Awards and Recogniton
White House Champion of Change Award
DGH graduate Mohamed Ali, MPH, received the White House Champion of Change Award. Ali is the co-chair of the King County Somali Health Board, an organization he helped establish to improve communications between the Somali immigrant community, health care providers, and local health agencies.
Partners PrEP Study Team awarded Universtiy of Washington Distinguished Staff Award
Partners PrEP study team, Mira Emmanuel-Ogier, Harald Haugen, Ting Hong, Lara Kidoguchi, Meighan Krows, Susan Morrison, Dana Panteleeff and Kathy Thomas, successfully served as the core operations for a large and very complex HIV prevention study in Africa. The team achieved extremely high recruitment, retention and data quality while implementing a complex medical trial. And they shepherded a new product for HIV prevention through regulatory approval, all while based here at the UW.
- Stephen Gloyd, Univesity of Washington Award of Excellence - University Faculty Lecture Award, 2013.
- King Holmes, Gairdner Global Health Award, 2013; Alexander Fleming Award 2013; Washington Global Health Alliance Impact Award, 2013.
- Benjamin Anderson, National Consortium of Breast Cancer Centers' Inspiration Award, 2013.
- Andy Stergachis, Washington State Pharmacist of the Year - Washington State Phamacy Association, 2013.
Puente Piedra Project Wins 3 Design Awards
Students from multiple disciplines have worked with residents of a mega-slum in Lima, Peru, called Puente Piedra, through The Puente Piedra Project: Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities.As UW students and faculty worked with the community, they learned that residents had a great desire for green space, so students helped residents of the Lomas de Zapallal community of about 27,000 people plan and transform a barren, sandy hillside into a park with walkways, trees, plants, and shrubs. Technical assistance included designing a system to recycle water from a handwashing station and pipe it to the park for irrigation. The project won three international design awards in 2012*, including the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Award for excellence in public interest design. The project also won the 2012 Environmental Design Research Association Great Places Design Award and the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Community Service Honor Award.
UW Leads NIH-Funded Consortium to Train Global Health Researchers
The UW is one of five consortia of colleges and universities to receive funds from the National Institutes of Health to help foster the next generation of global health scientists. The Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars program is building a network of U.S. academic institutions to provide early career physicians, veterinarians, dentists and scientists with a significant mentored research experience in a developing country. Joseph Zunt, associate professor in global health and the principal investigator for the UW-led consortium, said the grant will provide new opportunities for training 12-15 U.S. and international doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees each year in international settings.
Mobile Moms Chosen by Young People Looking for a Cause
The Seattle organization Health Alliance International at UW, which launched a Mobile Moms text messaging service aimed at improving maternal health in Timor-Leste, was the beneficiary of the funds raised by a party July 14 at McCaw Hall by a group of young people called Agency. Ticket sales were about $40,000.
UW Students Find Spiders with Potential to Combat Malaria
UW seniors Christine Scullywest, Adam Tanaka, and Roshan Mahoney were recently among three first-place finishers in the Washington Global Health Alliance’s Be the Change student competition, thanks to their research proposal of employing the Evarcha culicivora spider to control malaria-spreading mosquitoes. The spiders are natural predators of female mosquitoes, which carry the malaria virus.
Mental Health Partnership in Nairobi
The University of Nairobi received a Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)-linked award focused on research training in mental health. This three-year award. led by Dr. Muthoni Mathai from the University of Nairobi and Dr. Jurgen Unutzer from the University of Washington, builds upon the nearly 30-year research training collaboration between UW and the University of Nairobi. Dr. Deepa Rao is the UW program director.
The University of Nairobi (UON) has two other MEPI awards with the Department of Global Health, one which focuses on improving medical education and retention of doctors in Kenya and another linked award which focuses on maternal, newborn, and child health. Both awards are in their third year of funding.
This new mental health linked award aims to improve mental health research capacity by training University of Nairobi faculty and postgraduates and by establishing a Mental Health Resource Center to support these efforts at UON. UW faculty will be providing in-person training, distance learning courses and mentorship. This exciting interdisciplinary award came out of ongoing conversations in the Department of Global Health’s Global Mental Health Group and is one of the first collaborations between the Department of Global Health and the Department of Psychiatry.
