Category Archives: Special Features

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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A Tribute to Dr. Philip C. Nasca

by Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH Dr. Philip C. Nasca, an editorial board member of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, sadly passed away on December 6, 2019. He was the former dean of the University at Albany’s School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology. Prior to assuming his position in Albany, Dr. Nasca was a professor

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Social Distancing, Social Assistancing, and Gubernatorial Executive Orders in the US

by Gregory S. Schober, PhD; Silvia M. Chavez-Baray, PhD; and Eva M. Moya, PhD, LMSW The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed many local public health and health care systems and killed over 280,000 people across the world. Because there is not an available vaccine, many governments used community mitigation measures to slow the spread of infection, reduce the strain on health

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Identifying Differences in COVID-19 Rates on American Indian Reservations

by Randall Akee, PhD The SARS-CoV-2 virus is causing widespread devastation as rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) grow across the world. The United States is experiencing one of the largest outbreaks with over half a million confirmed cases as of mid-April 2020. However, outbreaks on tribal lands are largely ignored by the federal government, mainstream media, and case tracking

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