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Focus on Public Health Innovation in the Northwest

The Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Northwest Public Health is now available and highlights how public health professionals in our region are finding better ways to do their work.
Focus on Public Health Innovation in the Northwest

Spring/Summer 2012

The Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Northwest Public Health is now available and highlights how public health professionals in our region are finding better ways to do their work.

May 23, 2012

Public health professionals are responding to today’s challenges in innovative ways. From exciting uses of technology to dynamic partnerships, the newly published Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Northwest Public Health highlights how public health professionals in our region are finding new and better ways to do their work.

Many in public health are forming powerful partnerships to improve the public's health. The current issue features an article that shows the extraordinary changes underway in Oregon that are driven by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and a shared desire to unify public and private health sectors. Another article describes how local health departments and tribal governments have worked together to improve their emergency preparedness. Yet another article came out of a strong partnership between university researchers and staff at a clinic that serves rural Latinos.

This is also a time of tightening budgets, and public health departments are looking for ways to align themselves to fiscal realities while at the same time honoring commitments made to their communities. An article in the new issue focuses on the successful transition of clinical services from a local health department to a Federally Qualified Health Center.

An issue on innovation would not be complete without content that shows how technology can assist the public health mission. An article on texting programs for public health departments is included, along with two pieces that talk about data sharing and how it enhances public health activities. Other articles show how Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) tools can be used to build the public health evidence base.

Additional articles chronicle innovative state-wide efforts in areas such as climate change planning and immunization rates. We also include a piece in which a recent MPH graduate shares her thoughts about today's public health environment along with her hopes for the future. Undergraduate public health education is covered in another forward-looking piece.

Northwest Public Health is published with funding from the UW School of Public Health. It is available online, and print copies can also be ordered at no cost from nph@u.washington.edu.

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