Pierce County woman isolated for tuberculosis released from home detention


The Pierce County woman arrested in June for defying a judge’s orders to medicate her tuberculosis has now been released after being cured. She was arrested in June after more than a year of refusing to medicate or self-isolate.

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

Opinion: Address housing crisis with transparency, accountability

The Seattle Times

"The regional approach to homelessness and affordable housing in Seattle and King County is a mess. With future investments predicted to be in the billions of dollars, strong fiscal accountability is essential. At the same time, we must increase the amount of publicly subsidized housing," writes Dr. Scott Barnhart, professor of global health and internal medicine at the UW School of Medicine.

Ban Homeless Encampment Sweeps During Winter

The Stranger

Unsheltered homelessness is a public health catastrophe. Homeless people are dying daily in King County and Seattle, it’s getting worse, and it’s preventable. Providing shelter or housing sufficient for all unsheltered people is an essential step to turn things around. 

Amy Hagopian, professor of global health and of health systems and population health, is featured.

Building the Bridge & Keeping It Stable: Successes on Bridging the Research to Practice Gap

The buzzwords “Bridge the gap,” “Bridging research to practice,” and “Closing the know do gap” represent goals for our research we have not yet achieved. Public health and academic research continues to research health interventions that do not get implemented. However, as we have begun to include community partners, policy makers, and funding and implementing partners, we are starting to see progress on implementing well-researched interventions.

Planetary health needs stat response, ER physician says

UW Medicine Newsroom

Dr. Jeremy Hess works as a UW Medicine Emergency Department physician, UW medical school professor and director of the UW's Center for Health and the Global Environment.

"It was just serendipitous," he says of how he initially became interested in global warming, which he describes as "the big, broad problem in front of so many health issues".

Department of Global Health Awards 25 Students with Travel Fellowships

The Department of Global Health awarded 25 international travel fellowships to support the projects and research of graduate students at UW for the next academic year. Students from varied disciplines across the University of Washington, including global health, epidemiology, nursing, health metric sciences, and environmental health sciences, will travel to 13 countries to engage with local communities and pursue fieldwork experience.

Study reveals diabetic retinopathy affecting more people than previously estimated

Komo News

A new study found that 9.6 million people had diabetic retinopathy in 2021, which is about 30% higher than previous research had predicted. The eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes.

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

Climate change keeps making wildfires and smoke worse. Scientists call it the ‘new abnormal’

AP News

As Earth’s climate continues to change from heat-trapping gases spewed into the air, ever fewer people are out of reach from the billowing and deadly fingers of wildfire smoke, scientists say. Already wildfires are consuming three times more of the U.S. and Canada each year than in the 1980s and studies predict fire and smoke to worsen.

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