Assistant Professor Named to Population Health Executive Council

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Michelle Montgomery will serve on the University of Washington's Population Health Initiative Executive Council for the next year.

Assistant Professor Michelle Montgomery has been named to the University of Washington’s 30-member Population Health Initiative executive council. UW launched the initiative in 2017 with the goal of “eliminating diseases and injuries” by studying the “intersecting and overlapping factors that influence health.”

UW Tacoma Assistant Professor Michelle Montgomery. Montgomery will serve on the executive council for a year. She takes over for UW Tacoma Assistant Professor David Reyes who left the council as part of its annual rotation. “The council includes people from different backgrounds,” said Montgomery. “It’s a think tank focused on improving human health.”

Montgomery is a member of the state-recognized Haliwa-Saponi tribe and a descendant of the federally-recognized Eastern Band Cherokee. “My research focus is on how narrative creates disparities in connection to understanding environmental health disparities and what that means to indigenous people,” she said. “This will give me an opportunity to push some really strong indigenous issues.”

The initiative encourages cooperation between the three University of Washington campuses. “My role is to help foster that relationship, to be a resource for faculty, staff and students at UW Tacoma,” said Montgomery. “This is an opportunity to break out of our silos, to consolidate our interests and work together.”

Montgomery is excited for the opportunity, particularly the chance to connect with others and expand areas of research. “Faculty and even students can apply for funding,” she said. “I’m going to work hard to create these intersectionalities where people can connect.”

Written by: 
Eric Wilson-Edge / September 5, 2018
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Michelle Montgomery
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