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Nominations Open: WEGO Health Activist Awards

Posted: December 1, 2014

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The Fourth Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards are in full swing, and we wanted to invite you to nominate a leader in your health community for a Health Activist Award.

Click here to nominate!

The WEGO Health Activist Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Health Activists, those patient influencers who raise awareness, share information, advocate for others and support their communities. The Health Activist Awards are a way to recognize these leaders for the work they do.

Take a moment to nominate a leader in your community for a Health Activist Award today.

Not sure who to nominate? Think of someone in your community who:

  • Raises awareness
  • Advocates for others
  • Shares information
  • Eradicates stigma
  • Inspires you or your community

If you can't think of someone to nominate right now but want to stay informed about the WEGO Health Activist Awards, like us on Facebook.

Want to publish your graduate research in a peer-­reviewed journal?

Human Welfare is accepting submissions from graduate students worldwide!

Posted: November 25, 2014

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Human Welfare: An International Journal of Graduate Research

Based at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Human Welfare: An International Journal of Graduate Research is a multidisciplinary journal that aims to publish the very best graduate research investigating human welfare issues with real-world ramifications.

Human Welfare accepts submissions from graduate students (i.e., masters and doctoral students) in ANY discipline and at any stage of their research. Students who have completed a graduate program within the previous 12 months may also submit a manuscript based on their research.

Peer-review process

All articles in Human Welfare are peer-reviewed by 1-2 established academics and a current graduate student. After peer-review, articles are further reviewed by the editorial board as a whole. All articles published in the journal are completely open access.

Submissions

Human Welfare welcomes submissions of academic and research articles by the groups of students described above. The journal also welcomes general interest articles and essays related to human welfare. Students are encouraged to submit the following types of manuscript:

  1. Research Notes (500 – 1,500 words)

Research notes are intended to inform the wider research community about work in progress. These allow graduate students who are beginning their research to receive feedback and invite discussion on their research questions, theory, methodology, and/or initial findings.

  1. Research Papers (2,500 – 6,000 words)

Research papers offer graduate students in the final stages of a research project the opportunity to disseminate their primary findings. Articles should include an abstract of 200 words.

  1. Critical Reviews of literature on a topic related to human welfare (2,500 – 5,000 words)

Critical reviews are intended to provide a summative answer to a question, issue, or research topic related to human welfare. Authors should include an abstract of 200 words.

  1. Commentaries and media reviews (600 – 1,000 words)

Commentaries and media reviews offer graduate students the opportunity to discuss current events, movies, books, music, or any other media piece that is related to human welfare.

Email your submission by 6 February 2015 to be eligible for the fifth volume (May 2015): hwjournal@gtc.ox.ac.uk

Find out more

Would you like to learn more about Human Welfare? See our website for more details about submissions or to find previous issues. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email the editorial board!

Journal Website: hwc.gtc.ox.ac.uk/index.php/journal.html Email: hwjournal@gtc.ox.ac.uk

Interdisciplinary Research Career Development: Roadmaps & Practical Strategies - SocWl 590B

SocWl 590B Winter Mondays 1:30-4:20; 3 credits

Contact Dr. Paula Nurius (nurius@uw.edu) about interest and for information

Posted: November 24, 2014

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Graduate seminar creating a forum for students spanning multiple disciplines to

  • learn about national trends increasing need for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary readiness in research careers as well as translations between research and real world application,
  • focus on tools and strategies to increase one's capacities and readiness for inter/transdisciplinary research oriented careers,
  • engage collaboratively with peers from other disciplines in these aims, and
  • hone your interdisciplinary career roadmaps for graduate training and beyond.

 

Context & Purpose:

Worldwide, social, environmental, and health systems are struggling to respond effectively to chronic and emerging threats to health and well-being, deepening disparities, rapidly changing environments, pressing fiscal constraints, and an multi-level array of factors that transfer risk and resilience across lifespans, generations, and populations. Meeting such interlocking challenges requires development of educational architecture that fosters cross-disciplinary understanding of complex underlying determinants, the ability to translate that knowledge into effective, high impact, and sustainable action, and capacity for interprofessional effectiveness in the emergent models of science, practice, policy, and politics.

Yet, opportunities for discipline-spanning deep engagement between graduate students are limited. Join us in building a temporary learning community to practice the "doing" of interdisciplinary interaction, yet also an eye to practical needs such as sharpened career statements, optimizing course choices and mentorship experiences, advancing one's own programmatic or scholarly progress, and having a clearer picture of one's near future career roadmap.

SocWl 590B Winter Mondays 1:30-4:20; 3 credits

**Course undergoing final approval; contact instructor for information; emailing about interest in course is useful.

2015 Hogness Symposium Speaker Poll

Posted: November 19, 2014

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Help pick the speaker for the 2015 Hogness Symposium! The Hogness Symposium occurs every two years and is an opportunity to invite a speaker who is a national leader on issues of interest to the UW Health Sciences community. Please pick the speakers you are most interested in at the Hogness Symposium speaker poll.

https://catalyst.uw.edu/quickpoll/vote/khancuch/9418


Please select the 3 individuals you are most interested in seeing speak on campus next fall.

  • Nancy Krieger, social epidemiologist & activist, health inequalities
  • Atul Gawande, surgeon & writer, "The Cost Conundrum" "Checklist Manifesto"
  • Kathleen Seblius, former Secretary of Health & Human Services, ACA
  • Regina Benjamin, former Surgeon General, chronic disease & rural health
  • Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts State Senator, healthcare costs & bankruptcy
  • Mary Northridge, editor-in-chief AJPH, healthcare systems & holistic health
  • Donald Schwarz, building healthier communities
  • Uwe Reindhardt, health economist, healthcare costs & systems
  • Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of NEJM, "The Truth about Drug Companies"

2015 Northwest Environmental Health Conference - Call for Presentations!

Save the date for the 7th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference: April 17, 2015 | Portland, Oregon.

Posted: November 19, 2014

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The 7th annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference is slated for April 17, 2015 in Portland. We are seeking presenters, including posters.

The goal of the conference is to build bridges between environmental health research, policy and practice in order to improve health today and to build a healthy future.

​The planning committee is looking for people to present their research findings or topics of study that would reach our audience, which spans a broad cross-section of students, health professionals, researchers, public and private policy makers, and the extremely interested general public.

