Pandemic: One year later (Links to an external site)

WashU Experts: One pandemic year later, what’s next? Originally published in WUSTL’s The Source,  contributing to this story were: Caroline Arbanas, Judy Martin Finch, Chuck Finder, Sara Savat, Neil Schoenherr and Diane Duke Williams.  A city the density of Atlanta or Milwaukee, over a half-million strong, tragically has been wiped from the face of America’s […]

Institute supports Africa Initiative awards for new pilot grants (Links to an external site)

The Africa Initiative has awarded grant funding to eight teams working on new research projects in Africa. Research teams include the following Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars: Dennis Barbour, associate professor at McKelvey School of Engineering Cindy Brantmeier, professor in the School of Arts & Sciences Philip Budge, assistant professor in the School of […]

Research team uses economics tool to measure racial inequities in virus testing

Almost every health official, physician or researcher you speak with will agree: COVID-19 testing among every population is essential for informing virus detection, self-isolation, and prevention of onward transmission. Racial disparities related to the COVID-19 epidemic and the associated public health response continue to be discussed, but need further study to understand the modifiable driver […]

2020 in review: Center for Dissemination & Implementation and partners fund seven projects

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health didn’t let 2020 dampen its efforts to fund vital research projects. A total of $144,070 has been awarded via CDI’s Pilot/Small Grants programs and its Rapid Add-On (RAD) funding program to seven projects each led by Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars. Two […]

COVID-19 patients at higher risk of death, health problems than those with flu (Links to an external site)

This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the Institute for Public Health at Washington University; The American Society of Nephrology; and The KidneyCure Foundation. Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, who headed the study, is also a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Public Health. This article was originally published by the Washington University […]

Community advocate works to amplify voices of people living with HIV/AIDS

Fast-Track Cities St. Louis just celebrated its first anniversary as one of 300+ cities around the world working to end HIV/AIDS by the year 2030. One year ago, on “World AIDS Day” (12/1), Institute for Public Health leaders joined St. Louis city and county officials to sign a proclamation that commits St. Louis to achieve […]

2020: Artful global health reflections

For many, this year was like no other in recent memory: politics, COVID-19, natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, mental health, racism, etc. What is your personal perception of how 2020 has affected Global Health? The Global Health Center compiled this capsule of reflections and artwork from Global Health practitioners, students and faculty. Title: Hunger […]

2020 in review: Center for Dissemination & Implementation works with state to inform COVID-19 response

Since March 2020, the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health has partnered with both the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri to provide data analysis and modeling related to COVID-19. These partnerships influenced the region to issue shelter-in-place orders sooner than they might have, allowed state officials to […]

Institute Supports New Lab

The Institute for Public Health is supporting WashU’s new Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2) as an institutional partner by helping fund its Black Girlhood Studies Lab. According to the lab’s webpage: “The Black Girlhood Studies Lab examines the lives of Black girls historically and ethnographically in community-centered ways. Black girlhood studies has recently […]

Data Center Pivots in the Wake of Pandemic: 2020 Highlights

One of the strengths of the Institute for Public Health is its flexibility. Faculty and staff at the Public Health Data and Training Center pivoted quickly to support Covid-19 data efforts when the pandemic hit. Covid-19 & Regional Data Infrastructure Data Center Director, Randi Foraker leads an effort to create a regional Covid-19 dataset that […]

Help for Victims of Gun Violence

A new service developed through the Institute’s collaboration with the St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission and the United Way, is helping survivors of gun violence get directed to the resources they need. The new service helps find resources such as mental health counseling, employment, home repair or housing for victims of gun violence. Survivors of […]

Saint Louis County announces results of institute-led COVID prevalence survey

Written in collaboration with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health At least one out of every 100 St. Louis County adult residents had an active COVID-19 infection earlier this fall, while about five out of every 100 adults had contracted the disease at some earlier point, according to test results of a representative […]

