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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Dr. Seminario’s interests are global oral health, immigrant health, oral health inequalities, pediatric dentistry, epidemiology, mobile health, HIV, implementation and integration sciences.
The mission of the DeRouen Center, established in 2017, is to promote collaboration and inclusivity in scientific and clinical research that impacts global oral health. Through dedicated teamwork, our center promotes worldwide oral health. We are strategically targeting our efforts to four geographical areas with sites where we have been successfully working: Southeast Asia (with Thailand as our lead site), Africa (with Kenya as our lead site), South America (with Peru as the lead), and Seattle.
Thailand: For over 25 years, the School of Dentistry, University of Washington (UW), has collaborated with Khon Kaen and Thammasat Universities to conduct The Fogarty International Center Training Program in Clinical, Public Health and Behavioral Oral Health Research for Thailand. Through comprehensive workshops and Summer Institutes in Clinical Dental Research Methods, participants received education and training in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology and study design, behavioral research methods, data analysis, clinical trials, grantsmanship, research ethics, and research proposal development. A selected subset of participants completed a two-year long program requiring one year of coursework at UW (which applied towards a Ph.D. program at their home institution) implementation of a research study, Ph.D. dissertation defense, and article publication. Founded in 2002, the revolutionary program has brought Thailand to the international forefront of oral health research.
Kenya: The Universities of Washington and Nairobi have a more than 25-year partnership in maternal-child HIV research. In 2015, we established a new working group focused on improving oral health in HIV-infected and HIV-exposed non-infected children. This collaborative effort is nested within the NIH funded Kenyan Pediatric Studies (KPS) and the study team consists of specialists in molecular epidemiology, pediatrics, dentistry, integration and implementation sciences, epidemiology and neurocognitive science. We initiated our work in 2015 with parents’ assessment of oral manifestations of HIV among the KPS cohorts. In January 2016, with the support of a UW Global Innovation Award, Dr. Seminario conducted training and calibration of dental community health officers and medical providers in the diagnosis of oral manifestations of HIV in Nairobi. Currently, Dr. Seminario has been awarded the 2017 UW SunStar Preventive Dentistry Award to investigate correlations between oral inflammation with general inflammation among these children. In addition, we have expanded our collaboration to Nigeria and were awarded by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Regional Development Program for the development of a regional site in Africa targeting the impact of HIV on the oral health of children and adolescents.
Peru: Since 2014, we have had two supplemental NIH (from Fogarty International Center) grants that allowed the development of two 5-day workshops in clinical dental research methods. Approximately seventy junior dental faculty participated in these trainings including attendees from various geographical areas within Peru as well as from other Latin American countries (Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Brazil). Participants were from various specialties, including: orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, implantology, community dentistry, special care needs, esthetics, prosthodontics, and periodontics. Workshop topics included general scientific principles in planning and carrying out clinical research projects; levels of evidence in evidence-based clinical research; study designs, their applications, and the levels of evidence they produce; principles in the design and conduct of randomized clinical trials; statistical concepts and principles in testing hypotheses and evaluating evidence from clinical studies; basic behavioral models and principles in clinical dental research; ethical issues in the conduct of research on human subjects; and grantsmanship. Currently, we are partnering with our colleagues in Landscape Architecture and in Environment Health to assess the impact of environment interventions on oral and gut microbiome in a floating community on the Amazon River, in Iquitos, Peru.
Seattle: We are partnering with the SeaMar Community Clinics to improve the quality of life of refugees coming to Seattle for resettlement. The goal of this collaboration is to increase dental utilization by children from refugee families as Medicaid fully covers any pediatric oral health need including treatment under general anesthesia and these families are Medicaid enrolled soon after they arrive to our country. Through this program, we will be researching the impact of oral health on children’s growth and quality of life.
• Estrogenic compounds/pesticides and their impact on human health
• Role of nutrition in altering gene expression epigenetically
• Disproportionate chemical burden in women and minorities
• Environmental Justice and Social Justice
• Educating community around chemical hazards and exposure hazards
• Occupational health
• Atrazine/Triazine and Breast, Prostate, and Uterine Cancer
I work at the intersection of autism research, technology development, and big-data approaches.
Our laboratory, the Seattle Children’s Innovative Technologies Laboratory, focuses on a combination of biomarker development, assistive technologies, and novel technology-based therapeutics.
Methods of primary interest include eye tracking, functional near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), mobile applications, and social robotics.
Projects of note include identification and refinement of prognostic markers associated with autism (eye tracking, NIRS, EEG), development of advanced multimedia screening technologies for developmental issues, and application of novel devices (augmented reality, virtual reality, social robotics) for understanding mechanism and behavioral change.
Suzinne Pak-Gorstein MD, MPH, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics; Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health; Co-Director of the Nutrition Think Tank for the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (WACh-NTT); and Co-Director of the Resident Education and Advocacy for Global Child Health-Kenya program (REACH-Kenya Pathway).
As a clinician-educator, Suzinne trains pediatric residents and graduate students, and is a course instructor and lecturer for UW undergraduate courses on the topics of global public health and global nutrition/food systems. Her main research and service interest is the provision of culturally sensitive and high-quality care for refugee children in the US with a focus on obesity, undernutrition, and caring for medically complex refugee children. She also has interests in program monitoring and evaluation in low-income country settings and has been involved with nutrition surveillance systems, national surveys, and establishment of health information systems in several countries including Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
Suzinne is the Co-Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Global Health Special Interest Group, liaison to the Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health (CCGCH), and active member of the American Academy of Pediatric’s Section on International Child Health. Suzinne participated in the design and implementation of the UW Pediatric Residency Global Health Pathway Program which is a bilateral exchange program that trains pediatric residents from Seattle and Nairobi to integrate population health concepts and approaches into pediatric service through community health assessments, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. The Global Health Pathways program (now named REACH-Kenya) was bestowed the 2014 Academic Pediatric Association Teaching Program Award.
