As the nation braces for a rash of winter weather and millions of Americans are reminded that preparedness is a consideration for all of us, we are happy to announce the March/April issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. In this issue, we have a number of articles addressing a myriad of public health topics of relevance to practitioners and scientists alike. For example, Holly Groom and colleagues examine the role of race and attitudes in influenza vaccine-seeking behavior among adults. This article has special relevance to those in the public health workforce tasked with improving vaccine uptake, especially in underserved communities. Additionally, David Buller and his co-investigators present the results of a study designed to determine the effectiveness of nicotine patches to enhance smoking cessation services in a sample of young adults. The results of this study have implications for practice in this important area of behavioral intervention. Finally, two of my collaborators, Sara Morris and Mary Bea Kolbe, and I present lessons we gleaned from a large community-based project that entailed assessing physical activity levels of children utilizing accelerometers. We hope that this report of our experiences will help others as they seek to evaluate similar community level interventions in the future (such as the ongoing Community Transformation Grant program). As always, these are just a few of the many stimulating articles publishing this month. In addition, please take time to review our most recent supplement highlighting interventions to reduce sodium intake sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM
Associate Editor, JPHMP