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  • The Department of Global Health is pleased to announce that two of the three Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) 2015 Pioneers of Global Health Award winners are associated with the Department: Christopher Fox and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. This year’s winners, selected by a panel of global health experts, are noted for their significant achievements in disease estimation and metrics, reproductive health, and formulating vaccine adjuvants for disease like malaria and tuberculosis. Each award winner was selected because of their demonstrated desire to nurture and grow Washington’s collaborative global health community. Winners will be honored at WGHA’s annual event, the Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner & Auction, October 8, 2015, at The Triple Door in Seattle.

    The Rising Leader award recognizes a creative and inspirational young leader dedicated to solving global health inequity while partnering with other individuals and organizations. Christopher Fox, PhD, is a pioneer in the field of adjuvant technology and currently works with the Department's Pathobiology Graduate Program. Since joining the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in 2007, Dr. Fox has played an integral role in developing, characterizing, and manufacturing cGMP vaccine adjuvant formulations for a variety of infectious diseases, including leishmaniasis, malaria, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza, and amebiasis, resulting in more than 40 publications. He currently serves as principal investigator on an US$11.9M contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop a thermostable tuberculosis vaccine suitable for distribution in developing countries.

    “I’m extremely pleased to receive the Pioneers of Global Health Rising Leader Award. I think it reflects on the exceptional environment here at IDRI and in Washington State overall that fosters opportunities to excel in global health research, product development, and technology transfer to developing countries. I feel immensely fortunate to be a part of it,” said Dr. Fox.

    The Outstanding Global Health Organization award recognizes a Washington state-based organization making an exceptional impact in improving global health equity. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is being honored for its large-scale impact on policy because of its rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems. IHME is responsible for the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD)—the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide with more than 1,000 collaborators from 108 countries. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve health.

    “The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is honored to be recognized by the Washington Global Health Alliance with the Pioneers of Global Health Award,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray.  “WGHA plays a vital role in highlighting the impact of our community’s work. IHME is proud to be a member and help support these efforts.”

    Join us to recognize award winners on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the second Annual WGHA Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner & Auction presented by PwC. Limited individual tickets will be released to the public on August 3, 2015.

  • Congratulations to Acting Assistant Professor Nancy Puttkammer, PhD, MPH, who won the prestigious Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize at the 2015 International AIDS Society conference for her abstract “Attrition from antiretroviral treatment services among pregnant and non-pregnant patients following adoption of Option B+ in Haiti.” The purpose of the Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize is to encourage research in low- or middle-income countries that can benefit women and girls affected by HIV and AIDS. This prize is one of only two prizes awarded at this well-dglobal conference, which convened in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Forget cake and ice cream. For her 13th birthday, Judith Wasserheit got a cadaver. The gift was from her mother who, as chair of Special Anatomy at the first Podiatric Medical School in the United States, was able to provide a very special introduction to the human body. The two would dissect the cadaver together on weekends at the morgue.

    Such experiences gave Wasserheit a leg up on the competition. She entered Harvard Medical School at the age of 19. Today, the long-time leader in research on sexually transmitted diseases chairs the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, a post she has held for nearly a year. Find out where she wants to take the department.

    Read the interview on the School of Public Health website.

    Forget cake and ice cream. For her 13th birthday, Judith Wasserheit got a cadaver. The gift was from her mother who, as chair of Special Anatomy at the first Podiatric Medical School in the United States, was able to provide a very special introduction to the human body. The two would dissect the cadaver together on weekends at the morgue.

    Such experiences gave Wasserheit a leg up on the competition. She entered Harvard Medical School at the age of 19. Today, the long-time leader in research on sexually transmitted diseases chairs the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, a post she has held for nearly a year. Find out where she wants to take the department.

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    Forget cake and ice cream. For her 13th birthday, Judith Wasserheit got a cadaver. The gift was from her mother who, as chair of Special Anatomy at the first Podiatric Medical School in the United States, was able to provide a very special introduction to the human body. The two would dissect the cadaver together on weekends at the morgue.

    Such experiences gave Wasserheit a leg up on the competition. She entered Harvard Medical School at the age of 19. Today, the long-time leader in research on sexually transmitted diseases chairs the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health, a post she has held for nearly a year. Find out where she wants to take the department.

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    July 16, 2015



    Washington Global Health Alliance, PATH, University of Washington, Washington State University, and World Vision announce “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership in Tanzania

    Contact: Kristen Tetteh, Washington Global Health Alliance,, 206.456.9612

    SEATTLE, WA In many areas of the world, women and girls walk an average of six kilometers to collect water for their families that often isn’t even safe to drink. Five Washington-based organizations—Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), PATH, University of Washington, Washington State University Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and World Vision—are partnering to improve the health and livelihoods of thousands of women and girls and their families in rural Tanzania through the “Water, Wealth and Health” program.

    Sounders FC supports clean water project in first Rave Green Run

    Seattle Sounders FC played a catalytic role in developing the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership. In 2013, players traveled to Tanzania with WGHA to observe global health projects. The Sounders saw first-hand how PATH, University of Washington, WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and World Vision partner with communities to improve health and well-being. Now the Sounders FC have selected the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership as the beneficiary of their inaugural Rave Green Run [hyperlink:], August 9, 2015.

    “The Sounders FC believes in advancing equity—whether that’s for girls and boys in Seattle or girls and boys halfway across the world in Tanzania. We are proud to support the ‘Water, Wealth and Health’ partnership because each organization brings specific expertise to the table which will help thousands of families lead healthier lives. The State of Washington isn’t only home to the greatest soccer fans in the country, it’s also home to many of the leading global health organizations in the world,” said Roger Levesque, Director of Community Outreach for Seattle Sounders FC. 

    Experts in global health partner for first time in Tanzania

    More than two-thirds of rural Tanzanian families live on less than US$1.25 per day. These families are caught in a persistent cycle of debilitating poverty and poor health. The “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership is an integrated approach to development, layering organizational expertise in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), animal to human transmission of disease, economic development, balanced nutrition, and monitoring & evaluation. Partner organizations have spent decades working in the region to understand these areas and the needs of the communities.

     “Each of the organizations involved in ‘Water, Wealth and Health’ believes in an integrated approach to development. As this is the first time all five organizations are partnering on a project, we aim to create a model that can be used by others around the world to tackle health and development challenges using multiple interventions,” said Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of WGHA.

