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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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NACCHO Releases the 2020 Forces of Change Report

The 2020 Forces of Change survey captures a mid-pandemic picture of the public health response to COVID-19. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has surveyed local health departments (LHDs) since 2008 to assess changes in LHD capacity driven by public health trends. The results are then released in the Forces of Change report, the latest iteration

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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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Podcast: The Pursuit of Health Equity Through Nursing Research and Education

The first installment of this limited podcast series focuses on defining health equity research and how Dr. Ron Hickman, Associate Dean for Research at Case Western Reserve University, is using his platforms as nursing scientist and dean to advance health equity research and education. Welcome to the first episode of Health Equity in High Definition, a podcast series that showcases

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Infographic: Improving Community Health through a Produce Prescription Initiative

In a new article published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, my colleagues and I describe a mixed-methods examination of the impact of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health Produce Prescription Initiative in northeastern North Carolina. This initiative combined produce vouchers with public health-based nutrition education programs such as the Diabetes Prevention Program and education for the Special

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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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The Toll of COVID-19 on the Public Health Workforce: An Interview with Dr. Brian Castrucci

“We’re pushing all the chips into the middle of the table, and we don’t have strong cards… We’ve just had one of the worst pandemics in our history, and we are rolling back public health authority. It’s one of the worst decisions we could possibly make.” ~ Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA In this episode of the Editor’s Podcast, I

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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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