosted by Steve Gloyd, Professor and Associate Chair the Department of Global Health, and organized by Jennifer Tee, who coordinates the department’s China projects. They also met with School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin,  Dean Azita Amani of the School of Nursing, Andrew Zhou of Biostatistics, Peter Rabinowitz and Rodney Hoff regarding their One Health work, and Senior Associate Dean Shirley Beresford of the School of Public Health. They also interfaced with students and faculty scholars from CSU and other key universities, who are at UW through the groundbreaking partnership with China Medical Board.

    “Central South University is committed to building their global health capacity, and they wanted to learn from our experiences here at the UW,” said Professor Gloyd, who directs the department’s China Medical Board partnership. “Their visit will open doors for productive collaboration in a number of areas.”  

    Delegation pictured above (from left to right):

    Prof. Wu Zhigang, MMedScPH, PhD, Vice Director of International Cooperation Office, CSU
    Prof. Tang Siyuan, PhD, Dean of School of Nursing, CSU
    Prof. Xiao Shuiyuan, MD, Dean of School of Public Health, CSU
    *Prof. Steve Gloyd, MD, MPH, Associate Chair for Education and Curriculum, Department of Global Health
    *Prof. Howard Frumpkin, DrPH, MPH, MD, Dean, School of Public Health
    Prof. Tian Yongquan, MD and PhD, Vice President of Central South University (CSU)
    Prof. Zhang Guogang, MD, Vice Director of Xiangya Hospital
    Prof. Luo Aijing, PhD, Director of 3rd Xiangya Hospital, CSU
    *Yu Yu, MPH student at UW, PhD student at CSU

    Photo credit: Jeff Hodson / School of Public Health

  • A new report on drug and vaccine safety in global health, co-authored by Thomas Bollyky, Senior Fellow, Council for Foreign Relations, and Andy Stergachis, is now available. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this report is the product of the Safety Surveillance Working Group, a year-long initiative to develop a practical, scalable strategy for improving drug and vaccine safety in low- and middle-income countries.

    Drugs and vaccines are reaching unprecedented numbers of people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). These products have tremendous potential to save lives and reduce suffering, but many of the countries in which these products will be used do not have the capacity to effectively monitor their post-market safety. International initiatives have sought to address this gap, but have not attracted significant donor or industry support, or political capital and resources from LMIC governments. With new donor funding scarce in this weak global economy, substantial new resources for addressing post-market safety needs may not be forthcoming. Given limited resources and expanding post-market safety needs, a new strategy is needed. Read the full report.

  • With growing talk of an HIV cure, the defeatHIV Community Advisory Board, along with the University of Washington Center for AIDS Research, and BABES Network-YWCA worked together to put on a “Community Q & A on HIV Cures” event April 2 with visiting scientist Robert Siliciano, a Professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University and one of the world’s leading researchers on HIV. Here is a perspective from one of the attendees Michael Louella, Outreach Coordinator with the UW AIDS Clinical Trial Unit, Community Advisory Coordinator for defeatHIV, and a Community Liaison with the UW Center for AIDS Research.

     

    By Michael Louella

    Nina Shapiro, the senior editor of the Seattle Weekly did an excellent job of opening the conversation, and soon into her introduction the audience started blurting out questions to Siliciano, and we were off!

    Nina wrote a piece for The Seattle Weekly, “HIV ‘Cure’ Likely to Be Temporary, Says Leading Scientist Robert Siliciano.” If you missed the event, you should check out her piece for great summary of what you missed.       

    Nina was struck by something that Siliciano said in a very plainspoken way that hit home for many people: Any HIV cure we may achieve may not be forever. In fact, we may need to begin to use language and word choices more commonly associated with other diseases and conditions that plague our species. I turn to Wikipedia to help explain this:

    A cure is the end of a medical condition…A remission is a temporary end to the medical signs and symptoms of an incurable disease. A disease is said to be incurable if there is always a chance of the patient relapsing, no matter how long the patient has been in remission… A person that has successfully managed a disease, such as diabetes mellitus, so that it produces no undesirable symptoms for the moment, but without actually permanently ending it, is not cured.

