Interventions to sustain public health
To stay vibrantly healthy, a community needs the right mix of assets. Must-haves include effective treatments for infectious disease and access to quality care. Also essential are a safe and abundant food supply and sound reproductive health. Citizens must interact with one another and the environment in ways that promote wellbeing.
WSU scientists explore the myriad dimensions of healthy populations. They develop, test, and implement new ways to help you and your neighbors enjoy longevity and wellness.
- Interventions to improve public health and wellness outcomes
- Health care access in rural and underserved areas
- Food safety and biosecurity
- Reproductive sciences
- Global animal health
Stopping the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Advancing the health of communities worldwide
For decades, doctors have trusted antibiotic medicines to fight Infectious bacteria, saving lives and restoring health. Lately, though, the drugs often fail. To blame are newly emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Drug-resistant bacterial infections cause nearly 23,000 deaths annually in the United States. Globally the annual death toll could be as high as 700,000.
WSU is part of global effort
Stopping antimicrobial resistance (AMR) requires a global effort. Washington State University is helping to lead the charge.
In the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, where experts study the emergence and spread of disease, researchers are examining the role … » More …Read Story
Collaborative to study health reform impact on disabled
Inquiry to see if reforms address cost and access disparities faced by people with disabilities
Professor of Health Policy and Administration Jae Kennedy is heading up a new initiative to establish the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living, a multi-institutional effort to evaluate the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the well-being of working-age adults with disabilities. Funded through a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, the collaborative brings together disability advocates and researchers from WSU, the University of Kansas, George Mason University, and the Independent Living Research Utilization program at TIRR Memorial … » More …Read Story
Measuring community well‑being
WSU Vancouver’s Probst looking at mix of stressors, employment, resources
Does where you live affect your ability to cope with financial and employment stress? That question is on the minds of policymakers with limited dollars to spend on social services. The answer could help them determine how best to support struggling individuals.
The question was also on the mind of Washington State University psychology professor Tahira Probst. It seems logical that people with access to more services would fare better. But Probst wondered whether, instead, people might compare their situations’ with their neighbors’ in a “keeping up with the Joneses” fashion. If so, those … » More …Read Story
Marshaling communities to stop substance abuse
Program engages community members in research, training, and outreach
Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on American Indians and Alaska Natives. John Roll, professor and senior vice chancellor for WSU Spokane, aims to stem that population’s tide of addiction by launching a community-based research, training, and outreach center.
The Behavioral Health Collaborative for Rural American Indian Communities will examine multiple influences on behavioral health throughout patients’ lifespans. It is funded by a $5.5 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (part of the National Institutes of Health).
Working with co-investigator Sterling McPherson and other investigators at the University of … » More …Read Story
One health, one medicine
Partnership unites veterinarians and human health professionals
The Universidade Federal de Viçosa, in Brazil, has a well-recognized veterinary school and a brand-new medical school. WSU’s own well-recognized schools of veterinary medicine and global animal health have longstanding research collaborations with UFV and a global health partnership with the University of Washington.
It makes perfect sense, then, that WSU would be the conduit for a new partnership between the 3 universities. Together they’re developing One Health, an innovative collaboration between veterinary medicine and human health professionals to improve the intertwined lives and well-being of animals and people alike.Read Story
Making packaged food safer, more nutritious, and delicious
Microwave-assisted thermal processing technologies transform “ready-to-eat meals”
Foodborne illnesses sicken more than 8.9 million Americans each year and claim more than 2,300 lives. In addition to human suffering, the illnesses exact a staggering economic toll—more than $15.6 billion in medical expenses, lost income, and more according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates.1
Dr. Juming Tang is finding new ways to make our food safer. The Regents Professor and Distinguished Chair of Food Engineering has developed new methods of controlling bacteria and viruses in “ready-to-eat meals”— frozen, refrigerated, or shelf-stable entrees sold at retail markets and used in institutions, as well as shelf-stable rations … » More …Read Story