WSPHA 2014 Conference

2014 WSPHA Annual Conference

Rallying the Public Health Spirit: New Approaches in Health Equity

WENATCHEE, OCTOBER 12-14: With a focus on health equity, the 2014 conference provided an interactive venue to examine and discuss core public health functions and how these functions can minimize health inequities in our communities.


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Dr. David Williams

Dr. David R. Williams

Dr. Williams, an internationally recognized social scientist, is a professor of public health, African American Studies, and sociology at Harvard University. His research focuses on the complex manner in which race, racial discrimination, socio-economic status, and religion can impact health. Through his work, Dr. Williams has been at the forefront of advancing health equity in the United States.

View Dr. Williams’ plenary presentation, Effectively Reducing Social Inequities to Health.



Dr. Michele Curtis

Dr. Michele Curtis, MD, MPH, MML

Dr. Curtis discussed epigenetics in the context of public health and social determinants of health. Epigenetics examines the communications between individual DNA and the environment. This breaking field of research is providing new understanding of how disease, heredity and genetics influence health status. Issues being examined, such as the impact of maternal stress and exposure to environmental agents on fetal development, will inform future public health practices and approaches.

View Dr. Curtis’ plenary presentation, Pregnancy as a Transgenerational Event.



Dr. John Wiesman

Secretary of Health Dr. John Wiesman

We are in a period of transformation. What is next for Washington? Secretary Wiesman and Doroty Teeter discussed the State of Washington’s health and the opportunities and challenges for improving health for all people in all communities across the state.




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