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Epi Stories

Patrick-Beresford Fellow Flavia Kapos explores social determinants of chronic pain

UW Epi News, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Flavia Kapos, a doctoral candidate in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology, is interested in understanding social factors that contribute to the development of chronic pain, in order to identify potential strategies to address pain disparities. This novel approach in applying social determinants of health theory and methods to this issue has landed her the 2019-2020 Patrick-Beresford Fellowship in Social Epidemiology.

Shirley Beresford: Seizing Opportunities to Make an Impact

UW Epi News, Monday, November 18, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that women of reproductive age consume folic acid each day to help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). Ahead of her retirement, we sat down with Shirley Beresford, PhD, and learned more about her contributions to the field of folic acid research, and the many other opportunities Dr. Beresford has seized throughout her career to shape public health research, policy, methods, and education for incredible impact.

Department of Epidemiology welcomes new Assistant to the Chair

UW Epi News, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kathryn Jansen recently joined the Department of Epidemiology staff as Assistant to the Chair (ATC). In this role, Kathryn will provide executive administrative support for the Chair of the Department, Stephen Hawes, and the Epidemiology Leadership Team.

Mailed self-sampling kits helped more women get screened for cervical cancer

UW Epi News, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

UW Epidemiology Professor Rachel Winer lead a study with the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute demostrating the efficacy of self-sampling kits for HPV screening.

Amanda Phipps named Associate Chair of Epidemiology Department

UW Epi News, Thursday, October 10, 2019

Associate Professor Amanda Phipps, Ph.D., MPH, has been named the new Associate Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, effective on October 1, 2019. 

Angie Marie Buck reflects on 20 years in Epi Department

UW Epi News, Monday, September 30, 2019

Over the last 20 years, Angie Marie Buck has seen a lot of change in the Department of Epidemiology. As the department’s Academic Human Resources (HR) and the Executive Assistant to the Chair since 1999, Angie has worked with five department chairs, seen students graduate and faculty go through the career progression from assistant to full professors.

Epi Department Visit to New Population Health Facility

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

“What a view!” was the resounding consensus earlier this week as a group of faculty and staff from the Department of Epidemiology caught their first glimpse of the Space Needle and Portage Bay from the eighth floor of the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, which will be a new home for the department starting in the fall of 2020.

Christina Kaululani Sun: Championing health, human security, and data access

UW Epi News, Friday, August 16, 2019

How can we empower Indigenous and minority communities to collect, use, and communicate the results of their own data to improve health outcomes? As a Native Hawaiian with mixed Cou ancestry, Christina Kaululani Sun has been reflecting on this question for many years. Her pursuit of the answer has led her to an academic career at the intersection of epidemiology, data science, and climate justice.

Jonathan Mayer: Epidemiologic creativity in the interdisciplinary

UW Epi News, Monday, August 5, 2019

When Jonathan Mayer first heard the words “medical geography”, he felt as though a light bulb had just been turned on. Mayer, in his early years of graduate school, had been mostly uninspired by his geography doctoral studies, but when he learned the term, he knew “this was it.”

Maayan Simckes Named Finalist for Graduate School Medal

UW Epi News, Monday, July 22, 2019

Maayan Simckes, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, was named a finalist for the Graduate School Medal Award for her interdisciplinary work at the intersection of social justice and public health during her doctoral program here at the University of Washington.