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Jack R. Thompson

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I have been involved in the community health system in Seattle for over 30 years. Since coming to the University, my major projects have included work with local public health jurisdictions, and much involvement with the development of the public health workforce here in the northwest United States.
Principal Lecturer Emeritus, Health Services


MSW   University of Washington, 1976   (Social Work)
BA   Wabash College, 1969   (English Literature)

Contact Info


Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Suite 1400/#315
Seattle, WA 98195-9455

campus box:   359455
voice:   206-616-1061


Jack Thompson has been on the faculty of the Department of Health Services since 1994. From 2000 to 2008, he served as the Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Prior to his appointment, Thompson was employed by the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health for ten years, and was the Director of the Seatle Health Services Division from 1986 to 1994. Before coming to the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, Thompson was Executive Director of Neighborhood Health Centers of Seattle, a consortium of community health centers, for six years. Prior to his Lecturer and Senior Lecturer appointments, he served as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Services for six years.

Public health organization and financing; workforce development; integration of health and health care services

Turnock BJ, Thompson J, Baker EL. Opportunity knocks but twice for Public Health Preparedness Centers. Public Health Rep. 2010 Nov-Dec;125 Suppl 5:1-3.  PMID: 21137128    PMCID: PMC2966638
PubMed Central

Jones M, O'Carroll P, Thompson J, D'Ambrosio L. Assessing regional public health preparedness: a new tool for considering cross-border issues. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2008 Sep-Oct;14(5):E15-22.  PMID: 18708880

Beaton R, Stergachis A, Thompson J, Osaki C, Johnson C, Charvat SJ, Marsden-Haug N. Pandemic policy and planning considerations for universities: findings from a tabletop exercise. Biosecur Bioterror. 2007 Dec;5(4):327-34.  PMID: 18081492

Shield M, Wiesner P, Curran C, Stark G, Rauch S, Stergachis A, Thompson J. The Northwest's Hot Topics in Preparedness forum: a novel distance-learning collaborative. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2005 Nov;Suppl:S25-32.  PMID: 16205539

Pearson D, Thompson J, Finkbonner J, Williams C, D'Ambrosio L. Assessment of public health workforce bioterrorism and emergency preparedness readiness among tribes in Washington State: a collaborative approach among the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and the Washington State Department of Health. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2005 Nov;Suppl:S113-8.  PMID: 16205529

Chair, capstone for Caitlin Lang
Policy Surveillance of City Comprehensive Plans

Chair, capstone for Maya Wiener Berkowitz
Palliative care models for homeless patients

Chair, capstone for Judith Pierce Davison
Addressing vaccine hesitancy among the Russian speaking population in Eastern Washington

Chair, capstone for Elizabeth Ambriz
Cross Agency ESJ Health Enrollment Team members, their departments, and agencies practice effective and proactive outreach strategies to inform King County residents about health care insurance and how to enroll

Chair, capstone for Kaitlin McCabe
Promoting universal developmental screening in Washington State: An assessment of current practices

Chair, capstone for Lena Nachand
Population level prevention: The Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan in a prevention framework

CDC Public Health Preparedness Center

This three year grant complements the HRSA effort by providing resources to develop training modules, with special emphasis on evaluation, informatics, and bioterrorism response.

HRSA Public Health Training Center

This is a five year grant from HRSA to develop a six-state training network in the northwest states (Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming). The network shares training modules, needs assessment activities and other workforce related products.

CDC Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute Study

This effort will develop a leadership institute for the states participating in the Northwest Training Network.