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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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.
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.
I am historian of twentieth-century Africa and much of my research has focused on issues of health.
My first book Politics of the Womb examined the history of colonial and postcolonial reproductive politics in Kenya and I’m currently completing a book on the history of skin lighteners in southern and eastern Africa.
Along with Johanna Crane and Nora Kenworthy and support from the Simpson Center and the Population Health Initiative, I have also launched a project on “Humanistic Perspectives on Global Health Partnerships in Africa and Beyond.”
Carina is the Benjamin Rabinowitz Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics at the Philosophy Department. She is also a member of the Program on Values in Society, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. She is particularly focused on research and teaching at the intersection of social justice and medical ethics, for example in public health ethics and policy, social-relational equality and its application to health, sufficientarianism, gender and racial inequalities, the social determinants of health, and health care policy and reform.
Dr. Hill has worked at the Social Development Research Group since 1994. He is a social developmental psychologist by training. His work seeks to understand the factors that influence the development of prosocial as well as maladaptive behaviors such as substance use disorder and crime.
He has focused on understanding the mechanisms of continuity and discontinuity in these behaviors across generations, including an examination of genetic and environmental contributions. Once identified, these specific factors can then be targeted through preventive intervention to improve health and well-being and to break intergenerational cycles of problem behavior.
Dr. Chi’s research involves understanding disparities in access to dental care for publicly-insured children, the sociobehavioral determinants of children’s dental care use, outcomes associated with dental utilization, and conceptual model building on health behavior.
Dr. Chi also has research interests in the determinants of dental care transitions for adolescents with chronic conditions, neighborhood-level health effects, and preventive health care decision making.
The purpose of this research group is to examine social and racial inequalities that results in health disparities. This UW Bothell-based group examines the social context, and social predictors of poor health across multiple chronic health indicators across a diverse group of foreign born and native born respondents.
A key focus of this group is to examine the relationship between perceived and actual racial/ethnic discrimination in health.
A multi-disciplinary center at the University of Washington School of Dentistry that has been built on strong community partnerships. A common goal of the research conducted by Center investigators is to develop and disseminate practical, evidence-based approaches to reduce oral health problems experienced by poor, minority or rural children and adults who suffer a disproportionate share of oral disease.
The UW Superfund Research Program is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students from University of Washington departments of: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Genome Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Pharmacology.
UW SRP investigators focus on neurotoxic metals cadmium, manganese and arsenic. These metals commonly occur at waterways and hazardous waste sites, negatively impacting human health and ecosystem functions
The West Coast Poverty Center works to bridge the gaps between antipoverty research, practice, and policy by connecting scholars, policymakers and practitioners; facilitating important social policy research; magnifying the reach of new knowledge; and fostering the next generation of antipoverty scholars.
The Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management is aimed at developing, testing and implementing self-management interventions to help adults and children with chronic illnesses sleep better and improve their health.
The center will leverage self-monitoring technologies, such as smart home sensors that track noise, light and temperature; mobile applications that measure dietary, exercise and caffeine intake; and wrist monitors that measure sleep-wake activity and light levels. These tools will allow patients to monitor their sleep behavior, set goals and receive feedback on adopting healthy behaviors.
Dr. Heaton’s research interests focus on access to dental care in adults with mental illness, incorporating non-dental healthcare professionals (such as pharmacists) in providing oral health recommendations to individuals lacking dental resources, and increasing dental treatment-seeking for individuals who avoid dental care due to fear and other barriers.
Since 2005, she has worked in the Dental Fears Research Clinic to help patients manage and overcome their dental fears and anxieties in order to receive regular dental care and maintain their dental health.
She also works in the Oral Medicine Clinic, helping patients develop means of coping with and reducing chronic facial pain.
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.
My scholarship focuses on strengthening the lives of vulnerable women and families, particularly by identifying modifiable policies and behaviors within medical and legal systems. I situate my scholarship at the theoretical juncture between patterns of risk (particularly for women and children), and the ways in which human service institutions contribute to or ameliorate that risk. I have co-authored two books, 45 peer-reviewed articles, six book chapters and numerous reports addressing these concerns.
Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Specializing in innovations in health equity and aging research across marginalized communities, she is Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study, the first ever longitudinal study to address the emerging needs of LGBT midlife and older adults, funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen and colleagues developed the Health Equity Promotion Model have worked with several population-based studies including National Health Interview Survey, American Community Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and Health and Retirement Study. She is the author of more than 85 peer reviewed publications in leading journals and three books, including Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press). Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen has presented her research findings at the Institute of Medicine, United Nations and U.S. White House conferences, and Congressional Briefings. She has received numerous awards for her pioneering scholarship, teaching and community engagement including Top 50 Influencer in Aging from PBS
The overarching goal of all studies within the Behavioral Medicine Research Group is to improve the lives of children and adults through research designed to explore the etiology and mechanisms of adverse health conditions, and to develop interventions designed to prevent or mitigate the impact of these conditions.
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.
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.
The University of Washington Center for Human Rights is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in the education of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of human rights; promoting human rights as a core area of faculty and graduate research; and engaging productively with local, regional, national, and international organizations and policymakers to advance respect for human rights.
Interested in working with adolescents and emerging adults on ways to reduce emotional distress through providing coping strategies, decision-making, and emotion regulation skills that reduce self-harm and suicidal behavior.
Jennifer Otten is an Assistant Professor in Health Services and affiliated with the Nutritional Sciences Program and UW Center for Public Health Nutrition. Dr. Otten received her BS in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University, her MS in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University, her PhD in Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences from the University of Vermont, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Between 1998-2006, Dr. Otten served in various capacities for the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., including as a study director and as the organization’s first communications director.
Her research focuses on the impacts of policy (public health-, nutrition-, and food-related policies)and the policy process on nutritional health behaviors and health outcomes; food systems, as it relates to food and nutrition policy; and, on understanding and improving the ways in which research gets to the public policy table.
Dr. Erosheva is Associate Professor of Statistics and Social Work, and an Associate Director of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences. She received her PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002.
Dr. Erosheva’s research focuses on the development and application of modern statistical methods to address important issues in the social sciences, broadly defined. Her work includes statistical methodology development for multivariate and longitudinal data analysis, text analysis, survey methodology, and analysis of survey data.
She is a recipient of the 2013 Mitchell Prize from the International Society of Bayesian Analysis for an outstanding paper that describes how a Bayesian analysis has solved an important applied problem.
Erosheva is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association and of the Annals of Applied Statistics.
Decreasing opiod use, increasing chronic pain management and palliative care