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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.

November 19, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Bruce Clements, the Public Health Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services, shares the incredible story of community resilience and heroism during the immediate response to a chemical explosion.

Photograph of a boarded up house with an American flag and "God Bless West" painted on it.
October 22, 2013

In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, emergency preparedness leaders from Montana share their unique experience using a zombie-themed exercise to enhance community preparedness.

Photograph of exercise staff with made-up actor superimposed over a "zombie outbreak" sign.
September 24, 2013

In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, three workforce development specialists share their tips for assessing staff training needs and implementing training plans.

Blackboard reading: Workforce training plan: Survey, Analyze, Implement
August 27, 2013

In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Brendon Haggerty discusses "complete streets" policies and how public health agencies can use them to influence transportation planning for health.

Photograph of a bicycle lane between a sidewalk and car traffic lanes.
July 16, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Betty Bekemeier explains how results from the Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST) Study can help local health jurisdictions understand their impact on population health and plan accordingly.

Photograph of a piggy bank.
June 25, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Paul Kuehnert tells how the Kane County Health Department implemented a strategic, organizational response to the 2008 recession and fortified the agency for long-term growth and sustainability.

May 21, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Michael Kinzer and Gerry Croteau discuss safety standards to reduce lead exposure at firing ranges.

Photograph of lead pellets.
April 30, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Stephen Orton discusses why business planning is important for the future of public health.

Graphic of a woman drawing a diagram of a business plan on a whiteboard.
March 19, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, members of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association discuss strategies for better integrating public health and primary care.

Graphic of two roads, one labeled "Public Health," one labeled "Primary Care" converging into a larger road labeled "Improved Community Health."
February 19, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, communications specialists from Washington State explore strategies for communicating public health messages.

Graphic of a women with several thought bubbles, "H1N1," "flu vaccine," "be prepared."
January 15, 2013

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, representatives from state and local health jurisdictions deconstruct their decision-making processes to activate Incident Command, respond to emergencies, and ensure business continuity.

Photograph of a man in a vest reading Incident Commander looking at a flooded road.
December 18, 2012 to December 18, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Jean O’Connor, JD, DrPH, discusses the origins and progress of the movement toward coordinated care organizations (CCOs) in Oregon.

Graphic of figures standing on puzzle pieces.
November 20, 2012

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar reviews coal’s life cycle and discusses how it adversely influences human and environmental health.

Screenshot of webinar slides.
October 23, 2012

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, we discuss how leaders can strategically respond to financial challenges and shifting responsibilities in public health.

Graphic of a red question mark among a large number of white dollar signs.
September 18, 2012

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar discusses how a sense of connectedness can help community health and is a critical influence on the future of public health practice.

Screenshot of webinar slides.