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Colleagues:
 
I have been asked to disseminate information about the first ever joint
conference on health in Washington State.  Please pass it along to people
in your organization who might be interested.  Although the emphasis will
be on aspects of public health, epidemiology and the use of data by folks
in this state, the data users part of the conferences in the past have
been very informative for participants, several of whom have been
librarians.  My only problem this year will be deciding which of the many
concurrent sessions I want to attend.
 
If you have specific questions, there are numerous people listed below to
contact, but I would also be very happy to answer questions about the
conference from the librarian's standpoint.
 
Regards,
Laura C. Larsson
Research Librarian
Health Services  SC-37
University of Washington
Seattle, WA  98195
206/616-2935
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THE FIRST ANNUAL WASHINGTON STATE JOINT CONFERENCE ON HEALTH
OCTOBER 9-12, 1994, YAKIMA, WASHINGTON
 
Healthy Futures Through Community Partnerships
 
     This 3-day conference combines three formerly separate
events: The Infectious Disease Conference; The Data Users
Conference; and the Washington State Public Health Association
Annual Meeting. The content of the individual events is retained
through separate tracks geared to each focus. The combined event
will provide an opportunity for health professionals and those in
allied health professions to network and update their knowledge
and skills in the health arena.
     The conference theme is on partnerships and how various
agencies, organizations, professions and institutions are coming
together to meet the challenges of health reform.
 
The Agenda
 
Sunday October 9
 
1:00-5:00PM    Registration
1:00-5:00      Organizational meetings and exhibit set-up
12:00-5:00     WSALPHO meeting
 
Monday October 10
 
6:30-7:30      Aerobics
8:00-9:00      Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30      Welcome!
               Bruce Miyahara, Secretary,
                 Washington State Department of Health
               Sylvia Beck, President,
                 Washington State Public Health Association
9:30-10:30     GENERAL KEYNOTE
               Stephen Ostroff, MD, CDC
10:30-11:00    BREAK
11:00-12:00    TRACK Keynotes
Data Users     HSIS and data reform issues
               Elizabeth Ward
                 Washington State Dept. of Health
Infectious     Emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis as a
Disease        failure of public health policy
               John Sbarbaro, MD,
                 University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
General Public Report to health officials
Health         Bruce Miyahara, Washington State Dept. of Health
12:00-2:00     LUNCH/FREE TIME
2:00-3:00      Concurrent Sessions
Data Users     Performance measures
               Defining, adjusting and estimating for analysis
Infectious     Pelvic inflammatoyr disease - the silent infection
Disease        How to's of outbreak investigations
General        National health reform: "will we or won't we?"
Public Health  Public health improvement plan
3:00-3:30      BREAK
3:30-4:30      Concurrent Sessions
Data Users     Shifts in patterns of care
               Quantifying social factors
Infectious     Recent outbreaks - experience of local health
Disease        departments/districts
General        Substance abuse, public health and community
               mobilization
               APEX part II - one county's experience
5:00-6:00      Fun Run/Walk
6:00-7:00      Microsoft Reception/Demonstration
 
Tuesday, October 11
 
6:30-7:30AM    Aerobics
8:00-9:00      Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30     GENERAL KEYNOTE
               Roz Lasker, MD, DHHS
10:30-11:00    BREAK
11:00-12:00    Track Keynotes
Data Users     A collaborative approach for collecting and using
               health status data
               James Burdine, Felix
                 Burdine and Associates
Infectious     Herpes Zoster
Disease        Richard Tucker, MD
                 Wenachee Valley Clinic
General        1994 Washington State Public Health Report:
Public Health  Another Perspective
               Eugene Feingold, PhD., APHA
12:00-2:00     LUNCH/FREE TIME
               WSPHA Members Business meeting/luncheon
2:00-3:00      Concurrent Sessions
Data Users     Data/systems update
               Building data partnerships: linking data and
               systems
               Information for marketing health and health care
Infectious     Travellers' medicine
Disease        Our drinking water supply: epidemiology and
               control of disease
               HIV/AIDS in Washington
General        Epidemiology and community partnerships
Public Health  Infant tracking and immunizations
               Public health roles in violence intervention
3:00-3:30      BREAK
3:30-5:00      Concurrent Sessions
Data Users     Building data partnerships: hospitals,
               communities, and local health
               Research forum
               Community health assessment
Infectious     Outbreaks! Sampling your way to success
Disease        1993-1994 E. coli 0157:h7 outbreaks in Washington
               State
6:30           Dinner: Yakima Indian Cultural Center
               (Optional)
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
 
