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UW research finds that mailing HPV test kits directly to patients increases cervical cancer screening rates

UW News | November 28, 2023
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Three years ago, the federal government set a series of targets to improve Americans’ overall health. Among the dozens of goals laid out in the plan, called Healthy People 2030, was a significant increase in the proportion of Americans who kept up to date with cervical cancer screening.  That, in turn, would enable more people...

Q&A with Epi alumna Jean McDougall

UW EPI NEWS | October 25, 2023
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Jean McDougall earned her MPH in 2009, and graduated with her PhD in epidemiology in 2013, from the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology. Today, she is a Staff Scientist at Fred Hutch Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, where she monitors the cancer burden in the State of Washington and partners with communities to...

UW epidemiology professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar elected to National Academy of Medicine

UW News | October 9, 2023
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Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a professor of epidemiology and of pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW), has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of research that has “deepened our understanding of the risk and consequences of firearm-related harm,” the organization announced on October 9, 2023.   Among the most prestigious scientific organizations in...

As telehealth abortion medication faces threats, research remains important to understanding access, affordability

UW SPH | September 27, 2023
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While medication abortion with mifepristone has been around for more than two decades, access to this safe and effective way to terminate an early pregnancy grew during the pandemic with the rise of telehealth. Since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in 2022, which ended the federal constitutional right to abortion, medicated abortions provided via telehealth increased...

Heavy drinking, handgun-carrying linked among rural youth

UW Medicine | August 23, 2023
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In the rural United States, an adolescent who drinks heavily has a 43% greater probability of carrying a handgun in the following year, according to a study published this month in The Journal of Rural Health. “While there has been a lot of research on this correlation in urban areas, little is known about the...

UW Epidemiology Alum Jeanne Marrazzo (MPH, ’94) named director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

UW SPH | August 8, 2023
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The National Institutes of Health has announced Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo as the new director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  Marrazzo, an alum of the University of Washington School of Public Health’s (UW SPH) Department of Epidemiology, succeeds Dr. Anthony Fauci, who led NIAID for 38 years. She is expected to assume the director role...

Meet Epi’s Student Lifecycle and Community Engagement Coordinator 

UW EPI NEWS | July 26, 2023
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Jalen Smith is the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology’s (UW Epi) newest addition to the Student Academic Services (Epi SAS) team. As student lifecycle and community engagement coordinator, Jalen is a resource for students throughout their time interacting with UW Epi. Their role in strengthening community engagement and partnerships helps provide continuity for students...

Student Epidemic Action Leaders Team Collaborate with Grant County Health District

Grant County Health District | July 24, 2023
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Moses Lake, WA– The Grant County Health District is excited to partner with two University of Washington (UW) master’s in public health epidemiology students who are current members of the Student Epidemic Action Leaders (SEAL) Team at the UW. The SEAL Team provides students with experience in applied epidemiology training and field assignments at state...

Why gender-affirming care should be part of preventive mental health care for trans people

UW SPH | July 14, 2023
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Supporting the mental health of trans people is an urgent public health issue. When compared to the general U.S. population, the rates of lifetime suicide attempts, severe psychological distress and clinical depression are estimated to be nine, eight and six times higher for trans people. Gender-affirming care is linked to improved quality of life and...

Dr. Janet Baseman to Serve as Department of Epidemiology Interim Chair

UW EPI NEWS | July 1, 2023
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The University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH) is pleased to share that Dr. Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Epidemiology until a permanent chair is found. Dr. Baseman has been on faculty in the UW Department of Epidemiology (UW Epi) since 2007; and...

Reducing Childhood Asthma Hospitalization Rates in the Duwamish Valley

Duwamish River Community Coalition | May 25, 2023
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University of Washington researchers and Duwamish Valley community advocates have received a five-year grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to help reduce childhood asthma hospitalization rates and improve quality of life for asthmatic children who live in the Seattle neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown. Children who live in the Duwamish...

Epidemiology community members receive 2023 SPH Awards of Excellence

UW EPI NEWS | May 24, 2023
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Several exceptional students, faculty, and staff from the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi) were honored at the 2023 University of Washington School of Public Health (SPH) Awards of Excellence. The SPH Awards recognize exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service and many contributions to the school. The following individuals were recognized...

Removing Personal Belief Exemptions for the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine School Requirement: The Effects on Immunization Rates

UW EPI NEWS | May 22, 2023
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In 2000, the United States declared measles to be eliminated, however declining vaccination rates and the resulting increase in measles outbreaks have led to growing concern that the US may lose elimination status. Washington state experienced two large measles outbreaks in 2019, with the majority of cases cropping up among unvaccinated individuals. With 87 individuals...

Epidemiology doctoral student Anne Massey builds community trust in public health as 2022’s Miss Seafair

UW SPH | May 9, 2023
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Anne Massey, Miss Seafair 2022 (Photo: Elizar Mercado) Last summer, Anne Massey was sitting aboard a U.S. Navy ship in Seattle when the tiara a top her head started to break.   Massey was 2022’s Miss Seafair and was participating in a final Seafair reception after a week of media interviews, parades and meeting the Blue...

Seattle’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Results in Improved Public Health Outcomes

UW SPH | May 8, 2023
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A new study has determined that Seattle’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) has had numerous positive impacts since going into effect in 2018. A team of researchers from Public Health—Seattle & King County, the University of Washington, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute recently completed a multi-faceted evaluation of the tax’s effect on public health outcomes...

UW Epidemiology and School of Public Health Rank Among US News & World Report Top 10

Laura East | April 25, 2023
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The University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH) has been ranked No. 5 among public health graduate schools in the US News & World Report rankings for 2023–2024, up from last year’s position of No. 9. The UW Department of Epidemiology was ranked No. 9, in this year’s first-ever public health specialty rankings in epidemiology....

Together, we are ready

UW SPH | March 31, 2023
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Community trust and health infrastructure are necessary to prepare for future public health crises For years, Ahmed Ali, executive director of the Somali Health Board, has advocated for the health of Somali residents in King County, Washington. So, when COVID-19 hit, Ali asked public health leaders to bring mobile testing sites to Somali neighborhoods. Public...

We deserve clean air now

Starre Vartan | UW SPH | March 31, 2023
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DEOHS Assistant Professor Elena Austin measures air quality outside a school near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Photo by Mark Stone. Together, researchers and communities improve air quality across Washington state It’s not just textbooks and homework woes that unite schoolkids of the sunny Yakima Valley with their counterparts in rainy Seattle’s urban neighborhoods. They have...

Mental Health Matters

UW SPH | March 31, 2023
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Illustration of people by Lea Hidaka Together, we can heal from the trauma of COVID-19 Since the pandemic, many professors in the University of Washington School of Public Health have shifted to starting class with a check-in. Sometimes professors ask students what color best matches their emotions. Other times, they ask what brings students energy,...

The benefits of gender-affirming care

Kate Stringer | UW SPH | March 31, 2023
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Photo of Transgender Flag overlayed on Supreme Court Building. Together, we can make health care inclusive for trans youth There’s a reason families across the country drive hundreds of miles to Washington state so their children who are trans can access gender-affirming care: extensive studies have found that this care benefits mental health. As state...