Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week: Empowering Women through Human Milk Banks

By Brenda Kharono and Miriana Duran

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week. In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. To highlight these issues, UW Global Health MPH students Brenda Kharono and Miriana Duran share their experiences researching human milks banks.

Close Up: 2018 Omenn Award Winners

This year's recipients of the Omenn Award for Academic Excellence, the School's highest honor, are breaking new ground in occupational safety and global mental health. Efforts by Katrin Fabian, an MPH graduate in global health, could improve mental health care for more patients in Liberia. Research by Miriam Calkins, who received a PhD in environmental and occupational hygiene, could lead to measures that better protect workers from heat exposure.

Staying afloat

By Brooke Fisher 

It takes a village to save a village. A floating village, that is. Drawing on the expertise of researchers from six different UW departments, an interdisciplinary team of researchers is working to improve the health and living conditions of an impoverished floating community in the Peruvian Amazon.

“The residents have chronic health issues and diseases and we know their bodies are being attacked,” said CEE assistant professor Rebecca Neumann.

Ali Mokdad Named Chief Strategy Officer for Population Health Initiative

By Jackson Holtz / UW News

Ali Mokdad has been named the chief strategy officer for Population Health at the University of Washington, President Ana Mari Cauce announced today. In this new role he will be responsible for collaboratively setting and executing the UW’s vision and strategy for the Population Health Initiative, a 25-year effort to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Congratulations, 2018 Graduates!

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, the Department of Global Health celebrated our 11th graduation since our founding in 2007. Over 140 students received degrees and certificates, including 3 graduates of the PhD programs, 53 graduates of the MPH program, 43 undergraduates with a Minor in Global Health, 17 graduates of the medical school on the Global Health Pathway, 8 Post-Bachelor Fellows, and 13 students that received a graduate certificate in Global Health.

Can lay people provide mental health care in Kenya?

By Duke University 

The majority of the world’s population lives in low-income countries with extremely limited access to mental health care. This gap is largest in African nations, which have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals: just 1.4 per 100,000 people.

For more than a decade, researchers have been exploring ways to close that gap for nearly 50 million orphans in Africa who are grieving the loss of one or both parents. HIV/AIDS and respiratory infections are the leading cause of death.

Thirty-five outstanding UW Students Receive Global Travel Fellowships in 2018

The Department of Global Health awarded 35 international travel fellowships this spring to support the projects and research of graduate and professional students and medical residents at UW for the next academic year. Thirty-five students from varied disciplines across the University, including global health, nursing, epidemiology, medicine, anthropology, psychology, and pharmacy, will travel to  seventeen countries pursuing fieldwork experience.

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