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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in PracticeHot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues currently affecting public health practice.

Each month guest speakers from local, state, tribal, and national public health organizations present and take questions from the audience. Hot Topics is moderated by Allene Mares.

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Public Health Leadership in Times of Crisis

July 29, 2020

In the July session of Hot Topics in Practice, Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Robert Onders, Medical Director for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium share perspectives for addressing the COVID-19 crisis in the face of existing geographic, cultural, and economic challenges in the country’s largest state.

Read more to learn about equity-focused leadership skills for the COVID-19 crisis.

Previous Sessions

Below you may browse previous Hot Topics webinar sessions. All are available for viewing in PH LearnLink free of charge.

June 30, 2020

This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, explores the root causes of COVID-19 health inequities.

May 27, 2020

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar explores how mentoring is an important tool for developing leaders and building more equitable public health organizations.

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April 28, 2020

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar reviews a unique community partnership for addressing the COVID-19 response.

March 31, 2020

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Claire Tollefsen, Digital Media Specialist for the Oregon Health Authority, shares strategies for addressing trending topics on social media.

February 27, 2020

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, two attorneys explore the legal and ethical issues related to public health data use.

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January 28, 2020

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, two leaders from Idaho review why local public health agencies should be involved in mental and behavioral health issues and the role they can play in rural suicide prevention.

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December 18, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar reviews vaping-related products, health impacts, and prevention efforts underway in Washington State.

Photo of the lower quarter of a man's face blowing out smoke, while he holds a vape pen.
November 21, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar discusses the latest strategies and tools for using data to tell compelling public health stories.

Photograph of a chart formed from a rainbow of colored pencils.
October 29, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar discusses a unique community coalition in Klamath County, Oregon, that is connecting economic improvements to health.

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September 23, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar reviews how non-tribal public health agencies can better collaborate with tribal entities to support community health.

Photograph of tribal members at the annual canoe journey.
August 27, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar reviews messaging strategies for hot-button issues like vaccines, climate change, and fluoridation.

Photograph of a girl holding a glass of water.
July 23, 2019

This one-hour webinar explores how comics can be used for creative public health messaging.

June 25, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar describes how Clark County Public Health in Washington State responded to an outbreak in a community with large populations of unvaccinated children.

Photograph of a sign reading Measles Alert: STOP.
May 21, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar reviews strategies for working with small data sets to better understand health issues, with examples from urban Indian communities.

Photograph of an AI/AN woman and young child.
April 30, 2019

This one-hour webinar reviews how to address homelessness with new messages and interventions.