Northwest Public Health - Spring/Summer 2001

Workforce Development in the Northwest States

A Public Health Workforce That Works
by Betty Bekemeier
Staff shortages, a graying workforce, and changing job skills are driving regional planning for public health training.

Public Health Informatics Transforms the Notifiable Condition System
by Jac Davies, Greg Smith, Deb Gustafson
The science of informatics brings Washington public health practice into the 21st century.

Training for Public Health Emergencies
by Carl S. Osaki
A bioterrorism preparedness exercise demonstrates the need for interagency collaboration.

Questions from Libby: Tracking Asbestos-Related Disease
Michael R. Spence
A review of the past raises questions for the future.

Viewpoint: The Public Health Threats and Emergencies Act Addressing Public Health Preparedness
by Mary Selecky
The Frist-Kennedy Bill offers exciting opportunities for public health system improvement.

Showcase: Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies
Growing Our Own — The Value of a Local Health Services Research Capacity

Brian Saylor
Alaska finds that building a local research institute pays off.

Northwest Region at a Glance
The six Northwest states share similarities within their differences.

Policy Watch Tobacco Settlement Funds in the Northwest
How are Northwest states spending their tobacco settlement money?

From the Dean

From the Editor

Letters to the Editor