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Hot Topics in Prepardness: Simulation-based Learning in Public Health

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The NN/LM PNR will be hosting a group seating for the next Hot Topics in Preparedness webcast on Tuesday, October 26th at noon Pacific.  To join us in person, come to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Room T-223.

If you are unable to sit in on the webcast in person, they are archived on the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice site for future viewing.

Session Description

Public health is necessarily concerned with issues that range over long time periods and broad areas/regions. Through several relevant examples (e.g. childhood obesity, low birth weight outcomes), participants will receive an overview of why learning through computer-based learning labs facilitates the development of systemic understanding. Participants will learn how to identify appropriate issues for simulation-based learning, including next steps to build their capacity for developing effective simulations.

Learner Objectives:

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe why simulation-based learning can be an effective tool for learning about public health issues
  • Identify issues suitable for simulation-based learning
  • Develop a plan for building and implementing simulation-based learning


Chris Soderquist is the founder and President of Pontifex Consulting, an organization created to work with individuals, teams, and organizations in building their capacity to develop strategic solutions to complex issues. For over 15 years, he has worked with Fortune 100 companies, international development organizations, national and state government organizations, and communities to help them create the future they desire. Chris is a guest lecturer at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia) in their Executive Education Program, and on the Boeing Engineering Leadership Program’s development team. He is a contributing author to The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 1999. He has extensive experience in applying systems to public health, consulting with the CDC on child abuse prevention, and with the state of Georgia on childhood obesity, low birth weight, and trauma. He has also developed “systems thinking for health policy” trainings for state legislators (Georgia and Kansas).

Hot Topics in Preparedness (known throughout the region as HTIP or Hot Topics) is sponsored by Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) to provide an authoritative hour-long forum each month for discussing topics that are important to the public health practice community. They focus on the six states in the region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming) and the tribal health units (coordinated through the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board).  While many of the topics are specific to the public health community, they are also relevant to Network Members of NN/LM.

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