    The people who attended were well-informed about research into an HIV cure, thoughtful about the ramifications of current findings and probingly curious about the large unknowns before us. The impressive turnout of 70 or more people included:

    • The staff and clients of BABES, including one of the founders, Pat Migliore.
    • Staff from People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN) and Project NEON (Needle Exchange and Sex Education Outreach Network).
    • Many clients of Madison Clinic, (an HIV/AIDS clinic), some of whom live partially at the YWCA.
    • HIV Vaccine Trials Unit staff and Community Advisory Board members.
    • Also, a friend of mine whom I cannot name, but who has been skeptical about all this talk about cure research. When I last saw him during the event, he had tears in his eyes. It is his face and his eyes that linger with me and the radical shift that simply and realistically talking about cure research, I believe, was what brought on those tears that brimmed his eyes.

    The questions during our community event were widely varied: from asking about hydrogen peroxide as a cure for HIV to asking about the potential high cost of any curative therapy for HIV ($1,000 a pill for the new medicines that cure hepatitis C is a great warning to us all about this potential).

    One of the staff of BABES Network-YWCA asked Siliciano for his opinion at the end of the event: Which would come first: an HIV cure or an HIV vaccine? I’m sure you are curious about his answer. We all were. In fact, the scientists who met with Siliciano the next day heard about this woman’s question, and they as well wanted to know how he answered it. He didn’t come down on one side or the other, but stressed the importance of a vaccine and a cure to end the HIV epidemic.

    Afterwards, Dr. Siliciano said he was quite impressed the event, and with our Seattle community, and the kinds of questions asked. He mentioned the event to many of the doctors and scientists he visited with the following day, and news of this reached me before we again met with him for a roundtable talk about HIV cure with members of the UW CFAR Scientific Working Group on Curative Therapies for HIV. The roundtable’s free-flowing conversation with Seattle’s leading scientists discussing current cure strategies stands for me as a model for what we need to see more of in the search for an HIV cure: The free exchange of ideas that is the true hallmark of collaboration.

    I wanted to conclude with this one thought to share, especially for those who are smarting from realizing just how difficult it’s going to be to eradicate HIV from the body, let alone achieve some sort of remission of the infection for an ill-defined length of time. Taking one pill daily to treat HIV was unheard of 20 years ago – a pipe dream at best.  Anyone who spoke of this idea 20 years ago would have been looked upon as sweet, but most likely deluded-- if not downright crazy.

    Today’s reality was yesterday’s fantasy.

    If you are discouraged, plagued by doubt or despair,  remember this point.

    There are no promises.

    Only hope.

    And science.

    Research into a cure for HIV is real. Only through clinical research will we find that cure. There’s no guarantee we will ever find one that is permanent and accessible to everyone. But the fact that there might be a chance to wrestle a new reality for people living with HIV from what currently feels like a fantasy is truly a source of hope for me. I hope it is for a lot of you as well.

  • Affiliate Professor Ken Stuart, PhD, has received the Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology, which recognizes scientific leaders currently making novel and significant discoveries on the biology of parasitic organisms. Dr. Stuart’s research is focused on trypanosomatid pathogens known to cause sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis for which there are few effective treatments and no current vaccines. Read more.

  • Dear Global Health Faculty, Staff and Students,

    I am pleased to announce the formation of a Department of Global Health Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee is an important channel for ensuring that our Department is fulfilling its commitment to diversity, as stated in our Department’s mission and values. We will proceed along the lines developed over the past year by faculty member Dr. Deepa Rao (who currently sits on the SPH Diversity Committee), and staff member Jessica McPherson. For more information, please see the full committee description.

    This committee will be comprised of two students, two faculty and two staff members. Committee members’ responsibilities will require participation in quarterly meetings, and the commitment to work on small projects. I invite you to submit your nominations for committee members to me (please cc: Jessica McPherson at jessmcp@uw.edu) by April 8, 2014.  You can either nominate yourself or someone you deem appropriate. Please provide a few sentences on why you think this person (or you) would serve the DGH Diversity and Inclusion Committee well. 

