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  Aug 18, 2016

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 SPH in the News

Bitter fruits: As income becomes more unequal, so too may the rate of healthy eatingThe Economist; cites Adam Drewnowski (Epi)

How much exercise do you need to prevent heart disease, cancer?Today; quotes Hmwe Kyu (GH) and Anne McTiernan (Epi)

The mortality games: U.S. is disqualified in trials for health OlympicsThe Huffington Post; co-authored by Stephen Bezruchka and Mary Anne Mercer (both HServ, GH)

Feeling guilty about not flossing? Maybe there’s no needThe New York Times; quotes Philippe Hujoel (Epi)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointWesley Van Voorhis (GH) singed off his eyebrows while using a chemistry kit his mother gave him. “My chemistry experiment went awry,” said Van Voorhis, who was eight at the time. Rather than deter him from science, the incident made him more excited than ever. Read more in a Puget Sound Business Journal profile (subscription needed).

 On the Calendar

Aug 20, 12-6pm
Duwamish River Festival

Aug 23, 12-1pm
Hot Topics in Practice Webinar: Expanding Oral Health Services in Northwest Tribal Communities

Aug 24, 12:30-1:30pm
Kenya Research and Training Center Weekly Seminar - Benjamin Danielson from Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Aug 25, 5:30-8pm
Fred Hutch Art & Science Series – Scientific Image Art Walk

We'll keep you busy: take a look at the SPH Events Calendar.

 Perinatal Pathways

Stephen Bezruchka (HServ, GH) is a keynote speaker at the Pathways to Prenatal Wholeness conference at Bastyr University in Kenmore on Sept 16 from 9-10am. He is presenting alongside social justice filmmaker Adam Burtle on the global socioeconomic determinants of health and perinatal implications.


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Kendra Canton
Eric King
Kendra Canton (PHM) and Eric King (HServ) were named as the undergraduate and graduate student representatives, respectively, on the new Executive Council for the UW’s Population Health Initiative. Alison Cullen (DEOHS) and Sara Curran (GH) are among the 12 SPH-affiliated members on the 30-person council.
Judd Walson
Patricia Pavlinac
Judd Walson (GH, Epi) and Patricia Pavlinac (GH) received a four-year $2.5 million grant from the WHO to test antibiotics as treatment for diarrheal disease. “That children continue to die from diarrhea is unacceptable,” Pavlinac says. Christine McGrath (GH) is also a member of the research team.
Mall Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide, created by the Health Promotion Research Center (HServ) for the CDC, received a 2016 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the Education and Training category for one-of-a-kind publications. Basia Belza (HServ) and Dori Rosenberg (HServ) were among the authors.

Making a Difference

Health InsuranceA waiver under the Affordable Care Act could bring health coverage to more residents in Washington state. Grad students from SPH analyzed the waiver, named for section 1332 of the ACA, as part of the School’s Public Health Leadership, Planning and Advocacy Skills course. They found the waiver is a potential avenue to provide high quality, affordable health insurance to 500,000 uninsured WA residents. The researchers outlined their recommendations in a June report. “The analysis and report are a testament to our MPH students’ ingenuity, hard work and drive to learn and make a difference in the lives of people and their communities,” says Aaron Katz (HServ, GH), who teaches the policy and advocacy module for the course alongside COPHP alumna Samantha Hatzenbeler (HServ). 

Around the Water Cooler

Kenny Sherr Kenny Sherr’s (GH, Epi) experience in flood-ravaged Mozambique shaped his thinking on implementation science, an emerging field “that can bring everybody together,” he says. Sherr explains implementation science, now a key part of UW’s 25-year vision for population health, in our most recent Close Up.
bike wheel Howard Frumkin (OD, DEOHS) and Jeremy Hess (GH, DEOHS) took part in the Climate Ride Pacific Northwest. They cycled more than 300 miles and helped raise nearly $200,000 for climate and conservation causes, including UW's Center for Health and the Global Environment. See photos on Facebook.
Sarah Cave 2016

Sarah Cave (HServ) has been named Associate Director of the MHA program. “Her strong practice connections and interpersonal skills and detail orientation are wonderful additions to program leadership,” says Jeffrey Harris, chair and professor of Health Services.
Charles Treser Retiring principal lecturer Charles “Chuck” Treser was fêted by students, faculty and staff after 36 years with DEOHS. Treser will sojourn in a cottage on an old farm near Cork, Ireland, for a month before returning to teach a few courses at the School. See photos from the event.
Jeremy Taiwo SPH alum Jeremy Taiwo (GH minor, ’13), a decathlete, is one of 550 people competing in Rio this year on the U.S. Olympic team. A son of immigrants and of mixed-race heritage, Taiwo says he “hopes his performance in the Olympics can build bridges.”
Ellen Wijsman Ellen Wijsman’s (Biostat) comments on why immigration works was featured in the June 2016 edition of Columns. “The strength of this country lies in its history of embracing immigrants, who enrich our culture, work hard and encourage their children to succeed,” she wrote.

Featured by the ASPPH

SPH professors named American Statistical Association fellows;
 Anirban Basu (HServ), Ruth Etzioni (Biostat, HServ)
Climate change expert studies evolution of minimum mortality temperature;
 Kristie Ebi (GH, DEOHS)
Study suggests vulnerable groups can achieve quality diets despite economic constraints;
 Anju Aggarwal (Epi), Adam Drewnowski (Epi)

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