U.S. Global Change Research Program Should Shift Focus to Preparing for and Avoiding Worst Potential Consequences of Climate Change, Says New Report (Includes Kris Ebi)

WASHINGTON — As it drafts its next decadal strategic plan, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) should shift its focus to providing insights that help society prepare for and avoid the worst potential consequences of climate change, while protecting the most vulnerable, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

COVID-19 In-Depth Report: Summary of Evidence Related to the Risk of Other Infections in the Context of COVID-19

Severe COVID-19 is associated with critical illness and immune dysregulation, both of which have been previously associated with increased risk of nosocomial infection. The care of COVID-19 patients has required dramatic changes to usual hospital practices and heightened concern for infection control practices. This is a brief summary of published evidence related to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-COVID infections.

UW Department of Global Health Faculty Awarded Population Health Initiative 2021 Pilot Research Grant

An interdisciplinary team including UW Department of Global Health faculty Jeremy Hess and Kris Ebi was selected for a pilot research grant award from the University of Washington Population Health Initiative. The award will support the formation of a climate action Collaboratory in Washington State.

Double Dose of Debate: Opinions Vary on Timing of COVID Vaccine Shots as Potential 4th Wave Looms (includes Ruanne Barnabas)

by Lisa Stiffler  / March 19, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines still in limited supply and case counts threatening to resurge, there is a debate over the benefits of giving more people their first shot and waiting a longer time to administer the second dose, or whether to stay the course and prioritize getting both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine into arms as quickly as possible.

Denouncing racist attacks against the community of the Asian diaspora

Dear DGH community,

We are deeply saddened by the rise in racist, xenophobic attacks against the Asian community over the last year, including this week’s murders of eight people at Asian-owned spas in Atlanta. We are reaching out to amplify the below message from the SPH, and reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Asian racism. To members of our department who identify as Asian, we stand in solidarity with you and extend our support at this difficult time.

Global Health Minor Nuria Alina Chandra Selected for President’s Medalist Award

From the thousands of undergraduate students at the University of Washington, three are selected each year for the prestigious President’s Medalist Award. 

Global Health Minor student Nuria Alina Chandra was named a medalist for 2019–20, along with Sam Colgan and Natasha Lavides. All three recipients are passionate about their chosen areas of study, and were selected by a committee for their high GPAs, rigor of classes and number of Honors courses. 

Paul Drain Appointed to NIH Study Section for Implementation Science

The National Institutes of Health recently announced new members to serve on the Science of Implementation in Health and Healthcare (SIHH) Study Section, including Paul Drain, Associate Professor at the University of Washington. Drain will serve a four-year term beginning in July 2021.

To be considered for a study section, candidates must be recognized authorities in their field and approved by the Director of the NIH.

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