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An Upcoming Change in Leadership

With great regret, NWCPHP Director, Susan Allan, announced she will be stepping down from her position as soon as a replacement can be found.
An Upcoming Change in Leadership

Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, speaking at NWCPHP's 20th anniversary event

With great regret, NWCPHP Director, Susan Allan, announced she will be stepping down from her position as soon as a replacement can be found.

March 12, 2012

When Susan Allan became Director of NWCPHP in July of 2008, she was excited to lead an organization dedicated to providing practical training to public health practice.

With great regret, Allan will be stepping down as director, although she is looking forward to continuing her involvement as a faculty member. Allan will need to reduce her workload to help with her mother, who is requiring more assistance around a number of health issues.

Allan came to NWCPHP with extensive public health experience having been the State Public Health Director in Oregon (2005–2008) and Health Director for Arlington County, Virginia (1987–2005). She knew first-hand many of the challenges facing public health practice and looked to improve and expand NWCPHP to better serve the practice community.

As director, Allan built on previous work that had established NWCPHP as a regional resource for public health training. Allan expanded NWCPHP's training offerings to include the new year-long Public Health Management Certificate program and support training in public health law. Another significant expansion was Allan's focus on practical evidence-based research, which resulted in an NWCPHP research capacity that has provided vital information to local, state, and tribal health departments. Allan also oversaw significant expansion in NWCPHP's communication activities.

"NWCPHP will continue to play an important role regionally and nationally," said Allan. "As health departments rethink their roles, partly in response to budget cuts but also in response to changing health issues, they will have new training and research needs for us to respond to. NWCPHP also has a key role as the School of Public Health implements the new strategic plan."

The search for a replacement director will take place over the next 6–12 months, beginning with Dean Howard Frumkin and Department Chair Larry Kessler meeting with NWCPHP's regional steering committee on March 20th.

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