The magazine of the UW School of Public Health

Download full issue PDF. Spring/Summer 2017
Volume 34, Number 1

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Today's increasing emphasis on population health suggests a paradigm shift in the way we approach health—from reactive, individualized treatment and care, to preventive and proactive efforts for entire populations that improve upstream social, economic, cultural, and environmental conditions.

For the 2017 issue of Northwest Public Health, we are seeking story ideas that show the inseparable ties between social determinants and population health outcomes, and identify the best practices for improving health at a population level.

Articles will explore how researchers, public health organizations, and communities are working together to develop and deploy evidence-informed strategies. Special emphasis will be placed on successful policies, reforms, systems, interventions, and innovations that improve population health.

Example topic areas include, but are not limited to:

Topic Areas

  • Social determinants like income and wealth, racism, and exposure to trauma
  • Impacts of health reform, including new models for health care delivery or payment
  • Environmental health, including climate change, lead, air pollution, and water quality
  • Mental and behavioral health, including drug use
  • Using data or technology to monitor health outcomes


  • Mothers
  • Children
  • Communities of color
  • Older adults
  • Farmworkers
  • People experiencing homelessness or incarceration
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • LGBTQ communities
  • People with limited English
  • Tribal communities

Do you have a story idea for our next issue? E-mail with the following:

  • Story Idea: Describe the project and who is doing the work; identify the topic area(s) and population(s) impacted by the work, and the evidence-informed strategies for improving population health outcomes.
  • Contact Information: Provide the name and contact information of whom to follow up with for this story lead.

If your story idea is selected, one of our writers will contact you to develop the idea into an article for publication. We welcome story ideas on the topics mentioned above or any other areas related to population health. For additional questions, contact Laura Haas at

Northwest Public Health is published by the University of Washington School of Public Health and produced by NWCPHP. The mission of the magazine is to provide a forum for practitioners, collaborators, and all who share an interest in public health to exchange ideas, describe innovations, and discuss current issues.