    I look forward to the important work this committee will undertake.

    Best Regards,

    King K. Holmes, MD, Ph.D
    William H. Foege Chair,
    Department of Global Health
    Professor of Global Health and Medicine
    University of Washington
    Schools of Medicine and Public Health
    Head, Infectious Diseases,
    Harborview Medical Center

  • With international attention focused on the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda, the Western Regional International Health Conference theme, Uncensored, is at the forefront of global health. Conference Coordinator Mariel Boyarsky interviewed Stella Nyanzi,PhD, a social science researcher and anthropologist at the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University in Uganda, to get her perspective on the events unfolding in Uganda, and her work on African sexuality.  

    Mariel (M): What are the potential consequences of the anti-homosexual bill about to be signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Musevni?

    Stella (S): “If the bill becomes law in Uganda there will be dire consequences for members of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, and queer) communities, their allies, but also more widely for the functionality of several sectors in the country including the public health, education, housing and welfare, law enforcing institutions such as the police, courts and prisons, etc.”

    M: What is the climate like for homosexuals in Uganda?

    S:  “The majority of the Ugandan public expresses homophobic sentiments ­­─  mainly verbally ─ but also there has been an increase in cases of beatings, violence, termination of employment, expulsion from schools, denial by families, eviction by landlords, or eviction from residential areas by members, and arrests by the police of LGBTIQ members.”

    M:  What effects would an anti-homosexual bill have beyond LBGTIQ individuals?

    S: “Landlords, family members, priests, hoteliers, and other people in authority will be required to report on individuals known to be homosexual, or else risk facing penalties.” Additionally, she said, service providers such as teachers, counselors, journals, and public health workers could be prosecuted for providing HIV prevention, treatment, and care efforts for men who have sex with men, or transgender women.

    M: How do changing gender roles and masculinities intersect with public health efforts?
    S: “
    If HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care interventions are to be appropriate and more effective in Uganda ─  and Africa more generally ─  then it is important to engage the men, and notions of ruling masculinities, and bring them on board as partners in these efforts to reduce the epidemic.”

    M: How are women being engaged in public health efforts?
    S: Women are also being left out.  Nyanzi points to the lack of access to age-appropriate sex education, and information in one’s own language as perpetuating pregnancies, illegal pregnancy terminations, and sexually transmitted infections among teenage girls. For women of reproductive age, Nyanzi describes a “plethora of sexual and reproductive health challenges,” including access to affordable contraceptives, challenges of accessing antenatal health care, especially in the first trimester, and lack of emergency obstetric care during pregnancy or delivery of babies.  “These pregnancy, delivery and post-partum challenges affect many women in Sub-Saharan Africa regardless of whether we have STIs, including HIV/AIDS, or not.”

    M: Could you talk about your accomplishments?
    S:
    “Anthropology as a discipline allows me to get in touch with the everyday issues affecting the local individual living in the streets and villages that I study, live in, work in. It gives me a methodology to reach the heartbeat of the locals.”

    At the same time, Nyanzi sustains a keen focus on creating social change. “The activist in me burns for change right now! The activist is often frustrated by the systematic rigor, time for observation and analysis, and need for biographic comparisons that are required by the academic before one can pronounce a position or idea or intervention. However, the methodical processes of the academic often yield more concrete and well-researched bodies of knowledge that aid the activism.”

    M: What do global health students need to know about working in Sub-Saharan Africa?
    S: “While partnerships with American citizens are important, the solutions to the health challenges in Africa must be initiated, conceived, designed, and tailored from Africa, in Africa, by Africans.” She cautioned against the tendency of non-Africans to prescribe one-size-fits-all models of global health, rather than community-based, locally owned projects.

    Students and global health advocates will have the unique opportunity to converge and learn from people around the globe at the conference in April.  “Conferences such WRIHC are an important avenue to interact with African and other non-Western academics who can share their experiences,” said Nyanzi.

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    Learn more. Register for the conference today at 2014.wrihc.org.

