Monthly Archives: March 2020

Managing Close Contacts of COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in Metropolitan Areas in China: A Community-Driven Preparedness Strategy

by Jing Ding, BM, MS; Wen-Jan Tuan, MS, MPH, DHA; and Jonathan L. Temte, MD, PhD The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has rapidly spread across the world since it was first reported in late December 2019 in the People’s Republic of China. The rapid and wide distribution of the disease has not only become a serious public health challenge but

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Q&A with Bahareh Ansari: One International Student’s Experience and Advice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the daily lives of Americans and citizens around the world who are practicing social distancing to help stem the novel coronavirus that causes the disease. For international students living abroad in host countries, the stress and anxiety can be even more unnerving than for those of us who are required to work or school from

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Determining Actual Death Rate from COVID-19 in the US

by Mohamed Al-Ibrahim, MB ChB, FACP There is great concern about the effects of COVID-19 in the United States population. Unfortunately, there are no helpful mortality estimates; there is simply no readily useful denominator. We will not get much further until we have accurate numbers for sero-positivity in the general population. This will take months. The sero-positivity in respiratory viral illness

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The Impact of State and Local Sodium Reduction Laws

by Katherine Bishop Kendrick Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods, not the salt we add in our home cooking. It’s easy to consume much more than the recommended amounts because we don’t have control over the sodium in many of our foods. Since sodium is “hidden” within our diets, addressing sodium intake at

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What’s the Deal with Public Health Funding?

I woke up this morning and decided the question of public health funding deserved the Jerry Seinfeld treatment. Like my colleagues who do disaster planning and are in public health more generally, I get many questions each day about COVID-19 and what the average citizen should do. Make no mistake, these questions are coming from a reasoned and reasonable place.

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COVID-19: Podcast with Dr. Lloyd Novick and Dr. John Marr

At the time of this recording, COVID-19 has been declared by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic with confirmed cases in 114 countries, including over 900 cases in the United States. Dr. Lloyd Novick, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and Dr. John Marr, American physician, epidemiologist, and infectious disease outbreak expert, weigh in

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Risk Communication in Trying Times: COVID-19

EDITORIAL NOTE:  The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve. For the most current information, please consult the websites for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization. Undoubtedly, this is an extremely trying time for public health professionals as COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, including throughout the United States. Public health professionals are working around

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Standardizing Financial Information Systems: Implications for Addressing COVID-19

by Gulzar H. Shah, PhD, MStat, MS, and Kristie C. Waterfield, DrPH, MBA Health Informatics Innovations and Applications highlights ways that health informatics innovations and applications are supporting stakeholders in public health practice and policy to advance their mission of improved population health. The series highlights innovations in health care informatics.   In my encounters with health informatics over the last

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Creating Impactful Stroke Systems of Care Policies

by Colby Tiner, MA Read “Establishing a Baseline: Evidence-Supported State Laws to Advance Stroke Care” in Advancing Legal Epidemiology, March 2020 As a public health policy expert who specializes in issues affecting cardiovascular systems of care, the lion’s share of my work focuses on evaluating current policies targeting population health and how they can be improved. Effective policy implementation and

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