BY EMILY BOYNTON. Right as Rain, UW Medicine
First-generation students are typically defined as first in their family to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Being a first generation student, who doesn't have a family history of higher education, takes courage and determination and is an identity to be proud of.
Joseph Babigumira, MBChB, MS, PhD, has left his position as associate professor in the Department of Global Health, after nine years of service to his students, peer faculty and staff. Joseph has been an important contributor to the School of Public Health and the wider University of Washington community since he arrived in 2006 as a PhD student in the School of Pharmacy. Over the years, he has touched many of us with his thoughtfulness, sincerity, quiet activism and dry wit – we will miss him greatly.
To celebrate the UW School of Public Health’s 50 years of impact, the School is recognizing 50 alumni from around the world who have a demonstrated record of distinguished service and achievement across public health disciplines and settings. These 50 Changemakers of Public Health are leaders, trailblazers, educators, innovators, influencers and health equity heroes that represent just a slice of the School’s community of more than 10,000 alumni worldwide who are addressing some of the most pressing population health issues of our time.
This year, the UW Department of Global Health (DGH) welcomes 68 new graduate students. These newest Huskies hail from Seattle and across the USA, as well as international students from 13 different countries (Cameroon, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe).
Born during the Second Congo War, Sabrina Ebengho grew up in Équateur province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) before immigrating to the United States at the age of 13. Sabrina is now pursuing her education at the University of Washington, and is among the first undergraduate Public Health-Global Health majors completing the Global Health option. In the future, she seeks to improve access to quality healthcare for all in the DRC and beyond, focusing on women, adolescents, and children’s health, and education.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Bill Gates Sr., who played a pivotal role in the creation of our UW Department of Global Health (DGH) in 2007, and continued to be a staunch and vocal advocate for the Department and our work to improve health and health equity around the world. DGH was launched through a generous gift and endowment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that he spearheaded.
UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness Changes Name to UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness to Reflect an Inclusive Approach
The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness, a collaboration of scientific experts from 11 UW organizations, has announced today that the initiative will change its name and will be known as the UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness, effective immediately. The renaming reflects the evolution of the initiative and its vision for the future.
Named after Dr. King Holmes, professor of medicine and global health, and founding chair of the Department of Global Health, this 3-year rotating award recognizes and supports a faculty member with exceptional commitment to STD/HIV research and training.
New partnership to give Mozambique’s highest risk spaces a new attitude toward COVID-19
As COVID-19 cases climb in South Africa, neighboring Mozambique’s Ministry of Health, with support from Health Alliance International & Vital Strategies, is working to transform public spaces from high-risk to high-compliance when it comes to protecting against community transmission of COVID-19.