    Support the partnership at upcoming Sounders FC events

    • March to the Match, Saturday, August 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Occidental Park, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA. Participate in the March to the Match on August 1, preceding the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. “Water, Wealth and Health” partners will be in attendance carrying jerry cans and passing out stickers. Bring your own water bottle to join the water carry. Learn more about the March to the Match [hyperlink:]
    • Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC Match, Saturday, August 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m., CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA. The Sounders FC are offering special tickets to the match that benefit “Water, Wealth and Health.” Use code “WGHA2015” to purchase tickets for $21 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the partnership. Buy tickets here. For ticket questions contact Kylie Padgett, 206.512.1242,
    • Rave Green Run, Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m., Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland, WA. Join over 2,000 of your fellow Sounders FC fans and Give Us Your FULL 9K on August 9th, 2015. The inaugural Sounders FC Rave Green Run features a 9K Run, 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Dash. Proceeds from race registrations and all donations benefit the “Water, Wealth and Health” partnership. Register: []

    Washington Global Health Alliance

    The Washington Global Health Alliance strategically connects, expands and strengthens the global health community. WGHA connects people and organizations across disciplines, sectors and ideologies to limit redundancy and increase the impact of its more than 60 organizational members. WGHA’s members include global health organizations, businesses, faith-based organizations and government entities. Learn more,


    PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, PATH saves lives and improves health, especially among women and children. PATH accelerates innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, PATH takes innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. With these key partners, PATH delivers measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health. Learn more at 

    University of Washington

    Driven by a determination to transform our world, the University of Washington seeks solutions to today’s global challenges, from autism and Ebola to poverty and environmental sustainability. One of the world’s leading public research universities, UW’s engaged community of students and faculty are united by a steadfast belief in what’s possible. With multiple campuses, a world-class academic medical center, Pac-12 athletics, an outstanding community of supporters, alumni, and friends, and extensive continuing education programs, the opportunities here are limitless. Learn how you can Be Boundless at

    Washington State University Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

    At Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, we are dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through enhancing health and well-being.  The WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health brings together infectious disease scientists, epidemiologists, health economists, cultural anthropologists, and others, making the college a leader in global health. Learn more at

    World Vision

    World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit or on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.

  • A report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washingtonand the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria

    More than 34 million children’s lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis in The Lancet.

    This analysis builds off the work of an international collaboration of researchers and, for the first time, creates a scorecard that allows governments, policymakers, and donors to track investments in child health and to link those investments to child deaths averted across countries in a comparable manner. The article, “Keeping score: fostering accountability for children’s lives,” will be published in The Lancet online on July 2 and in the July 4 print edition.

    The leaders of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria found that from 2000 to 2014, low- and middle-income country governments spent $133 billion on child health, and private and public donors – mostly in high-income countries – spent $73.6 billion.

    The governments saved about 20 million children in their own countries, and the donors saved an additional 14 million children. Among donor agencies, some of the largest sources of funding also saved the most lives over the period of 2000 to 2014. The United States government, for example, saved the lives of 3.3 million children under the age of 5. The government of the United Kingdom saved 1.7 million children. And the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation saved 1.5 million lives, according to the analysis.

    Those funders channeled their money through a variety of agencies, which also are reflected in the new scorecard. For example, Gavi saved 2.2 million children’s lives, more than any other funding channel, while USAID, the World Bank, UNICEF, and the Global Fund all saved more than 1 million child lives each.

    “You can spend $4,000 on many different things, but there are very few places where the money would deliver the kind of impact you get by investing it in child health,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, IHME Director. “If you invest in the poorest countries, you will see the biggest impact in child health because the costs of things like nutrition programs, vaccines, and primary care are lower.”

    The article’s authors found that to save a child’s life, the average cost is US$4,205 in low-income countries such as Tanzania and Haiti, $6,496 in lower-middle-income countries such as India and Zambia, and $10,016 in upper-middle-income countries such as Botswana and Thailand. Costs generally increase as costs of interventions in countries rise.

    IHME and the Special Envoy’s office hope that the scorecard will be further developed and updated annually to measure the effects of investments, incentivize progress, and drive innovation to fill gaps in funding or interventions.

    “We believe that this scorecard can and should be used after the end of 2015 to aid in tracking progress on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development,” said Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. “We know that despite the efforts of governments and donors to improve health in low-income and middle-income countries, too many children die before the age of 5. Without a way to monitor and publicly share progress regularly, we will miss the opportunity to build on the momentum we have seen since the Millennium Declaration.”

    The researchers developed the scorecard in response to the intense measurement needs at the end of the Millennium Development Goal era this year. The Millennium Declaration in 2000 set an ambitious goal of reducing the death rate in children under 5 by two-thirds in each country between 1990 and 2015. Since 2000, 136 of 138 low- and middle-income countries have seen reductions in child mortality, including many who have achieved the two-thirds goal.

    But progress in reducing child deaths has been uneven. The authors argue that the scorecard “can be an important tool for fostering accountability and accelerating progress toward the crucial goal of preventing suffering throughout the world.” They see three main ways the scorecard could be used:

    1.      Countries that receive development assistance can use the scorecard to focus on the programs that have proven most effective at saving lives or to reorient programs to focus on the most disadvantaged populations.

    2.      Donor nations can use the scorecard to take into account how their contributions flow through bilateral and multilateral channels and to identify funding gaps on a country-by-country basis.

    3.      For both funding recipients and donors, the scorecard can provide a warning flag to show where child deaths are increasing despite increased spending.

    “If spending is going up and child deaths are continuing to rise or staying relatively flat, a country may need policy or technical assistance to diagnose the problem,” Dr. Murray said. “We have seen such incredible success in saving children’s lives over the past 15 years. We need to take what we have learned from that experience and push for more progress and more accountability as we enter the era of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.”


    William Heisel
    Director of Global Engagement
    The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington

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    Robert Valadéz
    Director of Communications
    Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria

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  • We are delighted to announce that Jared Baeten, MD, PhD has agreed to serve as Vice Chair for the Department of Global Health. Dr. Baeten, who is also a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, has been conducting HIV- and STD-related research since 1997 and is widely respected for his leadership of clinical trials of interventions to prevent HIV transmission. As Vice Chair Dr. Baeten will explore and implement new and expanded departmental initiatives and collaborations; work closely with faculty on career development and promotion; and assist Department Chair Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH in refining a range of administrative processes to make them more transparent and efficient.

  • We are pleased to announce that Professor Jared Baeten, MD, PhD has been appointed to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) AIDS Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Study Section starting July 2015. Study section members review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements, and honors.

    Dr. Baeten, who is also a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, has been conducting HIV- and STD-related research since 1997 and is widely respected for his leadership of clinical trials of interventions to prevent HIV transmission. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Baeten for this prestigious opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort.

  • In May 2015, the Department of Global Health awarded fellowships to 30 outstanding graduate students, medical students, and residents. With support from one of these five programs they will travel to 17 countries to work on wide variety of projects addressing issues such as UV exposure among rural agriculture workers, maternal and child health, human trafficking policy, and sustainable landscape architecture. The 2015-2016 fellowship recipients are listed below.

    George Povey Social Justice and Activism in Global Health Fellowship | Global Opportunities (GO) Health Fellowship | Stergachis Endowed Fellowship for International Exchange | Strengthening Caring Opportunities through Partnership in Ethiopia (SCOPE) Fellowship | Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowship

    For more information on the fellowships, visit the Global Health Resource Center's Funding and Fieldwork page.

