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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Next Hot Topics Webinar: Funding Essential Public Health Services

January 9, 2017

Photo courtesy of the Washington State Public Health Association.

In the January session of Hot Topics in Practice, government affairs specialists discuss a statewide plan to build public support for funding essential public health services in Washington State.

Washington’s population has grown by more than one million residents since 2000. In that same time, when adjusted for inflation and population growth, public health funding has decreased by 40 percent, even as new and complex diseases like Zika threaten our communities.

In the January session of Hot Topics in Practice, government affairs specialists will discuss a statewide plan to rebuild and modernize our public health system so that it can better prevent, track, and respond to food and water contamination and disease outbreaks. The presenters will also review efforts to build public support for a legislative funding proposal and share insights on how best to communicate with decision-makers and community members.

Register now to learn how local and state leaders are fighting for a better public health infrastructure, and how you can get involved.

Public Health is Essential! Stories and Action for Rebuilding Washington’s Core Services

Date: January 24, 2017, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Intended Audience

Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; partners of public health


Heather Thomas, MPA, MA, Public and Government Affairs Manager, Snohomish Health District

Anne Burkland, MPA, Government Relations Specialist, Public Health - Seattle & King County

Jennifer Muhm, MPA, Government Affairs Director, Washington State Nurses Association 

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.