Global WACh thanks health heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic

For months, healthcare workers around the world have been on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus disease.  They put themselves in the path of this virus, often working long hours with limited resources, to treat patients suffering from COVID-19.  Doctors, nurses, technicians, transporters, EMTs, pharmacists and everyone who supports patient care are rising to the occasion and caring for our most vulnerable populations.

Global WACh sincerely thanks healthcare workers and first responders for all they have done and will continue to do.  Some of these responders in Seattle are among our own team.  We are full of gratitude for their commitment, dedication, and courage.  Read how our clinical colleagues are responding to the call for public health action.

Q&A: New CHAIN Network project to monitor COVID-19 in Kenya and how it will benefit women, adolescent, child health

As the global COVID-19 pandemic spreads, there are increasing numbers of cases in low- and middle-income country settings, including in many African countries.  The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network (CHAIN), led by Global WACh Co-Director Dr. Judd Walson, received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to monitor the spread of COVID-19 at sites in Kenya in order to increase understanding of its effects on vulnerable children and adults, healthcare workers, and researchers.  This project is a collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme Clinical Information Network (CIN), the University of Oxford and the University of Washington.  Click here to learn more about the project in the Department of Global Health News.

The fight against the novel virus has caused major changes in many people’s way of life—some predictable, others still hard to imagine.  We asked our CHAIN colleagues in Kenya to share their perspectives on how COVID-19 is affecting their communities and how this new project can benefit vulnerable populations.

Dr. Keshet Ronen receives 2nd year funding for social media-based counseling intervention to local peripartum adolescents

Congratulations to Dr. Keshet Ronen, Clinical Assistant Professor in Global Health, and collaborators for receiving additional funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team for the “Social media support for peripartum adolescents in Seattle” study. They will continue developing and piloting a social media group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention—a form of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand how thoughts and feelings influence behavior—to prevent perinatal depression among adolescents. Click here to read the original award announcement and learn more about the study’s intervention.

New study will investigate how latent co-infections affect clinical outcomes in HIV-infected Kenyan children

African children with delayed HIV diagnosis have a high risk of death, and there is an urgent need for novel strategies to improve their care.  As HIV treatment expands across Africa, Global WACh researchers seek to understand the complex interplay of infectious diseases and HIV infections, which is pivotal to the development of more effective treatments. Dr. Jennifer Slyker (Associate Professor, Global Health; Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology) is leading a new study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to investigate how common, asymptomatic co-infections affect clinical outcomes in critically ill HIV-infected Kenyan children during hospitalization.

Global WACh researchers lend expertise to improve understanding of COVID-19 in pregnancy

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The global scientific community continues to learn more about the novel coronavirus every day.  Global WACh researchers have quickly joined collaborative efforts to learn how COVID-19 impacts pregnant and breastfeeding women and newborns.  This post features how they are collecting data relevant to maternal, obstetric, and newborn health outcomes to inform public health responses to COVID-19.  Keeping this population in mind during the pandemic now may help prevent health disparities in the future.

Dr. Brandon Guthrie co-leads daily COVID-19 scientific literature initiative to support WA State public health response

As the novel COVID-19 spreads across Washington State, public health professionals are navigating a path out of crises by examining a wealth of COVID-19 related data to support evidence-based decision making throughout the region.

In collaboration with the WA State Department of Health, UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security, and the START Center, Dr. Brandon Guthrie (Assistant Professor, Global Health and Epidemiology) is co-leading an initiative to conduct daily scientific literature reviews related to COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2.  Each day, a team of UW graduate students and faculty from the Schools of Public Health and Medicine conduct a systematic search of new information and attempt to highlight new findings that are most relevant to the public health response in a daily report.

SEEMS-Nutrition estimates costs of early childhood development programs in Malawi

The Strengthening Economic Evaluation for Multi-sectoral Strategies for Nutrition (SEEMS-Nutrition) project, led by Dr. Carol Levin (Health Economist and Associate Professor, Global Health), has a unique opportunity to collect cost data alongside six on-going interventions and to generate new evidence on costs and cost-effectiveness of multi-sectoral projects in five country settings.  Click here to read more about SEEMS-Nutrition.

The project applied its costing evaluation approaches to retrospectively estimate the costs and impact for an integrated agricultural, early childhood development, and school feeding randomized-control trial conducted in Malawi. 

View recorded Global WACh research talks at UW

Over the spring academic quarter at UW, Global WACh investigators and student research assistants shared their work across various presentation platforms across campus.  Research span from assessing environmental enteric dysfunction on child health and survival to evaluating risks of depression among HIV-infected adolescent girls, to improved treatment of TB and HIV co-infections.

Click on the presentation titles below to access the recordings to view and learn more about our research.  A list of upcoming virtual presentations can be found below.

Celebrating Global WACh Certificate nursing students on International Nurses Day

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International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of the nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme for 2020, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health, demonstrates how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges.  This particularly rings true during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the years, 13 students from the UW School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Program (DNP) and PhD in Nursing Science Program have participated in the Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program.  Today, we celebrate our students and all nurses for all that they do to provide the care and attention people need, whenever and wherever they need it.

Global WACh Certificate student, Kristen Trivelli, named Husky 100

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Kristen Trivelli, a recent graduate of the School of Nursing and the Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program, was named a Husky 100!  The Husky 100 recognizes 100 undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at the UW.  Congrats to Kristen and other students across all three UW campuses for their outstanding work and achievements.

View all of the Husky 100 named in 2020 and years prior:

Read our post about how she teamed up with nurses in Zimbabwe to understand how breastfeeding education is given and how parents receive education, and share findings with stakeholders to improve rates of exclusive breastfeeding: