Dr. Betty Bekemeier, director of the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) received the Public Health Leadership Award from the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA). She was honored this week at WSPHA’s annual conference in Wenatchee, Washington.
Dr. Bekemeier, also the Kirby & Ellery Cramer Endowed Professor at the UW School of Nursing and adjunct professor in the Department of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health, is a nationally recognized leader in public health systems and practice-based research. She studies the practices of state and local health departments in order to improve program effectiveness and reduce health disparities. Her work, conducted in close partnership with public health practice leaders, has been immediately relevant to addressing current policy issues.
“Betty’s personal and professional commitment to improving the practice of public health in Washington and across our region runs very deep,” says Dr. Janet Baseman, associate dean for public health practice and professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health. “We are fortunate to have her leadership of our NWCPHP as it continues its mission – which is so well-aligned with Betty’s – to bridge the gap between public health practice and academic public health by building workforce and leadership capacity, generating evidence for practice, and evaluating public health programs and activities.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 04