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2012 Summer Institute Plenary Sessions Speakers

See the schedule of plenary speakers for the 2012 Summer Institute for Public Health Practice.
2012 Summer Institute Plenary Sessions Speakers

Public Health Leaders Panel from 2011.

See the schedule of plenary speakers for the 2012 Summer Institute for Public Health Practice. All sessions are free and open to the public.

June 12, 2012

Each year, scholars at NWCPHP’s Summer Institute look forward to the variety of plenary sessions, where national and regional leaders share their work and thoughts about timely public health issues.

The 2012 Summer Institute runs August 6–9, and we are excited to announce the lineup of speakers. These sessions take place on the University of Washington campus at William H. Gates Hall and are also open to the general public at no cost.

Howard Frumkin, Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health
Monday, August 6, 8:30–10:15 a.m.

Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, MPH, will host the opening session of the 2012 Summer Institute with a talk on the human health impacts of climate change. Frumkin is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist, with experience in academia and public service. From 1990 to 2005, he was Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School. From 2005 to 2010 he held leadership roles at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before becoming the Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health. For more information see Frumkin's recent article "Aging, Climate Change, and Legacy Thinking" in the American Journal of Public Health.

Sallie Sanford, Assistant Professor of the University of Washington School of Law
Tuesday, August 7, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Sallie Sanford, JD, specializes in health law, and will speak about the rapidly evolving status of health reform and the Affordable Care Act. Sanford has been an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in the Department of Health Services since 2006. She is also part of a multidisciplinary project to support the advancement of healthcare law and policy reforms related to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). For more information see Sanford's recent article "Unexpected Twists in the Affordable Care Act Decision" in Jurist.

Torney Smith, Administrator for the Spokane Regional Health District
Wednesday, August 8, 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Torney Smith, MS, will discuss national public health accreditation efforts from the perspectives of both a health district administrator and a member of the Public Health Accreditation Board’s standards workgroup and beta site reviewer team. In addition to his daily duties of overseeing a 240 person health district in eastern Washington, Smith is also a member of Washington State University’s Health Policy and Administration Advisory Board and is a member of NACCHO’s Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement Committee and Board of Directors.

Public Health Leaders Panel
Thursday, August 9, 9:30–11:45 a.m.

This panel discussion offers scholars multiple perspectives on a variety of leadership issues including: preparing future leaders and managers, recruiting and retaining staff, promoting job satisfaction, providing services in times of diminished resources, navigating public health’s role in healthcare reform, messaging the value of public health to elected officials and communities, and using scarce resources effectively. Panel members include Mary Selecky, Washington State Secretary of Health; Elizabeth Buckingham, Health Director for the Makah Tribe; Lila Wickham, Director of Environmental Health at Oregon’s Multnomah County Health Department; and Karen Matsuda, Deputy Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region X.

This year's Leadership Institute scholars will also be attending most of the plenary sessions, benefiting from the discussions with public health leaders. The plenary sessions are a fabulous opportunity for networking amongst public health professionals.

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