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I specialize in occupational health services research, and in program and policy evaluation. My research interests include access to and quality of health care and other services provided through the workers’ compensation system and the vocational rehabilitation system for injured workers, under-reporting and cost-shifting for work-related injuries and illnesses, the health care workforce, and improving and expanding data resources for occupational injury surveillance and outcomes research. I am also interested in the health and cost-related outcomes of interventions related to risky prescribing practices and substance use.


Dr. LuAnne Thompson has been on the faculty of UW since 1993.  She is a physical climate scientist who uses climate models and satellite observations to investigate the role of the oceans in climate variability and change in both the mid-latitudes and in the tropics. She also uses ocean modeling for understand physical controls on biogeochemical processes in the ocean. She teaches climate modeling, climate dynamics, physical oceanography, and interdisciplinary climate science to both graduate students and undergraduates.

She leads the Program on Climate Change that offers an undergraduate minor in climate and a graduate certificate in climate science. The Program on Climate Change fosters interdisciplinary research and education, and she is working to build an interdisciplinary teaching and research program in climate science, impacts, and policy. For the past several years she has been collaborating with faculty across campus to understand the link between climate variability and change with human health and well being now and in the future. Her most recent work is a collaboration with demographers to investigate disparate impacts of hurricanes in the U.S.

She regularly speaks about the ocean’s role in climate and climate modeling to a variety of audiences. She is a member of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Climate and Global Dynamics Advisory Board and the NASA Ocean Surface Topography Science Team, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.


My students and I conduct research on the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. The connection to global health is through the benefits that electrification brings to unserved populations.


Anita Verna Crofts is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communication with a Clinical Instructor appointment at UW Global Health. She conducts trainings for INGO on humanitarian communications, focused on photography as a documentary tool for humanitarian relief agencies.


In my work on the philosophy of human rights, I explain the rationale for health rights to be universal human rights.

In Human Rights and Human Well-Being (Oxford; 2010), I show how to define an Expanded Original Position that can adequately address rights to health care for those with special health care needs, a topic that John Rawls was not able to address with his version of the Original Position.

In my course in the philosophy of human rights (PHIL 338), we discuss the capabilities approach of Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen of which rights to health are an important part. In my course on issues of global justice (PHIL 207), we discuss environmental justice and climate change.


My teaching, scholarship and service reflects a focus on improving population health outcomes by addressing upstream determinants of health and other root causes of social inequity and health disparities. At the core of my practice is using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to engage community residents and stakeholders in identifying and prioritizing relevant community-level issues or opportunities for improvement and community capacity building. My current research is working with South Tacoma community members to address food access and security issues through CBPR. Prior to my academic appointment, I worked in local governmental public applying population health principles and evidenced-based practices in the development, implementation and evaluation of population-level intervention programs and services for diverse underserved and underrepresented populations. This included collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders and health system partners.

On a professional service level, my commitments are, and have been, focused on population health. Currently I am a board member of the Washington State Public Health Association as well as affiliate representative to the American Public Health Association (APHA). I have been a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee, and the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning.

I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice (2013), with a focus on public health systems improvement, and Master of Nursing and Master of Public Health degrees (2002) from the University of Washington. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle University (1983), and am board certified in Advanced Public Health Nursing.


Development and delivery of Sepsis Training programs in LMIC’s. Research includes validation of training and developing metrics for outcome measurements. Advisor to the GSA (Global Sepsis Alliance) and Co-ordinator for Trials and Traning for InFACT (International Forum for Acute Care Trialists). Emergency preparedness in the US and LMIC’s working with USCIIT.

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I trace the presence, pathways and sources of anthropogenic toxic metals distributed throughout the environment.

My work uses the stable metal isotope composition (as well as concentration) of metals such as Pb, Cu, Zn and potentially others to fingerprint the source and distribution of the anthropogenic component. An example is identifying the source and distribution of Pb emitted from the Teck-Cominco smelter in Canada and distributed by wind and water onto the Colville Indian Reservation.


Adam Warren is associate professor of Latin American history in the Department of History at the University of Washington, Seattle. A specialist in Peruvian history and the history of medicine, he is interested in how medical and scientific research have been used to explain social inequalities and frame colonial projects of population reform and control in the Andes.

He is the author of Medicine and Politics in Colonial Peru: Population Growth and the Bourbon Reforms, published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2010. He has also published numerous articles in history of medicine and Latin American history journals that examine the intersection of Spanish, indigenous, and African healing practices in Peru and Bolivia, as well as the treatment of indigenous patients by Spanish practitioners. His new research focuses on the history of medicine, eugenics, and scientific racism in Peru during the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. He is particularly interested in the ways scientists grappled with claims of the indigenista movement in their research on Peru


Sallie Thieme Sanford is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health. She received her B.A. with honors from Brown University and her J.D., Order of the Coif, from UCLA. Professor Sanford clerked for The Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the UW’s medical centers and health sciences schools.

