Global WACh

Talks and Events

June 5, 2024

2nd annual Global WACh Student Poster Symposium celebrates and highlights student achievements over the academic year

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On May 28th in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, Global WACh hosted its second annual Student Poster Symposium featuring graduate student research aimed at improving the health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children. It was a celebratory end-of-year event to acknowledge students’ training, service, and achievement and give well wishes to those graduating UW.

This year’s symposium featured 14 posters by master’s and doctoral students and a postdoctoral fellow representing several departments and schools – Applied Bioengineering, Epidemiology, Global Health (General and Implementation Science tracks), Nursing, and Social Work. These included 90-hour capstone projects completed by students enrolled in the Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program, and master’s thesis and PhD dissertation-related posters by student supporting Global WACh’s research portfolio. Three posters were featured at scientific conferences over the academic year and shared with the UW global health community. (more…)

June 3, 2024

Global WACh faculty, staff, students attend a team retreat to build community and advance strategic initiatives

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On May 22nd, Global WACh hosted an all-day team retreat at the UW Waterfront Activities Center.  46 faculty, staff, and student trainees spent the day together with the goals of 1) team building across Global WACh’s scientific priorities, and 2) advancing strategic initiatives for scientific impact, deep work, and expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community. The retreat was part of a larger “Think Week” aimed at protecting time and space for creative thinking to expand innovation to improve the health of women, adolescents, and children. (more…)

May 3, 2024

Class of 2024 Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program student capstone round-up

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We are thrilled to celebrate the graduations of eight students enrolled in the Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program. They are graduating with master degrees from various academic departments, along with the 15-credit certificate that offers additional coursework and a 90-hour capstone opportunity in woman, adolescent, and child health training and education.

Students will present their capstones at Global WACh’s Student Poster Symposium on Tuesday, May 28th from 3-4 PM in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health Room 101.  The event draws in members of our community to celebrate students’ achievements, service, and training during their academic journeys at UW.  Attend the event to learn about their work.  Meet our incredible students and read brief summaries of their projects below.



April 8, 2024

Global WACh hosts Dr. Eleanor Namusoke Magongo for the Endowed DELV Lecture and Faculty Exchange in Global Health

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Dr. Eleanor Magongo delivered a keynote at UW on April 3, 2024. Credit: Kate Rankin

From April 2-4, Global WACh hosted Dr. Eleanor Namusoke Magongo, Paediatric and Adolescent HIV Care and Treatment Team Lead at the Ministry of Health Uganda, for a series of guest speaking events and meetings at the UW.  Dr. Magongo is a Pediatrician and Child Health Specialist with 15 years of experience leading teams to implement, monitor and scale up pediatrics and adolescent HIV programs in Uganda. She was selected by team members as the distinguished scholar of this year’s Endowed DELV Lecture and Faculty Exchange in Global Health program.  The program is supported by an endowed gift and intended to advance learning for UW faculty, staff, and students and to foster collaboration in global health. (more…)

January 19, 2024

Mix it up! Global WACh and Global Health Collaborative host mixer to connect on global health interests


On January 11th in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, the Global WACh (housed in the Department of Global Health) and Global Health Collaborative (GHC) in the Department of Pediatrics hosted a mixer for faculty and trainees to connect on shared interests in pediatric global health topics, including infectious diseases, implementation science, and healthcare systems strengthening in limited resource settings. (more…)

December 14, 2023

Book Talk – “Enough: Because We Can Stop Cervical Cancer”

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On December 7th, Global WACh hosted an engaging book talk around Dr. Linda Eckert’s upcoming book, Enough: Because We Can Stop Cervical Cancer.  The book is a passionate call to action to eliminate needless deaths from cervical cancer, by combatting healthcare inequities women face.  The book is available to pre-order where ever one gets books.

If you missed the event, watch it here:

Learn about other opportunities to learn about the book and discuss cervical cancer:

April 3, 2023

Cross-functional collaboration offers qualitative data analysis software training for UW students

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Dr. Kristin Beima-Sofie teaching students at the ATLAS.ti Workshop on March 3, 2023.

On March 3rd, a day-long ATLAS.ti workshop was hosted by the UW Qualitative Multi-Method Program (UW-QUAL) and UW Libraries’ Open Scholarship Commons (OSC) to teach students the fundamentals of ATLAS.ti, a popular qualitative data analysis software used in research, such as for an analysis of interviews or literature.  Dr. Kristin Beima-Sofie, Senior Research Scientist with Global WACh in the Department of Global Health, led the workshop where students across campus attended to learn about the software’s research tools and features to improve their analysis skills.

Dr. Saadia Pekkanen, Founding Director of UW-QUAL and Professor of International Studies, supported the workshop as part of the program’s effort to provide education and training for qualitative and policy-relevant data analysis in universities, the private sector, and government.

Dr. Beima-Sofie and Dr. Pekkanen anticipate offering a follow-up workshop in the 2023 spring quarter. More information about this workshop and other qualitative training opportunities can be found on the UW-QUAL website at

November 15, 2021

Join Global WACh at the 2021 Inaugural Endowed Lecture


Please join us for the Inaugural Lecture of the Endowed Visiting Lectureship in Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children followed by a networking reception hour on Tuesday, November 30th from 4-6 PM PST at the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, Room 155!

Dr. Suchdev will provide an overview of the intersection between nutrition and infection in both clinical and public health settings.  He will discuss case examples from his collaborative and interdisciplinary research work in improving nutrition assessment, evaluating the risk-benefit of iron interventions, and addressing the role of malnutrition and child mortality. He will share some lessons learned for trainees interested in a career in nutrition and global health. (more…)

July 14, 2021

Research Assistant Anna Larsen virtually presents analysis of depressive screening tools among postpartum Kenyan women

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Global WACh Research Assistant Anna Larsen (2nd row, left) presented research findings at the Society for Epidemiologic Research in June 2021.


Anna Larsen, Global WACh Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, participated in a panel entitled, “Mental Health: Recent trends, advances in measurement, and racial/ethnic patterns” at the 2021 Society for Epidemiologic Research on June 23, 2021.

Her presentation entitled, “Epidemiologic evaluation of three depression screening tools among postpartum Kenyan women,” highlighted results from a comparative analysis of three depressive symptom screening tools used in the PrEP Implementation for Mothers in Antenatal Care (PrIMA) study.  The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CESD-10], Patient Health Questionnaire-2 [PHQ-2], and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale [EPDS] were utilized by the study team to screen for depressive symptoms among postpartum Kenyan women. (more…)

May 21, 2021

A sneak peek of Global WACh research at summer conferences 2021

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Faculty, staff, students, and collaborators representing Global WACh’s research are invited to present their findings at large annual conferences this summer.  We’ve rounded up some abstracts of interest, with more information to come!

If you are attending any of these scientific gatherings, be sure to add these presentations to your calendars!  Refer to the title or reference numbers to find the presentation date and time in the program guides.


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