6:30-7:30      Aerobics
7:00-8:00      Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00      GENERAL KEYNOTE
               Eugene Feingold, PhD, APJA
9:00-10:00     Concurrent Sessions
Data Users     Data for prevention activities
               Data tools for analysis
Infectious     Emerging pathogens in Washington State
Disease        What's new in hepatitis: A,B,C, etc.
General        Environmental health education in the community
Public Health  Community health centers and public health
               departments/districts under health care reform
10:00-10:30    BREAK
10:30-11:30    Track Keynotes
Data Users     Data for change: data users forum
               Doug Williams, CDC; Rick Brandon, UW
Infectious     Immunization update 1994
Disease        William Atkinson MD, CDC
General        Implementing health care reform
Public Health  Dennis Braddock
11:30-12:00    FREE TIME
12:00-1:00PM   LUNCH
1:00-1:30      Closing Remarks
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
 
The conference provides a forum for those in health-related
occupations to hear the latest ideas on ehalth in Washington
State. Past participants have included health professionals,
local and state health department staff, health insurance and
hospital planners, state agency staff, health care consultants,
researchers, data analysts, program planners, elected officials,
managers, and policy-makers.
 
This conference is designed to meet the requirements of RCW
43.170.140, Health Officers Annual Meeting with the Secretary of
the Department of Health.
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
 
Dental Hygienists
Continuing education credits have been requested for Washington
State Dental Hygienists.
 
Registered Dietitians
Continuing education credits have been requested for registered
dietitians.
 
Registered Sanitarians
Continuing education credits have been requested for registered
sanitarians.
 
Nurses
Application submitted to WSNA for approval for nursing education
contact hours.
 
Certified Health Education Specialists
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society fo Public Health
Education (SOPHE) will award Category I Continuing Education
Contact Hours to each Participant who completes this program and
requests credit. SOPHE has been designated as a provider of
continuing education in health education by the National
Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
 
Physicians
The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by
the accreditation council for Continuing Medical Education to
sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
 
The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this
continuing medical education activity for 12.5 credit hours in
Category I of the Physician's Recognition Award of the American
Medical Association.
 
EXHIBITORS
Hours will be from:
8:00AM to 6:00PM Monday and Tuesday,
8:00AM to 3:00PM on Wednesday.
Exhibitor space is still available -
call 206 753-0788 for more information.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Vicki Hohner, Co-Chair
206 705-6027  FAX 206 664-8679
Sylvia Beck Co-Chair
206 586-0399  FAX 206 586-6033
 
Registration/Accommodations
 
ADVANCE REGISTRATION
Advance registration and payment are advised as conference space
is limited. For each registration, please include full payment
and registration form.
 
CONFERENCE FEES
Conference fees are $100 if received by September 15; late
registration is $125. Single day fees are $65; late fee is $85.
Fees include all conference sessions and materials, continental
breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks.
 
CANCELLATIONS
All cancellations must be in writing. Refunds, minus a $25
cancellation fee, will be issued up to September 23. No refunds
will be issued after that date. Substitutions are permitted with
prior notice.
 
ACCOMMODATIONS
A block of rooms have been reserved at these locations. When
making reservations mention the Department of Health or the
Public Health Association.
 
Call early - rooms are limited!
 
Best Western Rio Mirada Motel
509 457-4444  FAX 509 453-7593
 
Cavenaugh's at the Yakima Center
509 457-5900  FAX 509 575-8975
 
Holiday Inn
509 248-7850  FAX 509 575-1694
 
Red Lion Inn - Yakima Valley
509 248-7850  FAX 575-1694
 
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Registration Form
THE FIRST ANNUAL WASHINGTON STATE JOINT CONFERENCE ON HEALTH
OCTOBER 9-12, 1994
Yakima Convention Center, Cavenaugh's at Yakima Center, and
Holiday Inn of Yakima
 
Name .....................................................
 
Title ....................................................
 
Organization .............................................
 
Address ..................................................
 
City ..................... State ........  Zip ...........
 
Day Phone ................ Fax ...........................
 
Internet/Email Address ...................................
 
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $...................................
 
CONFERENCE FEES
__$100 Advance Registration
__$125 After September 15
 
SINGLE DAY
__$65 Advance Registration
__$85 after September 15
 
Please Select Day
__Monday, 10/10    __Tuesday 10/11   __Wednesday 10/12
 
OPTIONAL
Yakima Indian Nation Cultural Center dinner, include an
additional $20
__yes  __no
 
Check/Money Order
Please make check or money order payable to: Washington State
Joint Conference on Health. One form per registrant. Make copies
for additional attendees.
 
Mail To:
Please mail your completed form and payment to:
Washington State Joint Conference on Health
WSPHA
P.O. Box 31080
Seattle, WA 98104
 
SPECIAL NEEDS
If you require materials in braille, a sign language interpreter,
special diets or other special accommodations, please contact
Candy Holstine 206 705-6045 by September 30