The Editor’s Podcast: Policy Implications of COVID-19

by Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH


The Editor’s Podcast 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.

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package into law to help Americans pay for health insurance. The American Rescue Plan, as the Act is called, is being touted by some as the most significant assistance to struggling Americans in a decade. Biden also announced a federal plan to purchase additional vaccines to ensure that all Americans will be eligible for vaccination as of May 1, 2021. Policy implications of COVID-19 is the focus of the May 2021 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Readers will find articles that examine the implications of returning our children to in-person learning, and research by Marielle Fricchione and co-authors from the Chicago Department of Health suggests that it is possible to safely do so. Fricchione’s article describes the real-time experience of reopening the Archdiocese school system in Chicago, the nation’s largest private school system. The study’s findings suggest that the COVID-19 attack rate for students and staff was lower than for the community overall.

Other articles in this issue look at the policy implications of the vaccine rollout. Heather Pierce examines the strengths and flaws that vaccination implementation has revealed about our public health infrastructure. Erika Martin, my special guest in this episode of the Editor’s Podcast, which you can listen to below, offers a commentary on the policy implications of health inequity and racial disparities highlighted by COVID-19.

Join us for the Editor’s Podcast as we discuss these and many other articles in this issue as well as a new supplement examining HRSA’s Investment in Public Health.

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Author Profile

Lloyd F. Novick
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. He is also editor of five books, including Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management; Public Health Issues in Disaster Preparedness; Community-Based Prevention Programs that Work; Public Health Leaders Tell Their Stories; and Health Problems in the Prison Setting. He is past president of the Association of Teachers of Prevention and Research (APTR) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). He has received a number of national awards, including Special Recognition Award, American College of Preventive Medicine (2005); Duncan Clark Award, Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (2003); Yale University Distinguished Service Award (2003); Excellence in Health Administration, American Public Health Association (2001); and the Arthur T. McCormack Award, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (1992). He is a graduate of Colgate University (BA), New York University (MD), and Yale University (MPH).

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