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Population Health Initiative and CSDE Collaborate on Successful Applied Research Project with Seattle-King County Public Health

Posted: 10/20/2019 (CSDE Research)

An interdisciplinary team of five graduate students and undergraduates collaborated over the summer to conduct research that would help assess programming impacts on birth outcomes disparities in Seattle and King County.  The team just delivered its report, Assessing Disparities in Birth Outcomes: An Evaluation of Seattle & King County’s First Steps Program in which the research fellows aimed to contribute towards King County’s work and answer key questions about who is participating in the existing program and what are the current program’s impact on birth outcomes across diverse population groups. The Summer 2019 Applied Research Fellows included Claire Branley (Bachelor of Science in Public Health), Matthew Driver (Master of Public Health), Jane Kim (Doctorate of Nursing Practice), Kiana Rahni (Bachelor of Science in Economics), and Michelle Shin (Doctorate of Nursing). Public Health officials were particularly grateful for the extra time and insight provided by the UW team.  CSDE faculty and staff provided crucial support for the team, including CSDE affiliate Professor Brandon Guthrie (Epidemiology), CSDE Research Staff Dr. Matt Hall and Dr. Christine Leibbrand, CSDE Fellow Hilary Wething, and CSDE Director Sara Curran. Dr. Meher Antia from the Population Health Initiative developed the partnership with King County.

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