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Epi Stories

Biostatistician Helps Highlight Successful Strategy to Curb Future Ebola Outbreaks

In House (SPH), Friday, March 24, 2017

In 2014 and 2015, Ebola spread through West Africa like wildfire, affecting nearly 29,000 people and killing more than 11,000. During the course of the epidemic, researchers identified an experimental Ebola vaccine that provided 100 percent protection against the disease.

Katie Curran finds her place between science and service

In House (Epi), Thursday, March 16, 2017

Katie Curran’s passion for social justice through public health service has taken her all over world, from India and Tanzania to Switzerland and Mozambique. And her story has only just begun.

Cooking at Home Tonight? It's Most Likely Cheaper and Healthier, UW Study Finds

In House (SPH), Friday, March 10, 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health have been peeking into kitchens – via interviews – for years now and they’ve just published results showing people who cook at home more often are likely to eat a healthier overall diet. Just in time for National Nutrition Month – but they don’t want you to feel guilty.

Washington Researchers Suggest Link between Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease More Pronounced Among Disadvantaged

In House (Epi), Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Air pollution has routinely been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but some groups are more affected than others, according to research from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Studies examining the association between air pollution and cardiovascular disease commonly include individual-level socioeconomic status (SES) measures, such as education or income, but few incorporate neighborhood-level socioeconomic status (NSES) measures. 

Dr. Ichiro Kawachi Connects Social Capital and Health

In House (Epi), Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Income inequality has grown steadily in America for the past 40 years. As income becomes increasingly concentrated in fewer hands, the impact of that disparity can be seen in the health of a community. 

Department of Epidemiology Staff Nominated for UW’s Highest Staff Honor

In House (Epi), Thursday, February 23, 2017

Department of Epidemiology staff member, Angie Marie Buck, was nominated for the UW Distinguished Staff Award. The awards program, established in 1997, honors outstanding staff based on their extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to their departments and the University.

Kenyan Doctor Finds Her Calling in Public Health

In House (Epi), Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kenya native Irene Njuguna finished medical school with enthusiasm, on track to becoming a great physician. As a medical student, intern, and medical officer in hospital wards and outpatient clinics, she was eager to dedicate her heart to the honorable profession, rescuing children and families from the agonies of childhood disease. Eager, that is, until the heartbreaking reality of clinical life in Kenya became apparent.

Department of Epidemiology announces new staff position

In House (Epi), Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sixtine Gurrey will be joining the Department of Epidemiology staff as a Communications Specialist to contribute to their growing communications team. Sixtine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and French from the University of Florida in 2012. Since graduating, she has dedicated much of her professional career to exploring the impact of storytelling through digital and traditional communications. 

Tuberculosis expert receives local public health award

In House (SPH), Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Masa Narita, adjunct professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, received the Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology for his work in tuberculosis (TB) surveillance and epidemiology. The award is presented annually by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Narita is the TB disease control officer for King County in Washington state, and he has been at the helm of the Tuberculosis Control Program (TBCP) at Public Health – Seattle & King County for 12 years.

Two Epi students named Tobacco Studies Scholars

In House (Epi), Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two Epi students have received scholarships from the Tobacco Studies Program to pursue research on the impact of tobacco on public health in order to develop the prevention, control, and treatment workforce.