Population Health Resource Directory
My work focuses on workplace determinants of health among working populations. Traditionally, this has involved safety hazards, chemicals, dusts and physical agents used in the course of work. More recently, I have turned my attention to the psychosocial work environment, and making the connections between working conditions, worker health and community health sequelae.
I am an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Global Health at UW.
I work clinically at Harborview Medical Center and consider my main contribution to population health to be my position as Fellowship Director for the UW Global Emergency Medicine and Rural Health Fellowship, as well as in my position as Director of Ultrasound Education for Partners In Health, a multi-national health related NGO dedicated to capacity building and health system Strengthening and low income countries.
My main focus has been to develop the fellowship in an effort to create UW leaders in global health with focus on improving rural emergency care, humanitarian emergencies and health system strengthening/capacity building in rural, international and WWAMI region communities.
Through multiple strands of research that mix paradigms, media, and methods, I seek to identify how we, as scholars and community members, can create and support settings that foster health, empowerment, and social justice.
My work focuses on understanding and promoting adolescent health and well-being with particular attention to contextual risk and protective factors, culture, and youth as agents of social change.
My primary substantive focus is on sexual health, broadly defined. I am also interested in the footprint community-based researchers and universities leave in the communities with which they collaborate.
In this line of work, I attend to the process and outcomes of community-based research with youth and adults, university-community partnerships, and student engagement in community-based learning and research.
As a lecturer, I primarily teach and mentor students. In this capacity, I teach in the undergraduate Public Health Major the Science in Public Health Course as well as a Life Course Nutrition course for undergraduates. These courses link the pathophysiology of disease to factors that prevent or promote disease, with a particularly focus on chronic disease and nutrition.
Several research projects I am working on touch on population health. The first project looks at the relationship between sodium, potassium, and CVD in a multiethnic cohort. The second project that has just started will address the achievement gap in undergraduate education and determine the impact of SES, gender, and race on course performance. The broad purpose of this research will be to identify effective teaching methods to reduce the achievement gap in education.
Lastly, I worked with other UW Health Sciences Schools in interprofessional education (IPE) and helped develop the Population Health focused session as part of the four sessions IPE Foundations series for all health sciences students.
My research and scholarship centers on the critical study of social inequality, focusing on the relationship between sexuality, power, and context (including: organizational, institutional, cultural, and global contexts).
In the past my research has included ethnographic research on post-industrial service work jobs including waitressing and sex work; more recently I have applied my research and scholarship to evaluating popular discourses about the “sexualization of girls,” and discourses and policies about sex work and human trafficking.
My current projects include a community-based study of transgender sex workers in the Seattle area (funded by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the Pride Foundation), and an introductory sexuality studies book (“Sexuality: the Basics,” Routledge press). My public scholarship can also be found at The Conversation, Ms. Magazine Blog, Rh Reality Check, Sexuality & Society, & The Feminist Wire.
The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) seeks to investigate and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development in youth and adults.
SDRG is a recognized leader in the field of prevention research. Its efforts to understand how risk and protective factors influence development have resulted in hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals and led to the development of tested and effective interventions.
My program of research is focused on promoting parent-child shared management of chronic conditions, with a special focus on sleep and asthma.
In particular, I am interested in improving health trajectories through innovative sleep or medication adherence interventions aimed at improving daytime function (executive function, symptoms) as well as patient- and family-reported outcomes.
Currently, I am testing a web-based, tailored, dyadic intervention promoting sleep shared management in school-age children with asthma and their parents.
Dr. Manhart’s research interests are in sexually transmitted infections (STI) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Her primary research involves defining the clinical epidemiology of emerging STI pathogens, with a focus on Mycoplasma genitalium. She led the MEGA trial evaluating the efficacy of standard therapies against M. genitalium, and is currently leading two cohort studies of men with urethritis to explore the role of the male urethral microbiome in genital tract disease. Current projects also include studies of the psychosocial implications of STI and HIV-infection, including stigma and mental health, and studies to define the social context of STI risk.
