Launched in May, the initiative seeks to improve population health and well-being locally and globally, with a focus on three key areas — human health, environmental resiliency, and social and economic equity. The gift will fund construction of a building that will house the university's Department of Global Health, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and portions of its School of Public Health and also serve as a collaboration hub for faculty, students, and collaborators from various departments and global public health entities.
Recognizing that issues ranging from poverty and equity, to health care access, to climate change and government policies all combine to affect the health and well-being of populations, the initiative will work to develop actionable policies, reforms, interventions, and innovations aimed at reducing disease and health disparities, promoting environmental sustainability, and addressing social and economic inequities around the world.
"We believe we have a moral imperative to bring together the tremendous knowledge and resources of the UW and the Puget Sound region and channel them toward improving health and well-being here in Washington and around the world," said university president Ana Mari Cauce. "We are grateful and honored to receive this generous support from the Gates Foundation, which recognizes that the UW is among a small subset of institutions equipped to tackle the health challenges we face on a global scale."