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2010 Summer Institute a Success!

This year, nearly 40 public health professionals from 10 states and the District of Columbia attended the NWCPHP’s 19th annual Summer Institute for Public Health Practice.

September 10, 2010

This year, nearly 40 public health professionals from 10 states and the District of Columbia attended the NWCPHP’s 19th annual Summer Institute for Public Health Practice.

As in the past, this year’s Institute offered practical, case-based training specifically designed for public health professionals. Participants could choose from four courses: epidemiology, health communication, program planning and evaluation, and public health leadership and management.

When not in their courses, participants came together for plenary sessions. Judy Monroe, director of the CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support led a dynamic session about the exciting changes taking place in public health. Christopher Murray, director of the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, gave a provocative talk about the declining life expectancy found in some US counties. In other sessions, participants interacted with expert panels around the topics of public health accreditation and the role of public health at the various levels of the public health system—local, state, tribal, and national.

In the Institute evaluations, participants noted that Institute faculty were accessible and generous with their time and that the Institute provided rich networking opportunities and the chance for people to learn alongside their peers. One participant commented, “I love this Institute and hope to make it part of my annual professional development.”

Participants also provided valuable feedback about how to improve the Institute. One suggestion was to better integrate the content presented by plenary speakers with the subject matter discussed in each of the courses. Participants also had suggestions for finding next year's speakers. One suggestion was to draw speakers and faculty from the tribal communities of the Pacific Northwest and another participant suggested looking outside the field of public health for speakers for the Institute.

Summer Institute leadership has already begun meeting to plan next year's 20th annual Summer Institute. The 2011 Summer Institute is scheduled for August 8-12 in Seattle.

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