Population Health Resource Directory

Population Health Resource Directory

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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.


The HEALTH-E initiative is an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Washington, Seattle examining technology and aging. We are interested in designing technology tools to promote independent aging.


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

1959 Northeast Pacific Street, Seattle, WA, United States

The de Tornyay Center serves as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging through its support of research and education in the field of gerontology.

The Center is committed to advancing and sharing knowledge about successful aging and ways professionals and systems can promote optimal experiences for older adults. Developing competent and compassionate healthcare providers is critically important.

The Center is a resource for faculty involved in teaching gerontology, for students interested in older adults, and for practicing professionals seeking continuing education and collaborative initiatives. Specifically, the Center promotes the development of researchers from undergraduate nursing students through senior nursing faculty by creating opportunities for researchers to exchange ideas, funding projects, and sharing research findings through seminars and presentations.

Nursing faculty affiliated with the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging come from several health sciences fields and conduct research ranging from basic research to clinical inquiry and systems research. Studies are conducted in a variety of settings, including both communities and organizations. Some examples of research topics include:

  • Cognitive aging
  • Dementia and dementia caregivers
  • Frailty
  • Menopause
  • Palliative care
  • Physical activity
  • Technology and older adults

The Center is committed to improving the lives of older adults locally and globally. We partner with community organizations to host conferences, informational seminars, events, discussions, and more. Our faculty are members of local and national associations and research centers and often are featured speakers or guest lecturers.


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.


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).


The Healthy Growth and Development Core of the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, & Children (Global WACh) are a collaboration of clinicians, epidemiologists and microbiologists, based both in Seattle and internationally, who share a common goal of preventing and treating the adverse effects of childhood infectious diseases in resource-limited settings. Our team is currently leading multiple large clinical trials and observational studies charged with understanding why some children fail to recover from common childhood infections. We focus primarily on gastrointestinal infections, but are also involved in malaria, HIV, TB and sepsis studies. Increasingly, we are interested in the symbiosis between acquired infections, the normal gut microbial community and nutrition. We see nutrition, infection, and childhood survival to be inextricably linked and think that interventions at this intersection will play an invaluable role in child health moving forward.

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I am a pediatrician and researcher with a goal of advancing children’s health and well-being on a population level by promoting healthy behaviors and reducing disparities. My current projects focus on studying and promoting the connection between physical activity, outdoor play and various health and learning outcomes in preschool age children, particularly in early childhood education settings.


My overall research program is focused on the epidemiological, ethical, and decision-making domains of parental refusal or delay of childhood vaccines. I have NIH and foundation-sponsored grants to address existing provider- and parent-level barriers to optimal provider-parent vaccine communication as well as to develop a decision-making approach in vaccine practice and policy that is ethically defensible, preserves parental trust in vaccines, and protects public health.


As a physician trained in primary care and occupational and environmental medicine, I study the way that individual cases of disease (“sentinel cases”) can be indicators of hazards or exposures affecting the health of populations, be they workers or community dwellers. Such indicators allow for the detection and prevention of health problems .

In recent years, I have been working in the field of “One Health”; a concept exploring the linkages between human, animal, and environmental health. A key aspect of this work has been connecting the health of human populations with the health of animal populations sharing the same environments. As the environment changes, our growing human and animal populations are faced with ever-changing health challenges, and sometimes the animals, like the “canary in the coal mine” are the sentinels for health issues threatening us all. Therefore the One Health concept stresses transdisciplinary cooperation between human, animal, and environmental health professionals as well as others working to ensure healthy coexistence of species in a changing environment. I came to UW to start a Center for One Health Research where we are actively exploring these complex problems and their solutions.


Betty Bekemeier is associate professor at the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing and Director of the UW School of Public Health’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. She is a distinguished public health systems researcher and has worked extensively toward improving the effectiveness of our prevention systems and the related public health workforce.

She has led numerous studies regarding local health department (LHD) services and their impact on population-level health outcomes and health disparities. Dr. Bekemeier is PI of the Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST) Study, a highly regarded, growing database of uniquely detailed and linked data regarding LHD services. Her PHAST research has supported several important studies, and involves an interdisciplinary team of investigators.

Dr. Bekemeier’s studies on change, variation, and outcomes regarding public health systems have been conducted in partnership with public health practice leaders and have been immediately relevant to addressing current policy issues that relate to population health. Her recent study on relationships between LHD expenditures and local rates of low birth weight was awarded AcademyHealth’s 2014 Public Health System Research Article of the Year.

Dr. Bekemeier is a national public health and nursing leader, having served in significant leadership positions in organizations that include the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Nursing.

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Seattle Children's Research Institute, 1900 9th Avenue, Seattle

Prof Cox is one of the lead investigators in an International Consortium put together with the aim of identifying the genetic basis of cleft lip/palate. Patients, and particularly families with multiple affected individuals, have been collected from the US, Australia, Netherlands, Colombia and the Philippines.

The project, currently supported by federal funding from Australia, has been conducting exome and whole-genome sequencing. New candidate genes are being assessed in Prof Cox’s laboratory through functional studies involving a combination of in vitro assays and mouse models.

