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NWCPHP's Annual Report Goes Green

An online version of NWCPHP's 2015 Annual Report is available to view or download now.

An online version of NWCPHP's 2015 Annual Report is available to view or download now.

March 23, 2016

In keeping with NWCPHP's goals to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, the center will release its 2015 Annual Report in digital format only. The online report highlights key training, research, evaluation, and communication accomplishments from the past year.

For NWCPHP, 2015 was a year of reflection. NWCPHP honored past, present, and future collaborations to improve health as part of its 25th anniversary. During a celebration at the University of Washington's Vista Café and surrounded by new colleagues and old friends, NWCPHP recognized the special work of Carl Osaki (Lifetime Achievement Award), Let's Move! Missoula (Community Innovator Award), and Janna Bardi (Distinguished Alumni Award). Additionally, NWCPHP revisited the work of its partners, who had previously been featured in We Are Public Health, through a Where Are They Now? mini-series.

2015 was also a time for reflection on regional and national priorities, including health care reform, global pandemics, and preventing community violence. NWCPHP adapted its services and activities to reflect these trends, incorporating a framework of health equity into its work.

In 2015, NWCPHP's training offerings expanded into new topic areas, also top of mind on a national level. NWCPHP partnered with the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and Washington State Department of Health to host a one-day summit around innovations in injury and violence prevention. The event addressed topics such as: opioid overdose, health equity, adverse childhood experiences, marijuana legalization, traumatic brain injury, suicide prevention, and gun violence.

NWCPHP's evaluation staff worked with the Firland Northwest Tuberculosis Center and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to design and administer a needs assessment to evaluate the tuberculosis-related training needs of public health professionals serving tribal communities in the Northwest. This effort met an important need, as American Indian communities have historically experienced disproportionate rates of tuberculosis, and public health professionals need access to the right training to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment, and care management.

Researchers at NWCPHP translated findings from their Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC) work into a pandemic influenza tabletop exercise. The exercise is designed to help public health organizations create evidence-based practice, protocols, and policy around emergency communications.

The redesigned Northwest Public Health magazine received a 2015 APEX Award of Excellence for its 2014 issue on health care reform. The 2015 issue explored the opportunities and challenges that Big Data present for improving policies and practice in public health.

In addition to these new ventures, NWCPHP continued to support public health, health care, and community partners with training, research, evaluation, and communication services. In 2015, NWCPHP saw 17,041 enrollments in its online courses and an estimated 1,038 participants in the Hot Topics webinar series. Staff and faculty welcomed 99 scholars to the Summer Institute, Leadership Institute, and Management Certificate programs.

To learn more about NWCPHP's 2015 activities, read the full annual report.

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