Building the Bridge & Keeping It Stable: Successes on Bridging the Research to Practice Gap

The buzzwords “Bridge the gap,” “Bridging research to practice,” and “Closing the know do gap” represent goals for our research we have not yet achieved. Public health and academic research continues to research health interventions that do not get implemented. However, as we have begun to include community partners, policy makers, and funding and implementing partners, we are starting to see progress on implementing well-researched interventions.

Planetary health needs stat response, ER physician says

UW Medicine Newsroom

Dr. Jeremy Hess works as a UW Medicine Emergency Department physician, UW medical school professor and director of the UW's Center for Health and the Global Environment.

"It was just serendipitous," he says of how he initially became interested in global warming, which he describes as "the big, broad problem in front of so many health issues".

Department of Global Health Awards 25 Students with Travel Fellowships

The Department of Global Health awarded 25 international travel fellowships to support the projects and research of graduate students at UW for the next academic year. Students from varied disciplines across the University of Washington, including global health, epidemiology, nursing, health metric sciences, and environmental health sciences, will travel to 13 countries to engage with local communities and pursue fieldwork experience.

Study reveals diabetic retinopathy affecting more people than previously estimated

Komo News

A new study found that 9.6 million people had diabetic retinopathy in 2021, which is about 30% higher than previous research had predicted. The eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness in people with diabetes.

Abraham Flaxman, associate professor of global health and health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.

Climate change keeps making wildfires and smoke worse. Scientists call it the ‘new abnormal’

AP News

As Earth’s climate continues to change from heat-trapping gases spewed into the air, ever fewer people are out of reach from the billowing and deadly fingers of wildfire smoke, scientists say. Already wildfires are consuming three times more of the U.S. and Canada each year than in the 1980s and studies predict fire and smoke to worsen.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

How we can better protect all residents during WA’s next heat wave

The Seattle Times

"Two years ago, an unprecedented heat event slammed the Pacific Northwest, setting 128 all-time high temperature records and killing 441 people between June 27 and July 3. It overwhelmed our medical systems and caused untold suffering, particularly for those who are elderly, pregnant, have chronic diseases, living with mental health and substance abuse issues, work outdoors and communities of color," write the UW’s Dr. Jeremy Hess, professor of global health, of emergency medicine and of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Dr. Longenecker to lead AHA analysis of rural health obstacles

UW News

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine will oversee a $20 million initiative aimed at better understanding and mitigating factors that negatively influence the health of rural Americans. The American Heart Association (AHA) is funding the new study network, composed of academic scientists in Washington, Oregon, California, North Carolina and Ohio.