Malia Fullerton is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW Departments of Epidemiology, Genome Sciences, and Medical Genetics, as well as an affiliate investigator with the Public Health Sciences division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
She received a DPhil in Human Population Genetics from the University of Oxford and later re-trained in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications research with a fellowship from the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute.
Dr. Fullerton’s general research interests include a focus on the ethical and social implications of emerging genomic technologies and especially their equitable integration into public health prevention and clinical care.
My research area is Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and although my PhD is in English Studies, I teach current and future Youth Services Librarians and teachers/pre-service teachers who work with children and Young Adults in different literacy contexts.
I also run a program called Read-a-Rama (www.Read-a-Rama.org) that uses children’s literature as the springboard for all programming activities that increases children’s enthusiasm about reading. We have held Camp Read-a-Rama (40-hour weekly literacy immersion camps) for 6 summers in South Carolina and held the first summer in Seattle in 2017.
I am also working on research with two iSchool doctoral students that seeks to uncover what libraries are doing outside of library walls to serve patrons who don’t or won’t come into the library.
My research aims to (1) advance the epidemiology of pain and aging; (2) translate epidemiologic findings into effective interventions to promote healthy aging among adults with chronic pain; and (3) develop and validate outcome measures of pain and physical functioning.
At the intersection of chronic illness, disability and technology there is an opportunity to examine health disparities, develop algorithms to support patient self care, and develop technology for increased quality of life. My research explores these issues.
I also do work around landlord/tenant relationships and energy use from both a power and sustainability lens.
My program of research focuses on early prevention of mental illness. My initial research involved clinical trials of providing psychosocial interventions for vulnerable populations such as patients with schizophrenia. My dissertation research was developing a theoretical framework to describe the prodromal schizophrenia process for patients with schizophrenia in Taiwan.
For the next projects, I am examining this theoretical framework with different race and ethnicity groups, developing questionnaires for early identification of people who are at risk of developing mental health conditions, and designing self-management interventions to halt the progression of mental illness.
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.
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
- 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.
I study social and ethical aspects of visualization, currently focusing on self-representation practices of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Through participatory research methods, my team seeks to better understand the ways in which the display of self-tracking data influences self-acceptance, empathy, communication, and stigma among those living with bipolar and their support networks.
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.
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).
Sarah Knerr is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. She completed a PhD In Health Services Research, a MPH in Public Health Genetics (both at University of Washington), and a BA in Biochemistry (Vassar College).
Her research interests include clinical implementation of cancer genetic services, health and health care disparities, and stakeholder perspectives on biobanking and precision medicine.
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.
I am a Cardiologist and health services researcher interested in improving the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation. I practice at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and am an Acting Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Cardiac rehabilitation improves health outcomes and quality of life for patients with heart disease, but is underused, with less than 20% of eligible patients participating. There are disparities in participation nationally, locally, and across racial/ethnic and gender groups. There are many barriers to patients attending, including suboptimal rates of referral, limited understanding of cardiac rehabilitation and its benefits, and limited access to traditional cardiac rehabilitation centers due to costs, transportation, and competing work or family demands.
My research program focuses on:
1) Understanding gaps in the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation
2) Developing interventions to improve the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation using an implementation science approach. Particularly, I am focused on interventions in these two areas:
– home-based cardiac rehabilitation
– technology-facilitated home cardiac rehabilitation (e.g., mobile applications, text messaging)
Please feel free to contact me about potential collaborations. There are many opportunities for novel ideas to help people with heart disease to live healthier and more fulfilling lives!
I have over 20 years of NIH grant experience as PI and co-investigator primarily in the area of adolescent health/mental health/substance use, prevention intervention trials, and transition from adolescent to adulthood studies.
My research interests are generally quite broad but I primarily have worked in the sociology of health over the life course looking at mental health and other health related behaviors of adolescents/young adults, often focusing on the role of family, peer group, and neighborhood context on various outcomes.
More recently, with colleagues in the UW Nursing School, I have begun looking at healthy aging for older adults. Part of my work has and continues to explore health promotion interventions and how the organization of interventions/health service is related to positive outcomes and reduction in disparities. I also have a long-standing interest in the distribution and use of research evidence/evidence based programing.
I am currently funded by WT Grant Foundation to explore how organizational structure and organizational networks in the social and health service sectors influence the use of research evidence regarding adverse childhood experiences on health.
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.”
Over the past 30 years, children in the United States have become gradually less active, less able to do physical activities, and less healthy. Inactive lifestyles are taking away the capacity of children and adolescents to function and develop normally and to achieve peak health.
UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute (SHSI) is an international education, advocacy and research organization devoted to helping people pursue an active lifestyle while providing tools to keep them safe and speed healing after illness or injury.
Founded in 2015, SHSI focuses on three core activities:
- Education. Safe sports, good health decisions, excellent care and informed policy begin with education. The Institute’s educational materials are freely available to parents, athletes, coaches and medical professionals.
- Advocacy. SHSI pursues policies and supports legislation that advance sports safety and health.
- Research. SHSI collaborates with researchers to identify best practices for effective public health education, to change behaviors and make sports safer, and to advance knowledge about sports-related concussion.
Contribution of social determinants, health care and public health systems, and prevention to population health and health inequalities.
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.
I study the performance of buildings, bridges and other infrastructure during construction service and extreme events, such as earthquakes. My research includes the assessment of existing infrastructure and the design of new structural systems.