Washington Apple

Working today for a healthier Washington tomorrow

We are a non-profit association of members who work in public health, health care, and other areas dedicated to improving health and safety in all communities across Washington. Join us to make Washington a place where we all have an equal chance to be healthy.

 

New Blog: Public Health And Wikipedia: Your Patients Are Here, Why Aren't You?

We’re all used to thinking of Wikipedia as among the more unreliable of resources—anyone can edit it, right?  However, librarians like me and many public health professionals and healthcare providers are starting to have a more nuanced understanding of this widely-used tool.  For starters, there is a strong culture of fact-checking, and the use of references means that it’s easy to check out where people are getting their information from; in fact, the quality of medical content is often better, for these two reasons.  The title of this post is taken from an article entitled “A Perspective on Wikipedia: Your Students Are Here, Why Aren’t You?” (by Meghan Dowell and Laurie Bridges) and this post hopefully will convince you to at least take a new look at the ubiquitous online encyclopedia.

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HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

Giving a voice to public health

We represent public health interests in important policy discussions. Learn more about policy and advocacy.

Bringing together community

We connect the diverse community of individuals and organizations that contribute to improving the public’s health. Read our blog.

Helping you make a difference

We facilitate knowledge and information sharing to support you in your work to protect and promote the public’s health. Learn more about the Annual Conference.



Membership in WSPHA places you in the company of a community of individuals and organizations dedicated to making health and safety a reality for all people in our state. WSPHA offers both individual and organizational memberships. BECOME A MEMBER

 




One of the most long-standing affiliates of the American Public Health Association (APHA), we have been working to protect and promote the public’s health in Washington State since 1935.