Dr. Rex Archer Talks with PHAB about His Report: Developing a Culture of Health: Addressing Health Inequities Through a Health Department and Community Organizer Partnership

Welcome to JPHMP Direct TALK, a new podcast series that explores the many voices of public health. We bring you conversations that bridge the gap between research and practice. Today’s guests are Rex Archer and Teddi Nicolaus.

Rex Archer, MD, MPH

In this interview, Dr. Rex Archer, MD, MPH, Director of the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department and a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Accreditation Board, chats with PHAB Communications Manager Teddi Nicolaus about how partnerships with local organizers can transform communities and create upstream health solutions. The discussion draws on a case report co-authored by Dr. Archer titled “Developing a Culture of Health: Addressing Health Inequities Through a Health Department and Community Organizer Partnership.” The report is featured in a special supplement to the May/June 2018 Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, which highlights the value and impact of health department accreditation.

Rex Archer, MD, MPH, serves as Director of Health for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to serving on the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) of Directors and Chairing PHAB’s Accreditation Improvement Committee, he is a past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Archer has served on numerous national committees involved with public health. He is responsible for safeguarding the public health of nearly half a million residents and a daytime population of almost one million people.

*Music presented in this program comes from The Gentle Art of Squinting by Taylor Arnold and Jordan Wilson. Listen to the complete album here.

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Read the full issue of our special supplement highlighting the Impact of Public Health Accreditation.

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Teddi Dineley Nicolaus, BS, is the Communications Manager at the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), overseeing efforts to effectively and accurately promote PHAB’s mission and foster a greater understanding of accreditation’s impact. Previously, she worked as a health reporter for The Nation’s Health, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association in Washington, DC. Her journalism career spans more than two decades as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers and magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. [Full bio]

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