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New Leaders for Hot Topics

Paul Wiesner, MD, has stepped down as moderator of the monthly distance-learning session, Hot Topics in Preparedness (HTIP). He has been replaced by three veterans of public health practice, Bud Nicola, Patrick Libbey, and Jack Thompson.

August 27, 2010

Paul Wiesner, MD, has stepped down as moderator of the monthly distance-learning session, Hot Topics in Preparedness (HTIP). He has been replaced by three veterans of public health practice, Bud Nicola, Patrick Libbey, and Jack Thompson.

HTIP-BudTNRay M. (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, is a senior consultant and CDC assignee to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Health Services, where he is Director of the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice MPH Program. He is a former director of Public Health-Seattle & King County and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.

HTIP-PatTNPatrick Libbey was Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) from 2002 to 2009. He served as the national voice for 3,000 local public health agencies nationwide. Before that, he was director of the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department in Olympia, Washington. He is a founder and incorporating board member of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

HTIP-JackTNJohn R. (Jack) Thompson, MSW, is a former Director of the NWCPHP and is Principal Lecturer with the UW Department of Health Services. Before joining the School of Public Health faculty in 1994, Mr. Thompson was Director of the Seattle Health Services Division of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. Earlier, he was Executive Director of Neighborhood Health Centers of Seattle, a consortium of community health centers.

HTIP-PaulTNThey replace Dr. Wiesner, who came to Seattle in 2004 as founding moderator of Hot Topics. At the time, he viewed it as a way to ease into retirement. Dr. Wiesner has had a diverse career at all levels of governmental public health, including the CDC and the DeKalb County, Georgia Health Department.

In that post-9/11 era, the monthly Web-conference focused on public health crises. It has since expanded into many aspects of public health management and delivery. It was – and is – supported by a cooperative agreement award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In recent years, it has also received funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“We wanted to provide a forum where experts and practitioners in the field could share insights about best practices in response to urgent issues facing public health,” Wiesner recalls. “HTIP is now one of the mainstays of NWCPHP’s connection to the practice community. But we didn’t know how well-received it would be when we first launched it.”

Past Hot Topics sessions are archived.

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