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: 1.465
From the Editor

The May-June 2015 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice focuses on Immunization Information Systems (IIS) also known as immunization registries.  These systems are population-based databases that aim to computerize all immunization doses administered by providers in a geographic area. In 2013, there were 64 federally funded IIS. Beginning as local or regional initiatives in the 1970’s, they are now more fully developed, covering broader regions or states, and capable of fulfilling multiple information functions in addition to immunization. As the articles in this issue report, multiple new electronic systems are emerging for the collection of health information. The best formats for accomplishing this are still being determined.

Included in the issue is an article by Holly Groom reporting on the findings of a systematic review by the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Immunization Information Systems were shown to have strong evidence for being effective, based on 108 published papers and 132 conference abstracts, in increasing vaccination rates and reducing vaccine-preventable disease.  A range of specific recommendations can be found in the practice brief authored by the Task Force. An accompanying Community Guide systematic economic review by Mona Patel on Immunization Information Systems evaluated the costs of building an IIS and exchanging immunization data.

Reports of immunization information systems from a variety of locales are featured including Philadelphia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona.  An article authored by Daniel Martin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes laws, regulations and policies in states and selected urban areas. A series of figures in this article show reporting mandates and consent requirements for each state Immunization Information System.

May-June 2015 also sees the launch of our special supplement reporting the results of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which focused on increasing opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in youth through changes to policies, practices, and environments. The supplement contains a number of excellent examples of how change occurred on the local level, and numerous articles highlighting the mixed-methods evaluation and the policy, practice, and environmental changes.

Finally, we have published an article ahead-of-print examining how former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg succeeded in achieving much of his "comprehensive and far-reaching" public health agenda. This case study of public health policy practice during the Bloomberg Administration and the accompanying commentary by Dr. Pascal Imperato—NYC Health Commissioner from 1976 to 1978 and current member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the de Blasio Administration—are excellent resources for students and others interested in different approaches to public health policy.

 

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

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May/June 2015 Supplement
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.

September/October 2013
Dynamics of Preparedness
Funded by the University of Pittsburgh's MIDAS Center of Excellence. Enjoy complimentary access!

 

 

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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.

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