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Oregon Public Health Workforce Development Conference a success

The Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division, presented a Workforce Development Conference on March 3‑5, 2008 in the Clackamas, Oregon. This was the fourth cooperative conference with NWCPHP.

The Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division, presented a Workforce Development Conference on March 3‑5, 2008 in the Clackamas, Oregon. The conference was coordinated by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training and Exercise Team and was conducted with faculty and staff from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. This was the fourth cooperative conference with NWCPHP.

Participants were able to choose two different sessions from among the following topics:

  • Intermediate Epidemiology Concepts and Methods
  • Leadership Development: Skills, Styles, Attitudes
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Building Effective Teams & Cross Agency Collaboration

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board also participated and provided a valuable session on "Tribal Issues and Cultural Understanding." Approximately 100 state and county medical and EMS professionals attended the conference.

One conference participant said, "Opportunities for professional development are few and far between for those of us without resources for college or other advanced education. The fact that this conference exists is its greatest value." Overall, the conference was rated a success.

Contact Catherine Southern for more information: Catherine.Southern@state.or.us

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