Category Archives: Special Features

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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Mental Health During the Pandemic

by Jonathan Temte, MD/PhD It’s happened to me three times so far. I get a text message from the US Census Bureau requesting, “Please answer survey on COVID19 crisis.” Although my mind initially said, “scam,” I connected using the hot link to find that there is an ongoing assessment of the American population. Among the questions related to employment, changes

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Ode to Public Health Academy: Urgent Call to Reform and Go Beyond Pretty Words

by Ans Irfan, MD, MPH Racism is a public health issue. Police violence is a public health issue. Social justice is a public health issue. Let us add a qualifying noun such as “structural” or “systematic” to strengthen our “response” to anti-Blackness and racism. Black lives matter. With some wordsmithing, some variation of these lines basically constitutes large chunks of

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Perspective Transformation: Learning to See Racism

by Sheryl Monks Racism is an urgent public health threat. We at the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and JPHMP Direct have seen the evidence that systemic racism leads to shorter life spans among blacks and other people of color (POC) brought on by disease, violence, and accidents; greater socioeconomic disparities that result in fewer opportunities to gain

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Summer of Service Learning

by Eric Coles, DrPH This summer public health students are struggling to find positions that fulfill field-based learning requirements for their degree programs, as many host organizations have cancelled their summer practicum and internship programs due to COVID-19. At the same time, local public health departments are in desperate need of more resources for contact tracing and other efforts to

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A New Charge for Public Health: Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Politicization

by Toby D. Terwilliger, MD As several promising SARS-CoV-2 vaccines enter into Phase II and III clinical trials, it is incumbent on physicians and public health officials to keep the public informed regarding the requisite process of vaccine development. It is eminently imaginable that we may find ourselves in a situation where certain politicians pressure the FDA, pharmaceutical companies, and

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