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NWCPHP Director Joins Efforts to Integrate Public Health and Health Care

NWCPHP Director, Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, recently joined a new working group to increase partnerships between public health and the health care delivery system in Washington State.

Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, is part of an effort to increase partnerships between public health and the health care delivery system in Washington State.

December 30, 2013

NWCPHP Director, Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, recently joined a new working group to increase partnerships between public health and the health care delivery system in Washington State.

Kwan-Gett will draw on his pediatric experience to inform his work in the group. He explains, “I practiced primary care for several years before working in public health and am excited to be part of this effort to integrate the two.”

The committee draws on leaders from around the state and is co-chaired by Gary Goldbaum, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Snohomish Health District and Bruce Gray, MA, CEO, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association.

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Washington State Secretary of Health, is convening the cross-sector group to provide input for Governor Inslee’s prevention efforts and community-based projects. Wiesman notes that the Affordable Care Act gives Washington State “a great opportunity to transform the systems and improve health outcomes.”

Workgroup members will make recommendations regarding statewide health system transformation and upcoming legislative proposals, linking their work to the recently drafted State Health Care Innovation Plan. An important goal is the “triple aim” of improving the health of populations, improving the patient experience, and reducing health care costs. Ensuring health equity is also a priority.

Kwan-Gett is enthusiastic about NWCPHP’s participation noting, “It’s important for the public health practice community to have an active role in health care reform efforts to improve population health.”

NWCPHP and our partners will be exploring the intersection between health care and public health throughout the region in the January and February Hot Topics webinar series. Stay tuned for more information.

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