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A Week of Learning and Celebrating

Scholars from NWCPHP's Summer Institute and Leadership Institute gathered during the first week of August to learn new skills and connect with public health colleagues from around the region.
A Week of Learning and Celebrating

Scholars from the 2015 Summer Institute and Leadership Institute.

Scholars from NWCPHP's Summer Institute and Leadership Institute gathered during the first week of August to learn new skills and connect with public health colleagues from around the region.

August 11, 2015

Public health scholars from NWCPHP’s Summer Institute and Leadership Institute gathered during the first week of August to learn new skills for improving individual and organizational performance. They also had the opportunity to connect with colleagues and leaders from around the region.

This is a special year for NWCPHP. It’s the Center’s 25th anniversary and the 24th annual Summer Institute, which provided many opportunities for reflection.

“Since the very beginning, we’ve recognized that these institutes are important collaborations between academia and the public health practice community,” said NWCPHP Director, Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH.

During the 3½-day Summer Institute, participants completed intensive courses in one of four focus areas: communications, program planning and evaluation, use of data, and management. Participants in the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, a nine-month program, met as a group for the second time to hear from guest presenters such as former King County Executive Ron Sims, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Medical Director Ben Danielson, and Associate Professor Kate Davies. The scholars also continued work on their individualized leadership plans, leadership projects, and problem-based learning assignments.

This year’s Institute theme was health equity, a term that is increasingly repeated among public health workers. To give more meaning to the phrase, Institute organizers created opportunities for scholars to hear about and reflect on concrete examples of equity in public health practice. Plenary sessions with public health leaders, researchers, and elected officials explored tools for this work by discussing stakeholder engagement in the Duwamish Valley, violence and injury prevention strategies, and health care reform.

On the final evening, Institute scholars mingled with public health colleagues, as well as staff and faculty from the University of Washington at a networking reception honoring NWCPHP’s 25th anniversary.

See and share more images from the Institutes on NWCPHP’s Summer Institute and Leadership Institute Facebook albums.

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