  • The 11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference, “Uncensored: Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements in Global Health", has amassed the biggest list of financial sponsors in the conference’s history, with more than 35 diverse health organizations providing support.
    We’d like to give a special recognition to Child Family Health International; Global Good; Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children - Global WACh; International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; Oregon Health and Science University Global Health Center; Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest; Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine; Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Global Health Club; Seattle University College of Nursing; Simon Fraser University; University of Oregon African Studies Program; University of Oregon Department of Biology; University of Oregon Department of Human Physiology; University of Oregon Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute; UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; UW Jackson School of International Studies, African Studies Program, Center for Global Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; UW Q Center; UW Tacoma; UW Women’s Center; and Washington Global Health Alliance.
    Additional co-sponsors include: Greater Seattle Business Association; Health Alliance International; Pride Foundation; University of California - San Francisco; University of Colorado; UW Bothell; UW Center for Human Rights; UW Global Business Center, Foster School of Business; UW School of Nursing, International Programs; Washington State University.
    The conference T-shirts include a list of financial sponsors on the back. To order one, go to http://www.kotisdesign.com/ibuy/?ibuy=jzcgu02n8364 by April 7.

  • University of Washington is part of a consortium led by Seattle Biomed to develop a vaccine that would elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV-1. The $9.8m grant from NIH was announced March 10. Other members of the consortium include Seattle Children's Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

    Seattle Biomed Scientific Director Leonidas Stamatatos, PhD, an Affiliate Professor of Global Health will serve as program principal investigator, and will lead the initial phase of the project, which includes the optimization of immunogens. 

    The HIV-1 epidemic remains a significant threat to global health, with over 3 million AIDS-related deaths each year, said Stamatos. While access to antiretroviral therapies has increased, Stamatos said the best route of defeating the epidemic remains a universally effective HIV-1 vaccine.

    “We look forward to continuing our collaborative research on broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV-1, which was among the top NIAID supported research advances of 2013 according to Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases," he said.

    Julie McElrath, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Global Health, and Principle Investigator of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center HIV Vaccine Trials Network, will oversee the clinical testing of immunogens.

    The full release is available here.

  • Maria I. Echavarria Mejia’s (MPH in Leadership and Policy Management, ’13) work on social networking sites was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, an open access, peer-reviewed journal focused on health and health care in the Internet age.

    Using a systematic literature review, the authors found that the number of publications about social networking sites has been increasing steadily. While most research relies on observational studies, they concluded that more research should take advantage of the tools already embedded in social networking sites to investigate their potential effects on population health. Read the full article: “The Use of Social Networking Sites for Public Health Practice and Research: A Systematic Review.”

  • The just-released School of Public Health 2013 Annual Report highlights many Department of Global Health collaborations across campus, such as the Human-Animal Medicine Project (Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH); the HOPE (home-based partner, education) project that tests mobile messaging for pregnant women in a Nairobi slum (Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH, and Global WACh or Center for Woman, Adolescent, and Child Health); and the expansion of the START (Strategic Analysis, Research & Training) program (Lisa Manhart, MPH, PhD, and Judd Walson, MD, MPH). It also notes several awards, including:

    • Canada’s prestigious Gairdner Award in Global Health for King Holmes, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department;
    • Washington State Pharmacist of the Year Award for Andreas Stergachis, MS, PhD, Director of the Global Medicines Program;
    • Applied Social Sciences for Public Health/Pfizer Young Investigator’s Research Award for Jared Baeten, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the International Clinical Research Center;
    • UW University Lecture Award to Stephen Gloyd, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Curriculum for the Department;
    • University of Washington Distinguished Staff Award to the Partners in PrEP team at the International Clinical Center for work on a massive study looking at the efficacy of using an oral antiretrivoral-based prevention, called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, to substantially reduce HIV infection risk.

    Also, nine new global health faculty appointments were also highlighted: Ruanne Barnabas, MBChB, DPhil (HIV); Mohammad Forouzanfar, MD, PhD (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation or IHME); Michael Hanlon, PhD (IHME); Renee Heffron, PhD (HIV); Bernardo Hernández Prado, DSc (IHME); Hideki Higashi, PhD (Disease Control Priority Network or DCPN); Pamela Kohler, MPH, PhD (HIV); Marie Ng, PhD (IHME); Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH (One Health); and Theo Vos, MD, PhD (IHME).

