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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

Connecting Work to Wellness

September 29, 2020

In the September session of Hot Topics in Practice, representatives from Connect to Wellness discuss the program’s unique model for supporting evidence-based health promotion in small worksites, which are the vast majority of US worksites.

Register today to learn about a collaborative model for public health and private enterprise to address health equity.

Previous Sessions

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

December 13, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, representatives from Public Health - Seattle & King County describe their work investigating and preventing childhood deaths through a multi-sector review team.

Photograph of a baby laying in a "baby box."
November 28, 2016

In this one-hour webinar, speakers share the results of NWCPHP's 2016 regional public health training needs assessment and discuss what one health department in Washington State is doing with the data.

October 18, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, speakers present new evidence and examples about cross-jurisdictional resource sharing among local public health jurisdictions.

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September 27, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, representatives from the Coeur d’Alene tribe and Idaho’s Panhandle Health District discuss how they responded to a significant windstorm.

Photograph of a residential street strewn with downed trees and branches.
August 23, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Christina Peters, Native Dental Therapy Initiative Project Director at Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, speaks about the use of dental aides to expand oral health services in tribal communities.

Photograph of a dental health aid therapist examining a patient.
June 21, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Jim Krieger, MD, MPH, discusses policy and communications strategies for lowering sugar consumption.

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May 17, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, leaders from Washington State discuss what Zika preparedness means for the region's public health and emergency management systems.

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April 19, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Brendon Haggerty reviews Oregon’s state and local efforts to address the health impacts of climate change in the Northwest.

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March 29, 2016

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, national and state public health leaders discuss putting the public health approach to firearm safety into action.

Photograph of a handgun and ammunition.
February 23, 2016

In the February session of Hot Topics in Practice, Karyn Brownson describes the process of developing the new Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan with more than 250 stakeholders.

Photograph of a group of people in a listening session.
January 26, 2016

In the January session of Hot Topics in Practice, Marla Peters, MHA, shares her experience working with marine law enforcement officials to evaluate a law change to improve boater safety.

December 15, 2015

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, public health leaders from Washington State discuss how to institutionalize a quality management culture in big and small organizations.

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November 10, 2015

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Kurt O’Brien, MHROD reviews the importance of long-range planning, especially in light of health care reform.

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October 28, 2015

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, FAAN, reviews the importance of collecting standardized data and demonstrates how the information is being used to make the case for public health services.

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September 29, 2015

In the September session of Hot Topics in Practice, Donovan Newton, MPA, discusses evaluation results of current injury and violence prevention initiatives.

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