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photo: MPH Alum Dr. Douglas Diekema Helps WA Prioritize COVID-19 Resource Allocation

Dr. Douglas Diekema Helps WA Prioritize COVID-19 Resource Allocation

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most enduring challenges of the pandemic response in the United States has been shortage: of masks, ICU beds, ventilators, and vaccines. Physician, ethicist, and Health Services MPH alumnus Dr. Douglas Diekema (’93) has played a unique role in helping to develop Washington State’s approach to allocating precious resources during the pandemic.   read more...

photo: National Public Health Week 2021 Story Round-Up

National Public Health Week 2021 Story Round-Up

Happy National Public Health Week 2021! Thanks for following along with our daily featured stories, showcasing work by alumni, students, and faculty in the University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Health Services. (Story round-up under the cut.)   read more...

photo: COPHP MPH Student Molly Codding Assesses Lead Levels in WA School Drinking Water

COPHP Student Molly Codding Assesses Lead Levels in WA School Water

Molly explains, “Lead exposure is an incredibly important environmental justice issue. In the United States, decades of systemic segregation have resulted in a disproportionate burden of lead poisoning and lead exposure for low-income communities and communities of Color.”   read more...

photo: Dr. Matt Harnpadoungsataya Receives 2020 Golisano Health Leadership Award for Work with Special Olympics

Dr. Matt Harnpadoungsataya Receives Golisano Health Leadership Award

Matt Harnpadoungsataya, PT, DPT, and second-year Online Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate (Spring 2021), has received the Golisano Health Leadership Award, the Special Olympics’ highest honor for health partners, for his dedicated volunteer work with Special Olympics Washington. The award recognizes local health champions and their extraordinary efforts for increasing access to essential health care and improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities (ID).   read more...

photo: Tara Ogilvie Advances Culturally-Relevant Early Literacy Education for NPHI Families

Tara Ogilvie Advances Culturally-Relevant Education for NPHI Families

Health Services MPH student Tara Ogilvie conducted her MPH practicum with UW faculty member Dr. Myra Parker at the Seven Directions Indigenous Public Health Institute, in collaboration with the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF). The goal of the study was to assess the needs of NHPI families related to early learning and literacy, in order to inform the development of a culturally-relevant curriculum for use with the UIATF’s Ina Maka Family Program.   read more...