A University of Washington School of Public Health-led research paper linking local health department spending with infant mortality was recognized as the Public Health Systems Research Article of the Year Award.
The research was led by Dr. Betty Bekemeier, adjunct associate professor of health services at Washington and associate professor of psychosocial and community health in the School of Nursing. Dr. David Grembowski, professor of health services, was the senior author.
The study linked increased spending on maternal and child health services with reduced rates of infant mortality, particularly in counties with high levels of poverty. It was published last year in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The award was given June 16 in Minneapolis by Academy Health.