Professor Sanford’s research and teaching focus on health care law, which encompasses legal, policy, and ethical issues that arise in medical care, public health, and global health contexts. Her current research centers on domestic health reform implementation, with particular attention to historically underserved populations. In addition, she has been involved in funded research into law and policy reforms in support of PEPFAR initiatives in the Global South.

Professor Sanford’s recent articles include: Monitoring HIV and AIDS Related Policy Reforms: A Road Map to Strengthen Policy Monitoring and Implementation in PEPFAR Partner Countries, PLOS ONE 11 (2016) (co-authored), Mind the Gap: Basic Health along the ACA’s Coverage Continuum, 17 MD. J. HEALTH CARE L. & POL’Y (2014); The Struggle to Bury Pre-Existing Condition Consideration, 7 ST. LOUIS J. HEALTH L. & POL’Y 405 (2014); and Emergency Response: A Systemic Approach to Diaper Rash, Chest Pain and Medicaid in the Emergency Department, 102 KY. L.J. 441 (2014). Several shorter articles on health law-related topics appear in the on-line journal JURIST.


I have been studying population since graduate school, and have published a number of studies on the history of fertility in China and Taiwan. I have also studied family structure and the way it changes with historical changes in political economy, both in East Asia and worldwide. Most recently, I have co-edited “Transforming Patriarchy: Chinese Families in the 21st Century” (University of Washington Press, 2016).

My work on environmental sustainability and ecosystem resilience is also relevant to population health. I have collaborated with earth scientists on a series of articles on the local impact of reforestation projects in China, and am currently writing an ecological history of the People’s Republic, a book with diverse implications for population health.


Sara Goering is Associate Professor of Philosophy, member of the Program on Values, faculty in the Disability Studies Program, and adjunct in Bioethics & Humanities. Her work is primarily at the intersection of medical ethics, disability studies, and neural technology.

She is interested in how we frame disability in relation to quality of life and public health, and emphasizes the moral importance of including marginalized populations (including disabled people) in health care and public health decision making.


Linda’s research focus is on examining the causes of urban neighborhood decline and the ineffectiveness of national and local revitalization policies. Linda is exploring alternative models and theoretical frameworks for neighborhood change and the creation of physically and mentally healthy African American, urban communities. Resident mobilization, economic stimulation, and strategic partnerships with universities are among the specific strategies Linda is exploring. Other interests include examining the relationship between researchers and the communities under study, as well as the academy’s responsibility to ensure mutually beneficial relationships with “subject” communities.


Dr. Gavin’s research investigates the pathways linking maternal early life risk exposures to offspring birth outcomes. Her work also explores how cultural, social and structural contexts factor into differing health outcomes, particularly among racial and ethnic groups.


I am an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Washington. A scholar of engineering projects and organizations, I conduct research on infrastructure for developing communities with a particular interest in topics of social sustainability.

While I am particularly interested in the global south, I am also interested in any context that is experiencing significant change in basic civil infrastructure (or, is developing). The practical goal of my research is to make basic civil infrastructure better serve all the world’s people by enabling increased human capabilities.


I conduct research and teach in expertise areas related to wastewater treatment, fate and transport of pollutants, and remediation of hazardous waste contaminated sites. Much of this work is aimed at reducing the exposure of human populations to environmental contaminants – either through direct human contact, source water protection, or minimizing food impacts.

I have particular expertise in biologic conversion of pollutants that mimic natural processes (such as in wetlands). My work includes extensive use of laboratory reactors to model large-scale systems, monitoring natural systems, and application of advanced statistical data analysis to develop and demonstrate treatment models. I have worked with wastewater treatment facilities in metropolitan areas, small towns, and in refugee camps. I have access to field sites on the Peninsula.


Dr. McKinney received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2006. Her research interests are focused on craniofacial, oral, and nutritional health in young children. She is based in the Division of Craniofacial Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine.

Dr. McKinney currently studies the unique intersection of oral clefts, maternal breast milk expression, infant feeding and global health. She spearheaded the development of the NIFTY cup – an infant feeding cup for infants with breastfeeding difficulties such as infants with oral clefts and preterm infants in low resource settings – with a team of multidisciplinary experts from Seattle Childrens, PATH, the University of Washington and Laerdal Global Health. Her global research collaborations involve partners in Thailand, India and Ghana.


My work on population health is principally focused on the impact of globalization on populations and their health, including the ways in which ‘populations’ are increasingly surveilled, visualized and analyzed at global and sub-national scales rather than just at the national scale.

I have published in both books and peer reviews articles on the ways in which population health embodies processes of market-led global integration, both as a result of the damage done by structural adjustment and austerity programs on health systems and through the ways in which the health of different populations globally becomes interconnected through the market-mediated ties of health-worker migration, organ transplants and health data transfers.


