UW News

August 5, 2010

Public invited to two plenary sessions at UW Summer Institute for Public Health Practice

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice invites the public next week to hear two leading experts discuss the future of the profession.

The two 8:30 a.m. presentations are plenary sessions for Summer Institute for Public Health Practice. This year, the plenary sessions are open to the public, free of charge.

Monday, Aug. 9, Judy Monroe, director for Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support and Deputy Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will give a presentation titled “A new decade of public health.”

Tuesday, Aug.10, Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the UW, will speak on “Falling behind: Life expectancy in US counties from 2000 to 2006 in an international context.”

Both sessions will be at the UW’s law school, William H. Gates Hall.

Monroe served as the Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2005 until her CDC appointment in 2010. She has held several national public health leadership positions and is immediate past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Murray is a physician and health economist. He worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1998 to 2003 and directed the Harvard University Initiative for Global Health and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies from 2003 to 2007.

The Summer Institute allows public health practitioners to build valuable skills in their chosen area. It is held in Seattle from Aug. 9 to13. The Institute is sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice in the UW School of Public Health. Participants attend plenary sessions in the morning, and then divide into interest groups such as epidemiology, health communication, program planning and evaluation, and leadership and management.

For more information, contact Trudy San Jose White at 206.685.2931.