Population Health Resource Directory

Population Health Resource Directory

The goal of this directory is to present the breadth of expertise and resources across disciplines and campuses currently working on population health challenges. We hope this directory will create new opportunities for partnership and collaboration as we move towards fulfilling the 25-year vision of this groundbreaking Population Health Initiative.

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I am a member of the UW Biostatistics department and the Fred Hutch Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division with an interest in the design and analysis of studies of infectious diseases. I am particularly interested in studies of HIV and STI prevention in international settings.

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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.

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Annette Ghee has been focused on population health for over 15 years. She has connections to two UW departments. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health (UW DGH) and holds a PhD from the Department of Epidemiology.

Dr. Ghee is the Director for Evidence supporting Global Health at World Vision. She leads a team of M&E professionals who support a broad range of community health programs in more than 70 developing countries. While at World Vision, she has co-led a global mobile health (mHealth) initiative which now includes 22 deployments in 16 countries.

Until now, her affiliation with UW DGH has focused on service as a mentor and committee member for MPH and MD, MPH candidates.

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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.

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4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98105

The University of Washington Nanotoxicology Center (UW Nanotox), in concert with the National Institute of Environmental Health Centers for Nanotechnology Health Implications Research (NCNHIR) consortium, develops standardized techniques, analytical tools, and mathematical models to assess and predict the toxicity and environmental impact of engineered nanomaterials.

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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.

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Most of my work has focused on use of population-based health data.

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A. Neurodevelopmental Toxicity of Metals and Pesticides
The long-range objective of Dr. Faustman’s research is two-fold: to identify biochemical mechanisms of developmental toxicity and to develop new methods for the evaluation of health risks posed by environmental agents. Major research efforts in the laboratory are currently directed towards metals, primarily methylmercury, arsenic, cadmium, pesticides, such as organophosphates, benomyl and N-Nitroso compounds, and other known carcinogens, mutagens and teratogens. In vitro experiments are performed using primary rat embryo cell cultures for CNS and limb tissues, and embryonal carcinoma cells to investigate mechanisms of developmental toxicity of these agents. Embryonal fibroblasts are also isolated from transgenic animals and used to evaluate the role of specific gene pathways in toxicant induced developmental effects. Dr. Faustman’s efforts in risk assessment include an effort to combine results derived from laboratory experiments to develop mechanistically-based toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic models of developmental toxicity. Additionally, Dr. Faustman is involved in the development of new methods applicable to both cancer and non-cancer risk assessment. Currently, techniques are being developed to enhance our understanding of the cellular and molecular factors involved in normal and toxicant-perturbed neurodevelopment. Methodologies include microarray genomic and proteomic analyses for assessment of molecular impact of neurotoxicants of changes at the level of protein expression and function. Please contact the researcher listed with the individual project for more information on research opportunities.

B. Pesticide Exposure and Toxicity in Children
The Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research is another major IRARC research effort. The Center is jointly funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Center researchers are working to understand the biochemical, molecular, and exposure mechanisms that define children’s susceptibility to pesticides. In addition, researchers are working to assess pesticide risks to normal development and learning.

C. Improving Risk Management and Regulation
This is a focus of research for the Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation. A joint project between Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Washington; the mission of the Center is to examine and to improve existing environmental, health and safety regulations at the federal, state and local levels by providing frameworks for incorporation of new technologies and application of new science. An important emphasis of these projects is an assessment of risk management options and approaches.

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Mr. Gleason worked for Federal OSHA and State WISHA as an inspector for thirteen years. He has been teaching at the University of Washington for the last 15 years. He currently assists the University of Washington OSHA Training center providing services to Region 10 comprising Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

Mr. Gleason also assists in third party liability cases as an expert witness in construction, general industry and maritime safety cases. After the cases are settled he uses the information (without the names of the establishments) as real world case histories in his courses.

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Statistical methodology for clinical trials data; analysis of data from clinical trials; statistical analysis with missing data; longitudinal data analysis; statistical methods for AIDS and STD data.

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Dr. Adam Drewnowski is the Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition; the UW Center for Obesity Research, and the Nutritional Sciences Program and Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. He obtained his MA degree in biochemistry at Balliol College, Oxford, and PhD degree in psychology at The Rockefeller University in New York.

The Seattle Obesity Study (S.O.S.), funded by the National Institutes of Health, has developed new methods and measures to explore links between obesity and social disparities, and diet quality and diet cost. Importantly, the SOS has pioneered the use of GIS/GPS technologies and new methods of spatial analysis to assess the impact of the built environment on population health. The SOS is a collaboration between the SPH, the Urban Form Lab in the College of Built Environments and the Group Health Research Institute.

Dr. Drewnowski has published over 300 peer-review papers, and advises governments, foundations and the private sector on issues related to sustainable food and nutrition security. Dr. Drewnowski has also developed a family of nutrient profiling models and new metrics to assess the foods’ nutritional value per calorie and per unit cost. Latest applications of nutrient profiling include measuring the environmental cost of alternative diets as measured in terms of land use, water use, or greenhouse gas emissions.

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My work has focused on diverse populations including American Indians and U.S. veterans. In particular I have worked at the interface of public health and genetics to better understand the health consequences of service in combat. Most of my recent work has focused on the mental health consequences of combat exposure using the Vietnam Era Twin Registry- the largest national twin registry in the U.S. With more than 30 years of follow-up data this resource is a unique platform for studies of population health in the veteran population.

