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For her practicum, Keeley Ffrench, a Master of Public Health student in Global Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, worked with the Vancouver Island Social Prescribing Community of Practice. Their goals were to scale up a social prescribing pilot project using evidence-based interventions implemented elsewhere in Canada through outreach, promotion and education.
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of 20 conditions, such as dengue, leprosy, and intestinal worms. NTDs affect over 1 billion people globally, and are associated with devastating health, social, and economic outcomes including permanent disability and impoverishment. The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to mobilize political will, community commitment, resources, and action needed to end unnecessary suffering from NTDs and shed light on the strides made in combating NTDs. As such, several NTDs are targeted for control for elimination by 2030.
A study investigating the longer-term impacts of acute COVID-19 infection across ethnic and racial groups reports that BIPOC individuals who were infected with COVID-19 experienced greater negative aftereffects in health and work loss than did similarly infected white participants.
Dr. Kelli O’Laughlin, associate professor of global health and of emergency medicine, is the lead author.
Each year the UW Department of Global Health is able to provide partial to full funding to recruit top applicants. In addition to financial support, some recipients also receive mentorship and real-world experience through research assistant positions. For the 2023-24 academic year, 22 outstanding graduate students received funding to support their studies, 21 of whom are highlighted here. Learn more about this impressive cohort, including their journeys to arrive at UW and the impact they hope to have on the field of global health.
In contrast to a common theory, new findings suggest Columbus-led expeditions may not have transported syphilis to Europe from the Americas, though they cannot disprove the claim with certainty.
Sheila Lukehart, professor emeritus of global health and medicine in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted.