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.

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A Model for Addressing Racism and Belonging

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January 25, 2022

This Hot Topics webinar shares how organizations can help address racial bias using the “Racial Justice Competency Model for Public Health Professionals”.

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Previous Sessions

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.