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NWCPHP Presents at WA Joint Conference on Health

Three NWCPHP projects were highlighted at the 18th annual Washington State Joint Conference on Health, held October 17 and 18, 2011 in Vancouver, WA.

October 28, 2011

Three NWCPHP projects were highlighted at the 18th annual Washington State Joint Conference on Health, held October 17 and 18, 2011 in Vancouver, WA. The theme for this year’s conference was Building Community Together—Creating Opportunities for Better Health.

Jack Thompson, MSW, along with John Britt, RN, MPH, Prevention Coordinator at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, delivered an interactive presentation about leadership and organizational change. Using an established model for organizational change, participants worked in small groups on change initiatives within their organizations. NWCPHP offers a course on leading and managing organizational change.

Conference attendees also learned about the Rapid Emergency Alerting Communications in Health (REACH) project. This innovative research study evaluates and compares the effectiveness of email, fax, and text messaging for sending alerts to health care providers in urban and rural communities. Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH, REACH Principal Investigator, and Debra Revere, MA, MLIS, REACH Research Coordinator, highlighted the project's recruitment, enrollment, alerting strategies, and initial findings from an interim data analysis.

A template for performance evaluation of a Local Health Officer was presented at the conference by Luann D’Ambrosio, MEd, NWCPHP Assistant Director, Claire Rainey, Research Assistant, and Scott Linquist, MD, MPH, Kitsap County Health District Local Health Officer. The template was created after NWCPHP conducted a comprehensive performance evaluation of Linquist in his role as the Local Health Officer of Kitsap County. Applying lessons learned through this process, the two agencies worked together to develop an evaluation template that local health officers across the region can use. It can be found in the Evaluation Tools & Resources.

The Joint Conference on Health is presented by the Washington State Public Health Association in collaboration with partners throughout the state.

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