I have a broad background in epidemiology, and am particularly interested in the study of modifiable risk factors for chronic illness, such as physical inactivity, obesity, smoking, and alcohol misuse. Obesity is a major concern for military personnel and Veterans, as it is in the civilian population. The VA began offering a national weight management program in 2005. I have conducted several studies to evaluate the reach and effectiveness of that program in different subpopulations. I have also investigated how weight change is impacted by life changes, including separation from the military and new-onset and persistent mental health problems such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Physical activity is thought to play a role in numerous diseases, but assessing physical activity in large epidemiologic studies is challenging. I have also conducted studies to evaluate the prevalence of physical activity in veterans compared to non-veterans, changes in physical activity after separation from the military, and physical activity
Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Adolescent Medicine, and an associate professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She is a member of the Center for Childhood Infections and Prematurity Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where her laboratory is physically located. She is also a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease training program, the Adolescent Medicine training program, and the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). Dr. Katzenellenbogen is an affiliate of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for AIDS and STD Research. She is an emerging expert on human papillomavirus and studies the host-pathogen interactions that lead to cancer development and progression.
As senior Research and Evaluation advisor for the International Training and Education Center for Health’s (I-TECH’s) voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program implemented in 21 rural districts in Zimbabwe. Dr. Feldacker leads operations research and contributes to strategic decision making for high-quality service provision. She provides technical assistance to quality assurance interventions for prevention, identification, and correct classification of adverse events including designing job aids to simplify clinical information and developing tools for active surveillance.
Previously, as I-TECH seconded staff, Feldacker provided technical assistance to expand the capacity of the Lighthouse Trust (Malawi’s largest public ART clinic) to build robust and sustainable systems for the collection of strategic information. She guided the design, development, and pilot of a point-of-care, electronic data system to integrate ART and TB patient management in partnership with the Malawi MoH and National TB program. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate for MEASURE Evaluation to monitor and evaluate integrated population, health, and environment programs and HIV prevention programs in several countries including Angola and Mozambique. Her PhD dissertation examined the influence of community- and individual-level risk factors on HIV transmission in rural Malawi using both quantitative and spatial regression methodologies.
My research focuses on the dynamic interactions between sleep, media use, and physical activity in children and adolescents — and the impact they can have on development, health outcomes, and family functioning.
Our team also works to develop and assess tailored and family-centered interventions that can meet families where they are and collaborate for sustainable health behavior change.
The Innovative Programs Research Group (IPRG) conducts brief early interventions with youth and adults struggling with behavioral issues, but who have not yet accessed relevant services.
Its projects assess the effectiveness of innovative and accessible means to impact behavior change or reduce barriers to the delivery of effective social and mental health services.
Dr. Baldwin is a family physician and a Professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine. Her research focuses on implementing evidence-based practices into clinical care and ensuring equitable access to high quality health services across rural and urban areas. Dr. Baldwin brings particular expertise in facilitating research collaborations with clinicians and clinical organizations and in using electronic health record and administrative data to examine the quality and outcomes of clinical care.
As Director of the Institute of Translational Health Services’ (ITHS’) Community Engagement Program, Dr. Baldwin has developed a 58-clinic primary care practice‐based research network, the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) region Practice and Research Network (WPRN), which supports collaborative research between academic investigators and clinical practices. The WPRN includes a data sharing network, Data QUEST, that draws from diverse electronic health records across a subset of the WPRN clinics. Dr. Baldwin also has developed a collaborative regional clinical research network, the ITHS’ Northwest PCI Network,involving 12 diverse clinical health systems and academic institutions in the five state WWAMI region. Dr. Baldwin works with these networks and with other academic researchers to disseminate effective health interventions into practice and to develop and test tools that promote clinical engagement and collaboration in translational research.
Partners for Our Children works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Washington State, especially those touched by the child welfare system. But they can’t do that alone. That’s why they work closely with partners to get the right information into the right hands – those making important decisions about child welfare practice and policy.
Robert B. Lindsley is the Managing Director for the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) and also a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UW’s Department of Global Health. Dr. Lindsley is an organizational capacity development professional with a decade of experience designing and managing interventions that widen the impact and effectiveness of health and social service providers internationally. In his capacity as Managing Director, Rob provides management to I-TECH’s finance, operations, human resources, and legal teams, and, in collaboration with Dr. Downer, guides the overall strategy of the I-TECH Center.
Dr. Lindsley has technical expertise in organizational development, training, and cross-cultural research design. He holds a Masters in Mind, Brain, and Education and a doctorate in Human Development and Education both from Harvard University. Prior to joining I-TECH, Dr. Lindsley held a variety of leadership positions within World Education, Inc., including Senior Asia Region Advisor and Country Director for Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Dr. Lindsley continues his passion for developing leaders in international development through teaching, advising students, and serving on a variety of doctoral research committees.
