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

 

This first 2017 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice (JPHMP) marks our twenty-third year of publication. As we move into our third decade, major changes are underway to make our content more accessible to readers and to disseminate our findings more widely to those interested in the health of the public. We have actively been working with Delta Think on strategic planning to enhance the role of JPHMP as a trusted research-to-practice resource filling a unique niche by providing relevant information on public health.  You will also note that the articles in the January issue display a new format after a redesign. Two new article types are planned for 2017: public health case studies and rapid responses. The case studies, beginning with the March issue, will present notable public health events presented in a business school format. The rapid response articles, planned with the National Network of Public Health Institutes, will review emerging topics of importance with input from the Health and Human Services Public Health Training Centers contributing in their area of specialization. These changes, including our greatly expanded social media presence, will be described in more detail in our March issue.

The issue focus is disaster preparedness, beginning with an article "Containment of Ebola and Polio in Low-Resource Settings Using Principles and Practices of Emergency Operations Centers in Public Health." The lead author is Faisal Shuaib who served as the head of the Nigeria Ebola Operations Center during the July-October 2014 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria. The article ascribes the successful Ebola response in Nigeria to political commitment, engagement of the population, and effective use of an Emergency Operations Center. Sell and colleagues describe concerns in the United States about a potential Ebola outbreak linked to the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. They outline the various state policies concerning management of individuals within the US who may have been exposed to Ebola, including a description of some states enacting aggressive quarantine policies and movement restriction.

Behrooz Behbob, Environmental Change Department, Public Health England, describes the mechanism of health registers in five nations -- England, France, Italy, Netherlands, and the US -- for the management and prevention of public health impacts following major environmental incidents. A register is a compilation of records of individuals with standardized data that can be used as a tool for public health response in a range of disasters, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or natural. Other articles in the issue deal with hospital evacuation following Hurricane Sandy, factors associated with disaster resilient communities, use of volunteers in emergencies, congregate disaster shelters, and mass fatality incidents.


 

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.

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Special Supplements


January/February 2016
Health Equity
Support for this supplement provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and ASTHO.

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