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Department News

New DGH Director of Finance and Administration – Abraham Guizar

The Department of Global Health is pleased to announce that Abraham Guizar has accepted the position of Director of Finance and Administration. “I have great confidence that Abraham has the experience, skillset, personality, and attitude necessary to lead DGH as the next Director of Finance and Administration,” said Interim DGH Chair Dr. Carey Farquhar. “He understands the advantages and challenges of sitting in SPH and SOM and the complexity of navigating our decentralized CPI model.   

A Giant in the Early Mycoplasma World

George Edward Kenny, former chair of the UW Pathobiology department, passed away on October 13, 2022.  

George, known around the world for his extensive research on mycoplasmas, organisms that cause respiratory and genital infection, joined the Department of Preventive Medicine in the UW School of Medicine in 1961.  

Joint Statement on the 2022 Iran Protests from the University of Washington Schools of Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry

UW School of Public Health

The six health science schools at the University of Washington stand united with the people of Iran. Threats to women’s health, bodily autonomy, and peaceful protests are extremely concerning and we, the deans of the University of Washington’s Schools of Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry recognize that our institutions have a unique leadership role in making the world a healthier place through public health advocacy, education and research.  



Amplifying Voices from the Global South

DGH students dreaming of making a positive difference in the world. One group of students was not content to wait until after graduation, so they joined the Global Health Justice Group. In June, Global Health Justice launched a website to amplify the voices and narratives from the Global South which address structural inequities and fundamental political and economic drivers of health that are often absent in the conventional global health discourse.

In the Media

WA advocates highlight health disparities during Trans Awareness Week

The Seattle Times

Transgender community organizations in the Seattle area are marking Trans Awareness Week by highlighting the critical need for improved health care and access to resources. While Washington has made significant strides to curb the HIV epidemic, advocates emphasize this is no time for complacency, and that there is still more work to be done, with a focus on addressing disparities, if Washington is to ever truly end the epidemic.

Stephaun Wallace, clinical assistant professor of global health at the UW, is quoted.

DoxyPEP is a morning-after pill to prevent sexually transmitted infections


Years after it was first proven to work, a new tool for preventing sexually transmitted infections is on the brink of entering mainstream medicine. That tool is doxyPEP, an antibiotic that works like a morning-after pill — but instead of preventing pregnancy within hours of unprotected sex, it prevents STIs like chlamydia and syphilis.

Dr. Connie Celum, professor of global health and of medicine at the UW, is referenced.

How to Boost Your Immune System During Cold and Flu Season

The New York Times

As the days shorten and people trade their tank tops and shorts for sweaters and tights, the turn of autumn signals another new beginning: the start of flu and cold season, and COVID winter number 3.

Dr. Helen Chu, associate professor of medicine and adjunct associate professor of global health at UW, is quoted.