This July-August 2014 issue begins with an editorial from Patricia MacCubbin and Associate Editor Justin B. Moore on the role of the institutional review board in our consideration of articles for publication in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. This editorial has been written to clarify our position for prospective authors who have had questions about our policy. There are also two commentaries in this issue with different points of view about a report released by the Framing the Future Task Force, a group assembled by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health to identify key issues facing public health education as it enters its second 100 years. The first commentary, authored by Anthony L. Schlaff, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University, argues that the Report has an increased focus on specialty education in public health and does not provide sufficient emphasis on the core competencies. He asserts that the public practice community should support an MPH degree that teaches generalist core public health competencies at a high level. He regards these core competencies and experiential learning as essential preparation for public health practice. The second commentary authored by Donna Petersen, chair of Framing the Future Task Force, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and Elizabeth M. Weist of ASPPH described the extensive efforts to engage all stakeholders in the preparation of the report including use of Key Informants and Town Hall presentations. They regard innovative recommendations to include emphasis on an integrated common core based in practice (not in the five core disciplines) and an emphasis on preparing professionals with a definitive area of expertise (specialization.) They close their commentary with the hope that schools and programs will reflect on these ideas and consider the most appropriate recommendations going forward into the future. The editors of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice are keenly interested in this topic as it evolves and are open to comments from our readers.
Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH
Four articles on immunization information systems are being 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