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  Sept. 15, 2016

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 SPH in the News

Life expectancy falls by 5 years for Syrian men, new analysis finds - The New York Times; quotes Ali Mokdad (GH, Epi, HServ)

Could Amazon reviews keep you from getting sick? Researchers analyze text to predict food recalls - GeekWire; quotes Elaine Nsoesie (GH)

Oregon schools face a plethora of environmental concerns - Oregon Public Broadcasting; quotes Sheela Sathyanarayana (DEOHS)

Proposed ban on assault-style weapons 'makes sense' - KNKX; interviews Frederick Rivara (Epi)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointKate McGlone West (PH Genetics) lived in Fairbanks for six years in a cabin without running water. She coached high school diving, worked at Planned Parenthood of Alaska and studied changes in the boreal forest over time. Her research now focuses on the ethical implications of genetic and genomic research. Visit her website.

 On the Calendar

Sept. 20, 8-9am
AIDS Clinical Conference: Renal Disease and HIV

Sept. 23, 1-2pm
Violence Journal Club with Ali Rowhani-Rahbar

Sept. 27, 10am-2pm
Public Health Petting Zoo

Oct. 3-5
Washington State Public Health Association Annual Conference

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

 SPH Day of Service

On Oct. 29, SPH students, faculty, staff and others will partner with Seattle/King County Clinic to produce a large-scale, free health clinic at Key Arena. Students must register with the SKC Clinic and SPH. See a video of last year’s clinic, which served more than 1,000 patients a day. 


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Kenneth Mugwanya Senior Fellow Kenneth Mugwanya (Epi, GH) won the UW Graduate School’s 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award (Biological Sciences). His work on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention “has been a tremendous collaboration between Epidemiology and Global Health,” said Jared Baeten (GH, Epi). Nominators also include Grace John-Stewart (Epi, GH) and Andy Stergachis (GH, Epi, HServ).
Curt Klaassen Curt Klaassen (DEOHS) received the 2016 International Union of Toxicology Merit Award, which is bestowed once every three years.
Steven Reed Steven Reed (GH) was selected by the Washington Global Health Alliance for its 2016 Pioneer of Global Health Award for Impact. A panel of judges, chaired by Craig Rubens (GH), said Reed “doesn’t shy away from the tough, complicated diseases.”
Peggy Hannon
Rachel Winer
The School’s Health Promotion Research Center received $900,000 from the CDC to fund two special interest projects. Principal Investigators Peggy Hannon (HServ) and Allison Cole from UW Family Medicine will evaluate the implementation of an intervention for colonoscopy screening. PI Rachel Winer (Epi) will test strategies to promote the HPV vaccine in East African communities in WA.

Making a Difference

University District Street Medicine FlyerVolunteers from University District Street Medicine have assisted 400 homeless individuals in the past year, according to MPH student Sara Marquis (HServ), who hits the streets with UDSM to provide first aid and connect the homeless with community resources. She is one of many students from UW’s health sciences schools who provide care and counseling to the underserved population. “Going on outreach allows me to better understand how our administrative efforts affect patient care,” she says. Marquis manages a database of local community programs that can be used to track resources and make patient referrals. She also coordinates data collection and reporting with undergraduate “scribes” to better anticipate the needs of the patient population. Other SPH student volunteers include Leon Chan (MHA), Mary Kathleen Steiner (HServ) and Giannina Ferrara (PHM).

Around the Water Cooler

Jennifer Otten SPH students and professors will work with the city of Auburn on projects that address health and well-being. Jennifer Otten (Nutr, HServ) leads the new Livable City Year program alongside Branden Born, a professor of urban design and planning.
Randall Kyes Randall Kyes (GH) recently led his 100th field course, in Thailand. “I believe so much in the importance of traveling abroad,” Kyes said. “It’s real immersion.”
Linda Oseso MPH student Linda Oseso (Epi) has had big dreams: find the cure for HIV and compete in the Olympics. She now plays a unique role in the fight against HIV/AIDS and holds Kenya’s record for the women’s hammer throw. Learn more about Oseso in a recent Close Up.
Catherine Shen A memorial service for Catherine Shen, former SPH communications director, will be held at 4:30 pm on Sat., Oct. 1, at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
Allison Meisner
Julianne Meisner
PhD student Allison Meisner (Biostat) and her sister, Master’s student Julianne Meisner (Epi), summited Mt. Rainier last month. It took the pair three days and was their second attempt to reach the top of the 14,416-foot peak.

Featured by the ASPPH

New delivery strategy reduces HIV transmission;
 Jared Baeten (GH, Epi)
ACA waiver offers “broad leeway” to develop alternative frameworks for health insurance;
 Aaron Katz (HServ, GH), Samantha Hatzenbeler (HServ)

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