    George Povey Social Justice and Activism in Global Health Fellowship

    Anjilee Dodge, MSWc – School of Social Work

    Anjilee Dodge is a Master of Social Work Student at the University of Washington focusing on sexual exploitation of vulnerable populations. Anjilee worked with homeless and commercially sexually exploited youth in Seattle for four years as an employment and education coordinator. She is passionate about creating community and societal change for marginalized individuals while working towards gender equity. She is a co-founder of the student group, the Fourth Wave Feminists, and is working with this group to mobilize students on campus in creating a more equitable university. This summer, Anjilee will be working with the Coalition Against Trafficking of Women Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) in the Philippines. Anjilee will be working on the ground with survivor empowerment services as well as helping with policy work. She hopes to bring this insight back to Washington State where she will continue the fight against sexual exploitation and gender-based violence.

    Jessica Northridge, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Jessica holds a BA in Biological Sciences and Latin American Studies from Barnard College in New York City. Her areas of interest are sexual and reproductive health, and she has experience working in maternal health and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs. With the assistance of the George Povey Social Justice and Activism in Global Health Fellowship, Jessica will travel to Colombia to conduct a program evaluation with SINERGIAS, a local non-governmental organization devoted to strengthening health systems and increasing access to quality health care for the most underserved communities in Colombia. She will be working on a quality improvement intervention to enhance maternal, newborn, and child care during the first 1,000 days of life. In doing so Jessica will gain invaluable experiencing working with a national organization in partnership with communities, health facilities, local governments, and international donors.

    Global Opportunities (GO) Health Fellowship

    Alero Agberen, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Alero Agberen is a first year MPH student in the Department of Global Health, University of Washington. She is a dentist from Nigeria, with experience in providing primary oral health care to underserved populations in rural areas in Nigeria. Her primary interests are in improving oral health care to marginalized and underserved communities, health systems strengthening, and leadership and management in health in Sub Saharan Africa, particularly Nigeria. The GO Health Fellowship affords her the opportunity to develop her skills in qualitative research methods, leadership and management, and implementation science by evaluating a Leadership and Management in Health program in India (a country similar to Nigeria in social structures, economic patterns and health challenges). This prepares and positions her better to tackle some of the gaps in the Nigerian health sector.

    Jason Beste, MD, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Jason Beste, MD is in his first year of the Master of Public Health program in Global Health and second year of an Infectious Disease fellowship at UW. Jason completed his residency at Montefiore/Einstein in Internal and Social Medicine in 2011. Post-residency, Jason worked as the Clinical Director for Partners In Health in Malawi for two years and also worked in the Division of Global Health Equity and in the Division of Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research interests include health systems strengthening projects in multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and HIV co-infection and the effects of how war impacts health systems and the transmission and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases. As a GO Health fellow, Jason plans to use his public health and infectious disease background to study the multi-drug resistant tuberculosis care cascade in Mozambique to identify the gaps that cause a staggeringly low linkage to care and treatment initiation.

    Luke Carson, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Luke Carson is a concurrent MD/MPH student between his third and fourth year of medical school while pursuing his MPH in global health. Luke grew up on a cattle ranch in the remote Tongue River valley of southeastern Montana. After graduating from Middlebury College he moved to Seattle where he worked as a bilingual case manager for undocumented immigrant Latino youth for four years—through this work he became interested in the challenges facing mentally ill immigrants returning to their countries of origin. Subsequently, Luke began medical school at UW with an interest in a career in global health and psychiatry. Towards that end, Luke is currently pursuing his Global Health MPH and will be applying to psychiatry residencies later this year. Luke’s global health interests lie at the intersection of psychiatry with other medical disciplines, especially HIV-care and maternal child health.  As a recipient of the GO Health Fellowship, Luke will be working to implement a maternal health project identified by the rural Maasai community of Merrueshi in southern Kenya. Luke hopes to assist the village clinic in improving perinatal outcomes and gain experience on project implementation in a resource-limited setting similar to where he hopes to work in the future. 

    Sunny Cheng, PhDc, Nursing Science – School of Nursing

    Sunny Cheng is a second year PhD student in Nursing Science. She has clinical experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Taiwan. Caring and serving her patients inspired her career goal to promote the well-being of young patients through early prevention and intervention. Her dissertation explores patient and caregiver experiences during the prodromal stage, the period preceding the first psychotic episode, in order to improve current screening and diagnosis measurements. Early identification can halt the development of chronic disease. Her philosophy is that humankind can only perpetuate knowledge if we can preserve and expand upon it. Thus, she worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate nursing students. In addition, doing research on several nationally-funded projects solidified her ability to perform independently as a researcher as well as successfully communicate and work cooperatively within a team. This experience ultimately strengthened her abilities in critical thinking and applied discoveries to improve nursing science and patient care.  At the UW, she serves as an officer on the campus-wide graduate student council to represent the nursing school. The more she is involved with public affairs, the more she learns how to utilize the limited resources to help the population who are really in need. She loves her career and the positive impact that she makes on others. In the long term, Sunny plans to devote herself to international research and mental health services to form a stronger standardized care paradigm.

    Laura Ellington, MD, 3rd Year Medical Resident – Pediatrics, School of Medicine

    Laura Ellington is a pediatric resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She did her medical school training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Medicine. Global health has long been an interest of hers, particularly working with populations in Latin America. She has spent months in Mexico, Costa Rica, and most recently a year in Peru examining various tools for point-of-care diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow in medical school. Her general area of interest in global health involves improving the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease in children. Her interests within this broad topic are many but have recently focused more on simple adaptations of current technologies to improve outcomes of respiratory disease in low resource settings. Her GO Health Fellowship project will focus on implementing high-flow nasal cannula, a form of noninvasive respiratory support, in a low-resource pediatric intensive care unit in Lima, Peru. After residency, Laura has accepted a position as chief resident with plans to do a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology thereafter. The GO Health Fellowship not only offers her the opportunity to pursue her personal interests and goals during residency but also allows for developing relationships and a meaningful project with which to build upon during the fellowship and thereafter.

    Jill Falman, MSc/MPAc – Environmental Health –Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health & Evans School of Public Affairs

    Jill is a first year Masters student enrolled in concurrent degree programs. Before attending graduate school, Jill worked for several years at nonprofit organizations in North Lake Tahoe and Seattle in the environmental conservation and health fields. She grew up in southeast New Hampshire and received her BS in Media, Culture, & Communication from New York University. Jill has been working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Scott Meschke’s Environmental Health Microbiology Lab for the 2014-15 academic year. The GO Health Fellowship provides her with the opportunity to adapt recently developed environmental surveillance methods from the Meschke lab for poliovirus to rotavirus. These methods include utilizing a novel-bag mediated filtration system (BMFS) for environmental recovery of poliovirus in wastewater. Jill will work with Dr. Maureen Taylor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa to evaluate sampling methods for rotavirus in an effort to improve monitoring and characterization of rotavirus.

