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Health Services November 2018 News Bits

Health Services November 2018 News Bits

November has been a busy month in the Department of Health Services! Here some news bits from the past 4 weeks:

  • The HSERV Diversity Committee has created a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page on our website: http://depts.washington.edu/hserv/diversity-equity-inclusion
  • We are delighted to welcome two new faculty members:
    • Barbara Baquero, Associate Professor, has accepted our offer resulting from the Health Disparities search and will join us January 1, 2019. 
    • Jerome Dugan, Assistant Professor, has accepted our offer resulting from the Health Policy search and will join us January 2, 2019.
  • We have also opened a search for a senior health economist, to be hired at the Associate Professor level. Associate Professor Michelle Garrison is chairing the search.
  • Our students published, presented, and funded their research on myriad topics:
  • Clarence Spigner, Professor, is the new Undergraduate Public Health Program Director for HSERV. He succeeds Sara Mackenzie, Senior Lecturer, who remains the director overall of the undergraduate program. Dr. Spigner also retains his role as the director of the MPH Program in Health Services.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has renewed UW’s funding for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), co-led by Senior Lecturer Sara Mackenzie. The pipeline program brings college students from underrepresented backgrounds to the UW campus to learn more about graduate opportunities in the health professions, including public health.
  • Our faculty were reconigized for their contributions to the field:
    • At its annual Thanksgiving breakfast, the Chief Medical Officer’s Office recognized Senior Lecturer Kurt O’Brien for his work in developing physician leaders who are transforming the quality of health care in UW Medicine.
    • Amy Hagopian, Associate Professor, received the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace from the merican Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference November 14-18, 2018 in San Diego, CA. 
  • We had an incredible turn-out of Health Services student, faculty, and alumni presenters at APHA 2018. Members of our community also gathered for a Health Services happy hour reception on November 10 at Operacaffe, and for the UW School of Public Health Reception at the San Diego Convention Center on November 12. (Photos and list of presentations here.)

Stay tuned for another News Bits feature next month!