Dr. Susan M. Graham is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Global Health, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology. She is a member of the University of Washington’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Kenya Research and Training Center (KRTC).
Dr. Graham works on research projects at several sites in Kenya, including the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kilifi, the University of Washington (UW)/University of Nairobi (UON) HIV/STD Research Site in Mombasa, and the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society clinics in Kisumu.
Dr. Graham’s research focuses on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) epidemiology, prevention, and treatment in most at-risk populations including female sex workers and men who have sex with men. Dr. Graham also directs the UW School of Medicine’s Global Health Pathway for Medical Students.
The Center for Law, Science and Global Health was established in 1994. It provides the leadership, academic courses, academic advising, career counseling, practicums, externships and internships, for all of the University of Washington School of Law’s Health Law programs.
Health Law encompasses a broad range of topics, ranging from government regulation of health law to health care business transactions, telemedicine, finance and reimbursement, to the ethical controversies presented in various areas of medicine.
Completed MPH thesis work on determinants of health and perceptions of local elected officials and public health decision makers regarding factors influencing community health and well-being, extent to which healthy public/social policy is perceived as important to creating public health. Co-direct a seminar course that highlights broad determinants of health globally (eg, climate change, trade/TPP, etc)
My program of research is focused on improving sleep health and health outcomes (quality of life, patient reported outcomes) in children with and without chronic conditions and their families. Our team is interested in the effect of poor sleep health on the trajectories of health outcomes in children and their families. We also investigate the utility of noninvasive urine biomarkers that might predispose children with chronic conditions to develop sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea) which could provide unique and essential information for clinical practice and enable early detection of sleep disorders.
The mission of the Women’s Center is to create a more inclusive and compassionate society by promoting gender equity and social justice through educational programs and services that allows all participants to succeed in life.
Our work on population health, funded by the National Institute of Aging, applies a process point-of-view to model effects of health behavior and the environment on mortality patterns. The approach mathematically describes mortality in terms of time and age varying interactions of intrinsic physiological and extrinsic environmental processes. Mortality is the result of random extrinsic environmental challenges to the age-declining vitality, an abstract measure with foundations in cellular aging processes.
A recent analysis identified a longevity advantage of identical twins compared to the general population in terms of the effects of twinhood in providing stress-reducing emotional support and buffering against risky behavior. A second analysis of world mortality patterns indicates that most of the historical improvement in longevity in countries involved the reduction of extrinsic environmental and event-based challenges. Future longevity increases in developed countries will likely be controlled by the gradual decrease in the rate of senescence associated with improving health behavior. Current work is seeking to identify the combined effects of health behavior and environmental stress on state-level patterns of mortality in the U.S.
Paul Drain, MD, MPH, is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Global Health, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), and Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He completed his infectious disease training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
His research focuses on use of diagnostic testing and clinic-based screening, including novel point-of-care technologies, to improve clinical care and patient-centered outcomes in resource-limited settings, and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard University, Infectious Disease Society of America, Harvard’s Center for AIDS Research, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
He has authored several global health books and received awards from the Global Health Education Consortium, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Faculty Teaching Award from Harvard Medical School, where he still co-teaches “Introduction to Social Medicine and Global Health” to first-year medical students.
Jody’s research, teaching, and community work have been greatly influenced by Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy and participatory methodologies.
She approaches health from a social science perspective and is drawn to mixed methodologies and community-based participatory research. She applies critical theory to examine socioecological factors (e.g., gender, education, class, culture) that impact health.
Jody has published and presented peer-reviewed research in the areas of: community health, women’s health, new media and health promotion, online learning, and Constructivist pedagogies.
She is currently serving on the editorial advisory board for the journal, Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and also serves as a peer reviewer for the Global Journal of Health Education & Promotion and the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning. She is also co-author of the text, The Process of Community Health Education and Promotion (2nd ed.), and is currently working on a 3rd edition due out in 2015.
Sharon S. Laing is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Services Department, UW Seattle, School of Public Health.
Her research targets patient healthcare decision-making and self-care management; her current scholarship evaluates the effectiveness of health promotive mobile devices to advance patient-centered care and improve clinical outcomes for low-resource communities.