The submission form, and more details about the call and the conference, are available at this web site:
http://oeconline.org/2015-northwest-environmental-health-conference-call-for-presentations/

UCONJ 624: Health Equity & Community Organizing (1cr)

Do you see something in your community you wish was different?

Do you want to help change the system?

Are you ready to take action?

Posted: November 19, 2014

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Join experienced Sound Alliance community organizers and students from across the Health Sciences this winter in UCONJ 624. We will develop your skills in advocacy and community organizing for health equity. Participate in different campaigns that works upstream to address the social determinants of health.

  • Learn the fundamentals of advocacy, organizing, and their ability to impact health.
  • Apply skills, gain confidence, & collaborate around a community-driven goal.
  • Work with local leaders to engage in community driven listening campaigns.
  • Address the social & structural injustices that contribute to & perpetuate health disparities.

Course details:

  • Winter Quarter 2015
  • Thursdays 5:30-7:20p
  • Class in HSB

 

Email David Fernando (somwwami@uw.edu) for your add code.

Email Lorelei Walker (loreleis@uw.edu) with questions about the course.

MHA Student Association Winter Clothing Drive!

Nov. 10th - Dec. 3rd!

Posted: November 10, 2014

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HOW TO DONATE

Bring new or gently used coats and jeans. For men & women.

Drop off at:  T-341: MHA Cubicle or F-332: SPH Student Lounge

 

HeartChase: Volunteers Needed!

The American Heart Association is hosting the event, HeartChase, on UW campus of the 15th of November!

Posted: November 5, 2014

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HeartChase is a new event that will take several teams throughout UW's campus where they will engage in team challenges to complete checkpoints in the quickest time possible. There will be ten checkpoints total, and a starting location – Game Central - where free food and other activities will be set up. This event is in need of some volunteers who are familiar with the UW campus and would be able to direct participants to each checkpoint and run each game. Volunteers will need to arrive around 9:30 am the morning of the event and stay until the event is over - about 1:00pm. This event is a great way to learn more ways to live a Heart Healthy life, and volunteering is a great way to help not only yourself learn but others as well.

If you are interested or would like more information please email Emily Stetson at emilys34@uw.edu or Cherish Hart at cherish.hart@heart.org

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Judge Global Health Projects (Nov. 6th)!

Posted: October 27, 2014

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We are in need of volunteers for Thursday, November 6th from 8:30-12:30. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues. We would love to have 2-3 panelists per classroom to judge the students' presentations. Please have them fill out the information in this short survey if they are available.

Students have started the preliminary work this week and will be in full "Project Mode" next week in their core classes. Here is some information about what they are working on (please see below) and your role in the process.

  • Thursday 10/30--Helping Small Teams of Students and/or Giving a Short Talk to Students about your area of expertise (please limit to 20 minutes)--8:40AM-12:35PM. Work with teams of 4 students to help them investigate the causes and effects of epidemics present and historic.
  • Thursday 11/6--Global Health Summit Day--you will judge student presentations between 8:40 AM and 12:35 PM

I will send out a final list next week with room assignments. Thanks again for volunteering to help with this project.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: UW Workers Memorial Day Event 2015!

Posted: October 27, 2014

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The student advisory committee ( SAC ) is looking for volunteers to help organize a UW Workers Memorial Day Event (https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/workersmemorialday.html) which will be held on April 27 or 28, 2015.

This event is to specifically honor the workers who died from work-related injuries or illnesses in King County last year. Another purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the necessity of strengthening our commitment to making jobs safer and saving lives in Washington state. Moreover, our UW event will be held in conjunction with other events across the country.

For the past two years, SAC volunteers have worked with a UW campus committee to plan the event. The committee and SAC have developed guidance and templates for many of the tasks that need to be done.

It is being sponsored by the following organizations: WFSE Local 1488/AFSCME Council 28, UAW Local 1421, M.L. King County Labor Council, SEIU Local 925, Seattle Building and Trades Council, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW United Students Against Sweatshops and the UW Department of Environmental Health and Safety, and others.

The Workers Memorial Day committee will meet sometime in late November to review tasks and answer questions.

Please respond to Dan Grinnel (dgrinnel@uw.edu) with your interest in being a volunteer for this event by November 7, 2015.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Foster School D-Prize Competition

Posted: October 22, 2014

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The Global Business Center is partnering with D-Prize to launch the first Foster School D-Prize Competition - a new business for global impact competition opportunity for UW graduate students!

The competition challenges UW graduate student teams, which must include at least one MBA, to address distribution and scalability challenges for proven global poverty solutions. Specifically, UW students will be grappling this year with 1) improving vaccine supply chains 2) distributing solar lamps and 3) providing "sugar daddy awareness" classes to reduce HIV infections.

The competition will run in a series of rounds from December 15-March 13 with the opportunity for a team to win $10K to launch their solution on the ground summer 2015.

The Global Business Center will be hosting a Matchmaking event/information session for teams and individuals on Thursday, November 6, 5-6 p.m. in the Douglas Forum, 4th Floor Bank of America Executive Center (Map). Students can register here for that event.

The first deadline is 12/15 for a two page concept note and team resumes. To find out more, please go to: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/gbc/Pages/D-Prize.aspx.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2015 ASPPH Annual Meeting

Posted: October 20, 2014

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ASPPH is pleased to announce the call for proposals is now open for the ASPPH Annual Meeting, March 22-25, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. The theme of the meeting is Framing the Future: A New Paradigm for Academic Public Health.

The call for proposals is designed to collect submissions for three types of sessions at the annual meeting: knowledge institutes, workshops, and oral presentations (click here for a detailed description of session types). For more information and to begin the submission process, please visit http://www.aspph.org/event/2015-aspph-annual-meeting/.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 5.

The ASPPH Annual Meeting is the premier forum for stimulating innovative thinking and sharing of new perspectives for deans, program directors, department chairs, faculty, staff, administrators, and students from CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health and partners. Attendees will engage with thought leaders, reflect on the exciting new future for academic public health, and gain skills to implement change locally and globally.

We look forward to your innovative ideas and input. Please emailannualmeeting@aspph.org with questions.

FREE English conversation groups at the UW!

Posted: October 20, 2014

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FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) holds English conversation groups for UW students in a casual atmosphere at the HUB (Husky Union Building). This is a great chance to practice your English!

