Antimicrobial Resistance Programs
The Pacific Northwest Antimicrobial Resistance Coalition
WSU’s Allen School works with the Washington Global Health Alliance to catalyze development of a coalition of eight leading hospitals, universities, and non-profit health organizations that addresses the challenges of resistance using an integrated global to local approach. The coalition builds on strong global partnerships to improve the available data on antibiotic resistant pathogens that U.S. health care providers need for optimal patient care.
Community Health Analytics Initiative
In partnership with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, the School for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Department of Math and Statistics, WSU’s Allen School is using sophisticated data analytics to address the burden of antibiotic resistance in Washington state. We are working to identify the sources of antibiotic resistant infections in rural communities, help hospitals design better interventions to control antibiotic resistance, and better understand the interaction between the community at-large and the healthcare system.
Global Health Security Agenda
We work globally with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify where and how antibiotic resistant bacteria emerge, persist, and spread. This is critically important as most resistance develops globally. Working with hospitals and health ministries in key countries, surveillance on antibiotic use and its impact on development of resistance provides tools to block resistance at its source, prior to global spread.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are transmitted between people and animals via environmental pathways that include soil, water, and food. We are working to identify environmental transmission pathways that contribute disproportionately to the spread of resistant bacteria as a means to identify and test interventions. For example, work in Massai communities of northern Tanzania indicates that bacteria-contaminated milk is a significant risk factor for carriage of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which offers the opportunity to intervene in milk handling and hygiene practices.