    Read the full report online.

  • As part of the groundbreaking project for the UW Department of Global Health and China public health, we are pleased to welcome two outstanding faculty who arrived in Seattle last week. Drs. Jiayan Huang, and Hui Yin will be at the University of Washington as faculty scholars for six months. 

    "We were delighted when the China Medical Board asked us to visit several of the leading medical universities in China to explore interest in a joint program. This is a terrific win-win opportunity – a chance to lay the foundation for long-term research and education partnerships, as well as to help strengthen China's efforts in global health," says Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of the UW Department of Global Health.

    The scholars have a full schedule, observing global health classes and collaborating with faculty on research.

    Please join us in welcoming:

    Jiayan Huang, MD, PhD in Hospital Administration

        Position: Associate Professor of Health Policy, School of Public Health, Fudan University in Shanghai.

        Home: Dr. Huang was born in Shanghai, China, and continues to live there.

        Interests: Health policy analysis, program evaluation, non-communicable disease control in community, global health.

    Hui Yin, MD, PhD in social medicine and health management

        Position: Assistant professor and lecturer at newly established Department of Global Health (in October 2012), School of Public Health, Peking University.

        Home: Dr. Yin was born in Heilongjiang province of China, and lives in Beijing.

        Interests: health equity evaluation, especially maternal and child health (including reproductive health), social determinants of migrant and left-behind people, and health financing.

  • Did you know tuberculosis cases have increased 12 percent in Washington State, that globally 1 in three people are infected with the disease? To find out more about TB, here are two events the Department is promoting:

    * Town Hall, March 24, 5:30 - 8 p.m. (Program starts at 6 p.m., free)
    Learn from local TB experts about:

    - The Local Impact of TB on Families: Past and Present TB Stories, presented by TB Photovoice Project.
    -  Better, Faster, Stronger: New Drugs for an Old Disease, presented by Seattle Biomed.
    -  On the Road to Elimination: The Role of TB Vaccines, presented by Infectious Disease Research Institute.
    -  Primum Non Nocere/First, Do No Harm: Complications and Unintended Consequences in Treating TB, presented by Public Health—Seattle

    * Harborview Medical Center R&T Building, Room 109/113, 2-5 p.m. (Refreshments provided)
    Evolving concepts of diagnosis and management of latent TB infection
    Topics:
    - David Horne, MD MPH: ‘You want me to take how many months of medication?’: Advising your patient on individualized benefits of LTBI treatment.
    - David Koelle, MD PhD: The best use of QuantiFERON learned from UW laboratory experience.
    - Alexandra Molnar, MD: Renewed approaches to address latent TB infection among immigrants and refugees.
    - Masa Narita, MD & David Park, MD: Case Presentation and Panel discussion

    Sponsored by:
    Firland Northwest Tuberculosis Center
    Washington State Department of Health
    Public Health – Seattle & King County
    Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Univ. of Washington

    For more on the events, go to our events page.

  • By Bobbi Nodell and Amelia Vader | Department of Global Health

    MARCH 7 -- Complete with red carpet and paparazzi, six students were awarded “Global Healthies” awards for outstanding achievement in global health March 6.

    The inaugural Global Healthies award ceremony, held in Kane Hall, awarded students in six categories, including the People’s Choice Oscar Gish Social Justice Award. Each awardee received $500.

    More than 30 projects were displayed in a poster event before the ceremony, allowing people to vote for the Oscar Gish award.

    Mariel Boyarsky, MPHc, received the Oscar, for her work on “Women’s Health and Safety in Rwenzururu Kingdom.”  For her master’s practicum, Boyarsky worked with an MPH student at Makere University in Uganda, to identify the maternal health problems and assets in Rwenzururu Kingdom, a coffee growing region in the far western edge of Uganda. The project was funded by Health Alliance International and Atlas Coffee in Seattle.