Conversation Groups:
Meet new people and practice your English speaking skills in a fun and laid back environment. You don't need to sign up or come every week - just drop in whenever you're available. All conversation groups are held in the HUB; check the calendar or visit the FIUTS office in HUB 206 for each week's location.

Culture Conversation
Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00
Drop by chat with fellow students from all over the world about cross-cultural experiences and to learn about different countries and cultures. All students welcome, including native English speakers!

Music Conversation
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00
Music Conversation Group is focused on music from around the world. Share your favorite songs and hear your friends favorite songs, all while practicing your English conversation skills. Check out the Music Conversation Group blog here: http://thelanguageofmusic.blogspot.com/

English Conversation
Thursdays, 4:30-6:00
Practice English with fellow English language learners and volunteers. This is an informal group with different topics discussed every week.

More information at: http://www.fiuts.org/events/conversation-groups

 

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2014 Retail & Health Innovation Challenge

Posted: October 20, 2014

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We are excited to announce our Call for Entries for the 2014 Retail & Health Innovation Challenge sponsored by CVS Health. In keeping with past challenges, this year's theme will be "Innovations @ the Intersectionof Health & Retail." This theme reflects the market's interest in delivering meaningful health benefits through consumer-facing innovations.

We are looking for teams from across the academic spectrum (Undergrad – PhD/MD) that are ready to launch their breakthrough products and services into the marketplace.

The competition is seeking ventures that meet the following criteria:

Retail

  • Products/services with a potential for commercialization within the next 12 months
  • Pioneering, value-adding ventures that go well beyond currently available solutions
  • Venture-fundable ideas – those that carry the greatest potential viability and profitability
  • Products/services that are accessible to consumers through a variety of channels (i.e., mobile, web, bricks & mortar).

Health

  • A commitment to personal health, wellness and overallwellbeing
  • New tools, systems, and mechanisms that address:
    • Diagnostic understanding
    • Preventative measures
    • Persistent relief
    • Therapeutic care
    • Medical Adherence

The Retail & Health Innovation Challenge was established to bring innovative ideas to market, your ideas. Submit and see your ideas become reality!

...and now for the application!

Please fill out the application below. Your business plan/idea can be anything but we should be able to:

  1. 1. Know what your business is/does
  2. 2. How it relates to our theme of Retail & Health Innovation
  3. 3. See it's potential to up-end the current industries or health and retail.

Application: http://www.retailinnovationchallenge.com/apply/

While your application can include any materials you think we need to best understand your vision, if you and your team are selected for the competition you will need to have a 2-minute pitch ready to go and a 30 minute full presentation (those who qualify for the final round will present their full concept).

  1. Early Deadline Oct. 19, 2014
  2. Regular Deadline Oct. 31, 2014
  3. Late Deadline: Nov. 9th, 2014

PCD 2015 Student Research Paper Contest

Posted: October 2, 2014

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Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) announces its 2015 Student Research Paper Contest. PCD is looking for high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as medical residency and post-doctoral fellows to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. A peer-reviewed electronic journal, PCD was established to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. The journal is published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Submission Requirements:
PCD uses PCD Manuscript Central for manuscript submission and tracking. Before you submit your manuscript, read the instructions below in addition to the information provided on manuscript requirements.
Eligibility:

· Participants must be a current student or have completed one of the following programs within the last 12 months: high school, undergraduate, graduate, medical residency or post-doctoral fellowship conducted under the supervision of a principle investigator.

· Participants must prepare a cover letter, indicating where they are enrolled and the name of their major advisor.

· Participants should address all required disclosures in the cover letter. Visit How to Submit a Manuscript to learn more about cover letter requirements.

· Participants must provide a letter from their advisor confirming their enrollment and that the research was conducted while in training.

· Participants should submit the cover letter and advisor letter when they submit the manuscript.

· Manuscripts must report on research done while in one of the qualifying student/training statuses listed above AND the research must also have been completed within the last 12 months.

· Manuscripts should not be published previously or submitted elsewhere for publication.

· Papers must represent original research submitted in Original Research format. Other article types will not be considered. For a detailed explanation, see types of articles.
Deadline:

· Papers must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on January 22, 2015 .

· Detailed submission guidelines can be found on PCD's website at http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/announcements.htm.
Award:
· The winning manuscript will be recognized on the PCD website and will be published in a 2015 PCD release.

2014 Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards Nominations

Posted: September 18, 2014

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The Campaign for Public Health Foundation is pleased to announce our 5th Annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards!

These awards are intended to highlight the return on investment of the nation's disease control and prevention efforts, applaud inspiring public health leaders, and educate policy makers and others about how public health works to save lives, prevent injuries, limit disease outbreaks, and so much more.

The CPH Foundation is working hard to draw attention to the terrific work our nation's public health community undertakes each and every day. We invite you to help us identify these exceptional individuals by submitting an Unsung Hero of Public Health Award nomination today! A Capitol Hill reception to honor 2014 award winners will be held in early December.

Below you'll find information on...

To learn more about this event, visit the CPH Foundation's 2014 Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards page.

COURSE OFFERING: ADVANCED HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH METHODS I: LARGE PUBLIC DATABASES; BIG DATA

Posted: September 10, 2014

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ADVANCED HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH METHODS I: LARGE PUBLIC DATABASES; BIG DATA
HSERV 523A, AUT 2014
Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-5:20pm

Course Description & Objectives: HSERV 523 covers the economic foundations of binary and multinomial choice models, modeling of utilization and cost data, and the analysis of survey data. Introduces the new big data of health services research, health claims, and survey databases. Discusses the promises and pitfalls of the data and models for analyzing the correlates of health care costs and utilization.
- Learn about new public claims and survey databases for health services research
- Understand the contents, limitations and potential applications of these new data resources for studying health care delivery and use
- Develop proficiency in analytic methods appropriate for observational data on health care utilization and costs
- Expand programming skills to interrogate and interpret complex models and generate reports with informative graphics and tables
- Critique the methods used in published research papers.

Prerequisite: either a first level regression analysis course sequence, or HSERV 511, BIOST 511/BIOST 512/BIOST 513, BIOST 517/BIOST 518, or EPI 511/EPI 512, and permission of instructor.

