Introducing the 2023-24 Global Mental Health Speakers Series

The 2023-24 Global Mental Health Speakers series is a collaboration between the UW Consortium for Global Mental Health and the Population Health Initiative. Each event is followed by a 30 minute informal reception to build community and connection among the people gathered. The series brings together thought leaders from across UW, joined by some local and international experts to present and discuss topics of central or emerging concern in global mental health.   

UW Program Delivers Hope for Better Maternal Health Care

UW Magazine

Heart, Soul and Joy provides mothers and mothers-to-be tools to monitor their health at home and guidance about mental health, domestic violence, and nurturing joy and pleasure. UW students, alumni and faculty across disciplines are working with midwives, doulas and others who provide care to underserved populations to address maternal health disparities. 


Behavioral Research Center for HIV Joins DGH

This fall, the Behavioral Research Center for HIV (BIRCH) joined the UW Department of Global Health. BIRCH is an NIH-funded P30 developmental AIDS Research Center that provides infrastructure and support for high-impact, interdisciplinary research on HIV and mental health. Its vision is to end the HIV epidemic by addressing the determinants and symptoms of mental illness and HIV through holistic person-centered prevention and care.


Ramya Kumar on public health as a tool for social justice

UW School of Public Health

Like many students, Ph.D. candidate Ramya Kumar was drawn to the University of Washington School of Public Health’s (UW SPH) Department of Epidemiology for its reputation in HIV and mental health research and impact. However, Kumar found that what distinguished UW SPH from other schools was the culture: the desire students had to build an inclusive community of changemakers.  

Familiar ingredients make Afghan Food Guide easy to swallow

UW News

Diet recommendations can include unfamiliar foods and preparations.  A digital handbook created by Priyasha Maharjan, doctor of global health leadership and practice student, and fellow UW School of Public Health graduate student Norma Garfias Avila, hopes to begin solving this problem. The Afghan Food Guide is a nutritional resource created for the Afghan community and their health care providers in the U.S. It shows the nutritional values of foods, balanced meals and portion sizes while using dishes and cultural examples familiar to Afghan people.