The September-October 2014 issue begins with a contribution from Julia DeAngelo and her colleagues entitled “Turning Point Revisited: Launching the Next Generation of Performance Management in Public Health.” This article is of particular importance to the readership of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. In 2002 and 2005, JPHMP devoted entire issues to the Turning Point Initiative; five national collaboratives of excellence funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to strengthen the United States public health system. In these issues, factors were emphasized which should lead to successful partnerships including community orientation, adequate technical resources, and continuity of leadership. The article in this current September-October issue describes the Turning Point Performance Management initiative as developing the first performance management system for public health. Performance management and quality improvement have grown rapidly in public health practice in the last decade. This article describes a new version of the Turning Point performance measurement model developed by the Public Health Foundation. A fifth component “Visible Leadership” has now been added to the four quadrant model.
The second article in the issue “Evidence-Based Public Health Practice among Program Managers” by Paul Erwin and colleagues provides an assessment of the use of administrative-evidence based practices among health department directors and managers in infectious disease, environmental health and chronic disease. While some minor variation was seen in the use of evidence by these groups, the pattern of response for directors and managers was similar. These findings are encouraging while highlighting differences between the attributes of directors and managers that may have important implications for the delivery of evidence-based practices in public health.
Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM
Editor, JPHMP Associate Editor, JPHMP
Four articles on immunization information systems have been published ahead of print (PAP) by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Two of these articles report the findings of a recent systematic review by the Community Preventive Services Task Force. A third article, a Practice Brief Report, provides “Recommendations for use of Immunization Information Systems to Increase Vaccination Rates.” A fourth article, from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, by Daniel Martin “Immunization Information Systems: A Decade of Progress in Law and Policy” is a study of laws, regulations and policies governing Immunization Information Systems (IIS), also known as immunization registries.
Here are the links to each article and the editorial that accompanies them:
Editorial: Immunization Information Systems
Immunization Information Systems to Increase Vaccination Rates: A Community Guide Systematic Review
Economic Review of Immunization Information Systems to Increase Vaccination Rates: A Community Guide Systematic Review
Recommendation for Use of Immunization Information Systems to Increase Vaccination Rates
Immunization Information Systems: A Decade of Progress in Law and Policy