Public Health

University of Washington

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we talk about climate change and human health.

A few weeks ago, Gonzaga welcomed University of Washington researcher Dr. Kristie Ebi [E-bi] to campus for its Next Generation Medicine lecture series. The topic was how a warming planet is affecting human health. What are some of the challenges, especially right in our backyard? And how might this affect our food supply?

Dr. Ebi has studied climate change and public health for about 25 years. She’s a professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and global health. She spoke with us before her talk at Gonzaga.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, researchers around the country are finding there are often links between socio-economic status and health. Families with more means are more able to afford better quality food, for example, and to have better recreational opportunities. Families with fewer means often live in areas where they don’t have access to fresh, high quality food. Often, their diets are, by economic necessity, higher in carbohydrates, fats and calories.

WSU researchers recently released a study that reinforces some of those points.

Courtesy Spokane Regional Health District

Researchers around the country are finding there are often links between socio-economic status and health. WSU researchers have found a similar story in Spokane. They recently released a study that includes basic data collected by the Spokane School District.

Washington is Seeing More Rabid Bats This Spring

Jun 12, 2018
National Geographic

As summer approaches and temperatures begin to rise, the number of rabid bats in Washington has also risen.

The Washington State Department of Health reports that as of May 1st, four bats had tested positive for rabies. It’s the highest number recorded in 20 years, and according to the department bats are the most common mammal to contract the disease.

Inland Journal, August 24, 2017

Aug 24, 2017

Inland Journal for August 24, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

Washington Health Care Authority

Today, we’ll devote much of the program to a conversation with Washington state Health Secretary John Wiesman. Wiesman is the state’s top public health officer. He came to Olympia four years ago from Clark County, where he was the health officer there. He has spent most of his career in public health and he has thoughts about the direction in which his industry is headed. He calls it Public Health 3.0, a return back to the way public health was a few generations ago.

But we started by asking him about his top priorities.

Meet Spokane's New County Health Officer

Jun 29, 2017

There’s new leadership at the Spokane Regional Health District. Dr. Bob Lutz, family doctor by trade and most recently the clinical director of urgent care for Rockwood, has taken over as the county health officer.

Spokane's Health District Appoints New Administrator

Jun 22, 2017

The Spokane Regional Health District announced Thursday that it has hired a new permanent administrator.

Dr. Bob Lutz comes from Rockwood Health’s urgent care program, where he was the clinical director.

Public health workers, elected officials and other government employees gathered at Gonzaga University Monday to share regional successes on holistic health care.