The Editor’s Podcast: Evidence-Based Public Health

by Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH

The Editor’s Podcast with Dr. Lloyd F. Novick appears with each new issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and offers a closer look at the articles published in the latest issues with guest appearances by authors, guest editors, and others.

This episode of the Editor’s Podcast highlights articles appearing in the September 2020 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practicewhich focuses on evidenced-based public health. For over 25 years, a core part of JPHMP‘s mission has been disseminating evidence-based public health that leads to utilization by practitioners and public health agencies. The Community Guide to Preventive Services (The Guide), developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, has led the way in the development of evidence-based public health, and JPHMP has a long history of publishing systematic reviews that focus on early childhood education to promote health equity, educational achievement as a social determinant of life expectancy, out-of-school-time academic programs, and other social determinants of health promoted by The Guide. This September/October issue continues this theme with a Systematic Guide Review by Peng and coauthors on housing and the homeless. Other articles illustrate the adoption of evidence-based public health throughout public health practice, two of which link health department accreditation to evidence-based practice. Roba and coauthors find The Guide to be an indispensable tool assisting public health practitioners in selecting evidence-based interventions (EBIs). Local health departments involved in the accreditation process were 4 times more likely to consult The Guide. Similarly, Erwin and colleagues found that state health departments using EBIs are more likely to be accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

An article by Zakaria and Wahabi, “Building Capacity of Evidence-Based Public Health Practice at King Saud University,” shows the international reach of The Guide’s influence. Informatic and cultural factors in Saudi Arabia present barriers to the implementation of evidence-based public health. The lack of national information or surveillance systems and inadequacies of public health research resulted in a lack of support for EBIs. An article by Poehler, et al, illustrates the use of EBIs in diabetes interventions. Mallory Kennedy describes EBIs in preparedness and response.

Learn more about these and other articles in this issue in our podcast below.

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Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Public Health at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. Previously, he was chair of this Department. He has served as the Commissioner of Health and Secretary for Human Services of Vermont, Director of Health Services for Arizona, and Director of the Office of Public Health for New York State. Previous academic positions include Professor and Director of the Preventive Medicine Program for SUNY Upstate Medical University, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at the University of Albany School of Public Health, and Clinical Professor and Director of the Teaching Program in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. He is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. [Full bio]