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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The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies supports a network of scholars in cutting-edge research, education, and outreach about work, workers and their organizations.
The Center engages students in labor studies through courses and field work. It promotes connections between students, faculty, and labor communities locally and around the world, and inform policy makers about issues confronting workers.
Thaisa Way is an urban landscape historian teaching and researching history, theory, and design in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle. She currently serves as a member of the Executive Council for the Population Health Initiative, which is developing a 25-year vision to build on the breadth and depth of the UW’s research, teaching, and practice to improve the health of populations around the world. Dr. Way is also the Executive Director of Urban@UW, an initiative of the UW’s Office of Research and CoMotion, a collaborative hub for innovation, to bring urban researchers and teachers together to address the most complex urban challenges.
These two projects build on Dr. Way’s enthusiasm and commitment to strengthening the role of inclusive and innovative research in the efforts to improve the lives of all populations around the world. This work happens when we work collaboratively to address the diverse factors that shape human health and well-being, with a focus on improving the health of individuals and communities, enhancing environmental resiliency, and creating greater social and economic equity.
Dr Way’s scholarship has highlighted the role of designers, planners, and advocates in improving cities as places that foster human and environmental health. Her book, Unbounded Practices: Women, Landscape Architecture, and Early Twentieth Century Design was awarded the J.B. Jackson Book Award. Her book From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design: the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag explores the narrative of post-industrial cities and the practice of landscape architecture. She co-edited with Ken Yocom, Ben Spencer, and Jeff Hou a collection of essays Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here. Dr. Way is editor of a new collection River cities/ City rivers forthcoming from Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies program.
Dr. Way serves as Chair and Senior Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies and was the 2015-2016 Garden Club of America Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Dr. Way earned a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, her Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and PhD in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University.
My research interests relate to population health through the notion of “Total Worker Health”, i.e. how to promote an individual’s health and wellbeing through the work environment and interventions. United States has approximately 4% of its working population in construction, an occupation known for its stress, strains, and occupational hazards. Overtime hours, extreme working environments and chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension and hearing losses are also challenges construction workers face.
Being affiliated with the College of Built Environments, Department of Construction Management, and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS, a NIOSH funded Education and Research Center) at the University of Washington, I am in a unique position to leverage a wealth of resources, talents, and contacts in my agenda of population health. One of my recent successes is the establishment of a new Master degree track, Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health, in 2015.
My overarching approach to support population health is by: (1) identifying and characterizing how the work environment in construction contributes to the personal-level health factors, (2) developing work-related technological, managerial and physical interventions to address the identified health factors, and (3) enabling the practical adoption of developed interventions through partnership, outreach, training and education. I am highly interested in the use of wearable technologies at the personal level and collaborate with industry practitioners as well as colleagues from the School of Public Health in the applications of sensing technologies for health studies in construction.
Dr. Mamani’s research interests include: healthcare operations; healthcare delivery; public health policy, Supply chain coordination; incentives mechanisms, product diversions in supply chains, inventory Management, and new product development projects.
I have three main areas of interest in my research pursuits: (1) Fatigue in organizations, focusing on sleep and sleep deprivation, (2) emotional labor, and (3) behavioral ethics.
The overarching mission of the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center is to promote quality improvement of school-based mental/behavioral health services, thereby preventing or ameliorating mental health problems more effectively and promoting the social-emotional and academic development and success of youth across school, home, and community contexts.
Dr. Kost is interested in learning how to best educate medical students to meet the healthcare needs of urban underserved populations.
She teaches the second year introduction to clinical medicine course as part of her role as college mentor, advises students interested in pursuing a career in family medicine and is developing components of the new UWSOM curriculum.
The University and its affiliated institutions, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, are widely regarded as leaders among the premiere biomedical research institutions in the world, with great strengths in the constellation of areas crucial for success in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
Their strategy is to bring these interdisciplinary strengths together, and to leverage their basic research to develop therapies. ISCRM integrates diverse scientific and clinical disciplines.
The Native American Law Center promotes the development of Indian law, and encourages Native Americans, and others with an interest in Indian law, to attend law school.
It also acts as a resource to Indian tribes, other governments and individuals in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and across the country.
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.
Since 1996, CAYAC has been training law students to advocate for children and youth in a variety of state-involved contexts.
Today, CAYAC students represent children and youth in the child welfare and immigration systems. It also represents youth who are homeless and work to advocate for the civil legal needs of queer youth.
The only resource of its kind in Washington State, the IPNW frees innocent prisoners using DNA and other new evidence.
IPNW was founded in 1997 to exonerate the innocent, remedy causes of wrongful conviction and offer law students an outstanding education.
The Race and Justice Clinic works to disrupt the systemic over-representation of youth of color in school discipline and the juvenile justice system by empowering youth and their support networks through community education and direct representation.
Daniel Foote is Professor of Law at The University of Tokyo and Affiliate Professor and Senior Advisor to the Asian Law Center at UW School of Law. His research has explored many aspects of the relationship between law and society, with a particular focus on Japan. In connection with Population Health, his primary research has related to disasters.
Since shortly after the major disaster in Japan in March 2011, he has been involved in research relating to the intersection between law and disasters. He is a participating researcher in a five-year project (2012-2017) entitled (as translated from the Japanese): The Role of Law in Responding to Disasters and in Preventing Injury and Promoting Recovery: From an International Perspective.