    Leah Isquith, PhDc/MPHc – Biocultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology & Global Health, School of Public Health

    Leah Isquith is a PhD-MPH student in the Departments of Anthropology and Global Health. She will be using her GO Health Fellowship to support her MPH thesis project to conduct a food security and nutrition assessment in an informal settlement in Lima, Peru. This work will help the University of Washington and our Peruvian partners identify areas needed for additional research and will further highlight the impacts of food insecurity on nutrition, child growth, and risk factors related to overweight and obesity. In addition, this project will contribute to advocacy for policy and program support of this community and further community-driven collaborations to improve health and wellbeing. Leah also hopes that this work will serve as formative research for her dissertation project to examine the impact of female social networks on food security and indicators of nutritional and immunological stress among Peruvian families. This fellowship will help Leah to achieve her career goal of working as an applied anthropologist to translate research into policy and public health practice. Before coming to the University of Washington, Leah worked as a researcher at an organization that serves homeless individuals in Boston and taught English in Quito, Ecuador. Leah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Global Health, Culture, and Society at Emory University and graduated from Seattle’s Franklin High School.

    Biraj Karmacharya, MBBS, PhDc/MPHc, – Epidemiology and Global Health, School of Public Health

    Biraj M Karmacharya is a fourth year PhD student (Epidemiology) and a first year MPH student (Global Health: Leadership, Policy and Management track) at the University of Washington. He founded and has been leading the Department of Community Programs at Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University, Nepal since 2006. He was recently appointed as the co-director of the Nepal Studies Initiative, which he helped found, at the UW South Asia Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He is also a team leader at the Healthcare Systems Design Group, which is the Implementation Research Team for Possible, a for-impact healthcare company committed to deliver high-quality, low-cost durable healthcare to the world’s poor. As a part of his PhD research work, under the guidance of his adviser Research Prof. Annette Fitzpatrick, he was able to conceive, develop and implement the Dhulikhel Heart Study, which will be one of the first population-based cohort studies on cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors in a low-income setting. This fellowship will help him undertake his MPH research work, which aims to understand the opportunities and challenge of incorporating the elements of Chronic Care Model (CCM) in Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital (DH), Nepal. This formative research will utilize qualitative techniques to get the perspectives from the hospital leadership, health care providers, information managers, patients, family members of the patients, community members and other local stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges of implementing CCM in the current institutional and community setting. Based on this study, he will help develop a clear plan of incorporating CCM in DH, which might possibly be the first implementation model in relation to chronic care management in Nepal.

    Caitlin O'Brien-Carelli, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Caitlin O’Brien-Carelli is a first-year MPH student in the Department of Global Health. After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy from Reed College in 2007, Caitlin served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan and as a coordinator for a rural clinic in The Guatemalan Highlands. She was most recently employed as a Community Health Advocate at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an AIDS-service organization in New York City, where she provided access to health care and public benefits for HIV-positive undocumented immigrants and the homeless. Caitlin is interested in the intersection between poverty reduction and global health, especially rural development, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. With the GO Health Fellowship, Caitlin will travel to Merrueshi, Kenya, where she will work in partnership with a rural clinic to implement an HIV/AIDS treatment program.

    Grant Quiller, MSc – Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health

    Grant Quiller is a first year MS student in the Exposure Science Program in the Department Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UW School of Public Health. He obtained a BS from Colorado State University (CSU) in Environmental Health. While at CSU, he worked extensively in Central America on indoor air pollution studies igniting a spark in him to continue his studies in public health, and specifically workers health in these developing nations. This summer Grant will be traveling to Costa Rica to collaborate with a multi-national organization, SALTRA, assessing UV exposures of rural agriculture workers in the mountainous regions of Costa Rica. Impacted low-resource communities have noted an increase in skin cancer cases in their farmers. Investigations being performed will assess UV exposures of these workers while evaluating proper interventions including protective clothing and sunscreen. SALTRA will provide a complete final evaluation to the Ministry of Health in hopes to inspire programs and legislation to promote sunblock usage and protective clothing for rural mountainous farmers of Costa Rica. These experiences and investigations are fundamental to Grant’s beliefs that no worker should have to worry about coming home healthy to their family at the end of the day. Low-resource countries must protect and value their workers in today’s rapidly industrializing society. Health and Safety Professionals can make impactful differences in the lives of individuals performing intensive hazardous labor. Grant hopes to continue his work in the area improving the plight of workers in low-resource nations around the world.

    Maria Camila Rodriguez, MD, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Maria Camila is a Colombian physician graduated from the National University of Colombia. Prior to coming to UW, she worked in some of the most remote and underserved rural communities in Colombia with Sinergias (a local non-governmental organization). The populations she has worked with have been, for the most part, indigenous communities with unique cultural characteristics. She has participated in diverse implementation and research projects aimed towards quality improvement of maternal and child health and strengthen local health services by supporting health directorates, local hospitals, and communities to improve access to culturally tailored primary health care services. The GO Health Fellowship will help to develop her thesis work on facilitators and barriers of community health workers’ performance in two contrasting rural areas in Colombia, a project that will inform the development of health models for rural isolated communities in Colombia.

    Maria Tulloch-Palomino – 1st Year Medical Student, School of Medicine

    Maria Tulloch-Palomino is currently a first year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degrees in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Latin American Studies from Yale University, where her focus was largely on children’s health care and education initiatives in underserved areas of Latin America. As a medical student, she remains extremely interested in this topic and is hoping to practice pediatrics in Latin America as a physician in the future. This summer, she will be studying the quality of life of patients with epilepsy post neurocystocercosis infection in Lima, Peru, and Tumbes, Peru. She hopes to focus on pediatric patients and will be comparing quality of life in urban Lima to rural Tumbes to determine their understanding of treatment and control of epilepsy and what can be done to improve the quality of life of patients with epilepsy.

    Claire Willey Sthapit, PhDc – Social Welfare, School of Social Work

    Claire Willey Sthapit is a doctoral student in the Program in Social Welfare at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. She has studied, visited, lived and worked in Nepal periodically since 2003. Trained as a social worker and marriage and family therapist, it was through working with couples that Claire realized a need for more comprehensive and tailored strategies to support persons affected by domestic violence. From 2010 to 2013, Claire worked with a local organization in Pokhara, Nepal that does community based work around issues of human rights and psychosocial well-being of marginalized women, children, and their families. Inspired by this organization's multilayered participatory approach to violence prevention and intervention, her area of interest is in strategies to engage communities for addressing domestic violence and other issues of concern to them. With the help of the GO Health Fellowship she is returning to Nepal to conduct interviews with service providers and advocates to learn about how they conceptualize violence in families and intimate relationships, the various contexts that they perceive to be important for addressing violence, interventions they use, and further needs for research and practice. Issues of violence prevention, psychosocial well-being and participation will be of particular importance as communities and service providers seek to rebuild in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes. This research is intended to begin a conversation that will inform Claire's dissertation and future research in Nepal.

    Hayes Wong, MD, 4th Year Medical Resident – Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine

    Hayes is a Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine within the School of Medicine. This fall, she will spend six weeks at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The focus of her project will be evaluating the implementation of the Foreign Medical Teams initiative during the Ebola response, Nepal earthquake, and other humanitarian emergencies. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Hayes was an International Studies major and studied pre-med at Kenyon College. Upon graduation, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to work with the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and the WHO in Beijing on the national hepatitis B vaccination program to improve neonatal vaccination rates. With a desire to meld her interest in global health and medicine, she attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is now in her final year of residency and hopes to pursue a career in international emergency medicine with a focus on humanitarian emergencies and disaster relief.

