Public Health Graduate Certificate – now at CWU!

science-fallLooking to take your public health skills to the next level? Or perhaps you’ve been working in the field but want some more specialized public health knowledge. CWU will launch its first admissions cohort for the online Rural and Community Health Graduate Certificate in Spring 2018. The program is 17-credits and designed to be competed in 2 or 3 academic quarters — and completely online! Prospective students can find out more information about the program here, as well as application deadlines and other relevant information at the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

To talk to someone about the program, feel welcome to reach out to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Beeson at

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2018 Commencement – THIS is Public Health at CWU!

Busy, wonderful graduation day with our CWU Public Health seniors! Here are a few pics of terrific moments….

impassioned, important words – Alexis spoke of kindness and making decisions

Dr. Pearson’s favorite moment? When Lt Gov Habib talked about making sure imagination trumps fear, and he referred to Alexis’ speech: “Like Alexis said, ‘Be that person for other people.’”

Below, our two powerful commencement speakers caught in one pic!

Lt Gov Cyrus Habib and CWU PH grad Alexis Everett sharing a stage

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Final Post: 2018 Campaign for Vehicle Safety on College Campuses

This concludes the 2018 Campaign for Vehicle Safety on College Campuses. Please take this brief survey to help us evaluate our program! Thank you 🙂

Final Post

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Even texters and drivers hate texters and drivers

Speak up to your friends about texting while driving. Below are a few talking points and a video to reinforce the importance of stopping cell phone use while driving:

  • Speak up to your driver about your comfort levels of texting while driving before getting in the vehicle
  • Start a conversation about the dangers you learned during this campaign
  • Request to use your friends phone or be the DJ using their phone
  • Make not texting while driving a game to see how long they can go without texting

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5 consequences of drunk driving and 5 ways to get home safely in Ellensburg!

Tuesday April 24th

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Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed (

Cell phone use is highest among 16-24 year old’s (

In 2015, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers (


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10 ways drinking impairs driving skills and 10 drinking tips to prevent over intoxication!

Saturday April 21st

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Follow us along this program to gain a better understanding about the dangers of drugged driving, drinking and driving and texting while driving. We would appreciate it if you took this brief survey! rW9TSGUYb1g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Initial Post April 19th

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Talking climate change and human health – right here in Shaw-Smyser

Thank you to Kittitas County Medical Society and to Dr. Sara Cate, for bringing us a powerful talk on what Dr. Cate called a medical emergency. Even as she emphasized the urgency of environmental and human health impacts, Dr. Cate noted that health care practitioners’ and groups’ involvement in climate change-related health issues and advocacy are part of – perhaps – a statement of hope.

start of Dr. Cate’s talk

Think it’s tough for most people to find a way in to these issues? You’re right – but Dr. Cate emphasized both national defense-relevant concerns and those related to drought.

bringing drought into the picture

Those of us living in farming-focused communities, and those of us who eat should all be concerned.

And we are. Dr. Cate brought us full circle, toward the end of her talk; she reminded us that there are societal, and individual, steps we can take – and that we are taking as nations and people! She left us with information about state-level proposals and their potential, and provided resources for those who want more information.

Following her talk, audience members raised questions and shared their own interests and actions surrounding improving awareness of these issues, both locally and around the state. Thank you again, Dr. Cate and KCMS, for your commitment to climate health and to building community conversation!

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