Until recently, his primary focus has been on the development of new systems for compensation for victims of the Japanese disaster. He has recently embarked on comparative research on disaster planning and preparedness efforts in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) helps people in vulnerable populations understand and secure their legal rights regarding safe housing, adequate schooling, medical needs and more. It partners with lawyers, doctors, social workers, and other medical staff to remove barriers to good health.
The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes the positive development and well-being of children, from infancy through adolescence, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and adversity. The center uses a bioecological approach to children’s well-being addressing the inter-dependence of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as they are shaped by individual, interpersonal, community and broader socioeconomic, social and cultural forces. The interactions among these factors influence whether children have vulnerable or resilient responses to economic disadvantage and adversity. CCFW supports children’s resilience by infusing mindfulness, compassion, and social-emotional skills into the lives of children, their parents, caregivers, teachers and the professionals serving them.
CCFW accomplishes our goals by engendering, translating, applying and sharing knowledge that stems from our interdisciplinary research conducted by over 20 faculty affiliates from across the University of Washington. Our research serves as the foundation on which we build education, professional training, prevention, intervention, outreach and advocacy activities of the center. We are committed to serving as a resource and partner in promoting the well-being of children and families locally and globally.
My research examines the effects of economic disadvantage and adversity on children’s neurobiologically based systems of self-regulation, including executive function, HPA-axis, and emotion regulation, and their consequences on children’s social, emotional and academic adjustment.
I focus on the protective effects of parents and families, and using a bioecological framework, study the interplay among individual, interpersonal, community and broader social factors in contributing to children’s vulnerable or resilient responses to adversity.
Cheryl is a social psychologist whose research examines prejudice and discrimination, particularly from the perspective of members of socially marginalized groups. Some domains of interest in her lab include diversity, immigration, social inequality, and employment discrimination law.
A recent population health-related experiment in her lab explores how exposure to news media depicting police brutality targeting African Americans affects psychological and cardiovascular stress responses among African Americans and White Americans. By experimentally exploring individual level stress responses, this project identifies the mechanisms that connect discrimination in society with impaired health.
The Relational Poverty Network convenes a community of scholars, teachers, policy makers and activists, working within and beyond academia, to develop conceptual frameworks, research methodologies, and pedagogies for the study of relational poverty.
Launched at a historical moment of dramatic income inequality and enforced austerity in the global North, the RPN thinks across geographical boundaries to foster a transnational and comparative approach to poverty research.
My research is based at the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) in the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health. HPRC is one of CDC’s 26 Prevention Research Centers.
My work focuses on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions. I have two primary focus areas. The first is cancer prevention and control. I am the principal investigator of the Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest, a network focused on reducing health disparities in cancer screening.
My team’s work in this area includes partnering with CDC, the Washington State Department of Health, and federally qualified health centers to implement and evaluate evidence-based colon cancer screening interventions. The second is workplace health promotion. HPRC has several projects focused on assisting small and low-wage worksites to implement evidence-based interventions to promote the health of their employees. Other projects are more focused on large employers, both private and public.
Our partners for these projects include the American Cancer Society, the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Health Care Authority, and several local health jurisdictions.
Dr. Thomas Burbacher is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) where he teaches classes in basic Environmental and Occupational Health. He is the Head of the Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences and Director of the Infant Primate Research Laboratory at the UW National Primate Research Center. He is also the Head of the Developmental Toxicology Research Emphasis Area at the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) and serves as the Director of the Research Translation and Community Engagement Cores for the UW Superfund Research Program.
Dr. Burbacher holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington. His postdoctoral work included research in Developmental Toxicology in the Environmental Pathology Training Program at the UW. Dr. Burbacher’s research investigates changes in brain development and function caused by prenatal exposure to neuroactive substances. His research reaches across species, including studies with human populations and a variety of animal models, to enhance a fundamental understanding of toxicants and their role in biological and behavioral development. Data from Dr. Burbacher’s research program are used to help formulate policies aimed at the protection of human populations from levels of exposure to environmental contaminants such as methylmercury and methanol that are associated with adverse health effects and developmental disabilities.
I run the TransYouth Project, the first large-scale, national, longitudinal study of transgender and gender nonconforming children’s development. We recruit transgender and gender nonconforming children when they are 3-12 to participate in this study, along with their families, and will follow their development and mental health for 20 years.
We hope to discover how gender diverse youth differ and are similar to other youth at key points throughout development, the medical, familial, and broader social systems that contribute to resilience as well as disparities in well-being amongst these youth, and to work to educate the broader public about transgender and gender nonconforming people throughout the world.
The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences was founded in 1999 with the triple mission of galvanizing collaborative research between social scientists and statisticians, developing a menu of new graduate courses for social science students, and enhancing undergraduate statistics training for the social sciences.
Initiated with funding from the University Initiatives Fund, CSSS was the first center in the nation devoted to the interface of statistics and the social sciences.
My research addresses women’s experiences with reproductive technology and assisted reproductive practices as well as the bioethics of transnational reproductive practices. The focus is on the partially out of various aspects of the maternal role and how that impacts the meaning of the role of mother and women’s identities as mother with special attention to the impacts of race, class and national identity.
Ana M. Gómez-Bravo is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Washington. Her current work focuses on issues related to food and culture in the Hispanic World, including the impact of culture on nutrition, and traditional medicine and health practices.
Professor Gómez-Bravo is the author of Food and Culture in the Hispanic World (Comida y cultura en el mundo hispánico) (Equinox 2017) as well as other books and many articles focusing on various topics on pre-modern literature and culture as well as the role of food and medicine in the development of the idea of ethnic and racial difference.