    Stergachis Endowed Fellowship for International Exchange

    Elisabeth Vodicka, PhDc – Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy, School of Pharmacy

    Elisabeth Vodicka is a current PhD student in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program at the University of Washington, where she also earned her Masters of Health Administration. Elisabeth has conducted research related to health information technology and patient-centered care in the United States, and has worked on economic evaluations and cost analyses for cervical cancer and mobile ultrasound programs in low- and middle-income countries. In 2012, she completed a Fogarty Fellowship in Peru focused on leveraging pharmacies and drug shops (“bóticas”) to improve access to care among hypertensive patients. This year, Elisabeth received a Stergachis Endowed Fellowship for International Exchange to return to Peru to conduct qualitative research evaluating the potential for using bóticas as the first point of care for individuals with hypertension in Lima. Under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Garcia (Dean of the School of Public Health and Administration at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and UW Affiliate Professor in Global Health) and Dr. Andy Stergachis (UW Professor of Global Health and Pharmacy), Elisabeth will conduct interviews with individuals with hypertension and key community stakeholders to assess the potential value of bótica-based hypertension prevention and management strategies. The project aims to support decision-making in Peru related to use of bóticas as a non-traditional access point of care by providing information about feasibility and market readiness for relevant programs in Lima and generating hypotheses for future research.

    Strengthening Caring Opportunities through Partnership in Ethiopia (SCOPE) Fellowship

    Eaden Andu, MSWc/MPHc – School of Social Work and Global Health, School of Public Health

    Eaden Andu graduated with her Bachelor degree from the University of Washington in Political Science.  She is currently a concurrent master’s student at the University of Washington pursuing her Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Masters in Public Health (MPH). Eaden has experience working in resource-limited settings as a Global Health Intern for Young Women’s Idea in the state of Punjab, India where she worked with women and children in migrant communities to improve health-seeking behavior. Eaden also worked on public health initiatives in Tunisia where she researched public health challenges in a post-revolution era.  After returning to the U.S., Eaden worked as a policy intern at Global Washington. Eaden will complete her fellowship project in Gondar alongside Geta Asrade at the Tseda Health Center to improve health outcomes for pregnant women.  Eaden will focus on antenatal care and, specifically, the intersection between nutrition and religious fasting.  Eaden’s background as an organizer in Seattle and her deep knowledge and understanding of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church will enrich her project and bring a unique perspective to SCOPE’s work.

    Anna Bazinet, MS – 1st Year Medical Student, School of Medicine

    Anna first became aware of the world’s wonderful cultures and unfortunate inequalities at the age of six when she lived with her parents in Oaxaca, Mexico for a year. Her career has since taken her to Peru and Panama to develop and work on public health projects with assorted non-governmental organizations. Prior to medical school Anna received a Master of Environmental Health from UW where she focused on understanding fish consumption habits in Seattle’s undeserved communities.  Anna is grateful for the SCOPE fellowship, which will give her the opportunity to combine her clinical training with her passion for public health.  Her work in Gondar, Ethiopia will focus on reducing vertical transmission of HIV by improving prenatal care access and acceptance through engaging community health workers.

    Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowship

    Jorge Alarcon, MLAc – Landscape Architecture, College of Built Environments

    Jorge “Coco” Alarcon, is a Peruvian architect currently pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture and certificate of global health at UW. He is a former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty Scholar from UW. Since 2009 his work on design and research in Lima, Peru has focused on how architecture and landscape architecture impact human health. His most recent research, supported by the Thomas Francis Jr Global Health Fellowship, focuses on the relationship between green infrastructure and health in tropical and subtropical environments in the Amazon rainforest. Coco's research will investigate how green spaces around the world will perform in the coming years with climate change increasing temperatures and changing habitats and pathogen exposures.

    Leann Andrews, MLA, PhDc – Built Environments, College of Built Environments

    Leann Andrews is currently a candidate in the PhD in the Built Environment Program at UW, where she also received a Master of Landscape Architecture and certificate in global health.  Leann is a licensed landscape architect with a decade’s worth of experience designing, planning and constructing ecological restoration and urban green infrastructure projects. She has been working with informal settlements in Peru since 2011 as part of UW’s Informal Urban Communities Initiative.  Leann’s current research focuses on understanding the intertwined relationship between human and ecological health and how we can design our landscapes to simultaneously improve both.  As part of this fellowship, Leann will be travelling to Iquitos, Peru, a city in the Amazon Rainforest where she will be gathering data to start her dissertation project- working with an low-resource informal urban community to improve human and ecological health conditions through landscape interventions.

    Michael Arndt, MPH, PhDc – Epidemiology, School of Public Health

    Michael Arndt is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology. He received his Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and a BS in Biology from Duke University.  During college, Michael spent two summers in rural Kenya teaching sex education, conducting a malaria household survey, and working with the WISER, a Kenyan NGO and girl’s boarding school. Michael will be working in Dhaka, Bangladesh with collaborators from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). His project and dissertation research focuses on whether certain hormones influence or serve as markers of linear growth responses to nutritional supplementation in undernourished children under two years of age. Michael is excited to explore Bangladesh, celebrate Eid Ul Fitr in mid-July, and gain practical experience from working in the laboratory. The project is a major opportunity to strengthen relationships with colleagues at icddr,b and has the potential to inform a large joint icddr,b-UW grant proposal.

    Maria Artunduaga, MD, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Maria Artunduaga, MD, is a Master of Public Health candidate in the Department of Global Health, where she focuses on leadership, policy and management. After graduating cum laude from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, she practiced medicine as an emergency room physician before joining Harvard Medical School as a postdoctoral research fellow in Human Genetics. Subsequently, she spent time training as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at The University of Chicago. Maria is interested in healthcare access as an important social justice issue and she believes strongly in the importance of cultural competency in the medical workforce. Her area of focus is Latin American and the Caribbean regions and their immigrant and refugee populations in the United States. With the assistance of the Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowship, she seeks to develop her skills in mixed research methods by establishing trauma quality improvement programs in Perú with the hope of disseminating them in her home country of Colombia. Her long-term goal is to optimize surgical care in Latin America and to help shape public policy towards prevention and research.

    Jessica Farley, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Jessica Farley is a Master of Public Health student in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. After graduating with a BA in Sociology/Environmental Studies from Whitman College, Jessica spent three years living in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, first in Mauritania integrating environmental education at the primary school level, and later in Mali implementing health and forestry activities with community groups. Most recently, she worked for the global health organization PATH on an HIV-prevention project focused on key populations in low-income countries. With the Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowship, will travel to Malawi and Tanzania and she hopes to gain a better understanding of the effects of climate change on health outcomes, and to identify and implement effective climate change adaptation strategies for health in low-resource settings.

