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Thompson Elected to Leadership of WSPHA

NWCPHP faculty member, Jack Thompson, MSW, is Vice President of the Washington State Public Health Association.
Thompson Elected to Leadership of WSPHA

Jack Thompson, MSW

Jack Thompson, MSW, is Vice President of the Washington State Public Health Association.

December 12, 2013

NWCPHP faculty member, Jack Thompson, MSW, was recently elected as Vice President of the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA). Thompson has served as a WSPHA board member since 2011.

Thompson says, “It’s an honor to serve as Vice President. I am glad to support the mission of WSPHA and strengthen connections between the Association, the School of Public Health, and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.”

The mission of WSPHA includes building dynamic connections with new partners, including those in the health care field. WSPHA has already taken steps to recruit board members who work in health care organizations. The current president of WSPHA, Anne Tan Piazza, is the Assistant Executive Director of Governmental Affairs & Operations for the Washington State Nurses Association.

In addition to stronger connections with health care, WSPHA also has goals to increase individual and organizational membership in the coming years. Workforce development is also a focus for WSPHA. This emphasis makes WSPHA a natural partner with NWCPHP. A collaborative effort currently underway is the 2014 WSPHA Legislative Day to take place on January 22, 2014. NWCPHP is a co-sponsor of this event in which public health advocates from around Washington State learn about the current status of public health funding and engage lawmakers around the importance of public health.

Another area of coordination is in the production of the NWCPHP’s monthly webinar series, Hot Topics in Practice. WSPHA also produces a monthly webinar series, and there might be productive ways to share resources when producing these webinars.

Of the connection with NWCPHP, Thompson says, “I think this could be a good collaborative model for our state and local partners in other states. My hope is that we can be an example for what NWCPHP can do with state associations across the region.”

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