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Epi Stories

Epi welcomes new Communications Manager

UW Epi News, Friday, December 8, 2017

On December 27, 2017, the Department of Epidemiology will welcome Annie Pellicciotti as the new Communications Manager to lead the Department’s communications program. 

Annie, a Chicago-area native, received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at Alfred University in upstate New York. During her Master’s program in Communications at Purdue University, Annie specialized in health communications and internationally-focused marketing and communications.

Fighting America’s syphilis outbreak with an app

UW Epi News, Monday, November 13, 2017

Syphilis, once an all but eradicated disease in the United States, appears to be making a worrisome comeback. Cases of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) have increased 17.6% from 2015 to 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unlike most bacteria, T. pallidum - the bacteria responsible for syphilis - cannot be cultured in a laboratory, making it more difficult to diagnose and treat.

Department of Epidemiology welcomes new staff member

UW Epi News, Thursday, November 9, 2017

Shannon Reed will be joining the Department of Epidemiology staff as a Program Operations Specialist to manage the Department’s payroll, appointment, and finance details. In this role, she will serve as the lead for the Department’s Workday business processes. 

Shannon is a Pacific Northwest native. She grew up in Auburn, Washington, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Western Washington University in Bellingham. She has been a lifetime Huskies fan.

Public Health - Seattle & King County Awards $600,000 to Improve Adolescent Vaccination Coverage

UW Epi News, Friday, November 3, 2017

Faculty from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health will be awarded $600,000 by the Public Health - Seattle & King County Best Starts for Kids initiative to investigate ways for improving adolescent vaccination coverage in King County.

The grant money, distributed over three years, will help to establish the Best Starts for Kids Adolescent Immunization Learning Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Departments of Epidemiology and Pediatrics.

Health program evaluation course helps bridge the knowledge gap for public health epidemiologists

UW Epi News, Thursday, November 2, 2017

For a public health program to function optimally, epidemiologists in health departments collect metrics to assess what worked and what didn’t. This framework for monitoring and evaluation links program performance to health outcomes and is integral to improving community health. Yet many epidemiologists have never had formal training on how to measure a program’s effectiveness.

Washington Researcher Contributes to International Breast Cancer Genetics Study

UW Epi News, Monday, October 23, 2017

There are seventy-two previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer, according to a new study by a major international collaboration involving hundreds of researchers around the world, including a co-investigator from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Study: 3 million Americans carry loaded handguns daily

UW Epi News, Thursday, October 19, 2017

Most are male, and cite protection as primary reason; 'significant' public health implications, researchers say.

An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm.

Epi Alumnus Wins 2017 Noreen Harris Award

UW Epi News, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Richard Burt, alumnus from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health (MS ‘86 and PhD ‘92), has been selected for the Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology for his work in HIV and hepatitis C risk and prevention among local at-risk populations. The award is presented by Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Dr. Bennet Omalu spotlights a profoundly inconvenient truth

UW Epi News, Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dr. Bennet Omalu practices the science of death. He is a forensic pathologist and investigates the specific cause and manner of death, particularly in cases where it has not occurred by natural causes. 

He has investigated over 12,000 cases, but one changed his life forever.

Pilot study aimed at improving health of Native American families

UW Epi News, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The earliest American Indians lived on what they could hunt and forage. They had an active lifestyle and a nutrient-rich diet. But much has changed since then.
Beginning in the 17th century, the federal government began relegating American Indians to reservations in remote pockets of the U.S., far from their homelands and their original sources of food. Diets based on hunting, gathering, and gardening have since been replaced by highly processed foods. Instead of supermarkets, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets, many communities are served by convenience stores.