The Population Health Initiative today announced the award of six Population Health Applied Research Fellowships to four graduate and two undergraduate students. Eileen Kazura, a Master of Public Health student in the Department of Global Health, was one of the students selected for the fellowship program.
The Department of Global Health recently awarded its 2020 Outstanding Staff Award to Noura Youssoufa (Academic Advisor, MPH and Undergraduate Programs). Her role as Academic Advisor includes working with prospective MPH students – both in-person, online, and at conference recruitment events – as well as organizing Visit Days for all admitted graduate students in the department.
With a new $765,120 grant, Global Health professor Paul Drain will lead a study to develop an antigen-based COVID-19 test – as well as evaluate PCR-based tests and immunological assays – to be used at the point of care. This grant, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is titled “Developing and Evaluating Point-of-Care Antigen and Immunoassays for COVID-19 and Cytokine Release Syndrome among people being screened for SARS-CoV-2 infection in Seattle”.
COVID-19 trials are short of enrollment - delaying much needed answers (Seattle Times, quotes Ruanne Barnabas and Christine Johnston)
One of the hottest debates in the coronavirus pandemic is whether the malaria drugs promoted as possible treatments by President Donald Trump really work. But Americans don’t seem overly eager to help answer the question.
Global Health Career Week, in collaboration with the School of Public Health, concluded with a Q&A panel on protecting public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This live Zoom event provided participants with an opportunity to ask questions to our panel of experts.
As part of 2020 Global Health Career Week, in collaboration with the School of Public Health, the Department of Global Health organized a week of Zoom sessions for participants to present information on their organization, their work, the culture of hiring, job or internship opportunities that might arise, and how students might best prepare for life after college.
Mask or No Mask? New Social Tension Splits Seattle-area Residents in Coronavirus Era (Seattle Times, quotes Jared Baeten)
You know the scene. You and a fellow shopper spot each other across the grocery store parking lot as you both head toward the building. One of you is wearing a mask. There’s an exchange of side-eye, judgmental glances between a person deemed too paranoid and a person deemed too cavalier.
3 Steps to Help Prevent Another Animal-to-Human Virus Pandemic (Seattle Times, co-written by Peter Rabinowitz)
By Peter Rabinowitz and Greg Gray
Governments and individuals are taking unprecedented, often very austere actions to control the ongoing spread of the pandemic coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). However, they are neglecting an extremely important question that could cause the loss of millions of more lives — how do we prevent the next zoonotic respiratory virus pandemic?
We have not yet identified the source of this virus. What if a new version emerges from the original animal source to cause a second wave of this pandemic?
Along with allies in universities and organizations across the U.S., the University of Washington’s Health Alliance International (HAI) developed a policy resolution last year for the American Public Health Association (APHA) condemning the growing problem of violent attacks on health workers in war zones.
By Mariel Boyarsky (MPH, 2015)
Mariel Boyarsky graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a Master of Public Health in Global Health. After completing nursing school, she began working at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in 2019. This is Mariel's firsthand account of working in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.