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 Health Services January 2019 News Bits

Health Services January 2019 News Bits

Happy 2019, everyone! The year is off to a great start in the Department of Health Services. Here some news bits from the past 4 weeks:

  • Thanks to everyone who came out to the Department of Health Services Annual Celebration on Friday 1/18/19! We welcomed over 150 attendees, keynote speaker Sea Mar Community Health Centers CEO and UW MHA alumnus Mr. Rogelio Riojas gave an amazing and inspiring speech, we enjoyed great food and fun, and we raised over $2,700 for our students via gifts to the Health Services Excellence, Equity, and Distinction (HSEED) Award! The evening was a wonderful way to mark the 50th anniversary of our Department. Check out the event photos here, and watch Rogelio's remarks here. To support our students via a gift to the HSEED Award, visit this link.
  • Research Reorganization: we recently completed a major overhaul of the way we administer our research, and it is already showing major benefits:
    • Seven months into fiscal year 2019, proposal submissions have nearly doubled, compared to 2018!
    • Award success is trending upward! The percentage of submitted proposals that received funding has increased each year for the past 4 years, and more than 2/3 of our proposals are now being funded.
  • Sheri Simonsen has accepted the position of HSERV Communications Manager. Sheri has served as Communications Specialist for the Health Promotion Research Center since 2014. Sheri will be focused on elevating the visibility of HSERV research, and partnering with our academic communications and marketing staff to illuminate Health Services’ role in improving the health of individuals and populations.
  • January 31 marked the end of the Department’s 4-year contract to evaluate Washington State’s implementation of the State Innovation Model funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
    • Emeritus Professor Doug Conrad has led that evaluation and will be stepping back from active involvement in the Department, although he will continue to publish papers and present at conferences on the evaluation results.
    • Professor Dave Grembowski is pursuing external funding for ongoing analysis of the data generated by the evaluation.
    • With the end of the contract, we also say farewell as faculty to one of the key evaluators, Senior Lecturer Tao Kwan-Gett. Dr. Kwan-Gett, a pediatrician, has returned to active clinical practice at Virginia-Mason.
    • We thank Doug and Tao for their long years of service and many contributions to our Department - they will be greatly missed.

The quarter is successfully in full swing, and Seattle is experiencing unusually snowy weather! Stay warm out there, and follow along with us this February for our Black History Month profiles of influential African American leaders in public health, written by Professor Clarence Spigner.