Jack Thompson, Cedar River Group Affiliate

Public health leader, educator, Mariners fan

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John R. (Jack) Thompson is a Principal Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, having retired from the faculty in June 2014. In his emeritus role, Jack advises students, chairs thesis and capstone committees, and links students with community projects. From 1994 to 1999 Jack was the Associate Director of the Health Policy Analysis Program. He was a Senior Consultant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Turning Point Initiative National Program Office (1998-2004).

From 1999 to 2008, Jack served as the Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington. He has been the Principal Investigator on the Northwest Center for Public Health Preparedness Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Co-Principal Investigator for the Public Health Training Center, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration. He was founding faculty in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice MPH program.

Prior to that time, Jack was employed by the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health for 10 years, and was the Director of the Seattle Health Services Division from 1986 to 1994. During the period of his leadership, Seattle developed the first teen health center and the first health department-based needle exchange program in the State of Washington. He was also instrumental in bringing the Robert Wood Johnson Health Care for the Homeless Program into the Department. Before coming to the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, Jack was Executive Director of Neighborhood Health Centers of Seattle, a consortium of community health centers, for six years.

Jack was awarded the School of Public Health Community Service Award in 2003 and the Washington State Public Health Association Public Health Leader of the Year Award in 2008.

Jack has served on numerous boards and committees nationally and in Washington state. He was a founding board member of the Children’s Campaign Fund (1991) and has served on the Board of Directors of Evergreen Treatment Services (2001-2008). He currently is President of the Washington State Public Health Association and is also on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Alliance.

Jack and his wife Gayle have lived on Capitol Hill in Seattle for more than 35 years (in the same house!) and enjoy escaping regularly to their cabin in Whatcom County. Jack is a major fan of the Seattle Mariners, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Meany Dance Series, and the Rolling Stones (in no particular order of priority).

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