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2016 Summer Institute Courses Explore Frameworks for Health and Partnerships

Participants in NWCPHP’s 2016 Summer Institute will learn about cross-disciplinary partnerships, data-driven decisions, and upstream prevention.

The transforming health landscape demands cross-disciplinary partnerships, data-driven decisions, and upstream prevention. Participants will learn about these issues as part of NWCPHP’s 2016 Summer Institute.

March 14, 2016

What drives good or poor health? Why do some communities live longer, healthier lives than others? (Hint: it's not what most people think.) Participants in NWCPHP’s 2016 Summer Institute for Public Health Practice will explore how social, economic, and cultural conditions, including health care reform, impact health through their course work and through a plenary session.

The Summer Institute, August 1–3 in Seattle, helps public health practitioners and their partners build critical job skills for improving individual and organization performance in today's transforming health landscape. Participants return to their organizations invigorated and ready to deliver their best creative work. The program is open to professionals from all organizational levels in health-related sectors looking to gain practical skills and move their projects forward.

In the recent past, health organizations focused more on individual behaviors like eating well or exercising, today we recognize the integral role social conditions have in creating healthy communities. This year’s institute theme, “Exploring the Drivers of Health,” gives participants a chance to examine these root causes of health and equity, and use the information to inform their population health planning strategies.

As communities around the region continue to implement health reform and pursue the Triple Aim (better health, better care, lower costs), understanding a social determinants framework is crucial to many organizations’ operations. These new service models require new partnerships and resources, and a broader view of health to get the job done.

Scholars at the 2016 Summer Institute for Public Health Practice will explore these frameworks through three courses. All courses will touch on the drivers of health, with the new Health Equity course providing a more in-depth exploration of the material. Courses include:

  • Examining the Root Causes of Health Equity*
  • Implementing Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Strategic Decision Making for Health Systems Leaders*


Be a part of the new public health and health care approach! Register by June 1 to save $300 with our early bird special. For more information contact Trudy San Jose White.

* New course offered in 2016

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