Monthly Archives: May 2022

Building a Community-Centered Public Health Advocacy Program for Students

A Minnesota-based public health advocacy fellowship trains medical students in community-centered advocacy with lessons relevant beyond medicine, practical to most STEM fields seeking to train students in advocacy skills. Within and beyond the medical community, the (often unearned) public trust, social capital, professional privilege, and socioeconomic status that physicians enjoy requires their reciprocal involvement in and advocacy against public issues

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Equity in Communication: A Policy Template for Promoting Organizational Health Literacy

The policy template presented here provides ideas on how to promote organizational health literacy within organizations.  The work presented in this post was supported by the William and Linda Frost Fund (College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo), in the form of a Frost Undergraduate Student Research Award awarded to the first author (CNS). This

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Training the Next Generation to Understand What Public Health Is and Can Do

Author Victoria Zigmont reflects on the importance of teaching children about public health and why she wrote a book to help them. Some of my favorite memories growing up involve reading books. Saturdays, time after school and summers involved in the summer reading program at our local public library. My first “real” job was working as a page at the

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Local Health Departments’ Characteristics and Their Performance Scores in PHAB Accreditation Standards

Through examination of LHDs’ performance score in PHAB accreditation standards, we were able to demonstrate use of individual PHAB standards as an instrument to measure and compare LHDs’ performance, and support the existing evidence that accreditation is fostering LHDs’ quality improvement in public health systems for capacity to promote population health. In our article “Local Health Departments’ Characteristics and Their

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Inside the Transformation and Innovation in Public Health JPHMP Supplemental Issue

Guest editors share highlights of a new JPHMP supplemental issue, Transformation and Innovation in Public Health. We are at a critical juncture in public health practice in the United States and must take the path towards transformation. Governmental public health departments seek to respond and address ongoing public health challenges despite chronic underfunding, staffing shortages, and crumbling and outdated infrastructures

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July 2022: Public Health Agencies Respond to Challenges

Editor in chief Lloyd F. Novick highlights new articles in the July/August 2022 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Our July issue contains an article by Zaugg and colleagues on abortion activities in health departments. This is certainly a timely subject. We are following up with a blog post on JPHMP Direct by these authors on

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What Should Public Health and Health Department Professionals Do in Preparation for Roe v. Wade Falling?

In the same way that health departments respond to other threats to public health, they should prepare to mitigate the public health harms we expect to be caused by these policy changes. In November 2021, along with colleagues, we authored a report (ahead of print) in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (see the full article now available

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The Complexity of Public Health Finance

Financing is complex, involving many laws, market driving forces, available resources, and tradeoffs for policy makers—a short-term investment may have long-term impacts. There are many options to finance public services, each with their strengths and weaknesses.  Securing adequate and sustainable financing for public health services has been a recurring topic in the media lately. Still, it has been a persistent,

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Setting the Standard: The Role of Accreditation in Transforming Public Health Practice and Promoting Equity

The key to transforming our public health system is to change how we practice it. The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) supports health departments to improve quality, accountability, and performance. Health departments are the backbone of the public health system, and our mission is to transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation of our health

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NACCHO Releases the 2020 Forces of Change Report

The 2020 Forces of Change survey captures a mid-pandemic picture of the public health response to COVID-19. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has surveyed local health departments (LHDs) since 2008 to assess changes in LHD capacity driven by public health trends. The results are then released in the Forces of Change report, the latest iteration

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