UW Course on Clinical Management of HIV Wins Global Health Prize
A UW graduate course in HIV has been awarded a global health prize that recognizes the most original project conducted to alleviate poverty-related chronic and/or infectious disease in the last year. The course, Global Health 573 “Clinical Management of HIV,” received the Velji Award for Global Health Project of the Year Nov. 15 at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health conference in Montreal. The course is directed by Nina Kim, UW assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Since 2007, Global Health 573 has delivered free HIV training to more than 1,000 health professionals and has been webcast in 21 countries with the technical assistance of Treatment Research and Expert Education, a training program of the Department of Global Health established by Michael Chung, UW assistant professor of medicine and global health and international course director. Most of the distant students have been health professionals from countries in Africa, India, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The course also has led to several new partnerships with medical schools in Ethiopia and South Africa as well as with hospitals in resource-constrained settings, with the goal of fostering medical education and on-site HIV clinical mentorship.
The course organizers will receive a plaque, as well as $1,000 to support ongoing volunteer global health activities.
- Judy Wasserheit :Elected Chair of the Board, Consortium of Universities for Global Health; Judith Appointed to serve on CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases through Sept. 30, 2014. The board advises the Health and Human Services Secretary; the CDC Director; the Office of Infectious Diseases Director; and the cirectors of CDC’s three infectious disease national centers: the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention concerning strategies, goals, and priorities for the programs and research.
- Andy Stergachis: Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.
- Connie Celum : POZ Hunter Award, 2012; Dr. Bob Wood Excellence in HIV Prevention Award, 2012.
- Sen-itiroh Hakomori : Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Contribution to Glycobiology.
- Scott McClelland : Elected to Western Society of Clinical Investigation, 2012*Abraham Flaxman: Technical Innovation Honor from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012.
- William Foege (External Advisory Board) :Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian honor.
- Quarraisha Abdool Karim (External Advisory Board) : Academy of Sciences for the Developing World 2012 Prize for Medical Sciences “for her exceptional and distinguished contributions to HIV prevention and women’s health.”
- Judd Walson : Seattle Magazine’s Top Doctors award “for work on HIV/AIDS, parasitic worm infection, malaria, and health of pregnant women and young children.”
- Ann Downer: Honored with the School of Public Health's Faculty Community Service Award for her outstanding commitment to global health and her work with I-TECH.
- Christopher Elias: Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.
- Stephen Gloyd: 2010 Edward K. Barsky Award for courageous and effective advocacy for human rights by the Physician’s Forum ( presented at the 2010 American Public Health Association conference Nov. 2010).
- Mary Anne Mercer: 2010 Board of Directors, WHO-based partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health.
- Tracy Harachi: 2011 UW's Outsanding Public Service Award for her role in helping a Cambodian university establish the country’s first college-level social work program.
- Jared Baeten: 2010 American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Young Investigator Award.
- Andy Stergachis: School of Public Health Community Service Award, Univ. of Washington, 2010 –Member, Advisory Group to Global Alert and Response on Mass Gatherings, WHO.
- Kathy Neuzil: Infectious Diseases Society of America Joseph E. Smadel Lectur.
- Tom Hawn: Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigations, Infectious Diseases Society of America Program Committee –Science in Medicine Lecture.
- Wes van Voorhis: Infectious Diseases Society of America Board of Directors.
- Judd Walson: Infectious Diseases Society of America Student Fellowship Mentor.
- Julie McErath: Sr. Vice President Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division Co-Director.
- Connie Celum: 2011 School of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture –National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council, AIDS Research Advisory Committee –American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association Career Achievement Award.
- Elizabeth Bukusi: New Deputy Director for Research and Training, KEMRI Medical Research Institute (Kenya).
- Patricia Garcia: New Dean, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia School of Public Health.
- Father Mena Attwa: Coptic Center, Nairobi – School of Public Health Community Partners Award.
- Ann Downer: School of Public Health Faculty Community Service Award.
- Pamela Kohler: School of Public Health Kenneth J. Anderson Staff Award.
- Judith Wasserheit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases AIDS Research Advisory Committee.
- Six DGH faculty – Members of Instite of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
External Advisory Board Chair William H. Foege was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2012.
Prof. Connie Celum is honored with 2011 Career Achievement Award by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association.
Prof. Steve Gloyd (center in Côte d'Ivoire) won the 2010 Edward K. Barsky Award for courageous and effective advocacy for human rights by the Physician’s Forum ( presented at the 2010 American Public Health Association conference Nov. 2010).