Cities respond to rising heat … with new hires


People around the world are dying from heat exposure. A few cities and towns — from Phoenix and Miami here in the U.S. to Athens, Greece — are responding by hiring “chief heat officers.” It’s a step to the future of local heat resilience as the climate continues to change.

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UW, is quoted.

We are not powerless against gun violence: Turn to civic action

The Seattle Times

"It is with a heavy heart that I ponder the media accounts of yet one more mass shooting in America. This one in Highland Park is different from Uvalde or Buffalo, however. I grew up on the North Shore of Chicago. It happened in the familiar," writes Helen Donnelly Goehring.

Research from Dr. Jürgen Unützer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Global Health, is referenced.

Climate change is pushing hospitals to tipping point

Washington Post

When an unprecedented heat wave baked the Pacific Northwest last July, emergency rooms sought any way possible to lower the core body temperatures of patients coming in droves with heat-related ailments. Many emergency departments in the region began putting people in body bags filled with ice to help safely adjust their temperatures. But despite their lifesaving efforts, around 1,000 excess deaths occurred from the brutal heat. 

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UW, is quoted.

How we talk about monkeypox could protect lives

The Seattle Times

As if we didn’t have enough contagious viruses to worry about, monkeypox is now the latest unwelcome term to enter our daily lexicon. Even before we learned about the first U.S. cases of the disease in May, the way the European outbreak was framed by the media and public health officials was eerily familiar. 

Stephaun Wallace, Clinical Assistant Professor of Global Health at UW, is quoted.

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, recently cleared by U.S. regulators, was tested at UW

The Seattle Times

A protein-based COVID-19 vaccine that went through clinical trials at the UW Medicine Virology Research Clinic could soon be available in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration this week authorized Novavax’s vaccine for emergency use in adults 18 and older. A green light from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is needed before Americans can get the two-dose vaccination.

Dr. Scott McClelland, Professor of Medicine, of Global Health, and of Epidemiology at UW, is quoted.

UK Heat Forecast: A hypothetical weather forecast for 2050 is already coming true


The climate crisis is pushing weather to the extreme all over the world, and temperatures in the northern latitudes have been particularly sensitive to these changes. So meteorologists at the Met Office — the official weather forecast agency for the United Kingdom — dove in to the super long-range climate models in the summer of 2020 to see what kind of temperatures they’d be forecasting in about three decades.

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is quoted.

Dr. Gabrielle O’Malley to Serve as Department of Global Health Vice-Chair

The Department of Global Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Gabrielle O’Malley has accepted the position of Vice-Chair. “She will be a tremendous addition to the DGH leadership team and I can't think of a better person to step into this role,” said Interim Chair Dr. Carey Farquhar. “Gabrielle brings to the position a data-driven approach to problem-solving, excellent listening and communication skills, and extensive leadership experience.” 

COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Life Expectancy Gap Between White and Black Americans


Researchers from the University of Washington looked at the data from death and census records to estimate life expectancy for Black, white and Hispanic Americans over a three-decade span from 1990 to 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic reversed a promising trend in life expectancy by widening the gap between white and Black Americans. 

Dr. Gregory Roth, Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine-Cardiology, is featured.

Roe v. Wade overturned: 11 states to ban abortion don't require sex ed

USA Today

Close to half of the roughly two dozen states where abortion is or will soon be outlawed or heavily restricted do not require sex education. Most of those states require any schools that do choose to teach sex education to emphasize abstinence as the main or only way to avoid getting pregnant. Almost none require teaching about contraception.  

Pamela Kohler, Associate Professor of Global Health, is quoted.