    “The opportunity to interview women in Uganda and hear their stories about giving birth, the difficulties and pain and trauma, was unbelievable,” Boyarsky said. She encouraged people to buy fair trade coffee to increase income among the community.

    Nearly 50 students submitted applications, and awardees were selected by faculty review committees with expertise in the respective categories.

    The Global Healthies awards were made possible by generous gifts from individual donors. The Oscar Gish award was provided by Patrick Ryan in honor of Gish, a University of Washington faculty member who passed away in 2004. As an economist, author and scholar, Oscar Gish was an advocate for social justice and equality.  He was known as an expert on international health policies, and influenced both students and faculty alike to strengthen their commitment to social justice.

    King Holmes, the chair of the Department of Global Health, opened an envelope before each awardee, smiled, and said, “And the Global Healthie goes to….” 

    Discovery and Development

    Aditya S. Khanna, Post-doctoral fellow, Global Health, who works for UW’s International Clinical Research Center, won for his project: “Lifelong Antiretroviral Therapy for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV has Potential to Decrease Adult HIV Incidence Due to Sexual Transmission.”
    UW’s International Clinical Research Center conducted the largest study on the benefit of using antiretroviral therapy for HIV prevention among people who are not infected.

    Education and Training

    Kristen Savage, MPH student, Health Services, and a fellow with the Strengthening Care Opportunities through Partnership in Ethiopia (SCOPE) program, won for her project: “Soul Fathers as Health Educators: A Pilot Project to Improve Antenatal Care and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Uptake in Gondar, Ethiopia.”
    Savage said in Gondar, where priests outnumber doctors 250:1, SCOPE is engaging the Coptic Church to help improve the health of community members.

    Implementation and Action

    Arianna Rubin Means, PhD student, Implementation Science, won for her project: “Developing an Operational Research Consortium within the Neglected Tropical Diseases Community.” Arianna is a Research Analyst for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Neglected Infectious Disease team. Previously, she worked on projects through the Department's Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Program (START).

    Public Health and Direct Care

    Cynthia Simekha, Undergraduate student in Public Health with a Global Health Minor, won for her project: “Barriers in Medicaid Enrollment among Somali Immigrants.”
    Simekha, a student from Kenya, worked with several groups in Ohio -- Ohio State University, College of Public Health; Ohio Commission on Minority Health; Somali Community Association of Ohio; and Our Helpers Community Center -- to look at ways to improve access to medical care for immigrants.

    Lab Sciences

    Russell Barlow, PhD student, Pathobiology, won for his project: “Vaccinated Breakthrough Pertussis Infections among Children and Adolescents Result in Decreased Illness Severity and Duration, Oregon 2010-2012.”
    Barlow, an epidemiologist, found that vaccinations reduce the severity of whooping cough symptoms. He said he was sharing his award with people he worked with in laboratory sciences.

    To learn more about how philanthropy can fuel and sustain this important work, please contact Chris Wronsky, Interim Assistant Dean for Advancement, UW School of Public Health, Wronsky@uw.edu, 206.221.6395, or Deirdre Schwiesow, Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, UW Medicine Advancement, deirdres@uw.edu, 206.221.4769

  • Join the School of Public Health in our annual Day of Service!  April 12, 2014

    The SPH Day of Service is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to come together and give back to the community through direct service.
    Transportation and a boxed lunch provided! Projects include:

    Food Lifeline
    Shoreline Volunteer Repack Center
    1-4pm
    *Please come dressed in appropriate attire for working in a cold warehouse (dress in layers), and be sure to wear closed-toe shoes. The warehouse is only a few degrees warmer than the outside air!

    Earth Corps 
    Lincoln Park, West Seattle
    Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose Street
    10am-2pm
    *This project takes place outdoors. Please come dressed in appropriate attire for working outdoors (rain or shine), and be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and a jacket with a hood.

    UW Farm
    The Center for Urban Horticulture
    10am-3pm
    This project takes place outdoors. Please come dressed in appropriate attire for working outdoors (rain or shine), and be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and a jacket with a hood.

    To sign up for a project, visit: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/britbele/228281
    Registration closes on Wednesday, April 2, 2014