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Investigators in the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) conduct cutting-edge research across a variety of disciplines. Research topics include health equity, gender and sexuality, urban and rural health disparities, community-based participatory research, social determinants of health, health promotion, tobacco control, health informatics, workforce health, health care systems, chronic diseases, epidemics and pandemics (such as COVID-19), and cancer prevention and control.

Our Research

  • How to build equitable partnerships between researchers and communities

    How to build equitable partnerships between researchers and communities

    Communities and academic researchers must collaborate to improve health equity, but finding each other and aligning goals can be challenging. 

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  • Sarah Munro receives grant to research rural medication abortion care 

    Sarah Munro receives grant to research rural medication abortion care 

    Dr. Sarah Munro’s research team is looking to create evidence-based guidelines to support abortion care for people living in remote areas.

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  • The Role of Patient Decision Aids: Supporting High-Quality Patient-Centered Healthcare

    The Role of Patient Decision Aids: Supporting High-Quality Patient-Centered Healthcare

    Patient decision aids are evidence-based tools to support shared decision-making between patients and clinicians. Dr. Logan Trenaman, assistant professor, recently co-authored a Cochrane Review of these aids which re-affirmed previous findings. “Compared to usual care, patient decision aids increase patients’ knowledge, their participation in decision-making, and help them make decisions that are aligned with their…

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  • HSPop faculty named leadership in new Learning Health System Scientist Training and Research Center

    HSPop faculty named leadership in new Learning Health System Scientist Training and Research Center

    The Washington-based center will be led in part by professor India Ornelas, assistant professor Maggie Ramirez, and adjunct associate professor Allison Cole of the Department of Health Systems and Population Health in the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute.

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  • Donald Chi and Yup’ik communities partner to improve oral health of Alaskan Native children

    Donald Chi and Yup’ik communities partner to improve oral health of Alaskan Native children

    Sugary drinks have negative health impacts. Chi’s partnership with Native Alaskan communities has been working to improve oral health.

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More Projects and Findings

Students and research centers within our department also conduct their own research projects.