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NWCPHP welcomes Howard Koh to speak about leadership at the University of Washington

NWCPHP and the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program at the University of Washington School of Public Health co-sponsored a presentation by Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Howard Koh UW 12/9/2009

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program at the University of Washington School of Public Health co-sponsored a presentation by Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. Dr. Koh presented "Leadership in the Public Health System: Federal, State, and Local" to a room full of students, faculty, and practitioners. This was part of the Grand Rounds: Moments in Leadership series with copies of the book "Moments in Leadership" available for the crowd.

Dr. Howard K. Koh serves as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009. As the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Koh oversees the HHS Office of Public Health and Science, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Office of the Surgeon General. He also serves as senior public health advisor to the Secretary. At the Office of Public Health and Science, he leads an array of interdisciplinary programs relating to disease prevention, health promotion, the reduction of health disparities, women’s and minority health, HIV/AIDS, vaccine programs, physical fitness and sports, bioethics, population affairs, blood supply, research integrity and human research protections. In these various roles, he is dedicated to the mission of creating better public health systems for prevention and care so that all people can reach their highest attainable standard of health.

Howard Koh audience at UW 12/9/2009

Dr. Koh previously served as the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, and Director of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. At Harvard, he also served as the principal investigator of multiple research grants related to community-based participatory research, cancer disparities affecting underserved and minority populations, tobacco control and emergency preparedness. He was also Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness, which promotes education about bioterrorism, pandemic influenza, and other emerging health threats. He has published over 200 articles in the medical and public health literature.

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice was pleased to co-sponsor the event, kicking off NWCPHP's year-long celebration of 20 years of promoting excellence in public health practice. Stay tuned for more events and activities celebrating our 20th Anniversary throughout 2010.

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