The Simplifying HIV TREAtment and Monitoring (STREAM) study, led by Global Health professor Paul Drain and recently published in The Lancet HIV, found that point-of-care HIV viral load monitoring and task shifting significantly improved viral suppression and retention in HIV care, as compared to standard laboratory-based HIV viral load testing. This study was the first randomized controlled trial to compare rapid point-of-care HIV viral load testing against standard of care lab-based HIV viral load testing, which usually takes several weeks to return results to patients.
Health Alliance International (HAI), a center of the University of Washington Department of Global Health, has launched their spin on a COVID information hub. The hub is providing updates on the pandemic in Mozambique, Timor-Leste, and Côte d’Ivoire, while also highlighting the adaptation and resilience of health workers and resource-limited health systems.
May is Mental Health Month, and the Department of Global Health is sharing an article from the Global Mental Health program, which features interviews with people from the UW community about mental health as well as information from relevant journal articles.
DGH Grad Student Wins Population Health Fellowship, Will Help Launch Clean Drinking Water Tech (UW School of Public Health, includes Juan Osorio-Valencia)
Juan Osorio-Valencia from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine is one of four graduate students from the UW awarded Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships by the Population Health Initiative.
Research projects funded for 2020 by EarthLab’s Innovation Grants Program will study how vegetation might reduce pollution, help an Alaskan village achieve safety and resilience amid climate change, organize a California river’s restoration with tribal involvement, compare practices in self-managed indigenous immigrant communities and more.
The Population Health Initiative today announced the award of six Population Health Applied Research Fellowships to four graduate and two undergraduate students. Eileen Kazura, a Master of Public Health student in the Department of Global Health, was one of the students selected for the fellowship program.
The Department of Global Health recently awarded its 2020 Outstanding Staff Award to Noura Youssoufa (Academic Advisor, MPH and Undergraduate Programs). Her role as Academic Advisor includes working with prospective MPH students – both in-person, online, and at conference recruitment events – as well as organizing Visit Days for all admitted graduate students in the department.
With a new $765,120 grant, Global Health professor Paul Drain will lead a study to develop an antigen-based COVID-19 test – as well as evaluate PCR-based tests and immunological assays – to be used at the point of care. This grant, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is titled “Developing and Evaluating Point-of-Care Antigen and Immunoassays for COVID-19 and Cytokine Release Syndrome among people being screened for SARS-CoV-2 infection in Seattle”.
Global Health Career Week, in collaboration with the School of Public Health, concluded with a Q&A panel on protecting public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This live Zoom event provided participants with an opportunity to ask questions to our panel of experts.
As part of 2020 Global Health Career Week, in collaboration with the School of Public Health, the Department of Global Health organized a week of Zoom sessions for participants to present information on their organization, their work, the culture of hiring, job or internship opportunities that might arise, and how students might best prepare for life after college.