NWCPHP Quarterly Newsletter April 2013
|NWCPHP Quarterly Newsletter||April 2013|
In March, we held an open house to welcome our new director, Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett, and to thank our previous director, Dr. Susan Allan.
Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, assumed his new position on March 1, and brings a range of experience in public health, clinical care, and global health. He replaces Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, who served as director since 2008, and who will continue as a NWCPHP faculty member.
We have added a new tool to help supplement our nine-month Leadership Institute. A new blog called Take the Lead will focus on cutting-edge regional and national leadership and public health issues, offering tools for professionals looking to become better leaders.
Interested in becoming a guest blogger? Contact Trish Neiworth for more information.
When is texting most appropriate and effective for health departments? In a recent American Journal of Public Health article, NWCPHP researchers and collaborators discuss the use of text messaging to distribute health messages, specifically looking at the effects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule, which protects the privacy of electronic health information.
Patricia Lichiello, MA, was working as an environmental planner when she answered an ad in the paper about a public health job. Now as Director of the University of Washington's Health Policy Center and a Summer Institute faculty member, she is excited to share her 20 years of experience in health policy work by teaching Understanding and Influencing Policy for Public Health at this year’s Summer Institute.
NWCPHP promotes excellence in public health by linking academia and the practice community. As part of the University of Washington School of Public Health, NWCPHP provides training, research, and evaluation for state, local, and tribal public health in six Pacific Northwest states (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming).
Published quarterly by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.