Washington Global Health Alliance Announces 2017 Pioneers of Global Health Award Winners

Seattle, Washington—September 15, 2017—The Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Pioneers of Global Health Award winners. This year’s winners, selected by a panel of global health experts, are noted for their significant achievements in improving global health equity, advancing access to HIV testing and treatment, and forming new partnerships and innovation to end malaria in Zambia. Winners will be honored at WGHA’s annual event, the Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner & Auction, November 9, 2017, at The Triple Door in Seattle.

I-TECH News: BID Initiative Partners with I-TECH to Track Vaccinations with Better Data

The following post was written in partnership with PATH’s Better Immunization Data (BID) Initiative.

The digital health landscape is rife with disconnected systems that make it challenging to aggregate information and improve the health of populations. After years of disjointed experiences, multiple organizations and governments have found that multi-platform, standardized, and connected information systems are critical to allow health care providers and decision makers access to timely and accurate information.

Dr. Pamela Collins Joins UW to Lead Global Mental Health

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Pamela Y. Collins will join the University of Washington as Director of Global Mental Health, a joint program that will be co-led by the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Collins was selected for this important, new position after an international search that considered candidates from multiple continents. She will have a joint appointment as professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (primary) and Global Health (joint). 

UW Epi News: Epi Researcher Outlines Priorities for Little-known Sexually Transmitted Infection

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the long-term impact of Mycoplasma genitalium, the often asymptomatic sexually transmitted infection that bears some resemblance to other well-known STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. Understanding the impact of this emerging pathogen is key to determining whether screening is needed and to informing treatment recommendations.

NIH Renews Funding for Fogarty Training Consortium, Led by UW

The National Institutes of Health has renewed its support for University of Washington (UW) as a leader in developing the next generation of physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and scientists trained in global health with a $4.5 million grant to extend the Northern Pacific Fogarty Global Health Fellows (NPGH) training program for the next five years (2017–2022). Support is provided through the Fogarty International Center, which will distribute awards totaling more than $25.9 million to six consortia that include 24 U.S.

Governor Inslee Appoints MPH Student Peder Digre to Advocate for WA Students

Peder Digre, a second-year MPH candidate, has been appointed by WA Governor Jay Inslee to represent students across the state on the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). The WSAC works to support higher levels of educational attainment in Washington state and provides recommendations for many policy areas including college admissions, college readiness, college credit in high school, reengaging adult students, transfer processes, tuition, and economic and workforce development for the state. 

Student Blog: My Graduate Discovery Fellowship at the CDC

Jay Vornhagen is 2017 graduate of the Pathobiology PhD program at the University of Washington Department of Global Health. He is currently completing a postdoc with Lakshmi Rajagopal at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. During his tenure at UW he published more than any other student since the Pathobiology program began in 1990. Jay received a Graduate Discovery Fellowship to work at the Centers for Disease Control from January-March, 2017 with Mary Kamb, Associate Director for Global Activities in the Division of STD Prevention.

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