Jan 2023: Data Informs Health Equity & PH WINS 2021

Editor in chief Lloyd F. Novick highlights new articles in the January/February 2023 issues of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

The January 2023 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) emphasizes the importance of data and surveillance to programs critical to assuring health equity. The lead editorial, “Incorporating a Health Equity Lens into Surveillance Information Systems: Opportunities and Challenges,” by Martin and Angles, discusses the opportunities and challenges of integrating a health equity lens into surveillance information systems. They use the national STD reporting system as a case study to demonstrate the numerous steps that would improve the system. Erika Martin is a member of our editorial board. At the June meeting of the board, it was decided to add student members. John Angles is one of the two student members added.

A commentary and scientific article by Auer, Arrazola, and colleagues at the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) focuses on building capacity for surveillance. The commentary describes the challenges affecting the applied epidemiology workforce and opportunities for non-profits and academic institutions to collaborate in support of the governmental public health workforce. The accompanying scientific article reports on the 2021 CSTE Epidemiology Capacity Assessment for state health departments. The authors estimate an additional 8000 epidemiologists are needed at state, local, territorial, and tribal governmental agencies beyond the 6331 that was enumerated in the CSTE assessment.

Data for Equity: Creating an Anti-Racist, Intersectional Approach to Data in a Local Health Department,” authored by Gould and co-authors at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, reports on recommendations for achieving equitable data practice. They developed a collaborative model for how a local health department can reform data work to embed an equity lens.

Walters and co-authors from the Multnomah Health Department, OR, have contributed an article: “Transgender and Nonbinary Deaths Investigated by the State Medical Examiner in the Portland, Oregon, Metro Area and Their Concordance with Vital Records, 2011-2021.” The authors’ purpose was to improve the recording of gender identity from Medical Examiner (ME) investigations and death certificates. They found poor concordance between the gender identity in ME records and death certificates. This impeded the accurate surveillance of a population disproportionately at risk for violent death. Also in this issue, Thomas and colleagues write about the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) workforce training on sexual and gender minorities.

With the January issue, we are publishing a supplement developed by the de Beaumont Foundation: Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey 2021 (PH WINS). As stated in the lead editorial by Hare Bork, Castrucci, and Fraser, this survey provides necessary, actionable public health workforce data for the field. PH WINS provides data for the governmental public health workforce particularly important in a time of change related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have published two previous supplements on PH WINS 2014 and 2017.

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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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