Editor-in-Chief: Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH
Associate Editor:
Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS
ISSN: 1078-4659
Online ISSN: 1550-5022
Frequency: 6 issues / year
Impact Factor: 1.510
From the Editor

The September-October issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice is published during a time of high political activity. Candidates Hillary R. Clinton and Donald J. Trump are positioning themselves for the November presidential election only a few months into the future. A timely commentary, "Politics and Public Health-Engaging the Third Rail" by Edward Hunter, President of the de Beaumont Foundation, points to the importance of fundamental philosophical differences over the role of government which frame public health policy debates. Public health issues listed in the commentary, including gun violence and reproductive health, represent thorny policy conflicts both for public health professionals and politicians. New ground rules for both public health and elected officials are suggested to navigate these challenging shoals.

Public health interventions to reduce the adverse health consequences of cancer are the focus of this issue.  "Using Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Cancer Screening in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program" by Amy DeGroff and her colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an outstanding example of evidence-based decision making in cancer control. In the accompanying commentary, Ross Brownson, JPHMP Editorial Board member and frequent contributor to this journal, emphasizes the need for a greater focus on evidence-based decision making in public health settings. He refers to the Guide to Community Preventive Services as a resource for evidence-based interventions (EBIs). He raises important implications for practitioners, including the need for more progress on methods to implement and evaluate EBIs, continuing effective programs, and eliminating ineffective programs.

Other articles in the issue set forth recommendations on increasing colorectal screening both in San Francisco and internationally. Florence Tangka and colleagues from CDC contribute an economic evaluation of cancer registries.

Finally, the Editors would like to alert readers to a letter to the editor by Virginia Dato of the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, and the response of John Auerbach of Northeastern University and Editorial Board member, on the editorial "3 Buckets of Prevention" published in our May 2016 issue. This editorial has received considerable attention and a future editorial in JPHMP will again address this topic.  



Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH                                                       Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS

Editor-in-Chief                                                                       Associate Editor


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


Article Update

National Survey Captures Local Health Department Successes at Community Engagement in Emergency Preparedness

This summer, NACCHO, the de Beaumont Foundation, and the UPMC Center for Health Security are collaborating in the national release of the 2015 “Community Engagement for Public Health Emergency Preparedness” (CEPHEP) survey. The CEPHEP survey provides local health departments (LHDs) an important platform to document their efforts at enabling residents as well as community- and faith-based organizations to strengthen hometown readiness, response, and recovery. Emergency preparedness coordinators (EPCs) should be on the lookout for an email invitation to participate in the survey over the next few weeks. The online survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

By completing the original CEPHEP survey in 2012, EPCs helped to produce the first comprehensive, nationwide picture of how their agencies are adopting participatory and collaborative approaches to emergency preparedness. Moreover, EPCs were able to register which organizational factors (eg, leadership, able staff, willing partners, formal planning) had the most influence on their success. For more details on the 2012 findings, please click here to see a report of the results published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Current Issue Highlights



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Special Supplements


November/December 2015
Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey
Support for this supplement provided by the de Beaumont Foundation.

May/June 2015
Evaluation of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities National Program
Support for this supplement was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

March/April 2015
Environmental Public Health Tracking
This supplement was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program.


January/February 2015
Big City Health Departments: Leadership Perspectives
This supplement was sponsored by the de Beaumont Foundation in support of the Big Cities Health Coalition.

September/October 2014
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers: Lessons and Models
Enjoy complimentary access of this supplement produced in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

January/February 2014
Public Health Interventions to
Reduce Sodium Intake

Enjoy complimentary access provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Topical Collections

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice has launched its first collection, Quality Improvement, which contains two great journal issues on the topic. Please visit the new Collections page for this topical collection, and look for more collections in the future.

Upcoming Topics

Look for these topics in 2016:

Health Equity

Local Health Departments

Unintentional Injuries and Violence