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Northwest Public Health Spring/Summer 2010

Building on Yesterday. Ready for Tomorrow.

Spring/Summer 2010 • Volume 27 Number 1

The past 40 years have seen rapid change and evolution in Public Health programs, methods, staffing and priorities, yet the core activities, values, and goals of public health have remained constant. The following articles explore the ways our history prepares us for coming challenges.

Guest Editorial: From the Past to the Future: Public Health Responds & Leads
Ray M. (Bud) Nicola
The former director of two urban health departments, now CDC assignee to the Northwest, considers the past and future of Public Health.

Viewpoint: Always Changing, Always the Same: Public Health Workforce
Kristine M. Gebbie
A former Washington and Oregon state health director, now an academic Dean, considers the increased professionalism of the public health workforce.

Viewpoint: Looking Backward, Moving Forward
Maxine Hayes
Washington's State Health Officer takes a lesson from a mythical bird, who teaches us to gather the best from our past.

Public Health Time Line: The Past 40 Years

Viewpoint: The Evolution of Public Health Through Two Careers
Jill Marsden and Nicola Marsden-Haug
A mother and daughter look back over careers that have spanned more than 40 years, focusing on community awareness of public health issues.

Hard at Work: Breastfeeding Changes Between 1992 & 2007
Bidisha Mandal and Seungchul Lee
Two federal studies released in 1992 and 2007 highlight changes in workplace acceptance of breastfeeding.

Public Health Laboratories: From Microscopes to Microarrays
Michael Skeels
State laboratories continue to provide surveillance and prevention, but technology has changed the way they perform their role.

Sidebar: An Act of Bioterrorism: Oregon, 1984
Michael Skeels and Katherine J. Hall
The nation's first community bioterrorism attack had an unlikely target—would-be voters dining at restaurants in The Dalles, Oregon.

Environmental Justice in Indian Country
Nicholas C. Zaferatos
Although tribes have sovereign status that should guarantee environmental justice, they struggle to accomplish their environmental goals.

Environmental and Occupational Health: From Local to Global
Rebecca Morris-Chatta and Sharon L. Morris
1970 was a monumental year for environmental and occupational regulation. Today, these problems have taken on a global scale.

Northwest Public Health at 30: A Journal Connecting Academia and Practice
Katherine J. Hall
A 31-year archive provides a lens for the changes in the profession and in the relationship between the academic and practice communities.

Web specials

Changes in Information Management Technologies: The Impact on Public Health
P. Elison-Bowers, Uwe Reischl, Jaime Sand, and Linda Osgood
New electronic technologies have transformed the way health information is being recorded, stored, retrieved, and analyzed.

50 Years Ago in Alaska
Ward B. Hurlburt
A mid-20th century tuberculosis epidemic in Alaska spawned community institutions that endure today.

Profile: Kelwaq, One Who Alerts the Community to Danger
Michael Bradley and Tara Melinkovich
A preparedness trainer earns a special badge of respect from members of a remote Native community in Alaska.

Sidebar: Hospitals Encourage Breastfeeding
Stephanie Wright and Katherine Hall
Eleven hospitals in our region have earned the international designation of a Baby-Friendly birth facility.

Original Tables: Breastfeeding Changes Between 1992 & 2007
Bidisha Mandal and Seungchul Lee
For those who wish to delve into the data, here are detailed study results about women who breastfeed and work. Table 1 | Table 2

Annotated Bibliography
Laura Larsson
A public health librarian locates resources that provide more depth to the topics covered in the journal.

Related content

More history on TB in the region: Washington
In response to Ward Hurlburt's article on TB in Alaska, historian Vicki Stiles sent us background on tuberculosis control in King County. She reveals an interesting funding source from the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition of 1909 and brings us Edna Robinson, the first nurse at what would become the Firland Sanatorium. Read her article.

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