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NWCPHP Celebrates 25 Years of Collaboration

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice celebrated its 25th anniversary with a reception at the University of Washington's scenic Vista Café.

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice celebrated its 25th anniversary with a reception at the University of Washington's scenic Vista Café.

August 13, 2015

Public health, health care, and community partners from across the region came together on August 5 to celebrate the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice's 25th anniversary. Guests enjoyed a buffet and drinks while networking with new colleagues and old friends.

In attendance were former NWCPHP Directors Jack Thompson and Jim Gale, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman, Public Health - Seattle & King County Director Patty Hayes, and Washington Health Care Authority Director Dorothy Teeter.

A program honored past, present, and future collaborations to improve health in the Northwest. NWCPHP Director Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett spoke about the center's evolving role as a training, evaluation, research, and communication resource. He explained that as the world has changed with new technologies and public health has faced historic events like 9/11 and health reform, NWCPHP has continued to grow and meet the changing needs of practitioners.

Next, Dean Howard Frumkin of the University of Washington School of Public Health spoke about the future of public health and NWCPHP. He talked about the importance of collaboration and the strength of collective knowledge to advance health equity. He also challenged everyone in the room to become a mentor and a teacher to the next generation of public health professionals.

Attendees got a special sneak peek at NWCPHP's new video (see below), created with assistance from UW School of Public Health's Katherine Turner and Catherine Shen, which features projects such as Gear Up & Go! and Texting for Public Health.

Finally, awards were presented to Carl Osaki (Lifetime Achievement Award); Janna Bardi (Distinguished Alumni Award); and Let's Move! Missoula (Community Innovator Award).

To cap off the night, the evening closed with NWCPHP birthday cake, door prizes, and even more networking. Photos can be viewed in our Facebook album.

 

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