Fall 2017 Recommendations From the Editor
by Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS
As the weather cools and we recover from the sugary temptation of Halloween, I would like to bring your attention to a few recent articles in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. The first by Megan Evans is Revolving Loan Fund: A Novel Approach to Increasing Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Methods in Community Health Centers. In this article, Dr. Evans and her colleagues assess the impact of a revolving loan fund on access to long-acting reversible contraception among a high-risk population at community health centers in Boston. In this study conducted in three participating health centers, they found that the revolving loan fund was indeed effective in increasing long-acting reversible contraception utilization.
In an article by Anthony Moulton, entitled Climate Change and Public Health Surveillance: Toward a Comprehensive Strategy, Moulton and Schramm review the capacity of public health surveillance systems to support health-related adaptation to climate change in the United States to determine if additional efforts are warranted to assess and strengthen the systems. In the article, they specify components of public health surveillance capacity relevant to climate change and related public health impacts. The authors conclude that a more strategic and comprehensive approach is warranted and present a number of recommendations to navigating this complex and evolving public health problem.
Finally, I’d like to bring an article by Jing Feng and associates to your attention. In their article, Associations Among Cardiometabolic Abnormalities, Obesity, and Sociobehavioral Factors in a Southern Nevada Adult Population, the authors sought to identify relationships between cardiometabolic outcomes and modifiable risk factors among a sample of adults from Nevada. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Dr. Feng and colleagues demonstrated that cardiometabolic abnormalities differed by socioeconomic strata but that lifestyle behaviors largely mediated the differences between strata. The authors suggest that policies supportive of positive health behaviors among socioeconomically disadvantaged groups could confer reduced health inequalities.
Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine of the Wake Forest School of Medicine at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, USA. Follow him at Twitter and Instagram. [Full Bio]