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The fall/winter 2010 issue of Northwest Public Health is now online. This issue's theme, "Healthy people: Community-based prevention," recognizes two traditional public health roles: engaging communities and focusing on prevention.
Healthy People & Communities

The cover of the fall issue features a farmer's market

October 29, 2010

The fall/winter 2010 issue of Northwest Public Health is now online. This issue's theme, "Healthy people: Community-based prevention," recognizes two traditional public health roles: engaging communities and focusing on prevention. 

In this issue of the journal, public health leaders from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington suggest ways that our nation—and our profession—might better integrate clinical and preventive care. Our lead authors, David Fleming, Hilary Karasz, and Kirsten Wysen, describe this as a “transformational” moment in the history of Public Health. Bobbie Berkowitz, who recently left the University of Washington to accept a deanship at Columbia University, describes Public Health as more relevant than ever in creating a just society and healthy communities. Mel Kohn, Oregon’s Public Health Director, envisions a new appreciation for preventive measures throughout the health spectrum. And Steve Helgerson, Montana’s State Medical Officer, talks about the work that needs to be done if health care reform is truly to enhance community-based prevention.

This issue features the first column from the new Dean for the School of Public Health, Dr. Howard Frumkin, a strong advocate for the importance of connecting public health practice and academia.

The peer-reviewed articles explore several meanings of community, from employee wellness incentives, to walkable and livable community design, to legal frameworks that can support community-based prevention. Three articles provide tools that Public Health can use to ensure equity among our communities: accreditation of state and local health departments, creative use of newly published county health rankings, and community-based participatory research, in which parents of young children design and implement a preventive strategy. A UW student describes her experiences in a dental clinic on the Alaska frontier, where community members provide crucial services in remote areas.

To receive a print copy of the journal, or to be put on the mailing list, contact nph@u.washington.edu.

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