PHAB in 2022: Our Efforts to Transform Governmental Public Health

By centering equity, modernizing data systems, and equipping our health departments with Foundational Capabilities to serve their communities, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) is working to transform public health practice. Public health departments have been in the spotlight, more than ever, for the past two years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and have proved that they are

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When Communities Lead, Positive Health Outcomes Advance

We must learn and understand our collective history as a culture to get to the root cause of the racial disparities. This post originally appeared on Every Child Thrives | W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is reposted here with permission by the author and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Read the original post here. For many of us working in public health

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Using Human-Centered Design for More Inclusive Maternal Health

We uncovered the social support gaps in maternal health and co-designed solution prototypes with community-based organizations through design workshops, highlighting the potential of design thinking as a tool for centering equity in public health practice. At Ariadne Labs, clinical teams use human-centered design to develop solution prototypes for documented gaps in health care delivery. We recently described one such initiative

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Public Deliberation: A Model for Engaging Communities in Decision Making

Maya Scherer and Alexandra Kamler describe the value of using public deliberation to set priorities for COVID-19 vaccine distribution for essential workers in New York City. During 2020, in anticipation of a limited supply of vaccine in New York City (NYC), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sought guidance from members of the public about the fairest approach

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Making the “Invisible” Visible: Battling Structural Racism Against Asians in the US

Editor-in-chief Dr. Lloyd Novick speaks with Dr. Naoko Muramatsu about Battling Structural Racism Against Asians in the United States: Call for Public Health to Make the “Invisible” Visible, an article which appears in a new supplement, Public Health Interventions to Address Health Disparities Associated with Structural Racism. Violence and discrimination against Asians escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic, fueled by slurs

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Health Administration Research for the Future: Building on 5 Years of Progress

The APHA Health Administration Section Public Health Management to Practice Series focuses on current and relevant issues, concepts, and events that emphasize health administration from all disciplinary perspectives as both art and science. In October, the APHA Health Administration Section hosted a virtual roundtable at the 2021 APHA annual meeting (a blend of online and on-site sessions) to highlight the

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Now Is the Time for the Foundational Public Health Services

The conversation about the FPHS requires consideration of how they align with public health accreditation and how both can be used in transformation efforts. In a post-COVID-19 pandemic world, have you wondered what governmental public health will look like, how public health departments and practitioners can be best prepared to combat the next crisis, and how the field can continue

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A Conversation with 2021 Research to Practice Award Winner Soumya Upadhyay

Congratulations to Dr. Soumya Upadhyay, the 2021 Research to Practice Award winner! Dr. Upadhyay was presented the award at a ceremony in October during the APHA annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, for her winning abstract “Do patient engagement IT functionalities influence patient safety outcomes.” APHA Health Administration Section Chair (2020-21) Michele McCay, DrPH, MPH, presided over the ceremony and presented

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Perspective Transformation on Structural Racism: Learning to See Racism

Understanding how different groups experience Perspective Transformation can help advance efforts to promote health equity. A new article published in a special JPHMP supplement, Public Health Interventions to Address Health Disparities Associated with Structural Racism, highlights a concept known as perspective transformation. Perspective transformation centers on “the idea that once a person knows, think[s], and believes something different, they will

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