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SPH researcher receives $2.4 million to test healthy food program for American Indians

SPH News, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Amanda Fretts, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to test a program to improve the dietary habits of American Indians with type 2 diabetes.

Epi SEAL Team partners with Zimbabwe community leaders to improve disease outcomes

UW Epi News, Monday, April 23, 2018

When the worst Ebola outbreak began its terrible trek along the western coast of Africa, public health professionals – and nations – were left scrambling. Although not the first, the 2014 Ebola outbreak raged for over two years, killing nearly 12,000 people. Its opaque origins and the ferocity by which it spread only exacerbated public fear. 

Jennifer Velloza named 2018-2019 Magnuson Scholar

UW Epi News, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jennifer Velloza, a third year doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW), was named a 2018-2019 Magnuson Scholar. Velloza is the fifth Epi student in a row to win the award for the School of Public Health.

The Magnuson Scholars Program is among the UW's highest honors. Each year, the program recognizes one graduate student in each of the six UW Health Sciences schools who excels both in their academics and in research. Each student receives $30,000 toward their education in the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Rowhani-Rahbar appointed Bartley Dobb Professor

UW Epi News, Friday, March 30, 2018

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, has been selected to receive the Bartley Dobb Professorship for Study and Prevention of Violence, effective July 1, 2018. Established in 1997, this five-year endowment funds an appointed University of Washington (UW) faculty member for their work in the study and prevention of violence through resolution of conflict.
 

Putting the puzzle pieces together to improve Latino health: Francisco Rios Casas

UW Epi News, Thursday, March 22, 2018

Francisco Rios Casas grew up in the Los Angeles sprawl in an area known as Santa Ana. As he spent more time exploring different parts of the metropolis during high school, and later at the University of Southern California (USC), Francisco became more aware of the impact the built environment can have on physical and mental health, especially in low-income Latino communities like the one he grew up in. 

Fringe loan use linked to risk of poor health

UW Epi News, Monday, March 5, 2018

For many poor and working-class Americans, gaining access to a traditional bank or a credit line can be difficult. While the fringe banking industry--which includes payday lenders, pawnbrokers, car title lenders, and cash checkers--provides an alternative for these groups, it comes at a costly price.

Now, researchers have found that using fringe loan services may also come at the cost of the borrower’s health, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Four Epi students selected as translational research trainees

UW Epi News, Monday, March 5, 2018

Out of only 16 recipients, four University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology (Epi) students were selected as TL1 Translational Research Training Program trainees at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). The UW program brings together a multi-disciplinary group of predoctoral students interested in a career in translational science. 

UW Epidemiology staff member nominated for 2018 Distinguished Staff Award

UW Epi News, Friday, March 2, 2018

Barbara (Barb) McLaughlin, the Grants and Contracts Manager for the Department of Epidemiology, was nominated for the University of Washington’s highest staff honor, the 2018 Distinguished Staff Award. She was joined by faculty, staff, and family to celebrate her nomination during a reception for all Distinguished Staff nominees on February 27.

Sticking to the beat: How breaking your circadian rhythm can affect your health

UW Epi News, Thursday, February 15, 2018

We all have it – our own natural rhythm. Our 24-hour internal clock – known as circadian rhythm - oscillates precisely with daily cycles of light and dark. With a steady pace, it rises and falls, directing cycles of alertness and sleepiness. The mastery of this bodily conductor depends on one thing – the reliability of a dark night.

Alum Rachel Hanisch discusses the future of cancer research

UW Epi News, Friday, February 9, 2018

For Dr. Rachel Hanisch (Ph.D. ’12), the practice of epidemiology became a study of the world – how it works and how to improve it. While at the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi), Hanisch spent a summer in Senegal, a West African nation that moves to its own beat. Vibrant colors in city markets beckon like the sounds of steady Sabar drums; inland, dust settles on the dry months like slow, lazy beats. To Hanisch, this land and its people became a source of inspiration.