Department of Global Health Celebrates the Class of 2022

On Friday, June 10, the Department of Global Health (DGH) gathered to honor the Class of 2022 with an in-person graduation celebration. Graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 were also invited to join the celebration. During the annual event, the 15th since the department was founded in 2007, speakers acknowledged the unprecedented years and challenging circumstances that the class of 2022 experienced in pursued their education.  

Sweltering streets: Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

AP News

Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit temperatures arrive.

Dr. Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health at UW, is quoted.

When Should I Take a COVID Test?


By now we all know the drill when it comes to at home rapid Covid tests. You swab, you swirl, drip a few drops and wait 15 min.

At-home tests are very convenient, but knowing when to take a test and how to think about the result is important.

UW Medicine’s Dr. Helen Chu is here and will tell us how rapid tests can be helpful in reducing Covid cases.

Why America Doesn't Trust the CDC


People don't trust the CDC. Here's one example illustrating why. Two weeks ago, with no outcomes data on COVID-19 booster shots for 5-to-11-year-olds, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vigorously recommended the booster for all 24 million American children in that age group. The CDC cited a small Pfizer study of 140 children that showed boosters elevated their antibody levels—an outcome known to be transitory.

Dr. Beth Bell, Clinical Professor of Global Health at UW, is quoted. 

Widely available antibiotic helps prevent bacterial STIs in certain populations, UW clinical trial finds

The Seattle Times

New research has found an antibiotic that’s been around for decades could help prevent sexually transmitted bacterial diseases, according to a recent University of Washington clinical trial that proved so effective in certain populations it ended early.

Dr. Connie Celum, a UW professor of global health, medicine and epidemiology co-led the research.

WA hired a climate epidemiologist — and not a moment too soon


Experts say the move is an important step to recognizing climate change’s relationship with disease and death. When wildfire smoke billows through the Colville Reservation, it tends to stick around in the deep mountain-lined valleys where most residents live.

The 1.4 million acre reservation in north central Washington is home to more than 5,000 people who have bore the brunt of the state’s increasing wildfire disasters spurred by climate change. Dr. Jeremy Hess, director of UW Center for Health and the Global Environment was mentioned. 

How Will We Handle The Heat?


Heat waves have become much more common in major U.S. cities over the last few decades, from an average of two per year in the 1960s to six per year in the 2010s. Global temperatures are also rising steadily, at a pace of around 0.17 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since 1901. That might sound small, but in climate science, it’s a lot. 2016 was the warmest year on record, and 2020 was the second warmest.