Institute for Public Health 2020 annual conference summary

Given that COVID-19 is in the forefront of the minds of, well…everyone, here and across the world, it was no surprise that the disease was the focus of the 13th Institute for Public Health Annual Conference, Oct. 29th. But, how prepared were we for the pandemic locally and nationally? What were the hidden costs and how […]

Collaborator Spotlight! Marcela French

Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration MARCELA FRENCH Data Services CoordinatorThe Women’s Safe House Meet Ms. Marcela French, a bilingual advocate working to empower women and their families who have suffered from domestic violence and human trafficking. Ms. French currently works at The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis, which continues to offer shelter […]

Institute director leads new COVID-19 clinical study

The Larry J. Shapiro Director, Institute for Public Health, William G. Powderly, MD, associate dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences; co-director of the Washington University Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences, is principal investigator on a new study of anti-inflammatory drugs in COVID-19 patients. According to a […]

Social Determinants of Health Working Group studies minority populations and their needs during COVID-19 and beyond

Since the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates have been higher for minorities nationwide. This is likely multifactorial, according to Institute Faculty Scholar and Co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy, Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH. “The evidence is overwhelming that minority populations including African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinx […]

In great need of in-person supports, developmentally disabled are overlooked in pandemic-related decisions, experts say (Links to an external site)

As the nation’s children, teens and college students attempt to start a new school year amidst debate regarding how best to resume education during the COVID-19 pandemic, a segment of the population in desperate need of in-person supports often is overlooked in the decision-making process, according to a group of experts on the topic. “In […]

Reimagining public health in aftermath of COVID-19 (Links to an external site)

COVID-19 caught public health systems in the U.S. unprepared to detect, track and contain the virus. The pandemic has exposed a multitude of deficiencies that require a wholesale reinvention of the field of public health, said four leading experts in a recently published essay… Read more of the story originally published by The Source.

2020 Summer Research Program Summary

The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program has wrapped up its 2020 program differently this year. Between June and late July, due to COVID-19 on-campus restrictions, summer program cohorts in the Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track and in the Aging and Neurological Diseases Track attended virtual programs. After being accepted via online application, […]

The power of Zoom

Written by Maya Terry, BA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis & participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program In the face of COVID-19, the world has gone virtual. People are working and going to school from their homes. Internships and programs have been canceled or moved online.  The Institute […]

Perspective: Warning-don’t define us by our age!

Written by Barbara L. Finch, MLA Depending upon where you are in life’s journey, birthdays have a different meanings.  For children and teenagers, they are exciting milestones: ready for school (6), obtain a driver’s license (16), able to vote (18), legally buy a beer (21). Between 21 and 50 there don’t seem to be many […]

Advancing D&I Science

CTSA Working Group Advances Dissemination and Implementation Science Written by Leslie Roettger, Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences The CTSA program provides opportunities for hub members to come together and advance knowledge and progress around various topics. One way this is accomplished is through working groups. Working groups consider and develop solutions around a specific […]

St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission Releases Statement on Policing and Violence Prevention

Written by Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health The St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission (VPC) has released a list of recommendations for policing and violence prevention. The recommendations are the culmination of a year of community listening sessions, interviews with law enforcement stakeholders, and an online police legitimacy survey. This process has been part […]

COVID-19 antibody tests evaluated as diagnostic test in low-resource settings (Links to an external site)

Such antibody tests use finger-prick blood samples, deliver quick results With Brazil leading the world in newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, Latin America has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, outbreaks continue to escalate in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Public health authorities worldwide desperately need to expand testing so they […]

Stroke survival rates worse in rural areas, study says (Links to an external site)

Improved technologies for stroke care may leave rural areas behind A major U.S. study reveals large gaps between urban and rural patients in quality of care received after a stroke and rates of survival. In more rural areas, the ability of hospitals to deliver advanced stroke care is lower and mortality rates substantially higher, the […]