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I direct the local public health agency in Snohomish County, assuring that population-based preventive services are delivered to all 760,000 county residents. This is public health practice in action, involving applied epidemiology, health education, communication, policy development, and regulatory activities.

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4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98105

The Center works to understand the mechanisms that define children’s susceptibility to pesticides and air pollution. Identifying the implications of this susceptibility for developmental and learning trajectories, and partnering with communities to translate the Center’s findings into risk communication, risk management and public health prevention strategies.

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Dr. Fenske’s work has focused on the evaluation of environmental health risks in special populations, such as children, farm workers, and farm producers. Specialty areas include health risks of pesticide exposures, development of new exposure assessment methods, and investigation of the role of skin exposure for workers and children. His teaching activities include exposure assessment, environmental risk, and public health policy related to pesticides.

Dr. Fenske directs the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, a regional center devoted to the prevention of injury and illness among operators, workers, and their families in Northwest farming, forestry and fishing. He received the 2006 NIOSH Director’s Award for Excellence in Research and the 2007 Jerome Wesolowski Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Exposure Science from the International Society of Exposure Science.

He currently serves as a member of National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. In 2008-2009 Dr. Fenske was Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review the Health Effects of Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides (Seventh Biennial Update), and served from 2006-2009 as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board. He also authored the Chemical Hazards section of the International Labor Organization’s Protocol on Agricultural Health and Safety in 2009. He recently served as Co-Chair, Technical Advisory Group on Climate Change, Human Health and Security, Washington State (2010-12).

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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.

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1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98105

NWCPHP provides training, research, evaluation, and communications services to support public health organizations. It is the outreach arm of the University of Washington School of Public Health, bringing academia and practice communities together. The Center does this by offering valuable academic resources to the practice community and conveying everyday-practice perspectives to academia.

Its scope includes provides training, research, and evaluation for state, local, and tribal public health in six Northwest states—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

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I have directed two large long-term randomized trials in school-based smoking prevention (Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project, 1984 – 2000) and youth smoking cessation (Hutchinson Study of Youth and Young Adult Smoking, 2000 – 2016). These trials were in collaboration with 40 school district, and 50 high schools, in the State of Washington. Long-term involvement and cooperation of highly supportive communities statewide was fundamental to the success of both these trials.

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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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Dr. Gallagher joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2004 as Sheldon D. Murphy Associate Professor of Toxicology. Dr. Gallagher was formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Florida were he also served as Director of the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Gallagher serves as the Director of the UW Superfund Research Program, a multi-investigator and multi-institutional center funded by NIEHS that addresses the effects of neurotoxic chemicals on ecological and human health. In addition to his Superfund activities, he is also an active member of the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Heath (CEEH) and the UW training grant in Environmental Pathology and Toxicology.

Dr. Gallagher is a member of the Society of Toxicology as well as the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Dr. Gallagher maintains an active research and teaching program focused on chemical injury in aquatic organisms, and using approaches that integrates molecular, biochemical physiological and behavioral endpoints. Accordingly, students and post-docs in Dr. Gallagher’s laboratory potentially have the opportunity to work in the areas of comparative toxicology of aquatic organisms, and also using fish models to address the environmental impacts of chemical exposures on human health.

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Dr. Hess is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. He has an MD and an MPH in global environmental health and is residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine. He is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded grant supporting work in India on the epidemiology of extreme heat and strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating heat early warning systems.

He is a member of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) at UW. Dr. Hess is also a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he works as a medical advisor on the health effects of climate change and evidence-based interventions to enhance preparedness and promote climate change adaptation at the state and federal levels. He is a section editor at the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine and a recipient of the Presidential GreenGov award.

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I graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the former University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and with a PhD in Mathematical Statistics from the Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany. From 1985-1995 I was based in South Africa, engaging as a biostatistician in both health research and development of biostatistics educational programs, including the biostatistics curriculum for the MPH at University of Cape Town. Since 1996, I have been on the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics in the UW School of Public Health.

I have continued to collaborate with colleagues in South Africa and to teach there. I am an Honorary Professor in the School of Nursing and Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa. I am a passionate educator, and I have been involved in well-received initiatives to promote biostatistics development in South Africa, most recently in-person and online courses in Biostatistics and Biostatistical Reasoning for health researchers at UKZN and collaboration with UW’s I-TECH to develop a curriculum for distance-based education for South African health care.

I have a substantial body of work, both in the USA and South Africa, aimed at identifying problem pregnancies and establishing risk factors for these pregnancies. I also have extensive South African collaborations in the field of environmental and occupational epidemiology, in studies of neurological and respiratory function in particular. My current research in South Africa is primarily focused on the impact of firearm availability on homicide rates.

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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.

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The University of Washington’s DISCOVER (Disease Investigation through Specialized Clinically Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research) Center studies the mechanistic relationship between cardiovascular disease and traffic related air pollution.

The study is composed of five closely linked projects that explore this relationship through a diverse set of research approaches. Our ultimate mission is to transfer the findings of the center rapidly into the development of improved clinical and public health practice

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Julia received her B.S. Degree in Chukechen Honors College, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and received her Ph.D. Degree with honors in University of Kansas Medical Center. Julia currently is an Assistant Professor in Toxicology in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She is a recipient of the Sheldon D. Murphy Endowed Chair, and a member of Center of Ecogenetics & Environmental Health.

Julia is trained as a toxicologist, specializing in using toxicogenomic and toxicoepigenomic approaches to determine the effects of environmental chemical exposure and reprogramming the gut microbiome on the transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of genes involved in drug metabolism and obesity during development.

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