Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Population Health Fashion Mismatch with Health Departments and How Academic Health Departments Can Help

by Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN Current Trends Population health has become “fashionable” again, it seems. Early in the last century, governmental public health departments, and the services they provided, were considered the backbone of the US health system, with public health practitioners recognized as crucial protectors of population health. Much of that changed with the modern and more

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March 2017 Issue of the JPHMP Features a Special Supplement

by Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH This issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice contains a special supplement section “New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program (NYS HNP).”  Amanda Reddy, of the National Center for Healthy Housing, and Rachel Riley, of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, have developed the supplement that addresses housing, a key

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Colorado School of Public Health Student Jillian Foss Explores the Intersectionality of Mental Health and Obesity

by Jillian Foss Students of Public Health focuses on research projects and other contributions students are making to advance public health. This series is guest edited by Johanzynn Gatewood, an MPH candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Florida-Gainesville [Full bio]. STUDENT VOICES — Can mindfulness lower your risk of developing obesity over time? If mental states

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A Conversation With John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health, pt. 2

by Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS In late 2016, I began a conversation with Tennessee Commissioner of Health, John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM to discuss his Primary Prevention Initiative. As he describes in this second installment of a three-part interview, the Tennessee Department of Health seeks to become “a recognized and trusted leader, partnering and engaging to accelerate Tennessee into one of the nation’s healthiest

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21st Century Cures Act: Laudable Goals but Public Health Programs Pay the Price

Justice Gorsuch Public Health

by Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH, and Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD Crossroads: Law and Public Health addresses topics related to the intersection of law and public health. This series highlights the perspectives of two attorneys turned academicians and explores legal and policy issues that impact public health. The 21st Century Cures Act (the Cures Act), signed into law on December 13,

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Think You Aren’t Extraordinary? Odds Are You’re Wrong

by Jason S. Brinkley, PhD, MA, MS On the Brink addresses topics related to data, analytics, and visualizations on personal health and public health research. This column explores current practices in the health arena and how both the data and mathematical sciences have an impact. (The opinions and views represented here are the author’s own and do not reflect any group

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Public Health Department Reaccreditation

This entry is part 3 of 42 in the series Focus on Accreditation and Innovation

by Robin Wilcox, MPA Focus on Accreditation and Innovation addresses current issues related to the Public Health Accreditation Board’s national public health department accreditation program, and the Public Health National Center for Innovations. This series highlights the experiences and perspectives of accredited health departments and explores topics related to the Standards and Measures, research and evaluation findings, and the latest

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On Peer Reviews

by Bruce D. Dart, PhD Peer review processes have been in place and used almost as long as man has been printing research findings. The value of peer review has been well documented, as peers with similar knowledge or experience are often the best judges of quality work. These efforts aide journals that utilize this process to become trusted and

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Vigilance and Public Health

by Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM Aldous Huxley once stated, “Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty; eternal vigilance is the price of human decency”; a riff on the oft attributed quote on the price of liberty (alone). Although spoken many decades ago, the author’s words are as true now as they have ever been. The United

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