WSPHA Blog FAQ and Submission Guidelines

Why do a blog? 

WSPHA started publishing a monthly blog in January 2018. The purpose of the blog is to enable public health partners to share ideas and take action to achieve a healthier Washington.

Who may contribute?

Priority will be given to authors who are WSPHA members, but we will consider submissions from non-members.

What are you looking for in a blog?

Bold ideas, fresh community perspectives, and strong opinions are welcome. We are looking for pieces relevant to current events impacting the health of Washingtonians.

How long should a blog be?

Between 500 and 1,000 words.

Do you have any writing tips to consider?

  • Write with a forceful voice and a critical perspective, but be respectful and use inclusive language. 
  • Avoid jargon, but include enough technical background for an informed lay person to understand the issues. 
  • Cite your sources in the body of the blog, and at the end of your post, include a list of citations or websites for any facts and figures you use. 
  • Please do not send pieces that have been published in or submitted to other websites or publications.

What is the review process for blogs?

Members of our Board of Directors will review and select submissions for publication. We will notify you to let you know if your blog submission was accepted, if we have suggested edits and when it will run if accepted.

How do I submit my blog?

Blogs are accepted on an ongoing basis. Blogs must be submitted for review no later than the 15th day of the month before it will be published. Visit our blog for examples of past postings. 

Submit a blog

Past blogs

Summer Break with or without Hunger
By Debra French, Executive Director, Washington State Dairy Council 

June 1, 2018
Schools out and its summer break, for many a time for relaxation, vacations, fun and some sunshine but for some, it’s a bit more stressful.  Millions of children who rely on free and reduced-priced school breakfast and lunch during the school year, lose access to those meals when summer break begins. The federal government provides funding for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) both are key to bringing nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer months. Read more.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Public Health
By Amy Person, MD, Health Officer, Benton-Franklin Health District

mental health

May 1, 2018
Behavioral health disorders are common – but what role can public health play? One in eight adults in Washington State reports poor mental health and one in three Washington 10th graders reports depressive feelings. We cannot achieve the highest health potential for individuals, families or communities without including behavioral health as a public health priority. Applying the public health model to behavioral health can also shift the focus to include primary prevention as well as improving access to treatment. Read more

Celebrating National Public Health Week
By Ginny Weir, MPH, Director, Bree Collaborative

April 1, 2018
Public health is essential to building a healthier Washington and stands on foundational public health services like chronic disease and injury prevention, maternal and child family health, access to clinical care, environmental public health, vital records, and communicable disease control. Although Public health week has already passed, there are still plenty of ways to get involved and advocate for a healthy community. Read more.

Legislative Education Day: What Comes Next?
By Heather Thomas, MPA, Public & Government Affairs Manager, Snohomish Health District

March 1, 2018

On February 7, more than 150 public health ambassadors from around the state gathered in Olympia for our annual WSPHA Legislative Education Day. The morning session kicked off with a welcome from WSPHA president David Reyes, followed by remarks from Secretary of Health John Wiesman. Secretary Wiesman shared his perspectives on a variety of public health issues at the state and federal level. Read more

Legislative Education Day
By Anne  Burkland, Government Relations Specialist, Public Health Seattle and King County
February 1, 2018
Join public health officials from across the state and have your voice heard at our annual legislative education day on February 7, 2018.Your day will begin with Secretary of Health John Wiesman. You’ll also hear from state lawmakers and your colleagues who are leading the charge for more funding dedicated to public health. You’ll be provided talking points and an opportunity to develop and practice the key messages you want your representatives to hear. Read more 

The Opioid Epidemic in Washington
By Ginny Weir, Program Director, Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative
January 1, 2018
The opioid epidemic has impacted every community in Washington State. Across the country, opioid overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. But some counties are hit harder than others and disparities exist between how racial and ethnic groups are burdened with the epidemic. Solutions must be both based in local communities and supported across the state. Our Washington state opioid response plan calls on all of us, state government agencies, local health departments, professional groups, community organizations, health care systems, and others to work together on priority areas. Read more