Additional research in the Cox lab is focused on the molecular and developmental mechanisms causing facial clefts, the role of diet in mitigating the severity of presentation, and the role of ‘cleft’ genes in other dental phenotypes commonly seen in patients. We are interested in partnering with other clinicians and basic researchers with interests in clinical outcomes in the management of individuals with clefts or other craniofacial malformations, genetic testing, or basic epithelial biology.


Dr. Nicole Errett is a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She holds a PhD in Health and Public Policy, an MSPH in Health Policy, and a BA in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests and expertise are in the use of public policy to enhance health outcomes during and after disaster.

Dr. Errett brings nearly a decade of practical experience in public health and healthcare emergency preparedness and management. She served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Policy and Legislative Director at the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and the Evaluation and Assessment Manager at the Northwest Healthcare Response Network.

Dr. Errett is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, where she is working as a member of an interdisciplinary team to understand the impact of maritime transportation disruption on post-disaster healthcare delivery in maritime transportation dependent communities.


I am currently an Associate Professor in the University of Washington Epidemiology Department and have adjunct appointments in the Departments of Global Health and Health Services. I am also a member of the training faculty of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Public Health Leadership Training Program and am Associate Director of the Strategic Analysis Research and Training (START) Center, which is housed in the Department of Global Health. I have a number of research areas of interest, including HIV and sexually transmitted infections as they relate to HPV and cervical cancer, both domestically and in sub-Saharan Africa.

For more than a decade I have co-taught an applied Epidemiology course Epi 514, Applications of Epidemiologic Methods, in which graduate Epi students conduct data analysis projects using Washington State birth certificates and linked hospitalization records for mothers and their offspring. I manage the relationship with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) which allows for free access of the data and oversee the probabilistic data linkages and creation of master files for UW research use and distribution back to researchers and health officials at the DOH. In addition, we identify research projects and provide de-identified data subfiles to be used by students in class. Students have often used this course as a springboard for future reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric projects and more than 100 manuscripts from studies initiated in Epi 514 have been published in peer-reviewed journals, adding significantly to the scientific literature.


For more than a decade, my research has focused on the area of genetic and epidemiologic risk factors of common complex diseases. Since 2009 I have led the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium (GECCO). Within this consortium, we have conducted genome-wide association scans. We are also undertaking one of the first large-scale whole genome sequencing (low coverage) studies for colorectal cancer, in which we sequence the whole genome of 2,000 CRC cases and 1,000 controls within GECCO and impute into roughly 90,000 subjects with GWAS data from within GECCO and other collaborative consortia.

Most recently we have received funding to integrate the tumor and host genome to investigate associations of germline genetic and environmental risk factors in relation to colorectal cancer subtypes defined by existing tumor characteristics as well as novel somatic mutations in colorectal cancer.

Additionally, I am leading or co-leading several other highly collaborative studies, including the Population Architecture Using Genetics and Epidemiology (PAGE) Study, and the Colorectal Transdisciplinary Study (CORECT). This work has provided me with a wealth of experience in designing and coordinating large scale genetic epidemiologic studies, evaluating available technologies and platforms, quality control and assurance, analysis of data and interpretation of results.


My research is in the social and economic determinants of health and health care utilization, with a focus on the Mexican health care system.

I am also interested in the impact of health care access on economic outcomes and migration decisions.


I am a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. As a medical anthropologist, I bring concepts and modes of inquiry from sociocultural anthropology to bear upon the study of health, illness, and medicine. My work has explored several lines of inquiry relating to medical technology, medical education, and medical practice in the US: fetal ultrasound imaging,

4333 Brooklyn Ave, Seattle, WA 98195-9442

The Clinical Informatics Research Group designs, develops, and operates information systems to support research to improving individual and population health.

CIRG systems securely manage health information for projects in the Clinical, Public Health, and Global Health Informatics domains.

Its collaborators are based at the University of Washington, and at health care organizations across the US and around the world.

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My program of research focuses on stress during pregnancy and postpartum and mindfulness interventions to improve maternal-newborn outcomes and parenting.

This research has focused on vulnerable populations including women with histories of sexual trauma or low income.


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.


Dr. McCoy’s scholarship is focused on the factors that influence the management of HIV as a chronic health condition among older adults.

Dr. McCoy recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she investigated the experience of being an older, HIV-infected African American individual. She has also examined the relationships between HIV-related stigma, health literacy, medication adherence and the clinical health outcomes of HIV-infected older adults.

Her current research uses a mixed-methods design to further investigate HIV self-management among older adults.


A main goal of my research is to investigate mechanisms of ectopic calcification leading to the development of molecular and cellular therapies for chronic kidney disease, diabetes, valve disease, and trauma-related heterotopic ossification. Projects have included mechanistic studies for novel therapeutic targets and treatment for ectopic calcification in disease, traumatic injury, and medical devices, as well as identifying biomimetic strategies to improve biocompatibility and promote tissue regeneration. Populations suffering from renal disease, diabetes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, and old age are particularly prone to soft tissue calcifications, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Our research will help to elucidate new ways to prevent and/or treat this debilitating problem in different populations.

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