Each year, the UW Health Sciences schools select a Common Book that serves as a platform for students from across health professions to engage with one another in substantive, inter-professional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice. We're pleased to announce this year’s Common Book is How to Be an Antiracist, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi.
On June 30, 2020, Dr. Ann Downer retired from her post as the Executive Director of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington (UW).
Downer has had a 31-year career at UW; she founded I-TECH 18 years ago with a talented team of global health professionals at UW, along with her friend and colleague Dr. Michael Reyes, at the University of California, San Francisco. In that time, she has been the center’s trusted leader; a principal investigator for several awards; and a pioneering educator, mentor, and friend.
A new five-year research project will study two-way texting as a means of communication between healthcare providers and male circumcision (MC) patients in South Africa. It will build on previous research conducted in Zimbabwe.
The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is pleased and proud to welcome Dr. Pamela Collins as our new Executive Director, starting July 1, 2020.
On June 6, 10,000 healthcare and public health workers marched from Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center to City Hall to demonstrate against racism and police violence. DGH leadership, faculty, staff and students participated in the march.
The Department of Global Health’s mission to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service is exemplified each year by the department’s students, five of whom were recently named the 2020 Outstanding Students in Global Health. The Outstanding Student Awards recognizes Master’s, PhD, and medical students who embody DGH’s mission while creating tangible, positive outcomes in the field of global health.
Dear UW Health Sciences Community,
Our country is once again experiencing the tragic realities of the racism present in our society.
The slaying of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging in Brunswick, GA; the shooting death of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville; the false and racist accusation of violence against Christian Cooper in New York City; and most recently, the tragic killing of George Floyd as he was restrained by a police officer in Minneapolis.
These are only the most recent manifestations of the racist ideologies we all need to confront and eliminate.
A recently-awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow Keshet Ronen, clinical assistant professor of Global Health, to develop natural language processing tools to use SMS text messaging to monitor and support maternal mental health in Kenya.
The grant, titled “Leveraging interactive SMS messaging to monitor and support maternal mental health in Kenya”, will fund Ronen’s research through May 2022 with a total award of $128,116. Ronen explained the purpose of this grant, as well as the public health impacts it can create.
While most of the University of Washington has shut down to comply with the state’s coronavirus response, many custodial workers are still reporting to work on campus. Evalynn Romano, a Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the Department of Global Health, was seeing stories of people providing supplies and other gifts to healthcare workers, but wondered why custodial workers were not being shown the same appreciation.