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Next Hot Topics Webinar: New Thoughts on Public Health Practice and Financing

In the October 2012 Hot Topics, Michelle Larkin discusses how public health leaders and managers can strategically respond to financial challenges.

In the October 2012 Hot Topics, Michelle Larkin discusses how public health leaders and managers can strategically respond to financial challenges.

October 15, 2012

Governmental public health is experiencing an unprecedented period of both change and opportunity. The diseases facing Americans in the 21st century are increasingly chronic, rather than infectious. There is growing recognition that where people live, learn, work, and play can be as important to health outcomes as medical intervention. There is impetus to better integrate prevention, primary care, and overall health to be more effective and efficient. And technology is providing new opportunities for understanding and improving the public’s health.

Yet at the same time, public health practice is faced with real and serious challenges. Key among these challenges are budget and staffing cuts coupled with categorical and service-based funding systems.

In the October Hot Topics in Practice Michelle Larkin, Assistant Vice President for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Group, will discuss how public health leaders and managers can strategically respond to these challenges and opportunities. Building on the 2012 Institute of Medicine report, For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future and the 2012 monograph, Transforming Public Health: Emerging Concepts for Decision Making in a Changing Public Health World, Larkin’s presentation will emphasize the importance of reprioritizing governmental public health functions and assessing funding models to ensure strong core capabilities for the future.

Register now to learn new ideas for creating integrated health systems that achieve better health outcomes within communities and across the nation.

New Thoughts on Public Health Practice and Financing

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Target Audiences

  • Directors and managers in public health organizations
  • Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners
  • Others in health system work seeking to link with community health improvement efforts

Presenter
Michelle Larkin, JD, MS, RN, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1999 as a program associate working on tobacco control policy efforts and end-of-life care. Following this, she was the team director and senior advisor with the Foundation's Public Health team. She currently serves as the assistant vice president for the Health Group. Prior to joining the Foundation, Larkin worked as a health policy analyst at the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington, DC, a legislative fellow for the United States Senate, and as an oncology nurse at University of Maryland Medical System.

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