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Northwest Public Health Journal Article Receives Top Award

The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) awarded a Northwest Public Health article top honors in its 2009–10 Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communications.

August 12, 2011

The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) awarded a Northwest Public Health article top honors in its 2009–10 Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communications. Authors Michael Heumann and Latrissa Neiworth earned the gold award in the category "Op-Ed Articles" for their piece titled, "Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Health Departments Lead by Example."

Originally published in the 2008 Fall/Winter edition of Northwest Public Health, the article showcased best practices for health departments in the Northwest region to reduce their carbon footprint. The authors described the ways in which the health sector has a higher-than-average carbon footprint and offered practical tips about what organizations can do to reduce their emissions. For example, they suggest that health agencies encourage their employees to carpool or telecommute at least one day per week, reduce office paper consumption by 20 percent, and drink coffee and water from reusable cups.

NPHIC uses a peer-review process with organization members from around the country to evaluate competition entries. Neiworth, currently a Curriculum Development Specialist/Outreach Analyst in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program at the Oregon Public Health Authority, accepted the award on July 5, 2011.

"We were happy to have the opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and highlight the innovative strategies being implemented in our region to address it." Co-author Heumann recently retired from his position as an Environmental Epidemiologist in the Office of Environmental Health at the Oregon Public Health Division.

Northwest Public Health is a forum for practitioners, teachers, researchers, and policy makers in public health to exchange ideas, describe innovations, and discuss current issues. It is the journal of the University of Washington School of Public Health, published by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

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