Category Archives: Special Features

Trends in Florida’s 2020 COVID-19 Experience: Politics

by Patrick Bernet and Leighton Dupree Pandemics travel through social connections, testing the mettle of communities.  Arriving amidst a contentious presidential campaign, COVID-19 became part of the rhetoric, polarizing communities at a time when a shared commitment was most needed to save lives. Offering 29 electoral votes and polling as the closest contest among the five largest states, Florida received

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Trends in Florida’s 2020 COVID-19 Experience: Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity

by Patrick Bernet, PhD With Florida’s COVID-19 infection rates still raging in early 2021, this second offering from a three-part miniseries explores the influence of race, ethnicity, and nativity.  Each has been linked to outcomes at the individual level, but as community level characteristics, the effects can differ dramatically. (The first entry in this trilogy focuses on the impact of

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Trends in Florida’s 2020 COVID-19 Experience

by Patrick Bernet, PhD Florida’s 2020 COVID-19 experience offers many lessons regarding how the social, demographic, political, and economic attributes of communities affect their vulnerability to pandemic health threats. The timing, size, and geographic locus of infection waves is strongly associated with those community characteristics acting directly and through interaction with one another in ways that can either insulate or

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Infographic: How to Build a Pandemic-Ready Public Health System

A new commentary published in a special JPHMP supplement COVID-19 and Public Health: Looking Back, Moving Forward describes the limited capabilities of the US public health response to COVID-19. “Four Steps to Building the Public Health System Needed to Cope With the Next Pandemic” explains how our failure to invest in our nation’s state and local governmental public health infrastructure,

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JPHMP Direct Talk Podcast: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTQ Communities

by Camelia Singletary, MPH In this episode of JPHMP Direct Talk, I speak with Dr. Kristen Krause about her article, “Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LBGTQ Communities.” The commentary appears in the latest JPHMP supplement, COVID-19: Looking Back, Moving Forward.  Kristen D. Krause, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers), is the Deputy Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention

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Partisan Divides on Importance of Public Health Narrowed from 2018 to 2020 in a National Poll

Meditations on the MPH

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 Social Survey, conducted since

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From the Editor: COVID-19 and Public Health–Looking Back, Moving Forward

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 Forward,” a supplemental issue publishes with

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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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