Professor Ruth Etzioni: retzioni@fhcrc.org

Professor Ruth Etzioni has an Affiliate appointment in Health Services and a primary appointment in Biostatistics. She works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and her research interests include statistical methods in cancer screening, Bayesian methods in biostatistics, and design issues in clinical trials.

Summer Experience Photo Contest! #UWCCPhoto

Take a photo capturing one of your summer experiences (internship, volunteer work, job shadow, travel or job) and submit it to the Career Center via Twitter or Instagram using your computer, tablet, or mobile device. We are looking for creative and interesting photos of you on the job, the city, objects, or landscapes that might be associated with your summer experience.

Posted: August 27, 2014

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Take a photo capturing one of your summer experiences (internship, volunteer work, job shadow, travel or job) and submit it to the Career Center via Twitter or Instagram using your computer, tablet, or mobile device. We are looking for creative and interesting photos of you on the job, the city, objects, or landscapes that might be associated with your summer experience.

How to Submit

It's easy! Log in to your personal Twitter or Instagram account, take or upload a new picture, and make sure to hashtag #UWCCPhoto. Please also include a caption to your photo explaining the context (Ex: "Making some sales calls from the office").

*Important Note- If your Twitter or Instagram profile is set to private (i.e. only your followers can see your posted content) and you still want to submit your entry, first make your profile public, submit your post via instructions above with #UWCCPhoto, then go back and make your profile private again. This will allow us to track the submission.

Photos must be posted between August 22nd-September 24th. Check out our tagboard page to view all submissions: https://tagboard.com/uwccphoto

*Specifications:

  • Must be a University of Washington student to participate in this contest
  • May submit up to 3 photos.
  • Boundaries- no violence, profanity, nudity, sex, or attacks on individuals, groups, or organizations.
  • No stealing- don't use other peoples photos or content without written permissions. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=478-120&full=true
  • *Photo releases may be requested and signed by persons appearing in the picture(s)
  • You grant the UW Career Center permission to use and post your photos to the UW Career Center website and social media accounts.

Judging

A panel of judges will determine the top 2 photos bases on creativity, artistic expression, and originality. The panel will also choose 5-10 pictures that will be posted to The Career Centers Facebook Page. Whichever photo gets the most likes here will win the Viewer's choice award.

Prizes

Winners will receive gift cards from the University Book Store and Macy's plus the chance to be featured on our website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other areas. More details TBA

Questions or Concerns?

Contact Dean Kirkpatrick (Dean13@uw.edu) or Patrick Chidsey (Chidsey@uw.edu).


Make sure to follow our social media accounts to stay updated on our contest!

Bioethics & Humanities Autumn 2014 graduate courses

Course offerings for students who wish to broaden their competency in research, clinical, and population health aspects of bioethics as well as empirical and normative methods of analysis.

Posted: August 26, 2014

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502 Ethical Theory (5) Jecker T Th 12:30 - 2:20pm
Studies the major normative ethical theories, including both teleological and deontological approaches. Emphasizes moral philosophy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as contemporary commentary. Recommended: course in ethics or philosophy.

509 When Life Makes you Sick (2) Blacksher W 5:30-7:20pm
Engages students in ethical questions that confront healthcare workers who serve poor and minority patient populations. Using literature from social epidemiology, bioethics, and case studies, students examine questions about clinicians' duties and patient responsibilities, controversial disease prevention programs and policies, and broader questions of social justice. Credit/no-credit only.

551 Human Genomics: Science, Ethics & Society (3) Fullerton Th 1:30-4:20pm
Explores the ethical and social implications of human molecular genetics and genomics investigation. Recent research is critically evaluated for its potential impact on scientific practice, research participation, and societal understandings.
Prerequisite: LAW H 504/B H 514/ PHG 512 or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with GENOME 573/PHG 551.

553 International Research Ethics, Law & Policy (3) Rivin MW 1:30-2:45pm
Exploration of legal requirements and ethical principles related to responsible conduct and research in a variety of different government structures, healthcare systems, and research environment. Compares and contrasts law and ethical standards applicable to research enterprises in developing countries, industrialized countries, and ethically distinct communities. Offered: jointly with LAW H 511; A.

556 Social Justice and Health (5) Blacksher T Th 10:30-12:50pm
Examines the moral grounds for the view that social inequalities in health are unjust, using contemporary literature from moral philosophy and bioethics, case studies, and film. Explores basic questions integral to determinations of social injustice as well as moral constraints on the pursuit of health equity.

Email: bhadds@uw.edu for entry code.

Diversity & Science Conference Awards 2014-15.

The SPH Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the Diversity & Science Conference Awards 2014-15. These awards will provide funding for student and faculty participation at two of the nation’s premier diversity and science conferences: SACNAS and ABRCMS (conference information below). The SPH Diversity Committee is a school-wide body that works to foster a diverse, inclusive, engaging, challenging, and supportive social, intellectual, and scholarly learning environment that is open to diverse beliefs, values, ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds.

Posted: August 26, 2014

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Awardees will be members of the SPH community who have demonstrated commitment to diversity and are ready to partner with the SPH Diversity Committee to further improve diversity. All awardees will be expected to participate in a range of SPH outreach and recruitment activities at the conference (details will vary according to the conference).

To apply:
Deadline: September 4, 2014
Send the following to the Catalyst dropbox found here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/hartya/32709

All materials must be in 12 point font and double spaced
--Cover sheet
o Name, phone and e-mail
o Affiliation (department, program)
o Role (student or faculty) - if student: Year in program and Advisor/mentor name
o Title of your panel, session, poster, submitted abstract (if applicable)
o Amount of funding requested
--Statement of Purpose (one page)
o What is your public health area of interest/expertise?
o Will you present and/or serve as a judge at this conference?
o What specifically do you hope to achieve by participating in this conference?
o How might you partner with the Diversity Committee to improve diversity?
o What kind and how much funding have you already secured?
o Any other information you would like the Selection Committee to know?
--CV
o List education, work, research, publications
o List diversity work (paid or unpaid), research and other activities
--Contact information for your primary mentor
o Names, title, phone and email
o Note: no recommendation letters needed

Review criteria:
All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the following criteria:
1) Role at the conference – presenter, judge, SPH outreach, etc.
2) Plan for helping others benefit from the information gained at the conference
3) Plan for partnering with the SPH Diversity Committee after the conference
4) Other funding already secured

Notification:
Applicants will receive e-mail notification regarding the Selection Committee decision.


