Eastern Washington University’s Master of Public Health program has partnered with the Washington State Department of Health and Spokane Regional Health District to present a series of presentations highlighting salient public health issues in the state of Washington. These presentations are held on the last Friday of every month from 4-5 p.m. and are held in the Nursing Building Room 105 on the Spokane campus. The presentations are also broadcasted for those who cannot join in person.
The seventh in the series was presented on February 22, 2019, and addressed aging in rural areas. Pat Justis, from the Washington State Department of Regional Health’s State Office of Rural Health, was one of two speaker’s at the presentation. Pat discussed the definition of rural and the health of the aging population in rural WA state counties. Anna Tresidder, Director of the Public Health Program at EWU was the second speaker. She presented and discussed pictures from her photovoice project that documented aging in place for rural elders. Audience questions about emergency preparedness for elders in rural areas, community forums to provide aging education for families, and non-traditional healthcare providers were then addressed.
Students, faculty, health professionals, and the community at large are the audience for the Public Health Grand Rounds, but all are invited to participate. With each monthly presentation, the hope is to feature the important work that is being done to protect and inform people and improve the quality of life for the community. Attendees will learn more about major public health issues, key challenges, evidence-based practice, potential solutions, and the context that influences our health every day. Future topics include preventing firearm injury and violence and Medicaid transformation. Join us this Friday, March 29 for the next Public Health Grand Rounds on preventing firearm injury and violence!