What Factors Led to the Adoption of Stay-at-Home Orders, and Did They Change Public Behavior?

by Philip Gigliotti, MPA, and Erika Martin, PhD, MPH As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated in March 2020, US states adopted “stay at home” orders (SHOs) to limit their residents’ movements away from home and slow the spread of the virus. However, this public health intervention became politically polarized as many Democratic governors rushed to adopt SHOs, while many Republican governors

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The Editor’s Podcast: Public Health Surveillance

by Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH The Editor’s Podcast with Dr. Lloyd F. Novick 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. The November-December issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and

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Following the Great Recession, Governments Spent More on Law and Order and Less on Health and Social Services

Meditations on the MPH

by Mac McCullough, JP Leider, Beth Resnick, David Bishai City and county governments play a major role in the funding and provision of a broad array of health, public safety, and social services in their communities. Although there is substantial federal and state spending in support of local activities, local governments are a main source of government spending in the

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NACCHO Book Club: The Butchering Art-Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

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. This book was recommended to me by a member of our NACCHO Book Club and it was a fascinating and quick read!

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Revised 10 Essential Public Health Services Framework Centers Equity and Propels the Field into the 21st Century

by Naomi Rich On September 9, 2020, the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI), de Beaumont Foundation, and a Task Force of public health experts revealed a revised 10 Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) framework, updating the recognizable graphic and Essential Services to meet the needs of current and future public health practice. Perhaps the most notable update, and

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Excess Mortality as a Canary in the Coal Mine for COVID Disparities

by JP Leider and Elizabeth Wrigley-Field Minnesota has been in the news in recent months, for all the wrong reasons. The murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in the midst of a seemingly uncontrollable COVID-19 pandemic again shone a light on the tremendous disparities and inequities present in the state. The governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, noted

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Students Who Rocked Public Health — Jennifer Bender

by Jennifer Bender Last December, Jennifer Bender, an MPH student at Des Moines University, was listed as one of 13 Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2019 for helping to lead a collaboration between her hospital employer, Human Service Agency, and Boys & Girls Club to provide community education on drug misuse. Here, she describes her efforts in more detail.

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Immediate Impact of Volunteers in the COVID-19 Response 

by Dawn Carmen Sibor I have spent more than 25 years working in local public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, currently serving as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Officer Association (MHOA), where I oversee an organization with 600+ members, including staff from 300 of the 351 health departments in the state.  For much of this time, I

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Responding to the Homeless Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from King County, WA

by Herbert C. Duber, MD, MPH COVID-19 presents challenges to many vulnerable and underserved communities. This is particularly true of individuals living homeless, a population that faces unique challenge to disease mitigation, testing and disease management. King County, WA, which includes Seattle, experienced the first outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. With more than 11,000 individuals experiencing homelessness, approximately

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PHRASES Offers New Tools for Talking About Public Health

by Sheryl Monks   It’s been said that when public health is working, nothing happens because the 3 Ps upon which public health rests, according to C.E.A. Winslow’s definition — “preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health” — are being effectively carried out. It isn’t until a disease outbreak like the current COVID-19 pandemic that the general public hears

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