Conference Information:

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists to attain advanced degrees, careers and leadership
• Dates: October 16-18, 2014
• Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
• Info: http://sacnas.org/events/national-conf

ABRCMS is the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
• Dates: November 12-15, 2014
• Location: San Antonio Convention Center & San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel
• Deadlines:
o Student abstract and travel award deadline: September 5, 2014
o Faculty travel awards for judges: September 26, 2014
Info: http://www.abrcms.org/index.php/abrcms

UC Berkeley's PolicyMatters Journal Call for Submissions

Have you written a paper on an interesting and timely policy topic? Want to showcase your research and highlight policy issues and solutions? Submit your work to the Goldman School of Public Policy’s PolicyMatters Journal for publication in print and online at policymattersjournal.org in Fall 2014.

Posted: August 20, 2014

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Please email your submission to policymatters@berkeley.edu by September 9th, 2014.

The PolicyMatters Journal is an academic journal published semi-annually by graduate students at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) at UC Berkeley. We feature the work of GSPP alumni, students, and faculty, as well as any other students and policy analysts across the country.

We suggest the following types of submissions:
Feature – Focuses on a timely and interesting policy, including its design, implementation, or practice. The article should incorporate independent research and support claims with original and convincing evidence. (3,000-5,000 words)
Op-Ed – Shorter articles describing ethical questions and personal opinions on a policy or policy area (maximum 2,000 words)
Policy in Practice – A policy in practice article is a report by a policy practitioner or an observation of the design and implementation of a specific policy. The submission should explain the particular policy's significance and how it contributes to the relevant literature about the topic. A good opportunity to write about an internship or IPA/APA experience. (3,000-5,000 words).

If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact us at policymatters@berkeley.edu.

PHR: Call for Papers

Posted: August 19, 2014

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Public Health Reports (PHR) is inviting papers for two upcoming Supplemental Issues.

The first is an issue on the implementation of routine HIV screening in clinical settings in the United States. The guest editor for this supplemental issue will be Dr. Patrick Sullivan at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend that HIV screening be a routine practice in clinical settings. The guest editors are interested in manuscripts that describe experiences implementing routine HIV screening in clinical settings, especially those that directly address reaching scale in making HIV screening a routine practice in these settings. Manuscripts that describe routine HIV screening in all clinical settings are welcome, and the guest editors are particularly interested in reports from community health centers.

Ideally, this supplemental issue will include manuscripts that provide evidence about the outcomes of implementing different approaches to routine HIV screening in these settings. Dr. Sullivan will guide the manuscript selection. The deadline for submission is September 15 and the anticipated publication date for this supplemental issue is September/October 2015.

The second is an issue on health status and the military experience after the war. The guest editors for this Supplement are Drs. Victoria Davey, chief officer; Terry Walters, deputy chief consultant for the Post-Deployment Health Group; Robert Bossarte, director, and Aaron Schneiderman, deputy director, both for the Epidemiology Program; Ralph L. Erickson, director for the Pre-9/11 Era Environmental Health Program; and Paul Ciminera, director for the Post-9/11 Era Environmental Health Program in the Post-Deployment Health Group, all with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public Health.

The guest editors seek manuscripts that advance scientific knowledge of potential health consequences associated with military service. Information included in this Supplement is expected to assist public health professionals, clinical care providers, and policy makers in their efforts to identify and address risks to health associated with military experience. Preference will be given to manuscripts that explicitly consider the impact of deployment in support of combat operations.

Manuscripts may be analytic or descriptive in format and should report on health following separation from active-duty service. Manuscripts reporting on results from original research, surveillance, reviews of prominent issues, evaluation of innovative programs, or commentaries related to existing or proposed policies will be considered. The deadline for submission is January 9, 2015 and the anticipated publication date for this supplemental issue is January/February 2016.

PHR is a peer-reviewed journal of the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Surgeon General. It is published in collaboration with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. It is the oldest journal of public health in the U.S. and has published since 1878. The journal is widely distributed internationally and is indexed by MEDLINE/Index Medicus, Current Contents, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Pais International, and LexisNexis. More information on the journal, including author guidelines, is available at http://www.publichealthreports.org/CallsforPapers.cfm.

FAMED 525, African American Health and Health Care Disparities

A one credit non-clinical selective that meets Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:50PM, Sept. 25th to December 4th. Course Chair: Frederica Overstreet, MD, MPH

Posted: August 14, 2014

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FAMED 525 provides a forum to consider root causes of health inequity using the example of African descendants. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the most pressing health issues facing African Americans and explore strategies to remedy problems in public health and health care delivery systems for all.

Enrollment is open to medical, graduate, and professional students in the health and allied disciplines. It appeals to those with interests in public and global health, and health in underserved populations.

Attendance and Participation
There are no examinations. 50% of course credit is determined by attendance and participation in class discussion. Students enter brief weekly reflections, into a Catalyst drop box, related to the content of each class session (assigned readings, video and/or class discussion). Reflections serve as a conversation tool between students and the instructor(s).

Group Presentation
For the remaining 50% of course credit, students work in teams and summarize a visit with a stake-holding agency, or individuals with ties to efforts supporting wellness in Seattle area African descendants.

The final class session will be 10 to 15 minute presentations from each team.

For more information, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/fammed/education/courses/525

UCONJ 624: Health Equity and Community Organizing

Do you see something you wish was different in the clinic, university, or our community?
Are you ready to take ACTION? WORK TOGETHER and SHARE YOUR PASSION for BUILDING POWER for CHANGE


Posted: August 1, 2014

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Join experienced Sound Alliance community organizer Joe Chrastil and students from across the Health Sciences in UCONJ 624 to develop your skills in community organizing for health equity. Participate in a campaign that works upstream to address the social determinants of health.
- Apply skills, gain confidence, & collaborate around a community-driven goal
- Work with local leaders to engage in community driven listening and advocacy
- Address the social & structural injustices that contribute & perpetuate health
disparities
- campaigns.

- Autumn 2014
- Six Thursdays: 5:30-7:20p
- Meeting room: T-439

Contact David Fernando (somwwami@uw.edu) to hold your spot today! Add codes will be administered as soon as they are available.

Training Opportunity with HRSA/Office of Minority Health-Special Populations

Becoming Empowered Africans Through Improved Treatment of Diabetes, Hepatitis B, & HIV. Effective Strategies to Improve Patient-Provider Communication and Adherence to Treatment.

