Betty R. Bekemeier
I have a passion for public health as it is practiced in the community setting. Improving the health of whole communities can only happen through working effectively together across systems, agencies, and disciplines and believing that everyone participates in the work of public health.
EducationPhD University of Washington, 2007 (Nursing)
MPH Johns Hopkins University, 1994 (Program Evaluation)
MSN Johns Hopkins University, 1994 (Public Health Nursing Leadership and Management)
BSN Pacific Lutheran University, 1984 (Nursing)
Contact Infoemail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Psychosocial and Community Health
1959 NE Pacific St.,
Seattle, WA 98195
campus box: 357263
Betty Bekemeier is a public health systems researcher examining effective strategies for local and state public health systems to most effectively improve population health and eliminate disparities. She became Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice in November 2015. She is Primary Investigator of the Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST) Study and conducts practice-based research in collaboration with state and local public health practice partners. She has held significant state and national leadership positions including with the Washington State Public Health Association and the American Public Health Association. Before coming to the UW, her career focused on public health practice at the local level, including: public health nursing, clinical and field management, epidemiology, community assessment, maternal child health, and administration.
Klaiman T, Chainani A, Bekemeier B. The Importance of Partnerships in Local Health Department Practice Among Communities With Exceptional Maternal and Child Health Outcomes. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2016 Nov-Dec;22(6):542-9. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000402. PMID: 26910874
Bekemeier B, Zahner SJ, Kulbok P, Merrill J, Kub J. Assuring a strong foundation for our nation's public health systems. Nurs Outlook. 2016 Nov - Dec;64(6):557-565. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.05.013. PMID: 27480677
Issel LM, Lurie CF, Bekemeier B. Wage Inequity: Within-Market Comparative Analysis of Salary for Public Health Nurses and Hospital Nurses. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2016 Nov-Dec;22(6):550-8. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000390. PMID: 27682725
Bekemeier B, Pantazis A, Yip MP, Kwan-Gett T. Developing the Evidence for Public Health Systems to Battle Vaccine Preventable Disease at the Local Level: Data Challenges and Strategies for Advancing Research. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 Mar/Apr;23(2):131-137. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000411. PMID: 27798522
The PHAST Study is a multi-state collaboration of researchers and practice partners examining the outcomes associated with variation and change in public health financing, infrastructure, and service delivery at the local level. Initially funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, PHAST received additional support from RWJF in 2013 to develop a system to make standardized local public health service and activity measures available to support evidence-based practice.
Turning Point--Collaborating for a New Century in Public Health
Turning Point was a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in which 21 states across the country were charged with developing innovative and effective change in public health infrastructure in their states through collaborations with unique partnerships. These partnerships built public health capacity throughout the public health system at both the state and local level.
- Close Up June 2017: Betty Bekemeier
- Study found cuts to health programs increased low birth weight rates in Florida
- PHAST seeks input from health departments for a new data-access dashboard
- Study: Infection rates correlate with public health spending
- Spending on Food Sanitation Linked to Fewer Illnesses