    Leora Feldstein, PhDc – Epidemiology, School of Public Health

    Leora Feldstein is presently a second year PhD student in the epidemiology department and work as a research assistant in the Center for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She holds an MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA from Colby College. Her research interests include the epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, infectious disease dynamics in island populations, and spatial epidemiology. Her current projects include estimating and modeling the efficacy of an H5N1 influenza vaccine and helping to oversee a prospective cohort study in Yucatán, Mexico that examines dengue virus transmission prior to vaccine introduction. Thanks in part to the Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowship, she is thrilled to be traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands this June. The goal of this project is to estimate the prevalence of persistent joint pain associated with chikungunya virus infection, an emerging disease that struck the Caribbean with unprecedented magnitude in 2014, and to quantify the economic impact of the outbreak.  While in the U.S. Virgin Islands, she will be interviewing individuals as part of a year-long prospective cohort study regarding the presence and characteristics of persistent joint pain, work days missed and healthcare utilization due to chikungunya illness.

    Griffins Manguro, MBChB, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Griffins Manguro is a medical doctor from Kenya, with a background experience in HIV and sexually transmitted infections treatment and research, and a keen interest in teaching and mentorship. Prior to joining the University of Washington as an MPH student, Griffins worked as a project doctor for a HIV and STI clinic for high-risk women in Mombasa, Kenya. The Thomas Francis Jr. Fellowship will enable Griffins to work with the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) and Jodhpur University School of Public Health (JSPH), in India to carry out an appraisal of the online Global Health Leadership and management course, and to design a similar, in-class course for graduate students at the university. This experience will offer an excellent practical opportunity in course design, evaluation and teaching, in line with his ambitions. Griffins is excited to carry out his work in India, as India and Kenya are two low-middle income countries that are similar in a majority of aspects but quite different in terms of cultural diversity, socio-economic structure and education model.  The opportunity will present unique insights that will be invaluable to his subsequent work in teaching and education in Kenya.

    Emily Mosites, MPH, PhDc – Epidemiology, School of Public Health

    Emily Mosites is a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colby College and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology of Microbial Disease from Yale University. From there, she worked for one year on a vaccination campaign in Ethiopia and for two years as a vector borne disease surveillance officer in Tennessee. During her PhD research, Emily has focused on the overlap of infection and nutrition status among children under five years. In the summer of 2014, she worked with KEMRI-CDC to launch a cohort with the goal of evaluating the influence of livestock health on child growth in Western Kenya. With the Thomas Francis fellowship, she plans to return to Kenya to discuss the results of the study with participants and local collaborators. She hopes to help determine next steps for this research while strengthening the collaboration between UW and KEMRI-CDC.

    Emily Pawul, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Emily Pawul is currently in her last two quarters as a graduate student with the Executive Master of Public Health program. Public Health has been a passion of hers for longer than she can remember. Her experience these last two years at the University of Washington has been nothing short of incredible. She is always astonished and humbled to realize how much she doesn’t know, and how much there is to learn in this field. She is honored to have received the Thomas Francis Jr. Fellowship. With this funding, Emily will be traveling to Kenya to collaborate with the National AIDS & STI Control Program (NASCOP), Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), and the Kenya Research and Training Center to translate the qualitative research findings from the Counseling and Testing for Children at Home (CATCH) study, into a pediatric HIV testing toolkit to address the barriers that parents from the study have identified. The objective of this project is to pinpoint children who are infected with HIV before they are symptomatic. After a child is identified, they are linked to the care they need straightaway. Throughout this study, it became apparent that many parents do not receive testing for their children, despite being counseled about the life-saving benefits of early intervention, and that is where Emily’s project comes in. She is dedicated to contributing to research and programs that improve the health of populations in resource-limited communities.

    Sonjelle Shilton, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Sonjelle Shilton is a Master of Public Health candidate in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Her studies at UW concentrate on reproductive health, and the intersection between conflict and public health.  She received her BA in History from Rutgers University in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 Sonjelle managed HardtHaven, a local grassroots organization that runs both a home for AIDS orphans, and a community-based support and education center located in Ghana. She has served as the Director of Operations of HardtHaven since 2009. At HardtHaven, Sonjelle worked with a diverse array of academicians, scientists, elders, and youth advocates, synthesizing opinions and feedback from these groups to create and implement programs to effectively address the community needs.  It was during this period that Sonjelle came to understand that the key determinant of health is female education, and that lack of reproductive agency causes a dramatic curtailment of that education. To work to address this issue, she will be a research intern from June to November 2015 at the World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research, working with the Adolescents and at-Risk Populations Team. Her research will focus on identifying facilitators and barriers to the country-level adoption of the “Preventing Early Pregnancy and Poor Reproductive Outcomes among Adolescents in Developing Countries” WHO guidelines. Sonjelle’s professional goal is to develop and implement programs and services that allow access and uptake by adolescents and women in methods of reproductive freedom, focusing on West and Central Africa.

    Julia Velonjara, MPHc – Global Health, School of Public Health

    Julia Velonjara is a Master of Public Health candidate in the Department of Global Health and is also pursuing a Global WACh Certificate. Her primary interests are reproductive and maternal health of adolescent girls and young women in East Africa. During the first year of her program, Julia was a research assistant for the Program on Global Mental Health. Next year, she will be continue to study of Kiswahili as a FLAS scholarship recipient while completing her degree requirements. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, she worked with diverse youth in California on advocacy and engagement for tobacco prevention policies and worked in rural Madagascar as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer on community development, environmental health, and girls' empowerment projects. She has a BA in Anthropology from Yale University. This summer, with funding from the Thomas Francis, Jr. Fellowship, Julia is excited to be returning to Tanzania for her practicum project. She will be working with the MEA Foundation with support from the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and the Anglican Diocese of Dar es Salaam. She will be conducting assessments and developing checklists to strengthen maternal care in a rural region of coastal Tanzania. She hopes to learn from the experience of cross-cultural program assessment and evaluation in order to gain skills to pursue a career in reproductive health program implementation, as well as provide instrumental information for the MEA Foundation and the Tanzanian MOHSW to improve rural maternal care for women.

  •  Five outstanding students were awarded “Global Healthies” awards for excellence and achievement in global health on May 11, three of whom were honored for their projects in Nepal.

    The second annual Global Healthies award ceremony, held in the Husky Union Building, awarded students in five categories, including the people’s choice Oscar Gish Social Justice & Equity Award. Each awardee received US$500.

    More than 30 projects were displayed in a poster event before the ceremony, covering a variety of topics including local superfund clean-up sites, violence against women in Turkey, and cold-chain vaccines and health facilities. Although winners were chosen prior to the major earthquake in Nepal, two out of five reviewer-picked projects were in Nepal. Those winners were Biraj Karmacharya and Nicole Ide. 

    Michelle Lam, a medical student in the Global Health Pathway, received the Oscar Gish Social Justice & Equity Award, for her work on the prevalence of mental health issues in Nepal.

