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UW Population Health Initiative Awards COVID-19 Economic Recovery Research Grants

Posted: 6/26/2020 (CSDE Awards)

The UW Population Health Initiative recently awarded approximately $333,000 in COVID-19 Economic Recovery Research Grants to 18 different faculty-led teams, eight of whom include CSDE Affiliates.

Associate Professor Brandon Born (Urban Design and Planning) and Associate Professor Jennifer Otten (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences) will examine local and sectoral economic impacts of COVID-19 on small cities in rural areas, communities of color threatened by gentrification and displacement, and agricultural producers in the Puget Sound region.

Assistant Professor Clara Berridge (School of Social Work), Professor Scott Allard (Evans School of Public Policy & Governance), Doctoral Student Callie Freitag (Evans School of Public Policy & Governance), along with fellow UW researchers will analyze the economic impact of COVID-19 on aging services sectors in Washington State.

As part of a multi-city study, Professor Sara Curran (Jackson School of International Studies, Department of Sociology, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance), Assistant Professor Anjum Hajat (Epidemiology) and Acting Assistant Professor Christine Leibbrand (Sociology), in conjuction with fellow UW researchers, will document the economic insecurity and well-being of children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associate Dean David Takeuchi (Social Work) along with fellow UW and Seattle & King County researchers will investigate patterns of economic vulnerability for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) population in King County.

Associate Professor Gundula Proksch (Architecture) and UW co-investigators will study how technology and spatial transformation mediate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for essential businesses in the food retail industry and associated communities.  Another project by Associate Professor Proksch and co-investigators will assess how office buildings may become safer through workplace transformation and maintain their competitiveness, while companies reassess their physical vs. virtual footprint.

Assistant Professor Gregg Colburn (Real Estate), along with fellow UW researchers, will evaluate the efficacy of King County’s novel response to homelessness in face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Senior Lecturer Melissa Knox (Economics), Associate Professor Jessica Jones-Smith (Department of Health Services) and Affiliate Assistant Professor Vanessa M. Oddo (Department of Health Services and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago) will examine the causal pathways from recession-induced declines in work quality to changes in health behavior to poor health outcomes, using a novel survey population recruited from the health app Smart BP.

Assistant Professor Bo Zhao (Geography), Professor Kim England (Geography) will work with a fellow UW co-investigator to construct a smart dashboard that brings together a range of spatially sensitive worker, economic, and occupational data for Washington State.

Professor Ann Bostrom, along with co-investigators will assess the safety and health of transit workers, and identify needs to improve their health and safety outcomes.

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