distance, education, Internet, preparedness, public health



  1. Shield, Margaret PhD
  2. Wiesner, Paul MD
  3. Curran, Connie MA
  4. Stark, Greg BA+
  5. Rauch, Steve MLIS
  6. Stergachis, Andy PhD, RPh
  7. Thompson, Jack MSW


The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington hosts a training forum, called Hot Topics in Preparedness, that is delivered via a synchronous, Web conferencing system. These monthly, 1-hour sessions focus on key topics related to emergency preparedness for public health professionals and their emergency response partners in the Northwest region. This distance learning series was conceived and implemented as a regional collaborative, overseen by an advisory board representing state, local, and tribal health agencies. Results of session evaluations, challenges, and lessons learned from the first year of the Hot Topics in Preparedness forum are reported. Web conferencing is a popular, convenient, and effective strategy for delivering training in the rapidly changing field of preparedness across a large geographic region.