October 27, 2020

CSDE Seminar Series

Racism as a Social Determinant of Equity

     When: Friday, Oct 30, 2020 (12.30 - 1.30PM Pacific Time)
     Where: Virtual via Zoom

At the CSDE seminar on October 30th, Dr. Wendy Barrington will present “Racism as a Social Determinant of Equity. The talk will highlight how race has been conceptualized in research, how historic racial injustices continue to operate today through structuring exposures to the social determinants of health, including socioeconomic status and neighborhood resources, and impacts related to the burden of cancer and COVID-19. Dr. Barrington is an Associate Professor in the UW School of Nursing, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services in the UW School of Public Health. She is currently an Affiliate Investigator with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Register for Dr. Barrington's Zoom seminar here.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Spotlight: Deven Hamilton

Deven Hamilton is a Research Scientist at CSDE. Devin’s training and research experience makes him a great end-to-end consultant for projects related to infectious disease transmission dynamics, social network analysis, agent-based network models as well as general quantitative methods. He holds a PhD in Sociology from UW, an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University, and has extensive research and methods expertise in HIV/AIDS, STI, network analysis and network epidemiology. His research on HIV/AIDs and network models has been published in Annals of EpidemiologyPLOS One, American Journal of Public HealthEpidemics, AIDS and Behavior, Journal of Adolescent Health, to name just a few of his recent works. Dr. Hamilton's current collaborations include serving as site PI on a CDC-funded five-year cooperative agreement, as well as a Co-Investigator and area expert on multiple NIH funded projects, with the goal of designing and building modeling tools to further our understanding of HIV/STI transmission in different domestic and international populations and contexts. Dr. Hamilton also recently spent 6 weeks working with the Washington State Emergency Operations Center as part of the State’s early COVID-19 response.

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CSDE Trainee Spotlight: Callie Freitag

Callie Freitag is a CSDE Trainee and doctoral student in UW’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and advised by CSDE Affiliate and Primary Research Area Chair for Wellbeing of Families and Households Heather Hill. Callie’s research focuses on how policy contexts throughout the life course influence poverty and inequality in later life. She leads “Aging Across UW – Third Thursdays”, an informal working group at UW with particular focus on aging research and the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Freitag co-authored a report titled "Caring for Washington’s Older Adults in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Interviews with Organization Leaders About the State of Social and Healthcare Services", along with CSDE Affiliates Scott Allard (Evans School), Clara Berridge (Social Work) and others in UW Schools of Medicine, Social Work, and Public Health. She is a recipient of the Graduate School's UWRA Patricia Dougherty Fellowship in Aging, which she will use to work on a dissertation proposal related to poverty and material hardship in later life. Prior to starting her doctoral training, she worked as a policy analyst at the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), where she led advocacy efforts to establish Home Safe, a grant program to prevent homelessness among older adults. She also worked as a policy analyst on aging and long-term care issues for California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.

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CSDE Affiliates Berridge, Allard, Freitag, and Co-Authors Publish Report on COVID-19 and Older Adults

CSDE Affiliates Clara Berridge and Scott Allard, along with CSDE Trainee Callie Freitag and collaborators from UW Medicine, Public Health and Social Welfare recently co-authored a report titled “Caring for Washington’s Older Adults in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Interviews with Organization Leaders About  The State of Social and Healthcare Services”. The qualitative study, funded by a UW Population Health Initiative grant, is the result of interviews with leaders of nearly four dozen organizations around the state during July and August — just as COVID-19 cases spiked, many lockdown restrictions remained in place, and the social and physical effects of the first few months of quarantines became apparent. The authors find that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased social isolation among older adults, primarily due to their higher susceptibility to the disease and the restrictions that encourage them to stay put, with few, if any visitors. Many communities — low-income older adults; Black, Indigenous and people of color; those with limited English proficiency; and those experiencing homelessness — are at risk of being overlooked and underserved. Also, the “digital divide,” or lack of Internet access or devices such as phones and laptops, has widened among older adults. To read UW News coverage, click here.

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UWRA Lecture Series “The Future of Aging”

The UW Retirement Association and UW Alumni Association are co-sponsoring a symposium titled the “Future of Aging”, from November 10th – 19th. There will be a series of lectures and conversations centered on how this newest generation of older adults is forever altering the aging experience. The lecture series will feature PAA President Dr. Eileen Crimmins (Univ. of Southern California) on 11/10 speaking about Aging in the 21st Century: New Issues in a New World, as well as lectures by CSDE Affiliate Karen Fredriksen Goldsen (11/12), CSDE Director Sara Curran (11/17), and Eric Larson, Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (11/19). Graduate students will be featured throughout the program. For more information, please visit the UWRA webpage, or view the flyer for this event.

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Did you know the Census is required by the U.S. Constitution?

We’re sure most affiliates and trainees know that Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires an enumeration of the nation’s populous. This year, during UW’s annual reading of the constitution and in honor of the decadal census year, CSDE Director Sara Curran provides a brief overview of that history and its importance to the founding of the country.

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CSDE Affiliates Plan NOW for an NIH Population Dynamics Branch Research Application!
Calling all UW demographers, population scientists, and population health scientists. CSDE strongly encourages you to consider preparing applications (larger ones (R01) or smaller ones (R21/R03) or career awards (K’s) or conference grants (R13s) or small training workshops (R25)) to the Population Dynamics Branch! The Population Dynamics Branch has a broad social science mandate that includes research, data collection, and research training in demography, reproductive health, and population health.  Any research captured by CSDE’s Primary Research Areas is eligible, including: Population and Environment, Migrations and Settlements, Health of People and Populations, Demographic Methods and Measurements, Wellbeing of Families and Households. Upcoming due dates are the standard ones for NIH, which are primarily in early to mid February. The scientific review panels for PDB are comprised of social scientists, demographers, and reproductive health scientists.  There are typically two panels where your research proposal will be sent, including SSPA and SSPB.  Contact CSDE for more details about your applications.  We’re happy to support your applications, including offering mock reviews!

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Call for Applications: CSDE’s Fall 2020 Lightning Talks and Poster Session

CSDE welcomes and encourages graduate students to submit abstracts for the CSDE Lightning Talks and Poster Session! This is a wonderful, low-stakes opportunity to present your research, receive feedback, and practice your presentation skills. Submit a brief abstract and information about yourself and your collaborators here by October 30th.  The session will take place on Zoom.  Each presenter will have an opportunity present to the entire group and then share their results in breakout rooms to smaller numbers of participants.

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Did you miss a CSDE seminar?

You’re in luck! This quarter, CSDE is recording the seminar series and posting the links on its website. Visit our site here.

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