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NWCPHP Welcomes Barbara Rose, MPH

Barbara Rose says her new job as NWCPHP's Outreach Training & Design Specialist is a perfect fit.
NWCPHP Welcomes Barbara Rose, MPH

Barbara Rose enjoys Washington State's wilderness. Here she is taking advantage of the North Cascades.

October 17, 2011

Barbara Rose is a self-professed local public health junkie. Add to that a declared love and affinity for the Pacific Northwest region, and Rose says her new job as NWCPHP's Outreach Training & Design Specialist is a perfect fit.

Rose recently graduated with her master's degree in public health from the University of Washington's School of Public Health (UW SPH). She completed her master's project at the Snohomish Health District. "Public health practice at the local level is often overlooked and underfunded," she says. "I am interested in how local boards of health operate, and I am committed to supporting community-based efforts to improve health outcomes."

Before enrolling in the master's program at UW SPH, Rose worked for 10 years in various school settings as a teacher and social worker. When asked why she made the switch from social work to public health, Rose responds, "Social work and public health are cousins; the work is complimentary. My daily duties as a social worker gave me a public health epiphany. As a social worker, I was focused on individual behavior change, and it was frustrating. I wanted to move more upstream and work to improve health at the population and systems levels."

Rose goes on to explain that she has always been attracted to adult and alternative education, and sees this position at NWCPHP as a way to combine her passions. "I can't wait to get out and start talking to our partners at trainings and events," Rose commented. She is wasting no time. Rose travels to southern Washington this week, to Oregon in November, and to Alaska in January.

NWCPHP hopes all our partners in the Northwest region will join us in welcoming Barbara Rose!


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