Community-engaged Research

Where you live could influence your COVID-19 risk
Blog entry | October 01, 2020
DEOHS Clinical Professor Stephanie Farquhar.
Living with fire
Blog entry | September 15, 2020
As smoke from wildfires on the West Coast makes its way across the US, it’s becoming clear that our future will involve coexistence with fire.
The sea around us
Blog entry | August 25, 2020
Oceans affect every human life — no matter how far away from a coastline a community may be. Oceans supply fresh water and oxygen, regulate the climate, influence the weather and affect human health. People rely on these large bodies of water for food, income, transportation and recreation. In turn, human activities can impact oceans and the systems they support.
Protecting health in the Great Plains
Blog entry | August 24, 2020
Editor's note: Natalie Peterson is a UW senior completing her BS in Environmental Health. Her JRCOSTEP internship was recently featured by the Indian Health Service on its website.  
Collaborating for health equity
Blog entry | August 19, 2020
The University of Washington Population Health Initiative has awarded COVID-19 population health equity research grants to three projects involving partnerships between UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and community leaders.
Facing wildfire smoke amid COVID-19
Blog entry | July 20, 2020
When Jake asked me to go on a sunset hike, I knew what was coming. We were in our favorite place: the Methow Valley of Eastern Washington. When we crested the top of the mountain, a few sunrays peeked through the clouds, lighting up the fertile valley below. Still, when he got down on one knee, I was surprised, and overcome with happiness. Life seemed full of promise.
Can trees clean up jet pollution?
Blog entry | June 25, 2020
  Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park, once called trees the lungs of the city. Trees and shrubs filter a variety of air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter. But could they also benefit communities near airports by absorbing harmful ultrafine particles from aircraft exhaust?
Master of disaster
Blog entry | June 17, 2020
Given the extraordinary challenges of this year’s pandemic, the students of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) needed a superhero. Watch a student video honoring Nicole Errett
Food systems students foster resilience
Blog entry | June 02, 2020
This spring, the first group of undergraduates to complete the UW Nutritional Sciences Program’s Food Systems, Nutrition and Health major are taking the knowledge they’ve acquired and applying it to help their communities.
Finding beauty in the details
Blog entry | May 20, 2020
Alexa Yadama BS, Environmental Health Hometown Pullman, WA Future plans A career in environmental or public health, and eventually a master’s in public health. “ I really appreciate mixing public health with my science background and helping people with the knowledge I have.”
Latino Center honors DEOHS scholars
Blog entry | May 19, 2020
Magali Blanco and Gabino Abarca from the University of Washington School of Public Health were selected to take part in the inaugural Latino Center for Health Student Scholars Fellowship program.
Helping businesses reopen safely
Blog entry | May 13, 2020
Business owners who have weathered pandemic closures face a new challenge as they prepare to reopen—protecting their workers in a landscape altered by the novel coronavirus. Now researchers in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are teaming up to help them.
Can pets get COVID-19?
Blog entry | April 17, 2020
Are our pets at risk for COVID-19?
The water protector
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Ola i ka Wai. Water is life. Tyler Gerken MS, Environmental Health Hometown: Kea’au, Hawai’i Island, HI Future plans: A career in the US Public Health Service, perhaps as an environmental health officer for the National Park Service or the Indian Health Service
Most people can’t work from home
Blog entry | April 08, 2020
Read the news release about Baker's study
TB screening made easy
Blog entry | March 24, 2020
People wait in line at a TB clinic in Bangladesh. Photo: Gerard Cangelosi
Catching waterborne disease before it spreads
Blog entry | March 23, 2020
Water is essential for life, but in communities with inadequate sanitation, it can also spread diseases like polio, typhoid and hepatitis A. By monitoring wastewater and water sources contaminated by wastewater for pathogens in fecal matter, researchers and public health workers can help stop waterborne illnesses in their tracks.
From Washington to Kyrgyzstan
Blog entry | March 11, 2020
How did Esther Min, a graduate student in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), end up at a six-hour-long dinner in Kyrgyzstan?
Brewing safer workplaces
Blog entry | March 04, 2020
Hannah Echt’s passion for public health is something of a family tradition. Hannah Echt MS, Occupational Hygiene Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Favorite thing about Seattle: "The public transportation is really good. You can get pretty much everywhere you need to go on the bus or light rail."
Why choose UW DEOHS for grad school?
Blog entry | February 25, 2020
Talk with an adviser Learn about our graduate degrees
Fighting children's asthma at home
Blog entry | February 25, 2020
Rural children with asthma whose homes have an indoor air cleaner are 72% less likely to have an unplanned clinic or hospital visit than children in homes with no air cleaners, according to a study from the University of Washington and partners in the Yakima Valley.
DEOHS faculty win global innovation awards
Blog entry | January 31, 2020
University of Washington students and faculty will tackle pressing health concerns on three continents with the support of awards from the UW Global Innovation Fund to five DEOHS faculty members.
Mapping jet pollution at Sea-Tac Airport
Blog entry | December 03, 2019
Communities underneath and downwind of jets landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are exposed to a type of ultrafine particle pollution that is distinctly associated with aircraft, according to a new University of Washington study that is the first to identify the unique "signature" of aircraft emissions in Washington state.
Sexual harassment in the fields
Blog entry | November 22, 2019
Female farmworkers experience workplace sexual harassment at rates that are two to three times higher than in other sectors, according to recent studies.
Karen Levy
Faculty Member | May 12, 2020
My group carries out research on the ecology and epidemiology of enteric (food and waterborne) diseases. We use environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to study water quality, food safety, and the impact of climate and land use change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases.
Meghan McGinty
Faculty Member | March 05, 2020
Dr. Meghan McGinty is passionate about building the capacity of public health and medical systems, as well as our communities to respond, recover and be resilient in the face of disasters She is also deeply committed to ensuring that we have a competent public health workforce.
Heidi Roop
Faculty Member | January 17, 2020
Heidi is a climate scientist with a passion for science and communication. She is currently Lead Scientist for Science Communication with the UW Climate Impacts Group and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
Kelly Edwards
Faculty Member | January 16, 2020
I am an Affiliate Professor of Bioethics in the UW School of Medicine with 20+ years of scholarship, research, and teaching in the field of bioethics. I spent 7 years as the Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs within the UW Graduate School and have a passion for professional development in and out of academic careers.
Kevin Bardosh
Faculty Member | January 16, 2020
Dr. Kevin Bardosh (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is an applied medical anthropologist and implementation scientist focused on using social science and community engagement to improve public health delivery and policy. Most of his work, across more than 20 countries, has focused on the epidemiology and control of human, animal and vector-borne infectious disease.
Michele Andrasik
Faculty Member | January 16, 2020
Michele Andrasik is a clinical health psychologist.