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Laura Haas and Ross Howell Join the NWCPHP Team

NWCPHP welcomes two new staff members: Laura Haas, Communications Specialist, and Ross Howell, Research Assistant.
Laura Haas and Ross Howell Join the NWCPHP Team

New NWCPHP staff members Laura Haas and Ross Howell.

NWCPHP welcomes two new staff members: Laura Haas, Communications Specialist, and Ross Howell, Research Assistant.

September 9, 2014

As the latest additions to NWCPHP’s staff, Laura Haas and Ross Howell are excited to work on communications and evaluations activities that contribute to NWCPHP’s mission.

Laura Haas joined NWCPHP in July as a Communications Specialist. As a third-generation University of Washington Husky alum, she holds the importance of education near and dear to her heart.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of a team that plays a pivotal role in elevating the knowledge and skills of the public health practice community,” said Haas. “It is rewarding to feel like the messages I put together about NWCPHP’s trainings and programs have practical application.”

Having received a BS degree in Technical Communications from the University of Washington, Haas has a knack for synthesizing technical material and transforming it into content that suits its intended audience. Prior to joining NWCPHP, Haas worked for the University of Washington Electrical Engineering Department as a Public Information Specialist. During her tenure there, her work garnered two CASE District VIII awards. Haas will help support the strategic marketing and communication efforts of NWCPHP.

Ross Howell joined NWCPHP in June as a Research Assistant for the evaluation team. His primary duties are to draft evaluation instruments, assist in primary data collection, perform data analysis, and compose reports for a range of evaluation team projects.

Howell was initially drawn to public health through his work as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, coordinating dental care clinics for under-served populations in Skagit County, Washington. “I really enjoyed being involved in linking resources to communities to make a tangible difference,” said Howell.

Howell received his undergraduate degree in History and Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program at the University of Washington.

For his capstone project, Howell will assist NWCPHP's evaluation team on the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MCHB LEND) trainee project, housed at Children’s Village in Yakima Rural. He will work with Beth Ellen Davis MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and UWLEND Director.

“I’m excited to work on my capstone project at NWCPHP," said Howell. "Combining policy and systems level interventions in a way that you can measure and track has always fascinated me. I’m interested to see how research impacts the practice community and vice versa."

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