Category Archives: JPHMP Direct Voices

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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On Centering Reproductive Health and Access in the Public Health Agenda

The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea

Thoughts on the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade and public health’s responsibilities in this moment. This post originally appeared on The Healthiest Goldfish with Sandro Galea and is republished here with permission from the author. Learn more at SandroGalea.org. A few days ago, Politico obtained a draft majority opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. If the draft becomes the Court’s final opinion,

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Governmental Public Health and Its Centrality in the US Public Health System: An Overview

Relatively little of our national conversation on health is about public health, which is right in line with our spending on public health; less than 3% of that spending goes toward governmental public health, ie public spending through federal, state, and local agencies and services provided by them. This post is also available on the Region V Public Health Training

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Learnings from the Cross-sector Innovation Collaborative

Learnings from ten Cross-sector Innovation Initiative (CSII) grantees focusing on aligning across sectors to advance health and equity. Ten Cross-sector Innovation Initiative (CSII) grantees recently culminated a nearly two-year journey with us, focusing on aligning across sectors to advance health and equity. These grantees collaborated across public health, healthcare, social services, and community organizations to address issues such as health

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PH WINS Reveals Rising Stress and Burnout in Public Health

More than half of America’s public health workers report at least one symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey of nearly 45,000 employees in state and local government public health departments. The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), conducted by the de Beaumont Foundation and ASTHO, now

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US News and World Report Releases New Public Health Program Rankings – But the Only Data Are Still Peer Popularity

Even though we are a field grounded in data – and even though there are plausible ways of measuring program quality through measures of tuition, job outcomes, debt, faculty-student ratios, and the like, US News and World Report continues to simply field these (closely watched) Rankings as a mere popularity contest. What’s in a Ranking? Not as much as one might

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Rural Public Health Systems Discourse – Ongoing Challenges, Few Solutions

The Wide World of Public Health Systems

Given the shortage of workers in today’s post-COVID economy, all LHDs—urban and rural—are facing workforce gaps and finding it hard to recruit staff. However, the challenges to rural LHDs are compounded by their being under-funded. Several years ago, when my friend had to be taken by air ambulance from North Dakota to Minneapolis to get prompt treatment for severe frost

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Pursuing Collaborative Advantage to Solve Wicked Problems in Public Health

Collaboration is essential to address wicked problems in public health. Presented here are some useful tips to help plan successful partnerships. As public health professionals, we tackle some of the most difficult and complex challenges facing society. Even the tamest of public health issues cross organizational and disciplinary boundaries. But wicked problems like health inequity, growing chronic disease epidemics, ongoing

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Public Health Finance, Part Two

The second webinar in a two-part series by the APHA Health Administration Section on public health finance. In Part One, we discussed the absence of financial literacy as a matter of some concern in public health practice because it affects managerial decisions about the allocation of scarce government and community resources. You have to know where the money comes from

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