Mental Health Matters

UW School of Public Health

As we recover from the pandemic, researchers and practitioners say we need to take a community-based approach to mental health. In other words, to help all of us heal our mental health, we all need to collectively practice well-being.

Deepa Rao, professor of global health and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.

No big raise? Maybe health insurance is to blame


While the costs of health insurance have increased, this hasn’t resulted in increased value for employees. Deductibles have increased from $545 to more than $3,000, or 3% of household income before insurance starts paying for services.

Dr. Joseph Dieleman, adjunct associate professor of global health, and associate professor of health metrics sciences, is quoted.

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Roundup of 2022 DGH Books

The Department of Global Health (DGH) seeks to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service. In honor of National Reading Month, DGH has created a roundup of books authored and edited by DGH faculty in 2022 that cover a wide range of topics, from personal memoirs to public health textbooks.  

Allergy season is getting longer

Fox 13

About a quarter of U.S. adults suffer from seasonal allergies and for kids, the CDC says it’s about one in five. But those numbers could climb in the years ahead. A recent study shows that climate change is making allergy season worse and it’s also lasting longer as well.

Dr. Jeremy Hess, professor of global health, of emergency medicine and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Community care model improves uptake of TB preventive therapy, KZN study finds


The uptake and continuation of tuberculosis (TB) preventive therapy were much higher when it was provided through a community-based model compared to the standard clinic-based model, a study conducted in KwaZulu-Natal found. The findings were presented at the recent Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, USA.

DGH faculty members Adrienne Shapiro, Ruanne Barnabas (now at Massachusetts General Hospital), and Connie Celum were involved in the research, as well as DGH staff members Torin Schaafsma, Meighan Krows, and Susan Morrison.

Ukraine gets new mental health center for soldiers, locals with trauma

USA Today

Officially known as the Lviv Mental Health Center, the 5,000-square-foot renovated space offers free and low-cost services from about a dozen professional psychotherapists and psychiatrists. The goal is to treat wounded Ukrainian soldiers and locals suffering from PTSD and other stress-related conditions brought on by the war. 

Abraham Flaxman, associate professor of global health and health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.

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Tacoma woman with tuberculosis facing arrest for refusing treatment


A Tacoma woman with tuberculosis is facing arrest after her counter-arguments in court were unsuccessful. The court order says she can be released when she is no longer a threat to the community.

Dr. Thomas Hawn, adjunct professor of global health and of laboratory medicine and pathology in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted.

Where more people will die — and live — because of hotter temperatures

Washington Post

The scientific paper published in the June 2021 issue of the journal Nature Climate Change was alarming. Between 1991 and 2018, the peer-reviewed study reported, more than one-third of deaths from heat exposure were linked to global warming. Hundreds of news outlets covered the findings. The message was clear: climate change is here, and it’s already killing people.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

I-TECH Supported Reference Center Serves as Critical Lifeline for People with Advanced HIV Disease

International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH)

The Alto Maé Reference Center (CRAM) provides a specialized package of care and treatment services for patients with advanced HIV disease from the urban health network of Maputo, Mozambique.

Since January 1, 2021, the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) has served as the Ministry of Health’s primary partner for managing CRAM.