Posted: July 29, 2014

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HRSA and the Office of Minority Health's Resource Center is offering two days of BEAT IT Provider training on August 19th and 20th, specifically targeting healthcare providers who work with African clients. The training is designed to disseminate effective strategies to improve patient-provider communication and adherence to treatment for diabetes, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS by engendering trust through increased cultural awareness and improved delivery of culturally appropriate care throughout the continuum of care.

There will also be a one day BEAT IT Client training on August 21st, to increase client adherence to treatment. Some of the topics that will be discussed in the one day client training include:

  • Describe HIV and hepatitis B, how to prevent them, and how to manage the spread of disease
  • Identify how each disease is viewed, and how positive behaviors can reduce the risk of getting the disease
  • Describe barriers and stigmas, and identify ways to overcome them to stay healthy
  • Identify appropriate community resources to support disease management and better health

Embassy Suites Seattle-Tacoma Intl. Airport
15920 W Valley Highway
Seattle, WA 98188
425.227.9567 (please do not call this number for registration)

Presenters:
Annamore Matambanadzo, PhD
Executive Director Advanced African Development Inc.
Emmanuel Koku, PhD
Director of Africana Studies, Drexel University
Margaret Korto,
Senior Program Analyst Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Registration begins at 9:30 am, and training is from 10:00am to 4:00pm each day
ATTENDANCE IS FREE: but space is limited. Lunch will be provided
Please RSVP to Gary Gant by August 5th 2014, at 206.615.2318 or ggant@hrsa.gov

SOCWL 577 3 credit (Mondays 1:30-4:20)

Fall graduate seminar, supports students in developing theoretical models and perspectives related to research with vulnerable, at-risk groups and conditions with emphasis on prevention. Experienced faculty from a range of disciplines and research interests participate interactively with students in the seminar. Contact Instructor: Paula Nurius, School of Social Work - nurius@uw.edu.

Posted: July 29, 2014

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Major topics include:

• Major concepts, & theories in prevention science
• Identifying/ applying risk and protective factor frameworks with an eye to critical perspectives
• Translating theory into research models, designs
• Addressing translational research gaps & transdisciplinary team science
• Social determinants of well-being disparities & implications
• Multi-level analysis of influences between people and environments (connecting biology, psychology, social, structural factors)
• Community-based partnership models in prevention/promotion research
• Cultural and cross-cultural factors in prevention/promotion research
• Tailoring messages, interventions for research with varied populations

Helping students to articulate their own prevention/health promotion research priorities is a central goal. Individuals with a range of populations and well-being concerns are welcomed.

Maximum # of students=12

 

 

GIST Tech-I Competition

Are you a young scientist or technology entrepreneur? Do you have a great idea or startup related to Agriculture, Energy, Health, or Information and Communication Technology (ICT)? This competition is for you!

Posted: July 9, 2014

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the US Department of State invite you, your friends, and your colleagues to apply to the 2014 GIST Tech-I Competition.

What Can I Win?
-All finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Morocco to compete in the live pitching finals at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

-Prizes totaling $70,000 USD are up for grabs!

-All finalists will receive up to 3 months mentorship with a leading expert in their field of interest.

The application deadlines is Monday, July 21st 2014 9:00 AM EDT

Requirements
-Executive Summary (750 Words).
-90 seconds promotional video.

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! For more info visit http://www.aaas.org/tech-i

Lasker Esssay Contest in Support of Medical Research

Lasker Esssay Contest in Support of Medical Research

Posted: June 16, 2014

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The Lasker Foundation has launched an essay contest in support of medical research.

First prize is $10,000 and an opportunity to meet with the 2014 Lasker Award winners. There are second and third prizes of $5,000 ad $2,000 respectively.

The Foundation seeks essays of 1000 words or less on innovative ways to build support and ensure funding for medical research.

Eligibility requirements: Medical school students and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; or graduate students in other health professions programs (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant) at U.S. accredited institutions.

Deadline for submitting essays is Friday, August 8th. For more information: http://laskerfoundation.org/programs/contest.htm

SOCWL 577: 3 CREDIT COURSE (Promoting Well-Being Among At-Risk Groups: Prevention/Health Promotion Research)

Interdisciplinary and collegially interactive course! SOCWL 577: 3 CREDIT COURSE (Time TBD, contact instructor). Instructor: Paula Nurius, School of Social Work, nurius@u.washington.edu

Posted: June 3, 2014

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Graduate seminar, emphasis on etiological (development of problems, conditions) and interventive prevention/health promotion research with special attention to vulnerable, at-risk groups and conditions that contribute to adverse mental and physical health outcomes/disparities. Experienced faculty from a range of disciplines and research interests participate interactively with students in the seminar. Major topics to be addressed include:

  • Major concepts, & theories in prevention & health promotion science
  • Identifying/ applying risk and protective factor frameworks with an eye to critical perspectives
  • Translating theory into etiological and intervention models, designs
  • Addressing translational research gaps & transdisciplinary team science
  • Social determinants of health/well-being disparities & implications
  • Multi-level analysis of influences between people and environments (connecting biology, psychology, social, structural factors)
  • Community-based partnership models in prevention/promotion research
  • Cultural and cross-cultural factors in prevention/promotion research
  • Tailoring messages, interventions for research with varied populations

Helping students to articulate their own prevention/health promotion research priorities is a central goal. Individuals with a range of mental health, physical health, learning, development, and related well-being concerns are welcomed.

Maximum # of students=12

NEW SEMINAR COURSE: Social Justice and the City

This course is suitable for any students interested in urban politics and social justice, but is particularly suitable for students in landscape architecture, urban planning, social work, and public health. The greater variety, the more diverse and exciting our discussions will be!

Posted: May 14, 2014

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Social Justice and the City is a seminar course in which we examine core theories of social justice as they apply to urban settings. Particular emphasis will be placed on the spatiality of (in)justice. Together we strive to understand how concerns over (in)justice impact urban design and policy as well as the everyday experience of living in the built environment. Importantly, we will also examine tactics by which urban dwellers battle injustice both by bringing in relevant current news items for discussion and through our reading of two seminal texts by American urban activists: Saul Alinsky & Grace Lee Boggs.

Offered Summer 2014, Urban Design & Planning

For more information contact Shannon Tyman, skt8@uw.edu.

