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NWCPHP to Host Regional Pop-Up Institutes in 2017 and 2018

NWCPHP will host customized Pop-Up Institutes around the region in 2017 and 2018.

NWCPHP will host customized Pop-Up Institutes around the region to train public health professionals in core skills for addressing urgent health issues.

June 1, 2017

Today’s public health organizations take a leading role in emergencies, outbreak investigations, chronic disease prevention, and many other efforts to improve the public’s health. Success in these diverse activities requires a staff trained in a broad array of skills, including data-driven decision-making, community engagement, program evaluation, and systems thinking.

From now through summer 2018, NWCPHP will host Pop-Up Institutes around the region to train public health professionals in these and other core skills for addressing urgent health issues in their communities. The pop ups will replace the long-standing Summer Institute that was held in Seattle for many years.

“The decision to transition to smaller, regional institutes is a result of feedback from training participants and our steering committee,” said NWCPHP Director Betty Bekemeier. “People told us they prefer in-person training but that it was becoming increasingly difficult to travel to Seattle in the summer because of costs and time away from work. More and more organizations also want to train in teams, either among their own divisions or with partnering organizations.”

In the coming months, NWPCHP will work with lead organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to customize affordable, in-person training in locations that are convenient for them. Training topics could include understanding health disparities and health equity, policy development, and the principles of evidence-based public health practice.

Representatives from NWPCHP’s Regional Network Steering Committee will help organize the trainings, which may coincide with existing events such as conferences, board meetings, and other opportunities for professional development. These trainings will be intended for front-line and entry-level staff looking to build new skills and for program managers and supervisors leading organizational change efforts.

In addition to organizing Pop-Up Institutes, NWCPHP will continue working on existing training and workforce development activities for public health professionals, including the Public Health Management Certificate, the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, and the Hot Topics in Practice webinar series. Center leadership will also explore opportunities for advancing statewide workforce development plans, greater interprofessional training between public health and primary care professionals, and ways to support foundational public health services and public health modernization efforts.

For more information on the Pop-Up Institutes or other workforce development activities, visit the NWCPHP website or contact Barb Rose.

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