I direct a Master of Public Health degree program—Community Oriented Public Health Practice–that employs problem-based learning and focuses on social justice as a public health imperative. This year I am pioneering a new public health skills class that engages students with community-based organizations while they learn program planning, evaluation, policy, advocacy, leadership and equity skills. I am heading a student conducted evaluation of Tent City at the UW this winter.

I’m interested in the intersection between armed conflict and health. In 2011, I led a team to count mortality associated with the Iraq war, which involved surveys of members of 2000 households across Iraq. I led a sister university project with the University of Basrah in Iraq, where we conducted a study of pediatric leukemia rates,1993-2007. In 2010, I published a study for the American Journal of Public Health exposing the health hazards of military recruiting in public high schools. I’ve also worked on homelessness and incarceration as health issues.

I conduct research health worker migration from low-income countries to wealthy countries. I recently completed a large CDC research project in Uganda studying the effects of PEPFAR spending on long-term health systems changes.

I am secretary of the board of the UW chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and serve on the nuclear weapons task force of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. I recently stepped down as funding member of the board of College Access Now, which assists low-income high school students to go to college.


My research focuses on understanding how social and cultural factors influence the health of vulnerable populations. I work with communities to develop and test interventions to promote health. Most of my work is in the areas of mental health, substance use and cancer prevention. In terms of populations, I work primarily in Latino immigrant communities, however, I also have experience working with American Indian and refugee communities.

My work helps identify the mechanisms by which social and cultural determinants influence the health of populations. Once we understand these pathways, we can create interventions to prevent or address health disparities. I also aim to develop effective interventions that are also culturally relevant and sustainable. Part of my work is also to teach students about social determinants of health, health disparities, and how to effectively engage with communities to address health issues, so that they can also promote population health in their careers.


My work has focused on population health – in terms of research, community, and policy initiatives – for the last 25 years. My research, specifically, has addressed questions about older women’s health promotion and disease prevention. The large, landmark Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Clinical Trial and Observational Study began data collection in 1993 and continues in a long-term follow-up today, although its main clinical trial closed out in 2005. As a co-investigator at the NIH/NHLBI-funded Clinical Coordinating Center for the WHI (Prentice/Anderson, PI), I have been involved in developing scientific protocols and collaborative analyses with scientists nationally and internationally, coordinating a wide range of procedures and communications with clinical sites and their participants across the United States, and encouraging the engagement of established and early-career scientists in our ongoing work. The WHI has had a major impact on the health of women globally, particularly in terms of the ground-breaking findings about the risk-benefit balance of postmenopausal hormones, but its reach has extended to diverse aspects of women’s health (e.g., diet, use of supplements, quality of life, racial/ethnic considerations, environmental exposures, genomics) and establishing an effective infrastructure for coordinating large population initiatives with appropriate scientific rigor.

My experience with the WHI supported my work in the collaborative development and implementation of the original protocols for the NIA-funded MsFLASH (Menopausal Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms & Health) — a study of short-term treatments for menopausal systems in women at five study centers across the United States (LaCroix, PI), as well as scientific analyses, implementation protocols, and performance-monitoring for the Enhancing Connections Program (Helping the Mother with Breast Cancer Support her Child; Lewis, PI) – an intervention study across six states.

In terms of community and policy initiatives, I recently completed a Global Innovation Fund project with Dr. Nancy Hooyman (PI, from Social Work), “Promoting Community-based Eldercare in Chongqing China.” In addition, the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging (which I direct) is currently launching a “Wellness Network” – an initiative that will support partnerships with communities, facilities, and agencies to create a data repository of information about the health of older adults in our region that serves research, student experiences, and data-driven services for older adults. have served on Washington State boards and task forces in support of the health of our vulnerable populations (e.g., Certified Professional Guardianship Board, Adult Family Home Quality Assurance Panel, Older Adult Falls Prevention Action Plan Advisory Group), as well as the community development steering committee, Imagine Lake City — a planning grant funded by Wells Fargo Foundation to support community development.


Program of research is focused on both preventing injury as well as improving outcomes from injury in older adults.


Technology_based interventions to support aging; design, implementation and evaluation of informatics tools to support older adults and their families in home and hospice care.


Paula Diehr has worked primarily in health services research, with a special emphasis on mental health services, different insurance and provider plans, health status, diagnostic rules for headache, cough and ankle trauma, health promotion evaluation, health services for older adults, people without health insurance, utilization and cost of health services, survey methods, community-based analyses, and years of healthy life or quality of life. She is generally interested in health outcomes. Dr. Diehr has published recently in the area of obesity, survival and years of healthy life for older adults.



Kim England’s research on population-health focuses on themes of healthcare, migration, difference/identity and home.

In particular, this includes the global migration of care workers (nurses, home care attendants, personal support workers, and domestic workers), health care policy as it relates to recruiting international workers, and the home as a site of long-term health care (for workers, recipients and families).

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