Information session: Summer job positions with The Fund for the Public

Impact issues that matter this summer with the Fund!

Posted: April 22, 2014

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The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

Last summer our staff helped stop toxic gas drilling, worked to end subsidies for junk food, and built support for equal rights for all Americans- all while building valuable leadership skills. Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

We will be holding information sessions and interviews at The University of Washington on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 5/6-5/8 at 10am, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm in the Career Center conference rooms.
Click here to Apply, or call 1-800-75-EARTH (753-2784)

2014 Health Equity Circle Leadership Application

Want to educate others about Health Equity? Want to create change in your community? Want to be a leader with Health Equity Circle?

Posted: April 2, 2014

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The Health Equity Circle is an interdisciplinary organization of University of Washington students and community members focused on creating Health Equity. We recognize that Health is more than healthcare; health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is a fundamental human right. From this understanding we realize that achieving health requires collaboration across disciplines and that for a society to be healthy it must be equitable. The question of equity, or justice, cannot be separated from health.

Our mission is threefold:
• To bring students and community members together in an interdisciplinary setting
• To educate students and community members about Health Equity
• To take action on Health Equity issues through developing relationships on campus and in the larger community

Descriptions of open leadership positions to be filled:
Lead Organizers (2-3 people):
Lead Organizers provide vision, direction, and logistical support for HEC activities. They recruit new members, foster teamwork and leadership, build relationships within UW schools and the community, speak at events and Sound Alliance Leadership Institutes, and coordinate with Sound Alliance (our umbrella organization of more than 30 community organizations).

Core Team Member (5-7 people):
Core team members work together with Lead Organizers to plan events, build connections with community members and other professional schools/undergrad groups at UW, fundraise, and provide logistical support to HEC campaigns. They coordinate our AFTU Lobby Day. They are required to attend a one-day Sound Alliance Leadership Institute in the fall.

Campaign Leads (5-10 people):
Campaign Leads organize people to take tangible action on an issue related to Health Equity. They convene meetings, make sure projects are running on track and give regular updates to the Core Team. They assist their Campaigns in moving through the organizing lifecycle: defining a problem, turning it into an issue, researching what needs to be done to make that Campaign successful and facilitating reflection upon its completion. They will be supported in this endeavor by the Core Team. They are also required to attend a one-day Sound Alliance

Fill out the application at the link below and return it to khansend@uw.edu by Wed. April 9 at 5pm.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1711621/HEC%20Leadership%20Application%202014.docx

Kosovo Summer Program July 9-19

Posted: March 27, 2014

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The Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI) has announced its new summer program in Kosovo. The institute plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. Our programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. In a rapidly globalizing world, we believe these experiences are invaluable to the success of students in the global job market.

For the summer of 2014, we have one program scheduled in Pristine, Kosovo during the dates July 9th-19th, 2014. This program will include lectures from experienced professors and guest speakers from all over the globe, including the United States of America. A few of our professors include:

• Professor Dr. Tim Allen (London School of Economics) – Author and Head of Department of International Development.

♦ Executive Director of the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP)

♦ Consultant with numerous international organizations, including UNDP, UNICEF, UNRISD, MSF, LWF, Save the Children, World Vision and DFID

• Professor Dr. Paul Joseph (Tufts University, USA)- Author and Previous Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program

♦ PHD from UC Berkeley

♦ Previous president of the national Peace Studies Association

♦ Former Distinguished Chair for the United States-India Education Foundation (Fulbright program)

• Professor Dr. Remijze Istefi- Current Professor at University of Prishtina

♦ L.L.M. from Notre Dame, PhD in Political Science with a specialization in International Human Rights Law and International Organization.

• Various High Ranking officials (Last year we hosted Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi)

• USA Embassy

• United Nations

• Advisors to the President

The students will enrich their knowledge of Kosovo's history, international politics, and economics while also enjoying travel to famous and historic places. We also encourage students to get to know one another and share cultural values through planned social events.

• A tour of parliament

• Field trips to Peja City, Mirusha Falls, Prizren city and more.

E-Mail: info@beainstitute.org

Website: http://www.beainstitute.org/balkan-region/kosovo/

6th Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers

May 16-18, 2014. Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Baltimore, MD.

Posted: March 20, 2014

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This conference was established to facilitate professional interaction, training, and the dissemination of hypothesis-based research on interventions and initiatives that broaden participation in research related careers across science and engineering fields. The conference is designed to create a dialogue among interventions researchers, evaluators, and those who develop and administer programs that educate and train the next generation of a diversified the scientific workforce.
**Early Registration Deadline extended to March 28**

Travel Awards Available:
A limited number of travel awards are available for attendance to the 2014 Understanding Interventions Conference. These awards will cover registration and hotel costs associated with attendance to the conference in Baltimore. While we will provide support to individuals at all stages of their professional development, priority will be given to graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty. (http://understanding-interventions.org/travel-awards/)

INFORMATION SESSION: Evans School's Nonprofit Management and International Development Certificate Programs

If you are interested in earning a certificate in International Development or Nonprofit Management, please join us at one of the following information sessions to learn more about these programs. Only current UW graduate students are eligible to apply. The certificates are designed to be incorporated into your graduate studies during your second and/or final year in school.

Posted: March 20, 2014

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International Development and Nonprofit Management Certificates Information Session
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Parrington Hall Commons (Room 308)

The one-year International Development Policy and Management Certificate program gives you the tools and frameworks needed for addressing pressing international issues in developing countries. The program explores the root causes of unique problems, and the social, economic, and political contexts in which they occur.

Nonprofit Management Certificate Information Session
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Parrington Hall Forum (Room 309)

The one-year Nonprofit Management Certificate program gives you the tools and framework needed to meet the increasing challenges facing the nonprofit sector today. Students are drawn from diverse departments across the UW, giving the core courses a distinctive, interdisciplinary perspective on the unique issues facing the nonprofit community.

All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 25.

