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

Lessons Learned from the Heat Dome and Climate Change

NASA image of the June 2021 heat dome event

June 28, 2022

This Hot Topics webinar will share lessons learned from the heat dome and climate change by the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, Oregon.

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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 23, 2010

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Marlene Mason, from Seattle-based MarMason Consulting, talks about the current QI activities being conducted in health departments across the United States and the link between QI and public health accreditation standards.

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July 20, 2010

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, we look at how public health can decrease health inequities by reducing chronic disease through community-based prevention.

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February 17, 2009

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Nancy Duarte, Principal of Duarte Design, covers foundational presentation design principles from the book slide:ology.

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December 9, 2008

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Harvey Kayman, MD, MPH, discusses ethical decision-making in times of public health disaster.

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June 24, 2008

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Richard Keller, PhD, addresses the role of public health in the history of disasters.

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July 17, 2007

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, from the Washington State Department of Health provides an introduction to the epidemiology of global TB.

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June 28, 2006

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Sharyne Shiu-Thornton, PhD, MA, provides an overview of how to reach Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations as part of public health preparedness.

February 28, 2006

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Ira SenGupta highlights standards as a set of guidelines and strategies for improving public health preparedness.

January 24, 2006

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, presenters describe how the Atlanta National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Federal Coordinating Center (FCC) rapidly put a site into operation for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

November 1, 2005

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, presenters share experiences and reflect upon lessons they learned from their response efforts to Hurricane Katrina.

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October 18, 2005

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, a panel of speakers describe a unique example of how preparedness resources have contributed to developing the skills, talents, capacity, and experience of a fully functioning health department in Montana.

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June 30, 2005

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Betty Bekemeier, MSN, MPH, RN, focuses on using collaborative leadership in public health preparedness.

January 20, 2005

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Casey Milne and Tom Milne, Principals of Milne & Associates, LLC, introduce participants to the concepts of quality improvement and will offer opportunities to discuss the application of an improvement model in the area of emergency preparedness.

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June 23, 2004

In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Randal Beaton, PhD, EMT talks about how frontline public health practitioners can help respond to the mental health needs of the community following a disaster.

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