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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.

Next Session

Public Health, This is Your Shot!

January 26, 2021

The January session of Hot Topics in Practice will review the nuances of local governance in Washington state to better understand the financial, political, and cultural factors that influence local public health oversight. 

Register today to learn about working more effectively with elected officials to build stronger public health systems. Public health, this is your shot!

Previous Sessions

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

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.

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.

Photograph of a stethoscope and apple resting on a photo of a crowd of people.
February 26, 2019

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

Photograph of pills on a sheet of paper which is marked in a diagram.
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.

Photograph of several post-it notes laid out on a larger diagram.
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.

November 27, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Judith LaPan, MS, MBA, discusses how her rural Montana health department adopted an emergency response framework to better support emotional health in their community.

Photograph of two people on the end of a dock seen from a distance.
October 24, 2018

In this one-hour webinar, communications professor Devon Greyson explores ways to help public health professionals and clinical providers speak about vaccinations.

September 25, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Sarah Coefield, MS, discusses how the Missoula City-County Health Department supported public health during the 2017 summer wildfire season.

Photograph of a forested mountainside after a wildfire seen through thick smoke.
August 28, 2018

In this one-hour webinar, Kirsten Aird, MPH, shares Oregon's approach to engaging older populations in addressing health across the lifespan.

Photograph of two women looking at ocean waves.
July 24, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Public Health Director Dawn Emerick shares how her division embraced the Chief Health Strategist role to better work with new partners and demonstrate their agency’s value to the community.

Photograph of a hand drawing an organizational chart with a Public Health logo at the top.