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May 24, 2022

Rebecca Walter and collaborators awarded pilot grant for a project on the health impacts of residential segregation

The Population Health Initiative has announced the award of 11 Tier 1 pilot grants for the spring quarter of 2022. The grants are intended to encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators – and with community-based partners – for projects that address critical challenges to population health.

One of the funded projects, “Residential Segregation and Pediatric Injury and Violence in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma” includes Rebecca Walter, Windermere Endowed Chair and Associate Professor, Runstad Department of Real Estate. Walter serves as a co-investigator, amongst Chelsea Hicks, Department of Pediatrics; Frederick Rivara, Department of Pediatrics; Abril Harris, School of Social Work; Monica Vavilala, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine; Qian Qun, Department of Pediatrics; Tony Escoba, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital; and Timothy Bax, Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The intent of the project is to elucidate the health effects of racial segregation from historical built environment policies and practices. To provide new information at the intersection of residential segregation, the built environment, and pediatric injury and violence occurrence, this project will evaluate the association between residential segregation and the prevalence and severity of pediatric injury and violence in the three largest cities in Washington state (Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma).

Learn more here.