APHA conference abstracts are announced for the Denver conference (Oct. 29-Nov. 2)!

COPHP community will be prominent at the conference.

Dear Emily Turk,We are pleased to inform you that your Abstract, 356992, entitled "Voices of Hanford Workers Exposed to Toxic Chemical Vapors: Case Studies of Interactions with Workplace Safety, Health Care and Compensation Systems" has been selected and confirmed for Roundtable presentation during the APHA 2016 Annual Meeting!

Dear Miranda Vargas, We are pleased to inform you that your Abstract, 354104, entitled "Strategies for anti-racist community engagement in public health pedagogy" has been selected and confirmed for Oral presentation during the APHA 2016 Annual Meeting.

Dear Amanda Morse, Thank you for submitting your poster abstract - "Data and Disease in Dhaka: Patterns and Perceptions of Illness in an Unplanned Community in Sankar" for the 2016 WSPHA Annual Conference.  The WSPHA Conference Content Advisory Team is pleased to inform you that your poster abstract has been selected for presentation in Wenatchee this October!

Dear Amy Hagopian, We are pleased to inform you that your Abstract, 346497, entitled "Anti-homosexual legislation and HIV-related stigma in African nations: What has been the role of PEPFAR?" has been selected and confirmed for Oral presentation during the APHA 2016 Annual Meeting!

Also, we are pleased to inform you that your Abstract, 346500, entitled "South African Correctional Services health care assessment offers an agenda for health system strengthening" has been selected and confirmed for Poster presentation during the APHA 2016 Annual Meeting.

Jenn Hagedorn's Capstone Work Published in AJPH

15 February 2016

Jenn Hagedorn, COPHP graduating class of 2015, has published her capstone paper, "The Role of Labor Unions in Creating Working Conditions That Promote Public Health,” in the American Journal of Public Health. 

Jenn portrayed how collective bargaining contracts promote public health by examining 16 union contracts from industries in the Pacific Northwest.

Jenn's paper was also mentioned in AJPH's June 2016 podcast. Here is the link:


Rudy Owens Published in The Lund Report

16 September 2015

COPHP alumnus ('12) Rudolph (Rudy) Owens was recently published in The Lund Report. The column is called, "What Happens When the Patient Says, 'No.'"

The article describes his experience dealing with Kaiser Permanente and its dental provider when he declined to be exposed to an unnecessary panoramic X-ray. As of today, Rudy can no longer receive basic dental care from them.

Owens, Rudy. "What Happens When the Patient Says, 'No.'" Lund Report (Portland, OR), September 16, 2015. 

The University of Washington's Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program and Public Health-Seattle & King County partnership.

J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 May-Jun;20(3):285-9. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000054.

The Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program, a 2-year in-residence MPH degree program in the University of Washington School of Public Health, has partnered with Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) since 2002 to create a mutually beneficial set of programs to improve teaching and address community-based public health problems in a practice setting. The COPHP program uses a problem-based learning approach that puts students in small groups to work on public health problems. Both University of Washington-based and PHSKC-based faculty facilitate the classroom work. In the first year for students, COPHP, in concert with PHSKC, places students in practicum assignments at PHSKC; in the second year, students undertake a master's project (capstone) in a community or public health agency. The capstone project entails taking on a problem in a community-based agency to improve either the health of a population or the capacity of the agency to improve population health. Both the practicum and the capstone projects emphasize applying classroom learning in actual public health practice work for community-based organizations. This partnership brings PHSKC and COPHP together in every aspect of teaching. In essence, PHSKC acts as the "academic health department" for COPHP. There are detailed agreements and contracts that guide all aspects of the partnership. Both the practicum and capstone projects require written contracts. The arrangements for getting non-University of Washington faculty paid for teaching and advising also include formal contracts.

Paula Rae Blasi's Group Health Research Institute Internship Work Published in Sage Journals

28 July 2015

Congratulations, Paula Rae Blasi (COPHP, '13)! Paula interned at Group Health Research Institute, working on a project about the HPV vaccine and Sage Journals is publishing the article.

Blasi, Paula R., King, Deborah, Henrikson, Nora B. HPV Vaccine Public Awareness Campaigns: An Environmental Scan. Sage Journals. doi: 10.1177/1524839915596133

Alumna Kelly Gilmore's Capstone Work Published in the Journal of Adolescent Health

20 May 2015

Congratulations, Kelly Gilmore (COPHP, '14)! The qualitative component of Kelly's graduate capstone project was published online today in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Kelly worked closely with her faculty advisor, Ann Vander Stoep, and preceptor, Janet Cady, to complete her capstone "Yes we can! Provide long-acting reversible contraception in a school-based health center: Evaluating the Neighborcare Health experience" via the Neighborcare Health School-Based Health Program.

Gilmore K, Hoopes AJ, Cady J, Amies Oelschlager A-M, Prager S, Vander Stoep A. Providing Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Services in Seattle School-Based Health Centers: Key Themes for Facilitating Implementation. Journal of Adolescent Health. 56(6):658-665. 

Second-Year Student Authors Policy Report for Seattle Think/Do Tank: Economic Opportunity Institute

22 January 2015

COPHP student Sam Hatzenbeler co-authored a report on gender-based pay inequity for the Economic Opportunity Institute. Based on her graduate policy internship, the research was aimed at state lawmakers.

Stephen Bezrucka on Early Support for Child Health


Read the latest publication from Senior Lecturer Stephen Bezruchka here.

Bezruchka, S., Early Life Or Early Death: Support For Child Health Lasts A Lifetime. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 2015, 6(2), 204-229.

COPHP Alumnus Xeno Acharya Contributes to a Book: Stigma, Discrimination, and Living with HIV/AIDS


It has been suggested that HIV and AIDS have particular traits which initiate a high level of stigma. A major consequence of stigmatisation is “discrimination” and it occurs when an individual “is treated unfairly and unjustly” due to the perception that the individual is deviant from others. HIV and AIDS stigma is perceived as “an individual’s deviance from socially accepted standards of normality”. Hence, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are socially constructed as the “other” who are “disgracefully different from and threatening to the general public”. This social construction of people living with HIV/AIDS has significant impact on their health, well-being and care seeking and it is a great public health concern. Thus far, many articles have been written to portray stigma and discrimination which occur with PLWHA in many parts of the world. But there has not been any recent book which attempts to put together results from empirical research relating to stigma, discrimination and living with HIV/AIDS. This book proposal is written with the intention to fill this gap. The focus of this book is on issues relevant to stigma and discrimination which have occurred to individuals and groups in different parts of the globe as well as how these individuals and groups attempt to deal with HIV/AIDS. The book comprises chapters written by researchers who carry out their projects in different parts of the world. Each chapter contains empirical information which is based on real life situations. This can be used as an evidence for health care providers to implement socially and culturally appropriate services to assist individuals and groups who are living with HIV/AIDS in many societies.

Liamputtong, P. (Ed.). (2013). Stigma, discrimination and living with HIV/AIDS: a cross-cultural perspective. Springer Science & Business Media.


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