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Public Health Series at Town Hall Seattle

Working with the University of Washington School of Public Health, Town Hall Seattle will feature public health experts on key health issues in an upcoming series, "Health Matters." Each of the four events is open to the public.

Working with the University of Washington School of Public Health, Town Hall Seattle will feature public health experts on key health issues in an upcoming series, "Health Matters." Each of the four events is open to the public.

August 27, 2014

This fall, the University of Washington School of Public Health teams up with Town Hall Seattle to present “Health Matters,” a 4-event series, moderated by NWCPHP Director Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH.

“Town Hall Seattle is a center for civic dialog on key issues facing our community,” explained Kwan-Gett. “We’re excited for public health to be a part of that dialog.”

The series is intended to give the general public a broad appreciation for public health, and to serve as a community forum on a wide range of health topics. The series includes:

Education’s Role in Public Health

September 10, 7:30–8:45 p.m.

Learn about the complexities of education as a key public health issue and how early education drives future health. Speakers include: Maxine Hayes, former Washington State Health Officer; Gita Krishnaswamy, Kent School District Curriculum Coordinator – Science/Health and Fitness; and Ruth Kagi, Washington State Representative.

Obamacare at One Year

October 8, 7:30–8:45 p.m.

Local health officials take a look at the Affordable Care Act one year after the health exchanges opened. They will discuss how greater collaboration between public health and health care delivery could help achieve the “Triple Aim” of health reform: improve population health, improve the patient experience, and decrease per capita health care costs. Speakers include: John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Washington State Secretary of Health; Dorothy Teeter, MHA, Washington Health Care Authority Director; and Pam MacEwan, Washington Health Benefit Exchange Chief of Staff.

The Human and Animal Health Connection

October 30, 7:30–8:45 p.m.

What can grizzly bears teach us about obesity in humans? Experts in human and animal health will explain how the study of environmentally induced disease in different species, such as humans and our pets, can be used to better detect and prevent health problems in the future. Speakers include: Richard Grady, MD, Seattle Children’s Pediatric Urology Clinical Research Director; Peter Ross, PhD, Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Pollution Research Program Director.

Health as a Human Right

December 10, 6–7:15 p.m.*

To coincide with Human Rights Day, Adam Taylor, Executive Director of Global to Local, will explain how an innovative partnership is applying cutting edge global health strategies to reduce health disparities in King County, Washington.

*This Town Hall event will now start at 6 p.m.

Supported by the Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation, the series takes place downstairs at Town Hall (enter on Seneca Street). Admission for each event is $5. For more details, visit the Town Hall website.

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