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Dr. Bekemeier is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UW School of Public Health. Her focus is on public health systems research, particularly as it pertains to the practices of state and local health departments in relation to reducing health disparities. From 2001-2007 Dr. Bekemeier served as Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Turning Point National Program Office, working with local and state health department colleagues and partners across the country to transform their public health infrastructure.
Prior to coming to UW, the majority of Dr. Bekemeier’s career was in the local public health practice where she worked in a variety of positions in management and evaluations, as an epidemiologist, and as a front-line public health nurse. Dr. Bekemeier has also served in significant leadership positions within the American Public Health Association and the Washington State Public Health Association.
Dr. Bekemeier is an active member of the Washington State Public Health Practice-Based Research Network and its Executive Committee. She is PI, along with a local health officer partner PI, of a Washington state PH-PBRN study and of the Public Health Activities and Services Tracking study, a multi-state PBRN study to examine the health outcomes associates with variation and change in a local public health service delivery.
Projects with Washington State Public Health PBRN