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.

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.

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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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July 14, 2015

In the July session of Hot Topics in Practice, Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH, discusses the “one health” framework for connecting human, animal, and environmental health to address emerging disease challenges.

Photograph of a boy holding a young chicken.
June 23, 2015

In the June session of Hot Topics in Practice, Drs. Patrick O’Carroll and Tim McAfee will review past and future strategies for preventing tobacco-related diseases.

Photograph of a placard reading "Thank you for not smoking."
May 19, 2015

In the May session of Hot Topics in Practice, Rosalyn Singleton, MD, MPH, shares how Alaska’s health care providers, public health workers, and policy-makers helped to successfully eliminate endemic measles cases in their state.

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April 21, 2015

In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, health care leaders provide an overview of the community health worker model and review opportunities for integrating these health professionals into public health and health care delivery systems.