Further information and the link to application instructions can be found here:
http://evans.uw.edu/degree-programs/non-degree/international-development-certificate
http://evans.uw.edu/degree-programs/non-degree/nonprofit-management-certificate

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions above, but would like to learn more about the programs, please don't hesitate to contact the programs at:
International Development Certificate: devcert@uw.edu, 206.616.1618
Nonprofit Management Certificate: nmcp@uw.edu, 206.616.1613

 

Health in Prisons Summer Institute June 23-27, 2014

Health in Prisons is a one-week course offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Posted: March 20, 2014

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The course provides public health, medical and nursing professionals with an the tools needed to critically analyze and address the myriad health and human rights issues facing populations in detention or incarceration. The course is global in scope, covering the health needs of prison populations through a focus on the organization of prison health care and multi-disciplinary challenges facing healthcare providers, both in the US and internationally. It also covers ethical issues that arise in providing healthcare services to populations in detention and provides an overview of the main legal instruments, professional codes, and declarations designed to protect the rights of prisoners, detainees and patients.

Course Location: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 615 N. Wolfe St. Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Course Dates: Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27, 2013; 9am-5pm.
Tuition: $900 (non-credit option*); $1,846 (for students seeking academic credit).
*Note: A certificate will be awarded to all non-credit participants upon course completion.

Other costs: Tuition fees cover course instruction and materials only. Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Additional information and application instructions are available by contacting JHSPH Health in Prisons Course Coordinator at helpcour@jhsph.edu.

GRE Prep & Math Reresher Courses

The University of Washington Women’s Center is offering GRE a Preparation course this Spring Quarter. We aim to provide an affordable effective class to ensure optimal performance for all students on the GRE test.

Posted: March 20, 2014

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GRE Prep:
April 5-26, 2014
Time: Each Saturday from1:30 -4:30pm
Location: School of Social Work, Room 306
Cost: $275

Math Refresher:
April 5-26, 2014
Time: Each Saturday from 3:30 -6:30pm
Location: School of Social Work, Room 306
Cost: $90

Instructor: Renee Agatsuma

For more information or to register visit us at: depts.washington.edu/womenctr or call 206-685-1090

 

Three things UW students need to know before April 1, 2014

Posted: March 13, 2014

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Three things UW students need to know before April 1, 2014:

In 2014, college students, like others, will have to abide by the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires Americans to obtain insurance or pay an initial tax penalty ($95.00-$300.00). The deadline by which adult students must sign up for health insurance to avoid paying a penalty is March 31, 2014 (unless covered by a specific penalty exemption, such as not meeting income threshold for filing taxes).The penalty will increase more than sevenfold in the next two years, with the fine running as much as $695 per person by 2016. The family maximum would be as high as $2,085 (or 2.5 percent of family income, whichever is greater).

Adults in Washington State who are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)– about $15,000 for a single individual or $31,000 for a family of four – could qualify for health insurance coverage through Medicaid*. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health insurance to students who qualify. Eligible students can enroll in Medicaid at any time, although enrollment after March 31, 2014 could incur a penalty.

Many working students who do not qualify for Medicaid income may qualify for subsidized health insurance plans.

The UW School of Public Health is committed to helping UW students understand their health plan options. Students who do not have health insurance should check out the State's health benefits exchange website for more information or to enroll online, if appropriate (https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/).

To assist students in this potentially complex transition, health plan navigators from Neighborcare Health will be available in the Health Sciences Lobby from 9am-5pm on Monday, March 17, 2014 to assist with enrollment. For students who do not qualify for Medicaid, navigators can help those eligible to obtain coverage through the Health Exchange. We encourage UW students to stop by to discuss their current or future needs with a navigator.

These items are necessary for enrollment through the health exchange on March 17, 2014:

  • List of household family member' social security numbers
  • Bank account or credit card
  • Pay stubs that include employer information and address/ Most recent tax return
  • Photo ID
  • If born outside US, bring your passport/green card/ or Visa.
    Financial Aid award letter or records of out of pocket college expenses (tuition, books, lab fees, etc.)- students only
  • Medicaid is not available for students who are only here on a student visa
  • Medicaid is not available for students who are enrolled on their parents' health insurance

The mission of Neighborcare Health is to provide comprehensive health care to families and individuals who have difficulty accessing care; respond with sensitivity to the needs of our culturally diverse patients; and advocate and work with others to improve the overall health status of the communities we serve.

 

COURSE: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Health Professionals (UCONJ 546)

Posted: March 12, 2014

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Health care professionals have important responsibilities and roles in preparing for disasters and other public health emergencies. This course focuses on interdisciplinary emergency preparedness and response and includes consideration of system and policy issues with emphasis on relevance for health professionals.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the roles of health professionals and agencies in "all‐hazards" emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Describe and analyze the contributions of local, state, federal, and international agencies to emergency preparedness and response
  • Identify and address the health needs of vulnerable populations in a community‐wide disaster
  • Identify effective communication strategies that can be used during public health emergencies.
  • Explain the importance of a coordinated interdisciplinary approach to public health emergencies within the National Response Framework and incident command structure.

Faculty:

  • Mark Oberle, MD, MPH
    Professor of Health Services, Epidemiology, & Global Health, School of Public Health
    moberle@uw.edu
  • Andy Stergachis, PhD, BPharm
    Professor of Epidemiology & Global Health / Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy and Health Services
    stergach@uw.edu

Details:

  • Spring 2014 Course meets Mondays, 3pm‐4:50pm Room HS T‐474
    In‐person meetings most weeks with some exceptions when online modules are assigned.
  • 2 credits (CR/NC) UCONJ 546. SLN 20208.
  • Required course for Graduate Certificate Program in Emergency Preparedness & Response, http://www.nwcphp.org/btcurriculum

 

One-Time Screening of Addiction Film: "The Anonymous People" - Buy Tickets Now for March 17 Screening

Posted: March 6, 2014

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"The Anonymous People" is a film about addiction recovery which highlights people living in long-term recovery and an emerging public recovery movement. Watch the trailer at http://theanonymouspeople.com. The film will be screened on March 17 at 7:30pm at Regal Meridian 16 (downtown Seattle on 7th & Pike). Tickets are pre-sale only at http://gathr.us/screening/7253. This is the only Seattle screening of this powerful film. Join us on March 17 and stand up for recovery!

Addiction costs the US over $350 billion annually. Over 20 million people suffer with addiction, yet only 1 in 10 gets treatment. There are now 23.5 million Americans living in recovery from addiction. There is a solution to this public health catastrophe: join the conversation and talk about the disease of addiction.

With this screening, we hope to bring together as many people as possible, both in and out of recovery, medical and non-medical, so we can all have the same conversation about this disease.