From Gaza to Syria to Ukraine, attacks on health care are part of warfare


The year 2022 set a grim record — 1,989 attacks on health-care facilities and their personnel, the worst total number in the decade since the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition began its sobering count. This year is on track to be even more devastating for the toll on health care. In many of the world’s ongoing conflicts — such as Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and now between Israel and Hamas — health care has been a target.

Amy Hagopian, professor emeritus of global health at the UW, is quoted.

Ban Homeless Encampment Sweeps During Winter

The Stranger

Unsheltered homelessness is a public health catastrophe. Homeless people are dying daily in King County and Seattle, it’s getting worse, and it’s preventable. Providing shelter or housing sufficient for all unsheltered people is an essential step to turn things around. 

Amy Hagopian, professor of global health and of health systems and population health, is featured.

UW Experts Explain Why Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Armed Conflict is a Public Health Problem

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 created a largescale humanitarian crisis that is intensifying as the conflict persists. Millions of Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have fled the country in what the United Nations calls the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. Tens of thousands of people still in the country are finding themselves without access to food, water, power, or heat.

HS NewsBeat: Labor Unions are Boons for Community Health, Study Finds

Positive influence extends beyond members, Public Health researchers say

Labor unions, whose numbers are at historic lows in the United States, help to build a culture of health in the workplace and beyond, according to a report from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study was co-authored by Associate Professor Amy Hagopian.

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