I-TECH Says Goodbye to Longtime Executive Director Ann Downer

On June 30, 2020, Dr. Ann Downer retired from her post as the Executive Director of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington (UW).

Downer has had a 31-year career at UW; she founded I-TECH 18 years ago with a talented team of global health professionals at UW, along with her friend and colleague Dr. Michael Reyes, at the University of California, San Francisco. In that time, she has been the center’s trusted leader; a principal investigator for several awards; and a pioneering educator, mentor, and friend.

DGH Announces 2020 Outstanding Staff Award Recipient

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.

I-TECH Receives PEPFAR Funding to Help End the AIDS Epidemic in Zimbabwe

Stefan Wiktor, acting professor of global health at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, has received funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to promote HIV prevention and treatment and to help Zimbabwe’s efforts to reach HIV epidemic control. The five-year cooperative agreement, with an annual budget of about $15 million, is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UW Implementation Science Student Samantha Dolan Wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Award

Samantha Dolan, a PhD student in Implementation Science, has received the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations award to use technology to strengthen health systems aimed at improving data use by healthcare workers in order to increase vaccination uptake amongst children in Kenya.

UW Students, Faculty Break Barriers and Build Bridges at the AIDS 2018 Conference

More than 30 UW researchers participated in the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) — the world’s largest global gathering on HIV and AIDS — to share ground-breaking science aimed at helping to address the most pressing challenges in HIV/AIDS. The conference offered an important opportunity to strengthen policies and programs around the world that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic.

Washington Faculty Receives $9.2 Million Award to Prevent HIV Infections in Zimbabwe

Dr. Scott Barnhart, from the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) within the University of Washington Department of Global Health, has received $9.2 million for year 1 of a 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to help control the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe through expanding voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).

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