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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Hot Topics Is Going On Summer Break

Our next Hot Topics session will be in October, 2021. To receive an announcement when we have our next session scheduled, join our mailing list.

We’ve covered many aspects of the COVID-19 response through Hot Topics in Practice over this past year. Check out the Hot Topics archives to see our past presentations.

Previous Sessions

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

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.

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November 21, 2019

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

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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.

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August 27, 2019

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

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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.

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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.

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April 30, 2019

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

March 26, 2019

This one-hour Hot Topics webinar reviews how a large health department reduced their clinical services to focus more on primary prevention.

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February 26, 2019

This one-hour webinar reviews how public health professionals can take a lead in preventing opioid misuse.

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January 29, 2019

In this one-hour webinar, Mary Kay Chess explores how systems thinking can be used to understand and resolve difficult public health problems.

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December 20, 2018

In this one-hour webinar, David Farrer, MS, PhD, reviews how his Oregon colleagues addressed community concerns after high levels of arsenic and cadmium were detected in a Portland neighborhood.