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  Dec. 1, 2016

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 SPH in the News

Population health is a moral imperative – here’s how we’ll solve local and global problems - Seattle Times; written by UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Ali Mokdad (GH, Epi, HServ)

A soldier and a doctor on the power of nature - REI Blog; features Howard Frumkin (DEOHS)

Chocolate vs vegetables: The true environmental costs -BBC; cites research by Adam Drewnowski (Nutr, Epi)

Study: 3 arthritis pain drugs affect the heart equally - Associated Press; quotes Bruce Psaty (Epi, HServ)

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exclamation pointMPH student Shelly Johnston (Nutr) spent a summer in Santiago, Chile, producing an international cookbook for quinoa. As an intern for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, she worked with journalists, nutritionists and chefs from around the world to select recipes that reflected the traditional Andean diet. Learn more about her path to nutrition.

 On the Calendar

Dec. 5, 6:30-7:30pm
Researching the Re-emergence and Immunology of Zika

Dec. 6, 4pm
Impact of the 2016 Elections on Academic Public Health

Dec. 8, 12:30-1:20pm
Environmental Health Seminar: Gut Microbiome

Dec. 9, 2-5pm
GlobalWACh Family Planning Mini Symposium

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

 PopHealth Panel

The UW launched an ambitious Population Health Initiative to create a 25-year vision for improving health locally and globally. Four members of the initiative’s Executive Council, including faculty and a graduate student from SPH, share their views at an all-School meeting. Watch the video.


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Andrew Zhou Xiao-Hua “Andrew” Zhou (Biostat) was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
Terrance Kavanagh Terrance Kavanagh (DEOHS) is the new Sheldon D. Murphy Endowed Chair in Toxicology and Environmental Health. He co-directs the UW’s Predictive Toxicology Center, where he is developing more accurate in vitro models to test chemicals for potential risk to humans.
Hana Feseha Hana Feseha (HIHIM student) won a $2,000 scholarship from the Woman’s Century Club, a social group focused on women’s history, the arts, education and service.
Tony Gomez Tony Gomez (HServ) was elected to the executive board of the Safe States Alliance for a two-year term. He hopes his advocacy will lead to more funding for violence and injury prevention programs in WA state.
Jennifer Marroquin
Joey Chuang
Congrats to the new Student Public Health Association officers: Jennifer Marroquin (President), Joey Chuang (Vice President), Leah Gomez (Treasurer), Taylor Hernandez (Secretary), Lindsey Bui (Community Building Officer), Sepideh Dibay and Youssef Azami (Student Development Officers). See the group photo on Facebook.

Making a Difference

Seattle/King County Clinic Vision TestPatient counts were up at this year’s Seattle/King County Clinic, which served nearly 4,500 of the city’s most vulnerable people. For the third year, in late October, Seattle Center became a giant, walk-in clinic where patients received free medical, dental, vision and mental health care—regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. “This event made health more equitable,” said Giannina Ferrara (PHM), who took part in the four-day clinic. “It provided health screenings to patients who couldn’t afford it otherwise.” Among the thousands of medical professionals and volunteers were more than 50 SPH students, faculty and staff. They registered patients, distributed free meals and translated for non-English speakers. “Many families in our community struggle with food insecurity,” noted Shadae Paul (GH student), who helped with food service. “This meaningful experience allowed our campus community to serve vulnerable populations in the area." See some powerful photos from the event. Photos © Auston James

Around the Water Cooler

Judith Wasserheit Judy Wasserheit (GH, Epi) is the namesake of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health/Wasserheit Young Leader Award, which honors researchers under 30 who are committed to reducing health disparities.
Ben Chao Ben Chao (MHA student) was named the 2017 Administrative Fellow for MultiCare Health System in Tacoma. Last spring, a record 14 grads of the nationally ranked MHA program landed fellowships with organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Epidemiology Hike The Department of Epidemiology welcomed the new academic year with a hike to Snoqualmie's Snow Lake. See photos on Facebook.
Anne Vander Stoep Ann Vander Stoep (Epi) wrote a how-to book to help teachers, counselors and administrators recognize stress in middle school students. It was recently No. 1 on Amazon’s hot new releases in Educational Psychology.
UW boundless logo The UW’s West Coast Poverty Center was recently named a partner in the new national Collaborative of U.S. Poverty Centers. Donald Chi (HServ), Norma Coe (HServ), Bonnie Duran (HServ), Jennifer Otten (Nutr, HServ) and Karina Walters (GH) are faculty affiliates.

Featured by the ASPPH

Researchers investigate effects of air pollution on dementia;
 Lianne Sheppard (DEOHS, Biostat), Paul Crane (HServ), Eric Larson (HServ), Gail Li (UW Medicine)
Digital media guidelines tackle growing impact on child health;
 Dimitri Christakis (HServ), Megan Moreno (HServ)
Pesticide exposure linked to changes in oral health;
 Ian Stanaway (DEOHS), Elaine Faustman (DEOHS), Beti Thompson (HServ)

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