MPH student Keeley Ffrench on social prescribing to improve the health impacts caused by loneliness and isolation
For her practicum, Keeley Ffrench, a Master of Public Health student in Global Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, worked with the Vancouver Island Social Prescribing Community of Practice. Their goals were to scale up a social prescribing pilot project using evidence-based interventions implemented elsewhere in Canada through outreach, promotion and education.
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of 20 conditions, such as dengue, leprosy, and intestinal worms. NTDs affect over 1 billion people globally, and are associated with devastating health, social, and economic outcomes including permanent disability and impoverishment. The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to mobilize political will, community commitment, resources, and action needed to end unnecessary suffering from NTDs and shed light on the strides made in combating NTDs. As such, several NTDs are targeted for control for elimination by 2030.
A study investigating the longer-term impacts of acute COVID-19 infection across ethnic and racial groups reports that BIPOC individuals who were infected with COVID-19 experienced greater negative aftereffects in health and work loss than did similarly infected white participants.
Dr. Kelli O’Laughlin, associate professor of global health and of emergency medicine, is the lead author.
Each year the UW Department of Global Health is able to provide partial to full funding to recruit top applicants. In addition to financial support, some recipients also receive mentorship and real-world experience through research assistant positions. For the 2023-24 academic year, 22 outstanding graduate students received funding to support their studies, 21 of whom are highlighted here. Learn more about this impressive cohort, including their journeys to arrive at UW and the impact they hope to have on the field of global health.
Rabi Yunusa, assistant teaching professor of Global Health and Health Systems and Population Health, has made community-based work central to everything she does as a faculty at SPH. For her work, she received the 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.
In 1957 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed an audience and stated that “life's most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’" Today his legacy is one of service and community impact. To honor that legacy, The School of Public Health participates in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute sponsored by UW Health Sciences Schools, UW Health Sciences Administration and UW Medicine.
Detecting malaria in people who aren’t experiencing symptoms is vital to public health efforts to better control this tropical disease in places where the mosquito-borne parasite is common. Researchers found that parasite dynamics and the parasite species present were highly variable among patients with low-level, asymptomatic infections. This finding is important for improving studies on the prevalence of malaria infection and, by extension, for clinical trials of malaria vaccines and therapeutics.
Research Assistant with Julianne Meisner
Doctor of Global Health Leadership and Practice (DrGH) program
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am currently a first-year student in the Doctor of Global Health Leadership and Practice (DrGH) program at the Department of Global Health (DGH) at the University of Washington (UW). I work as a research assistant in the INSIGHT project at I-TECH. I have also joined the UW SEAL team to learn and support public health activities in different communities.