The University of Washington is committed to improving health for all individuals regardless of where they live. In 2016, the UW announced a groundbreaking Population Health Initiative, a 25-year vision to advance the health of people around the world by leveraging capabilities and opportunities at the UW and beyond. The Division of Emergency Medicine is proud to support this vision with faculty, fellows and residents actively engaged in global emergency care development and humanitarian response.
Emergency Medicine's Global Health Mission
Our mission is to provide our fellows, residents and students with the skills necessary to contribute to the development of emergency care and respond to humanitarian crises worldwide. We believe in providing mentorship and guidance to help learners develop their own interests and prepare them for future careers in global health.
We are committed to building sustainable systems of care with an emphasis on capacity building in low resource settings, improving leadership in the field of global health, and providing evidence-based strategies for the development of global emergency care and humanitarian responses
Our faculty actively contribute to research, education and service in the fields of global emergency care, public health and humanitarian response.
Emergency Medicine's Global Health Recent Research
There are many barriers to emergency healthcare, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, and Dr. Herbie Duber has been spending some time investigating these barriers.
This recent research concluded that some of the more prominent barriers are:
- limited availability of research personnel
- logistical barriers and lack of standardization of data collection
- ethical barriers to conducting research in resource-limited settings
- the relative dearth of funding for global emergency care research
To overcome some of these barriers, the authors suggest strategies such as:
- forming interdisciplinary research teams that promote junior researchers
- utilization of technology (ie. Telemedicine, mobile health)
- investigating alternatives to institutional review boards
- advocacy for emergency care research funding
Dr. Duber's research will be published in the Journal of Academic Emergency Medicine.