You are here: Home / Communications / News / Community Partners Connect to NWCPHP Research

Community Partners Connect to NWCPHP Research

Community partners attended a symposium on October 25, 2013 to discuss research on public health emergency communication.
Community Partners Connect to NWCPHP Research

Researchers Hendrika Meischke, PhD, MPH, Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH, Hilary Karasz, PhD, and Ian Painter, PhD, MSc, answer questions from the audience and lead a discussion around future collaborations and research topics.

Community partners attended a symposium on October 25, 2013 to discuss research on public health emergency communication.

November 8, 2013

On October 25, 2013, over 30 representatives from state, local, and tribal public health and community-based organizations joined NWCPHP researchers for a research to practice symposium. The event included presentations, demonstrations, and discussions of results from five years of research on public health emergency communication.

"These representatives, and others from their agencies, play vital roles in the research conducted by NWCPHP," explains Research Coordinator Beryl Schulman, who organized the event. "It was valuable to hear their ideas about future research collaborations."

Participants discussed how communication between public health agencies and health care providers can be made more effective. They also talked about research that studied how to improve phone-based communication with limited English proficient populations. The use of text messaging to reach target populations is an important topic for many in public health today, and this was also covered during the meeting.

In addition to presentation and discussion sessions, participants had opportunities to view research products, such as text messaging videos and a Chinese language graphic novella. Attendees could also perform CPR on a manikin, either with or without 911 dispatcher assistance.

When asked about the most valuable part of the symposium in a post-event evaluation, one attendee said, "Hearing the research background, methods, and results from the researchers offers a more rich understanding than simply reading the journal articles."

Additionally, most respondents said they would change their usual communications practice and create or revise protocols, policies, and/or procedures based on the information presented.

"The symposium was a great way to connect the academic and public health practice communities," says Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett, NWCPHP Director. "Congratulations to our research team, and many thanks to the community partners who inspire and motivate our work."

The research and this event were supported by grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information about NWCPHP research partnerships and projects, see www.nwcphp.org/research.

  • PERRC Symposium 01
  • PERRC Symposium 02
  • PERRC Symposium 03
  • PERRC Symposium 04
  • PERRC Symposium 05
  • PERRC Symposium 06
  • PERRC Symposium 07
  • PERRC Symposium 08
  • PERRC Symposium 09
  • PERRC Symposium 10
  • PERRC Symposium 11
  • PERRC Symposium 12
PERRC Symposium 01

NWCPHP Program Coordinator Hsio-Ying Lo greets community partners as they arrive at the 2013 Research to Practice Symposium on Emergency Communication.

PERRC Symposium 02

NWCPHP staff Meghan Fitzpatrick and Barbara Rose, MPH

PERRC Symposium 03

Principal Investigator and NWCPHP faculty member Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH, explains the Rapid Emergency Alerting Communications in Health (REACH) project study design.

PERRC Symposium 04

Research Coordinator and NWCPHP Research Scientist Debra Revere, MLIS, MA, discusses findings from the REACH study.

PERRC Symposium 05

NWCPHP Research Coordinator Beryl Schulman,PhD, MSW, with Associate Director Luann D'Ambrosio, MEd, and Outreach and Training Design Specialist Barbara Rose, MPH

PERRC Symposium 06

NWCPHP Project Manager Rebecca Calhoun, MPH, gives an overview of six studies looking at phone-based emergency communications with limited English proficiency populations.

PERRC Symposium 07

NWCPHP Director Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, meets with partners at the event.

PERRC Symposium 08

Over 30 representatives from state, local, and tribal public health agencies and community-based organizations attended the October 25 symposium.

PERRC Symposium 09

NWCPHP researchers set up interactive demonstrations, such as this CPR training manikin, to give partners a peek at data collection methods.

PERRC Symposium 10

Attendees watch a short video from Public Health - Seattle & King County on text messaging for public health.

PERRC Symposium 11

NWCPHP-affiliated researchers, Meredith Li-Vollmer, PhD, and Hilary Karasz, PhD, discuss the various implications for setting up text messaging systems at local health departments.

PERRC Symposium 12

Researchers Hendrika Meischke, PhD, MPH, Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH, Hilary Karasz, PhD, and Ian Painter, PhD, MSc, answer questions from the audience and lead a discussion around future collaborations and research topics.

STORY TO SHARE?

We love public health stories! We feature them in our postcard series, Spotlight on the Field, and news items. Please contact us to share your story!