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New Workforce Estimates Show Public Health Never Recovered from the Great Recession. Then Came COVID-19.

Source It’s 10 pm. Do you know where your public health workforce is? These next 6 to 8 weeks are likely to represent the midnight hour of the first wave of COVID-19. Models differ, significantly, but as states begin to reopen, we know that thousands of more deaths are on the way. When this pandemic started as several outbreaks across

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Reflecting on the Past to Divine a Better Future for Public Health

Public health has undergone definition and redefinition in the US since the Union’s conception two centuries ago. There are plenty of definitions to go around. My favorite, hands down, comes from a CEA Winslow, the founder of the Yale School of Public Health and an eminent public health researcher in the last century. One hundred years ago this January, he

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Getting Creative but Remaining Rigorous, and Scientific, in Responding to a Pandemic

Apparently, I have missed an anniversary. Almost exactly 10 years ago, when we were in the midst of the last pandemic, I published my very first scholarly first-author paper – Convalescent transfusion for pandemic influenza: preparing blood banks for a new plasma product? The basic idea of this paper is that I and coauthors Patricia Brunker and Paul Ness would

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What’s the Deal with Public Health Funding?

I woke up this morning and decided the question of public health funding deserved the Jerry Seinfeld treatment. Like my colleagues who do disaster planning and are in public health more generally, I get many questions each day about COVID-19 and what the average citizen should do. Make no mistake, these questions are coming from a reasoned and reasonable place.

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Standardizing Financial Information Systems: Implications for Addressing COVID-19

by Gulzar H. Shah, PhD, MStat, MS, and Kristie C. Waterfield, DrPH, MBA Health Informatics Innovations and Applications highlights ways that health informatics innovations and applications are supporting stakeholders in public health practice and policy to advance their mission of improved population health. The series highlights innovations in health care informatics.   In my encounters with health informatics over the last

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A Workforce in Transition

Meditations on the MPH

It’s clear that the governmental public health workforce is changing. We’re on the precipice of generational change, with 22% percent of staff planning to retire in the coming years. Separately, we also have many that are interested in leaving for reasons other than retirement, about 25% overall. Among those under age 35, 32% are considering leaving. I have written and

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How Has the Field Responded to the 2012 Report on Public Health Financing?

by Jessica Solomon Fisher, MCP In 2012, President Obama was elected to his second term, ‘Obamacare’ was upheld by the Supreme Court, the Transit of Venus occurred, and Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee. Amidst this revelry, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, published three reports on public and population health.

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