The magazine of the UW School of Public Health

Innovative Approaches to Improving the Public's Health

Spring/Summer 2012 • Volume 29 Number 1

This issue highlights innovative approaches to public health from the six-state region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Peer-reviewed articles show health departments forming new partnerships, public health practitioners using data in powerful ways, and new technologies expanding the effectiveness of public health.

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Transitioning Public Health Clinic Services to a Federally Qualified Health Center

Marni Storey, Alan Melnick
A local health department responds to reduced financial resources by transitioning services, and in the process, increases access to care.


Taking the Lead: Central Oregon Regional Health Council

Muriel DeLaVergne-Brown
Working with partners in the health care community, a local health department in central Oregon plays an important role in planning for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Protecting Health: Government to Government

Thomas Locke
A Mutual Assistance Agreement helps local and tribal public health partners in Washington State respond to public health emergencies.


engAGE in Community

Deborah John, Kathy Gunter
A research study uses community volunteers to collect data on the “age-friendliness” of Clackamas County, Oregon.

UnderwoodImproving Immunization Rates in Montana

Lisa Underwood, James S. Murphy
Staff at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services take a strategic approach to improving immunization rates.

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