September 2020

Resilience Through Mindfulness Study

Mindfulness FlyerParticipate in a research study using remote mindfulness and earn a $25 Amazon gift card.  The study uses Zoom meetings or an app-based training to discover if remote mindfulness sessions reduce stress.  Email kniitsu@uw.edu or happel@uw.edu for more information on how to learn new skills and earn a gift card.

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BSN Alum Faces Outbreaks in 2 Cities

Avery Montes De OcaWhile still a student, BSN alum Avery Montes De Oca worked as an emergency room nurse at EvergreenHealth and as a travel nurse in Elmhurst.  EvergreenHealth, in Kirkland, WA, is the hospital where many nursing home patients were treated in March for COVID-19.  When Elmhurst, in Queens, NY, sent out a call for nurses as the coronavirus began to spike, Montes De Oca answered.

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Keeping Up with Shugla Kakar, HS '20

Shugla Kakar working from homeHealth Studies alum, Shugla Kakar is featured in the campus news this week. Before graduating, Kakar was the student body president, earned the 2020 University of Washington Bothell Chancellor's Medal, was named one of the Husky 100, and led the Muslim Student Association.  

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HS Alum in Pandemic Response

Mary CowanIn response to the coronavirus, Mary Cowan (Health Studies '17) and her team in the Yakima Health District were shifted from their normal duties to a technical assistance strike team.  Cowan credits the Health Studies program with preparing her for working at the supervisory level.

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BSN Alum founds EastWest Food Rescue

George-Ahearn-with-USDA-boxes.jpgGeorge Ahearn, BSN '00, founded EastWest Food Rescue, bringing food that would have gone to waste in Eastern Washington to distribute to local food banks.  In cooperation with community partners, EastWest Food Rescue has saved over 6,800,000 pounds of food and served more than 1,500,00 meals. 

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