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Partisan Divides on Importance of Public Health Narrowed from 2018 to 2020 in a National Poll

Meditations on the MPH

by JP Leider, PhD In recent decades, public health has become politicized – both the governmental enterprise and the core concepts. There is partisan and ideological disagreement about the role of government, and this has translated pretty directly into disparate views on the role of public health in society. This gap has widened over the last 40 years. The General

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From the Editor: COVID-19 and Public Health–Looking Back, Moving Forward

by Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH The January/February issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice focuses on the Public Health Workforce, and is accompanied by a special supplement on COVID-19, sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Big Cities Health Coalition, and the de Beaumont Foundation. “COVID-19 and Public Health: Looking Back, Moving

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To Turn the Corner on COVID-19, We Need to Agree on Priorities

by Chrissie Juliano, MPP This post originally appeared on the Front Lines Blog and is republished here with permission from the Big Cities Health Coalition. The coronavirus pandemic has altered American life in countless ways. During the week, schools sit empty, as children and their teachers interact for lessons through video chat. And on Saturdays and Sundays, places of worship welcome only a fraction

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PHAB’s Data Portal: A Platform for Exploring Health Department Performance Data

by Jessica Kronstadt, MPP The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Data Portal allows users to explore a unique set of data on health department capacity to deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Data are available for health departments that apply for accreditation and are based on peer assessments of conformity with the PHAB Standards & Measures. The portal makes

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Knowledge, Skills, and Training for the COVID-19 Contact Tracer Workforce

by Vanessa Lamers and Justin Ren Contact tracing is a tried and true public health intervention that stops the spread of disease by tracking down and interviewing “contacts” of people who are infected, and preventing them from infecting others. It has been a pivotal tool in the toolbox of state, tribal, local, and territorial public health for responding to and

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On the Importance of Practitioners Publishing During and After COVID

by JP Leider, PhD Literally every single day, in my newsfeed or in my email, new COVID-related papers show up. Most are clinical trials. The topics are varied and various, from all walks of life, across all sectors. We are seeing science work in real time. Papers are being put into preprint servers, some are published, some are retracted. New

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Sick of COVID-19? Here’s Why You Might Have Pandemic Fatigue

by Jay Maddock, PhD This article originally appeared in The Conversation and is shared here with permission from the author. As the pandemic drags on, following COVID-19 prevention guidelines can feel like more and more of a challenge. This kind of fatigue is not unique to pandemic precautions like sticking with social distancing, masking up and keeping your hands washed.

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Shining a Flashlight on COVID Risk at Halloween

by Jason S. Brinkley, PhD, MS, MA As the father of four, I’ve spent much of the pandemic glued to television and internet resources watching the reporting on the spread of the COVID pandemic. With the upcoming mix of holiday and flu seasons, it seems that most expert sources are reporting a coming surge of COVID cases. Questions about participating

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NACCHO Book Review: The Warmth of Other Suns

by Emily Yox, MPH Each month, NACCHO brings you a new public health book, read and reviewed by NACCHO staff. Book reviews in this series originally appeared on NACCHO Voice: The Word on Local health Departments and are republished here with permission. The Warmth of Other Suns shares incredible stories of Black Americans who left the south during the Great Migration and came

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