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Meet our Epi academic Human Resources Manager

UW Epi News | February 3, 2020
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Myra Pacleb joined the Department of Epidemiology (Epi) staff as Academic Human Resources (HR) Manager. In this role, Myra oversees faculty affairs and HR processes for over 170 faculty in the Epi Department.


Rural kids carrying handguns is ‘not uncommon’ and starts as early as sixth grade

Jake Ellison | January 24, 2020
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Roughly one-third of young males and 1 in 10 females in rural communities have carrierd a handgun, reports a new University of Washington study. "This is one of the first longitudinal studies of rural adolescent handgun carrying across multiple states in the U.S. It provides evidence that youth handgun carrying in these settings is not uncommon," says lead author Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a UW associate professor of epidemiology and co-director of Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.


Blacks, minorities disproportionately impacted by hate crimes

UW EPI NEWS | January 8, 2020
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Hispanic and Black populations have a higher risk of becoming victims of race- or ethnicity- motivated violent hate crimes compared to non-Hispanic Whites (Whites), according to a new study from the University of Washington (UW) that looked at the risk and health impacts of these types of crimes. Model estimates of victimization for Blacks ranged...


Ethiopia maternal and child health: Raising students to be epidemiology leaders

UW EPI NEWS | December 16, 2019
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Maternal and Child Health is close to Dr. Daniel Enquobahrie's heart. "One of my favorite things as a professor is sharing that passion with my students." This passion led Dr. Enquobahrie to develop an innovative study abroad program in Ethiopia to inspire future epidemiology leaders.


Department of Epidemiology welcomes new Assistant to the Chair

UW EPI NEWS | November 14, 2019
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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. Previously, Kathryn served as the Manager of Operations and Assistant to the Chair & Director for the University...


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

UW EPI NEWS | November 6, 2019
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Signaling a potential major change in cervical cancer screening options for American women, a new study found that mailed self-sampling kits that test for HPV — the virus that can cause cervical cancer — helped significantly more women get screened for the cancer. The study involving nearly 20,000 women was conducted by researchers from the University of...


Epi Department visit to new Population Health facility

UW EPI NEWS | August 20, 2019
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“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 new Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, which will be a new home for the department...


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

Sixtine Gurrey | August 16, 2019
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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, or Kānaka Maoli, with mixed ancestry from the indigenous Cou (pronounced “Tsou”) tribe in Taiwan, Christina Kaululani Sun has been reflecting on this question for many years. Her pursuit...


Jonathan Mayer: Epidemiologic creativity in the interdisciplinary

Sixtine Gurrey | August 5, 2019
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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.” Medical geography looks at the geographic...


Maayan Simckes named finalist for Graduate School Medal

UW EPI NEWS | July 22, 2019
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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 (UW).  The Graduate School Medal highlights scholar-citizens who promote political, cultural, and social change...


Paneen Petersen: One step closer to improving the health of Alaska Native people

UW EPI NEWS | July 9, 2019
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Paneen Petersen, a tribal member of the Qikiktaġrukmiut, marked her graduation from the University of Washington School of Public Health last month by walking across the commencement stage wearing custom graduation kamiks (boots) and qupak (decoration) on her doctoral hood. Her kamiks were handmade with traditional hard-bottom soles crimped from oogruk (bearded seal) leather. The graduation kamiks were a precious gift from friends, family, and colleagues...


Substance use trends among people living with HIV: New grants support research to improve harm reduction

UW EPI NEWS | July 5, 2019
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Researchers at the University of Washington are interested in the causes and consequences of substance use among people living with HIV (PLWH). Joseph Delaney, in partnership with researchers at UW Medicine, including Heidi Crane, Andrew Hahn, and Judith Tsui, received two grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to look at the effects of...


Professor Mary Kernic receives NIJ grant to study domestic violence protective orders

UW EPI NEWS | June 25, 2019
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The National Institute of Justice has awarded a four-year grant for more than one million dollars to Mary Kernic to study a potentially widespread national trend in court approaches to issuing temporary and full civil domestic violence protective orders over the last 20 years and its potential impact on repeated intimate partner violence (IPV) and...


Students present at 38th annual Super Epi Results Meeting

UW EPI NEWS | June 4, 2019
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For the last 38 years, the students enrolled in the Application Of Epidemiologic Methods (EPI 514) course present their final projects to the Department of Epidemiology at the end of the Spring Quarter during the Super Epi 514 Results (SER) Meeting. EPI 514 gives graduate students in epidemiology the opportunity to gain experience analyzing data to answer a specific...


Epi Professor Jen Balkus awarded $2.5 million to identify interventions for Chlamydia trachomatis

UW EPI NEWS | May 16, 2019
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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded Assistant Professor Jen Balkus her first R01 grant, funding a five-year, $2.5 million study to understand the relationship between bacterial vaginosis (BV) and the risks for developing Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) globally and it is on the rise. The...


Honoring Epi Department staff and students at the 2019 School of Public Health Excellence Awards

UW EPI NEWS | May 14, 2019
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On Wednesday, May 15, four outstanding students and staff from the Department of Epidemiology will be recognized during the 2019 School of Public Health (SPH) Excellence Awards. The following individuals were nominated for their dedication and service to the University of Washington and the field of public health. ​Communicating Public Health to the Public – Erin...


Caislin Firth named 2018 Horowitz Fellow

UW EPI NEWS | May 9, 2019
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The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has named Caislin Firth, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, a 2018 Horowitz Fellow. Caislin is one of 25 fellows selected to receive grants of at least $7,500 to support research on contemporary issues that has an impact on social policy. Caislin will use the funds...


Firearm assaults too close to home?

UW EPI NEWS | May 3, 2019
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When it comes to firearm assaults, the neighborhoods where people live are not necessarily where they are shot. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health found that nearly three-quarters of firearm injuries and deaths in King County occurred beyond the immediate area surrounding the victim’s home. Previous...


2019 Epi Graduation Events

UW EPI NEWS | April 16, 2019
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School of Public Health Graduation Celebration Sunday, June 16, 2019; 11 AM – 1:30 PM | Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed Pavilion) The School of Public Health (SPH) will be holding its Graduation Celebration for the class of 2019 on Sunday, June 16 at 11:00 AM. We ask all graduating Master’s and PhD students to join us for this...


Depression, dementia risks, and unsafe firearm storage raise concerns for older adults in firearm-owning households

UW EPI NEWS | April 15, 2019
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Nearly a quarter of adults aged 65 and older in Washington State live in households that store their firearms unlocked and loaded according to a new report by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Given the elevated prevalence of dementia and depression in older adults, these findings raise concerns for the safety of...