Health Equity

Reaching out for change on the farm
Blog entry | April 08, 2021
In her free time, Dennise Drury loves playing volleyball, basketball and soccer. She’s just as multifaceted when it comes to public health pursuits.

Deforestation threatens worker health and productivity
Blog entry | April 06, 2021
Without the cooling powers of trees, workers in deforested areas are less productive, according to new research from the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and other collaborators.

King County gets high marks for masking
Blog entry | March 25, 2021
How to wear a mask: best practices

Keeping food trucks and workers safe
Blog entry | March 15, 2021
Harsh cleaners like bleach can affect food industry workers breathing in concentrated chemicals and impact the environment when they go down the drain. Many people are unaware there are safer alternatives.

Population health grants boost wildfire and climate research
Blog entry | March 11, 2021
Three teams including researchers from the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) will tackle projects on the health impacts of wildfire smoke and climate change, thanks to new pilot research grants from the UW

A community lifeline in the pandemic
Blog entry | March 02, 2021
Esther Min, DEOHS research consultant and Front and Centered environmental health lead.

Mapping vaccine access
Blog entry | February 22, 2021
Seattle city officials are vowing to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines among people of color, immigrants and other groups disproportionately left out of vaccination efforts.

Cultivating farmworker health on the airwaves
Blog entry | February 18, 2021
For many farmworkers across Washington state, the risks of working on the front lines during the pandemic have been compounded by an “infodemic.”

Monitoring air quality in schools
Blog entry | January 27, 2021
As students in King County public schools log into their online classes this winter, researchers from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are stepping into their temporarily empty classrooms to study air quality.

Our most-read stories of 2020
Blog entry | December 22, 2020
In a year like no other, DEOHS faculty, students and staff quickly pivoted to tackle new threats posed by the pandemic. We contributed to Washington state's COVID-19 response, showed the effectiveness of self-sampling for the virus and assessed impacts on essential workers—not to mention our furry friends.

Going hungry in the pandemic
Blog entry | December 14, 2020
About 30% of households in Washington state experienced food insecurity last summer, according to a survey by researchers at the University of Washington and their partners at Washington State University and Tacoma Community College.

Co-creating COVID-19 messages for farmworkers
Blog entry | November 20, 2020
Elizabeth Torres with El Proyecto Bienestar.

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.

Boosting economic recovery from the pandemic
Blog entry | July 01, 2020
 

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?

Champion of vulnerable workers
Blog entry | June 18, 2020
Early in his career, Noah Seixas spent six months working on the assembly line of a rifle manufacturer in Massachusetts “to see what life was like on the line in a dirty, crappy factory.”

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.

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.

Food systems under stress
Blog entry | May 06, 2020
  DEOHS Associate Professor Jennifer Otten

Diversifying the face of health care
Blog entry | May 03, 2020
Sumaya Aden BS, Environmental Health Hometown Federal Way, WA Future plans Going to medical school after graduation in 2021 “I like seeing how things happen and why and the data behind it.” - Sumaya Aden

Coronavirus guidance for farming, forestry and fishing
Blog entry | April 29, 2020
Each spring, seasonal farmworkers arrive in the Pacific Northwest for the planting season. This year, they’ve been met with a public health emergency.

Working conditions influence birth outcomes
Blog entry | April 14, 2020
Women who experience high employment precarity prior to or during pregnancy have a 48% higher risk of delivering low-birth-weight infants than women with low employment precarity, according to a study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

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

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