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 Sue Grinnell.

Previous Sessions

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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December 20, 2017

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

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