    Annette and Judy with winners with Nepal projectsAdjunt Research Professor Annette Fitzpartrick, PhD, who mentored all three winners with projects in Nepal said, “I am so pleased with all of the great work that Biraj, Nicole and Michelle have done. The quality of their projects attests to the importance of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Global Health and the wonderful collaboration that has developed with Dhulikhel Hospital and Kathmandu University over the past few years. Many thanks to Judy and the Global Healthies for acknowledging their efforts.” Annette is pictured at right with her mentees and Department Chair Judy Wasserheit.

    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 initial 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.

    Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH, the Chair of the Department of Global Health, opened an envelope before each awardee, smiled, and said, “And the Global Healthie goes to….” 

    Global Healthies 2015 awardees (from left): Marita Mann, Chung Dang, Judy Wasserheit (Chair), Biraj Karmacharya, Michelle Lam, Nicole Ide.

    Discovery and Development

    Chung Dang, PhDc in Pathobiology
    Project: “A Novel Approach to Prevent Herpes Simplex Virus Reactivation by Utilizing Engineered Nucleases to Specifically Disrupt Viral Genomes in Neurons”
    UW Faculty Mentor: Keith Jerome

    Education and Training

    Biraj Karmacharya, PhDc in Epidemiology, MPHc in Global Health
    Project: “Approaches in Global Health Collaboration Between Institutions in Developed and Developing Countries: Experience from Kathmandu University, Nepal”
    UW Faculty Mentor: Annette Fitzpatrick

    Implementation and Application

    Marita Mann, PhDc in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program; Thomas Francis Jr. Fellow 2013-14; Global Medicines
    Project: “Sentinel Site Active Surveillance for First-Line Antiretroviral Medicines in Namibia”
    UW Faculty Mentors: Lou Garrison and Andy Stergachis

    Public Health Service and Direct Care

    Nicole Ide, MPHc in Global Health; GO Health Fellow 2014-15
    Project: “Death Certification at Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal: Medical Records, Death Certificates, and Verbal Autopsy”
    UW Faculty Mentors: Annette Fitzpatrick and Bernardo Hernández Prado

    Oscar Gish Social Justice & Equity

    Michelle Lam, Global Health Pathway for Medical Students; MPHc in Global Health
    Project: Evaluating the Prevalence and Risk Factors for Major Depressive Symptoms in Nepal
    UW Faculty Mentors: Annette Fitzpatrick and Deepa Rao

    To learn more about how philanthropy can fuel and sustain this important work, please contact Megan Ingram, Assistant Dean for Advancement, UW School of Public Health,, 206.616.7197, or Deirdre (Schwiesow) Sumida, Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, UW Medicine Advancement,, 206.221.4769.

  • University of Washington ranked third among 59 universities in a student-led report highlighting how university research benefits low-resource settings

    The University of Washington ranked third out of 59 universities in its approach to global equity and biomedical research, earning a B+ “grade.” This University Report Card ranking was published in late April by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a student-led group focused on access to medicine and health-related technologies.  

    The project evaluates more than 50 top American universities on their contributions to neglected biomedical research and access to medicines. It uses publicly-available and self-reported information to evaluate whether universities address neglected diseases, license medical breakthroughs in ways that ensure equitable access, and educate students on the impact universities can have on global health.

    Interim UW President Ana Marie Cauce congratulated School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin,  UW Medicine CEO and School of Medicine Dean Paul Ramsey, and Department of Global Health Chair Judith Wasserheit on this achievement, saying the ranking was well-earned.

    The University of Washington has one of the largest academic global health programs with 350 faculty, more than 1,000 students who take global health courses each year, and projects in more than 130 countries. Its current and emerging global health focus areas include: health metrics and evaluation, infectious diseases, workforce development, health system strengthening and implementation science, global environmental change, global injury and violence, global medicines safety, women, children and adolescent health, and a strong cross-cutting focus on social justice and equity.

    See the rankings at:

    For more information on the global health efforts at the University of Washington visit:

  • We are pleased to announce that Pat Gentino, Operations and Compliance Officer for I-TECH, was selected as the 2015 Department of Global Health Outstanding Staff as part of the School of Public Health (SPH) Awards. This year we had a fantastic response to our call for nominees with 10 truly outstanding nominations. A small committee of two staff and one faculty member made the very difficult decision.

    Pat was nominated for her work with teams of staff and faculty overseas as part of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH). Her nomination included this quote, “She is someone who volunteers whenever she can and definitely whenever she views it as her responsibility. Her communication is outstanding in all ways. When her assignments have changed over the years, those who were working with her tried to negotiate keeping her assigned to their respective countries/programs because she is such an outstanding team member.”

    Pat will be honored at the SPH Awards Ceremony at the Urban Horticulture Center on May 15 at 3:00 p.m. Please join us in elebrating excellence in our community.

  • Associate Professor Ann Downer, a pioneer of distance learning at the University of Washington, has been named winner of the UW's 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award.

    Ann Downer, a pioneer of distance learning at the University of Washington, has been named winner of the UW's 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award. - See more at:
  • What do a painting, a scalpel, and a song have in common? The answer will be danced, performed and spoken at "The Panacea Project - Global Health & the Arts" performance showcase on Friday, April 24th. Community members from both global health and the arts will converge at the ACT Theatre in Downtown Seattle for a night of interdisciplinary connections and re-imagination of health and healing. 

    Some of the performers and speakers include:

    • Rachel Chapman, Sociocultural Anthropologist and University of Washington Faculty
    • Jourdan Keith, Seattle's Poet Populist Emeritus and Founder of the Urban Wilderness Project
    • Felicia Gonzalez, Poet and University of Washington Staff
    • Jacque Larrainzar, Human Rights Artivist and musician
    • University of Washington Graduate Students and more!

    This event is free thanks to the generous donations from the ACT Theatre, the University of Washington Global Health Resource Center, Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Global Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies, Carlo Scandiuzzi, King Holmes, and Virginia Gonzales. 

    Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. with time to mingle afterwards. Fruit and desserts provided, and a cash bar will be available.

    Tickets are free – reserve yours today! For more information join our Facebook event or contact Alec Sullivan at

    *This event is organized by the Global Health Undergraduate Leadership Committee*

  • How do you ensure that global health research actually informs what’s happening on the ground? Why is the translation of research findings into large scale practice and policy often slow and uneven? How do global health practitioners address the widening gap between what is known to be effective and what is done in routine practice? A condensed summer course on the emerging field of implementation science hopes to attract folks from around the world who are interested in bridging this gap between research and practice in reproductive health.

    A new field of study, implementation science works by addressing bottlenecks, testing interventions, and evaluating the real impact of programs to help inform global health practice. This approach focuses on on-the-ground personnel, making it particularly relevant to global health, a field that relies on the sustainability of health interventions in challenging environments.

    The two-week intensive course is a collaboration between the Department of Global Health and The Evidence Project, a global implementation science project focused on family planning and reproductive health. The intended course audience is researchers, policy makers, funders, and practitioners working in the fields of family planning and reproductive health, including HIV/STI prevention and control in low and middle income settings.

