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NWCPHP Steering Committee Convenes for 2018 Annual Meeting

NWCPHP’s Regional Network Steering Committee met in 2018 to provide input on the Center’s strategies and services.
NWCPHP Steering Committee Convenes for 2018 Annual Meeting

NWCPHP Director Betty Bekemeier meets with steering committee members.

NWCPHP’s Regional Network Steering Committee met last week to provide input on the Center’s strategies and services.

April 30, 2018

NWCPHP’s Regional Network Steering Committee met last week to provide input on the Center’s overall strategic direction as well as on individual services and products. The 17 attendees represented local, state, tribal, and federal public health organizations from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.

“Every year we look forward to bringing our partners from around the region together to hear their thoughts on how they use our services and their suggestions for new offerings and improvements,” said NWCPHP Director Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN. “We really value their opinions and strategic thinking.”

Over the course of the day-long meeting, participants discussed funding and sustainability issues and how to move forward in uncertain times. Committee members also consulted NWCPHP faculty and staff on best practices for supporting student projects, training resources for the newly envisioned “community health strategist” role, strengthening online learning communities, and measuring the organizational impacts of training.

In the afternoon, Bekemeier moderated two panel presentations on high-priority topics for the Center. The first panel included a discussion of academic health department work around the region and with NWCPHP. Participants included Paj Nandi from the Washington State Department of Health, Jeff Duchin, MD, from Public Health - Seattle & King County, and Ann Custer from Oregon State University. The second panel was a discussion of how to advance public health practice-based research at NWCPHP, and included faculty members Anne Turner, MD, MPH, Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH, and Hendrika Meischke, PhD, MPH.

The committee meeting was also a chance to celebrate both program successes and individuals. NWCPHP staff reviewed the training products developed over the past year, noting which new and existing offerings had the most participants. Staff who have assisted with the Public Health Training Center activities reviewed the many training accomplishments related to injury and violence prevention over the past four years of the grant. Those activities included hosting a one-day summit, producing several webinars and an online course, funding related student projects, and publishing magazine articles about this content area.

Additional faculty and staff from the University of Washington joined the meeting participants to conclude the day with a reception honoring Janet Baseman in her new role as Acting Associate Dean for Public Health Practice.

Visit NWCPHP’s Facebook page to see photos from the meeting and the reception.

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