The magazine of the UW School of Public Health

From the Editor: NPH Transformed

Tao Kwan-Gett, Editor-in-Chief of Northwest Public Health, discusses changes to the format of the magazine.

By Tao Kwan-Gett

As public health transforms itself, so does Northwest Public Health. Just as the Affordable Care Act calls for public health to create new collaborations, Northwest Public Health is reaching out to new audiences.

After more than 10 years as a peer-reviewed journal for public health practitioners, we are becoming a magazine. You will still find the same regional perspective and the same dedication to the art and science of public health practice. But you’ll also find some exciting additions that we’ve made in response to last year’s readership survey. Our new “Regional Round-Up” features developments from state, local, and tribal public health. The “Making a Difference” section gives a sampling of the cutting-edge work done by the diverse disciplines at the University of Washington School of Public Health, including biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, global health, and health services. Opinion pieces and profiles share the passions and stories of personalities in public health. Infographics present public health data in a lively visual format. Feature articles invite you in with quotes, stories, and conversational prose. We hope you find this new format compelling, whether you are a public health veteran, or simply someone who shares our commitment to improving the health of communities.

We would like to keep improving what we do. Please let us know what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what you’d like to see in future issues. E-mail us at