    Course directors include William H. Foege Chair Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH; Associate Professor Kenneth Sherr, PhD, MPH; Professor and Associate Chair for Curriculum and Education Stephen Gloyd, MD, MPH; and Karen Hardee, PhD and Laura Reichenbach, PhD of the Evidence Project. Read their bios.  

    Applications are due May 1, 2015. For additional course information, including the on-line course application, please visit our course website.

    Implementation Science for Family Planning and Reproductive Health
    including HIV/STI Prevention and Control

    August 3 – 14, 2015
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    Photo: Courtesy of GO Health Fellow Maya Newman, who traveled to Kenya to participate in the Mobile WaCH feasibility pilot study, using mobile phone SMS messaging as a means to educate and interact with pregnant and post-partum women in the Mathare slum clinic in Nairobi and in the Kisumu District Hospital. 

  • event organizers

    Department alumni and students recently teamed up to organize the first-ever Global Oncology Symposium in Seattle, an event that brought more than 200 people together to discuss how to address cancer in the developing world. The symposium was organized by Department alumni: Elizabeth Meacham, MPH, Kingsley Ndoh, MD, MPH (Fred Hutch Global Oncology), and Gillian O'Bryan, MPH; and current MPH students: Suzanne McGoldrick, MD (Fred Hutch Global Oncology), Mohammed Tawfig Albirair, MBBS, and Alero Agberen, BDS. Alum Allison Dvaldze, MPH, of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance served as one of the symposium advisors. See below for more details on this successful event.

    The story below was originally published on the Fred Hutch website.

    April 1, 2015

    By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

    Childhood leukemia is curable 90 percent of the time – one of the success stories noted in the three-part PBS documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies,” which concludes tonight. But as thoroughly as the six-hour film explores both progress and disappointments in cancer treatment, it tells only part of cancer’s story – what is happening in the United States and other developed countries. In sub-Saharan Africa and other low-income countries, a child – or an adult – with cancer is far more likely to die than live.

    “One of the biggest single predictors of whether you will survive [cancer] is where you live,” said Dr. Corey Casper, head of Global Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “And that is something we should not tolerate.”

    Casper welcomed more than 200 physicians, researchers, policymakers, patient advocates, and medical and public health students from around the nation and the world Tuesday to Fred Hutch to talk about how to make cancer a priority globally, not just in wealthy countries. 

    The first challenge, speakers at the daylong symposium agreed, is gaining recognition that cancer is even a problem in low-income countries. Global health research and aid has traditionally focused on preventing or treating infectious diseases, advancing maternal health and improving sanitation. Although cancer has always been present, its incidence has been rising partly because progress in these others areas has allowed more people to live long enough to develop cancer.

    Today, more people in low- and middle-income countries die each year from cancer than from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, Corey noted, citing figures from the American Cancer Society. Cancer is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide, with about 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization. More than 60 percent of new cases occurred in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, which also accounted for 70 percent of cancer deaths.

    “It’s very clear that chronic diseases, including cancer, have outstripped infectious diseases as the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in many parts of the world, including low- and middle-income countries,” said Dr. Judith Wasserheit, a University of Washington professor of allergy and infectious disease and chair of its Global Health Department. “Yet research regarding cancer and care is really very limited, and not a minor piece of that is limited funding.”

    'A moral imperative’ to increase cancer funding

    Only about 1 percent of an estimated $31 billion in public and private global health spending  goes to noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, said Silvana Luciani, a cancer prevention and control adviser for the Pan American Health Organization, with most going to HIV/AIDS, maternal-child health, tuberculosis and malaria.

    “There’s a moral imperative” to increase funding for cancer research and aid, Luciani said, pointing out that both within and among countries, cancer disproportionately affects the poor, who tend to be diagnosed at later stages and have lower survival rates. The mortality rates for cervical cancer, for example – a preventable and treatable disease – are six to seven times higher in low-income countries than in wealthy ones.

    But Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of UW School of Public Health and an internationally recognized leader in environmental health, warned against repeating earlier mistakes that made funding for some diseases so restricted that it resulted in siloed rather than holistic health care systems.

    “You can imagine the predicament of a family who has to travel by bus over difficult roads over much of the day to get to an HIV clinic, then two days later has to travel the same roads to get help for cancer,” he said.  “We need to be thinking in terms of systems change and systems support. Give me a dollar to do this job and I’ll figure out how to do five jobs with that dollar.”

    Cancer funding also must take into account public health education to break down taboos that keep people from seeking care; capacity building, or training physicians, nurses and community health workers; and ways to evaluate what works and what doesn’t — sentiments that were repeated throughout the day by other speakers.

     ‘Stigma is one of the hardest things to overcome’

    “We cannot underestimate the role of patient advocacy and support groups in low- and middle-income countries,” said Pat Garcia-Gonzalez, president of the Max Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that helps people in such countries get cancer care. “For survivors to go out in the community and tell others you can survive cancer is very important. Stigma is one of the hardest things to overcome. It takes a lot of courage for patients to do that.”

    As depicted in the Ken Burns-produced cancer documentary, the same was (and in some cases, still is) true in developed countries: a cancer diagnosis was all too often a closely kept secret, in part because the prognosis seemed invariably hopeless.

    Survivor stories are key because many people believe that a cancer diagnosis is an automatic death sentence and so don’t seek care, said Penny Legate, a videographer who, with Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has worked with East African breast cancer survivors.

    “It’s remarkable how these women’s lives are being changed just by gathering together and telling stories,” Legate said.

    Among the myths the women help to dispel: that cancer is a disease of the West, that it is contagious, that screening causes infertility, that everyone with cancer dies.

    A holistic approach to cancer care

    Fred Hutch is one of the first comprehensive cancer centers to have a program dedicated to global oncology. Its decade-long alliance with the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, Uganda, is held up by the National Cancer Institute as a model for research, training and patient care in low-income countries. The partnership takes a holistic approach to cancer care through such steps as raising awareness through community outreach, speeding diagnosis and assigning case managers to help families navigate care. The 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre, the first comprehensive cancer center jointly built by U.S. and African cancer institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, is scheduled to open in May.

    “We are deeply invested in, deeply committed to global oncology at the Hutch,” said Dr. D. Gary Gilliland, Fred Hutch president and director, in welcoming researchers to Tuesday’s symposium.

    Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, immediate past president of the Union for International Cancer Control and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, closed the conference on a note of optimism, despite the challenges.

    Lowering the global burden of cancer and closing the “cancer divide” between rich and poor countries is “a tough problem, a complex and wicked problem,” she said. “But I have confidence that if we all work together, we can solve it. I’m an optimist. I think all of the cancer doctors are optimists, or they should get out of the business, right? The last thing we need is pessimistic cancer doctors.”

    The Global Oncology Symposium was sponsored by Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, the University of Washington's Department of Global Health and Center for Global Studies, the Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium, Washington Global Health Alliance and Global Oncology.

    Mary Engel, a staff writer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, formerly covered medicine and health policy for newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, where she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for health care reporting. She also was a fellow at the year-long MIT Knight Science Journalism program. Reach her at