Elizabeth (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)
MSN Johns Hopkins University, 1994 (Public Health Nursing Leadership and Management)
MPH Johns Hopkins University, 1994 (Program Evaluation)
BSN Pacific Lutheran University, 1984 (Nursing)
Contact Infoemail: email@example.com
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.
Bekemeier B, Yip MP, Dunbar MD, Whitman G, Kwan-Gett T. Local health department food safety and sanitation expenditures and reductions in enteric disease, 2000-2010. Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr;105 Suppl 2:S345-52. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302555. Epub 2015 Feb 17. PMID: 25689186
Bekemeier B, Walker Linderman T, Kneipp S, Zahner SJ. Updating the definition and role of public health nursing to advance and guide the specialty. Public Health Nurs. 2015 Jan-Feb;32(1):50-7. doi: 10.1111/phn.12157. Epub 2014 Oct 6. PMID: 25284433
Bekemeier B, Pantazis A, Dunbar MD, Herting JR. Classifying local health departments on the basis of the constellation of services they provide. Am J Public Health. 2014 Dec;104(12):e77-82. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302281. Epub 2014 Oct 16. PMID: 25320877
Reyes DJ, Bekemeier B, Issel LM. Challenges faced by public health nursing leaders in hyperturbulent times. Public Health Nurs. 2014 Jul-Aug;31(4):344-53. doi: 10.1111/phn.12078. Epub 2013 Sep 1. PMID: 24996016
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.