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 4:00 – 5:00 pm and are held in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science Building Room 101 (Walgreens Auditorium) at the Spokane campus. The presentations will also be broadcasted for those who cannot join in person.
The third in the series was presented on October 26, 2018 and addressed suicide prevention. Stacey Chay, Program Director for the EWU Spokane-based MSW Hybrid program, was the speaker at the presentation. Stacy discussed how suicide is the leading cause of death for individuals 10-24 years of age and the eighth leading cause of death for all individuals in Washington state and Spokane County. She then answered audience questions about strategies needed to promote broader awareness of suicide and the role that an interprofessional approach can play in identifying factors that reduce the risk of suicide and promote programs that protect people from engaging in suicidal behavior.
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 about major public health issues, key challenges, evidence-based practice, potential solutions, and the context that influences our health every day. Future topics include maternal mortality, clinical workforce shortages, drinking water innovation, aging in rural areas, firearm injury and violence, and Medicaid transformation. See you on November 30 for the next Public Health Grand Rounds!