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Creative Feedback Will Shape the Future of NWCPHP

NWCPHP requests guidance from professionals in our regional network to help shape the vision of the future of the center.
Creative Feedback Will Shape the Future of NWCPHP

Dean Howard Frumkin speaks about NWCPHP

NWCPHP requests guidance from professionals in our regional network to help shape the vision of the future of the center.

March 29, 2012

“What if you were called in to a really fine school as a consultant to define the components of its public health practice outreach center? What advice would you offer about how to make that center and its school the very best it can be?” inquired Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, in the opening session of NWCPHP’s spring meeting.

On March 20, Dean Frumkin and Larry Kessler, ScD, Health Services Department Chair, kicked off this biannual meeting with a brief presentation of the School of Public Health’s new strategic plan. They then handed over the floor to public health representatives from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, so they could offer advice and suggestions for NWCPHP’s future in the context of many coming changes.

These changes come from many directions: shifting expectations for public health, the new strategic plan for the UW School of Public Health, and an upcoming change in NWCPHP leadership. (It was recently announced that Director Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH will be changing her role with NWCPHP.)

“We want to know how to make this really wonderful institution even better, not just for tomorrow, but for many years ahead,” said Kessler.

NWCPHP faculty and staff hope to make the most of this chance to re-evaluate how the School and the Center can be of greater service to the future of public health. Thoughtful comments from the committee gave valuable insight about the needs of the public health workforce, the current role of NWCPHP, and possible ways NWCPHP can better support excellence in public health practice.

“We rely on this advisory group to help direct our activities,” said NWCPHP Associate Director Luann D’Ambrosio. “We want to ensure that our trainings and services are relevant to public health practice, and this meeting allows us to share our activities and hear what’s happening around the region. This session’s additional discussion about vision as we move forward only reinforces the value of their input.”

NWCPHP has served the public health practice community for more than 20 years, and for the past 12 years the regional steering committee has met to help inform NWCPHP activities. Public health representatives from state, local, tribal, and academic agencies convene to provide updates on their programs, give NWCPHP feedback on needed services, as well as offer insight into ongoing research projects.

Through the end of March, feedback will be collected from both internal and external community members to guide the future direction of the Center.

If you have recommendations you would like considered, please contact Luann D’Ambrosio, NWCPHP Associate Director

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