Collaborator Spotlight! Christopher Prater

Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration Christopher Prater, MD, MPH Assistant Professor in Medicine and PediatricsWashington University School of MedicineDivision of General MedicineAffinia HealthcareTB Physician, City of St. Louis Department of HealthFaculty Scholar, Institute for Public Health Bio: Dr. Prater is a primary care physician trained in internal medicine and pediatrics with a focus on […]

Institute awards funding for COVID-19 projects that study its impact on individuals and communities

The Institute for Public Health announces funding for seven research projects aimed at social and policy countermeasures in health that will mitigate the spread and negative impact of COVID-19 among individuals and communities. “While it’s important to advance research on basic science, testing and treatment for COVID-19, it’s equally important to understand the social, mental, […]

Patients with COVID-19 donate specimens to advance research efforts (Links to an external site)

In the weeks before the St. Louis region saw its first patients with COVID-19, physician-scientists at Washington University School of Medicine began planning and preparing how best to collect blood and other biological samples from such patients so specimens could be quickly disseminated to researchers seeking strategies to treat, prevent and contain the novel coronavirus.

White Coats for Black Lives (Links to an external site)

On Friday, June 5, hundreds of health care professionals from Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Saint Louis University Hospital and Medical School filled the sidewalks of Kingshighway Boulevard, to demonstrate in support of Black Lives Matter. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and technicians, motivated by events in Minneapolis in which […]

Gun Violence Initiative commemorates the past five years, releases video & report on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Written by Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health To commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 5th, the Gun Violence Initiative is releasing a five-year report and video chronicling the evolution of the Gun Violence Initiative. Spearheaded by Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton, his wife Risa Zwerling Wrighton and the Institute for Public Health, […]

Center for Dissemination and Implementation Awards Rapid Add-On (RAD) Funding

The Center for Dissemination and Implementation has awarded $15,000 in Rapid Add-on Funding to the following study, which centers on the impact of a lapse in education to Pakistani and Afghani children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The RAD funding mechanism enables investigators to rapidly “add-on” measurements or pilot data collection to an existing observational or experimental research […]

COVID-19: Modeling and Moving Forward

Written by Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health; Elvin Geng, MD, MPH, director, Center for Dissemination and Implementation; and Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, co-director, Center for Health Economics and Policy Members of the Institute for Public Health team are using mathematical and epidemiological modeling to help inform local and state government and health authorities’ […]

New report shows disproportionate COVID-19 impact

As stated in its introduction, a new research brief citing research from the Center for Health Economics & Policy “aims to quantify COVID-19-related health disparities in the St. Louis region using ZIP code-level data on confirmed cases and demographic composition.” Mirroring racialized COVID-19 trends in other metropolitan areas, the report focuses on observed, yet unexplained, […]

Pitch Partners² Announces Seed Funding Awards

The Center for Community Health Partnership and Research announces seed funding for two public health-related projects through its Pitch Partners² funding mechanism. The selected projects are centered on community-academic partnerships to achieve cancer health equity. Community organizations “pitched” to a diverse group of stakeholders including fellow community organizations, citizens, and WashU staff at an event in the Pitch Partners series. There, […]

COVID-19: Setting Up Vulnerable Communities for Success

Julia López, PhD, MPH, LCSW, an Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholar, joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in February, 2020 as Instructor of Medicine. Since then, she has become a champion of the Latin community, working to help provide mental health assistance and Spanish language guidelines on the do’s […]

Collaborator Spotlight! Leila Sadat & the Center for Human Rights, Gender & Migration

LEILA SADAT, JD, LLM, D.E.A. James Carr Professor of International Criminal LawDirector of the Whitney R. Harris World Law InstituteSpecial Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to theInternational Criminal Court ProsecutorSchool of Law, Washington University in St. LouisFaculty Scholar, Institute for Public Health Bio: Leila Nadya Sadat is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of public […]