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Scholars Hone Skills at 2014 Summer Institute

Seventy public health practitioners from eight different states gathered at NWCPHP’s 2014 Summer Institute for three-and-a-half days of interactive learning and networking.
Scholars Hone Skills at 2014 Summer Institute

Scholars from the Health Communication course at the 2014 Summer Institute.

Seventy public health practitioners from eight different states gathered at NWCPHP’s 2014 Summer Institute for three-and-a-half days of interactive learning and networking.

August 12, 2014

Scholars at the 2014 Summer Institute gained valuable skills needed to improve public health communities through hands-on course instruction, plenary sessions, and networking with professionals from around the Northwest.

Participants chose an area of study from the five highly interactive course tracks, which included two new offerings this year: Leadership in Changing Times and Medical Coding: Introducing ICD-10-CM. The Summer Institute also brought back past favorites: Health Communication, Implementing Program Planning and Evaluation, and Systems and Strategies in Public Health Management.

In addition to course work within their chosen tracks, scholars convened for two plenary sessions. Panelists for the Health Leaders Forum were three regional public health and health care leaders:

  • Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown, MPH, RN, Public Health Director for Crook County Oregon
  • Scott Forslund, MBA, Strategic Communications Director for Premera and Director of the Snohomish Health Leadership Coalition
  • Mark Szalwinski, Executive Vice President for Group Practice at Group Health Medical Centers

Each panelist offered their perspective on health care reform and answered questions about building new community collaborations.

At the second plenary session, scholars heard from Scott Winn, MSW, a University of Washington faculty member and community organizer. He led an engaging dialogue on how public health workers and organizations can better support racial equity.

“I enjoyed all of the speakers and appreciated getting a comprehensive view of public health and health messaging campaigns,” one participant noted. “Overall, I really enjoyed the Institute and will be able to apply what I've learned to my work.”

See more of the Institute in the slideshow below. Additional images and class photos are available to see and share on NWCPHP’s Summer Institute Facebook album.

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The 2014 Summer Institute cohort.

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Scholars checking in to the 2014 Summer Institute.

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University of Washington School of Public Health Dean, Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, welcomes scholars to the 2014 Summer Institute.

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NWCPHP Director Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, with plenary speakers Scott Forslund, MBA; Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown, RN, MPH; and Mark Szalwinski, MHA.

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At the Health Leaders Forum, panelists offered their perspectives on health care reform and shared ideas for new community collaborations.

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Scholars at the reception following the Health Leaders Forum.

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Plenary session with Scott Winn, MSW, UW faculty member and community organizer on racial equity and health.

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Wendy Baesler, MA, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, teaches about calculating return on investment in the Implementing Program Planning and Evaluation course.

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Carl Osaki, RS, MSPH, teaching the Implementing Program Planning and Evaluation course.

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Marguerite Langlois, MEd, works with a scholar in the Systems and Strategies in Public Health Management course.

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