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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

Trauma-Informed Change Management

April 27, 2021

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, public health organizations are still responding to this prolonged crisis, which has impacted -- and sometimes traumatized -- each member of the workforce in unique ways.

The April session of Hot Topics in Practice, which will be the series’ 200th episode, considers how public health organizations can navigate change in the face of disclosed or undisclosed trauma experienced by staff. The presentation will cover three critical stages of change, how to identify and prevent risks and barriers associated with change initiatives, and how to identify and manage trauma throughout the change lifecycle.

Leading dynamic organizations through any type of change is difficult, and it's even harder when employees are experiencing high levels of emotional distress.

Register today to learn strategies for leading transformational change during trying times.

Previous Sessions

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

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.
June 27, 2018

In this one-hour webinar, Maria Levis, CEO of Impactivo, reviews how her team deployed creative communication strategies to address public health issues in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Photograph of satellite dish that has been destroyed by a storm.
May 29, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Alexis Bates reviews why maternal deaths in the United States have risen since the 1980s, and what is being done both locally and nationally to address the issue.

Photograph of a woman and young boy.
April 25, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, planner and architect Erin Christensen Ishizaki explains how her work uses public health research and design as interventions to reduce chronic disease.

Photograph of outdoor seating at a restaurant.
March 27, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Karolyn Holden, Director, Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services, shares how her rural public health agency took deliberate steps toward building a more trauma-informed practice.

Photograph of a stethoscope resting on a hand-drawn heart.
February 20, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Jennifer Baker, Adolescent Health Project Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, shares tested strategies for getting and keeping youth engaged in prevention efforts.

Photograph of several teens clasping hands in the center of a circle.
January 30, 2018

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Luci Longoria, MPH, shares how Oregon joined the growing movement of states and localities to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21.

Photograph of several teens hanging out.
December 20, 2017

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner shares strategies for messaging health equity to decision-makers.

Photograph of a woman giving testimony.
November 28, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, Karyn Brownson, MSW, explores the latest research linking brain and social development with injury prevention.

October 24, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, Public Health Director Dawn Emerick describes how a local health department in Oregon used change management principles to restructure in advance of the state’s modernization efforts.

September 26, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, Policy Administrator Stefan Johansson discusses using data to drive performance in Wyoming state government.

August 22, 2017

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, prevention specialists discuss how they are using art and media projects to address marijuana-related health disparities in creative ways.

Photograph of a teen seated at the edge of a treed area.
July 25, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, Kristen Beiers-Jones, MN, reviews how population health nurses in Oregon are moving upstream to improve refugee health.