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.
The SPH Awards recognize exemplary staff, faculty and students for their dedication, service, and many contributions to the School of Public Health. Several members of the DGH community were recognized by the 2020 Awards of Excellence, including three students.
On Thursday, June 11, the University of Washington Department of Global Health took its annual graduation celebration online. The celebration honored 66 students, 57 of whom earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH), and 9 who earned a PhD in Pathobiology, Implementation Science, or Global Health Metrics. Fourteen medical students were also recognized for completing the Global Health pathway program, and 39 students were recognized for completing a minor in Global Health.
The School of Public Health’s annual MPH Practicum Symposium is an opportunity for students to present their research and experiences from their immersive, team-based practicum work that addressed real-world public health challenges. This year, 40 total students participated in the symposium, sharing details of their work with staff, faculty, and fellow students. Of those 40, 17 were Global Health students.
The Husky 100 recognizes 100 students each year across the University of Washington’s three campuses for making a difference at their school, in their community, and for the future. Students are evaluated on their ability to demonstrate a capacity for leadership, a discovery mindset, and a commitment to inclusivity.
The UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness has released a new daily newsletter that provides a succinct summary of the latest scientific literature related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day, there is a firehose of new scientific information emerging about COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. This initiative is an attempt to focus that hose to highlight new findings that are most relevant to the public health response.