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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.

June 29, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, lactation consultant Camie Goldhammer reviews how communities of color are reclaiming breastfeeding as an indigenous food source.

May 23, 2017

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, members of the Seattle and King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force discuss implementing “supervised consumption sites” where people can safely use in the presence of a trained health professional.

Photograph of a supervised injection facility stocked with necessary equipment.
April 18, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, Emily York, MPH, Oregon Health Authority, presents the state’s new climate resilience plan.

March 27, 2017

In this one-hour webinar, Public Health Nurse Deborah Giedosh, EdD, shares how her team developed and delivered public health curriculum to support incarcerated dads in Alaska.

February 21, 2017

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, representatives from the North Sound Accountable Community of Health discuss unintended pregnancies and expanding contraception access in their area.

Photograph of a woman consulting with a health care provider.
January 24, 2017

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, government affairs specialists discuss a statewide plan to build public support for funding essential public health services in Washington.

Outline of a map of Washington state with Public Health is Essential superimposed.
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.

Photograph of two plastic buckets with plastic shovels side by side on a sandy beach.
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.

Photograph of a spoon pouring sugar onto a pile.
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.

Photograph of a mosquito biting a person's skin.
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.

Photograph of the sky and sun obscured by smoky haze.
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.