Category Archives: Special Features

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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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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Measures to Mitigate the Discriminatory Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with Hearing Loss

by Gopalkrishna G. Verma and Joy D. Desouza The COVID-19 pandemic has been a severe blow to 466 million individuals with hearing loss disability. Governments worldwide have suggested wearing face coverings/masks in enclosed places in an attempt to control the transmission of coronavirus. Unfortunately, this measure has an unintended discriminatory impact on these individuals as they rely on their ability

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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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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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Assessing the Impact of Social Distancing During COVID-19

by Christopher P. Morley, PhD In the late Winter and Spring of 2020, the novel coronavirus, SARS-COV-2, which causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), began to appear on both coasts of the United States, beginning in Seattle in February, and in New York State and other eastern cities in March. Genomic analyses revealed a two-pronged viral assault, with cases in the

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JPHMP Welcomes Seven New Editorial Board Members

by Sheryl Monks The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice is pleased to be adding seven new members to its esteemed editorial board. Members joining the board in July include E. Oscar Alleyne, Lori Tremmel Freeman, Megan Heffernan, Heather Pierce, Ankit Sanghavi, and Jessica Yamauchi. Chrissie Juliano will join the board in September. Please help us welcome these new

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Practical Playbook: Community Partnerships Improving Health

Since its inception in 2013, the Practical Playbook initiative has provided tools, guidance, and resources that have helped create more than 1,000 programs and more than 600 partnerships among public health, primary care, and others to improve population health. View this new video to learn more about the impact of the initiative, a partnership between Duke University School of Medicine, the Centers for

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