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New Issue of Northwest Public Health Now Available

The Spring/Summer issue of Northwest Public Health, a magazine published by the UW School of Public Health, is now available.

The new issue of Northwest Public Health takes a look at how the practice of public health is being changed by health care reform.

July 8, 2014

The 2014 issue of Northwest Public Health highlights the transformation that public health and health care are undergoing as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Historically, those in the public health field have focused on the health of communities, while clinicians have worked for the health of individuals. Although this distinction is likely to be meaningful for years to come, the ACA encourages more partnership between public health and health care—a collaboration with exciting possibilities.

The new issue looks at community health needs assessments conducted by hospitals in King County, Washington; competing ACA ballot initiatives in Montana; innovative ways to improve birth outcomes in Multnomah County, Oregon; and how the decision not to expand Medicaid is affecting residents of Alaska and Idaho. We also include information about how tribal communities are responding to the ACA rollout and what Wyoming is doing to connect public health and health care.

Longtime readers of Northwest Public Health will notice a new style and format. The redesigned publication is more magazine than journal, designed to appeal to a broader audience, including people outside public health who share a commitment to improving the health of communities. In response to reader feedback, we’ve added sections featuring public health news from around the region and new developments at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

“We’re excited to take Northwest Public Health in this new direction,” says Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, Director of NWCPHP and Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Public Health. “Just as health reform is calling on public health to make more connections with other sectors, we’ve redesigned Northwest Public Health to connect with a broader set of readers and help link them to our public health partners.”

Northwest Public Health is published with funding from the UW School of Public Health. It is available online, and we invite you to take our survey while visiting the site. Print copies of the magazine can also be ordered at no cost from


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