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July/August 2022 - Volume 28 - Issue 4

  • Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH
    Associate Editor: Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS
  • 1078-4659
  • 1550-5022
  • 6 issues / year
  • Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health: 125/176
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Transformation and Innovation in Public Health
Published July/August 2022

​​Our July issue contains an article by Zaugg and colleagues on abortion activities in health departments. This is certainly a timely subject. We are following up with a blog post on JPHMP Direct by these authors on the current situation that will explore the deleterious public health consequences if the recent leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court is indeed issued in June.

The article describes the convening in May 2020, of a group of maternal and child health and family planning professionals working in health departments, representatives of schools of public health, and members of affiliated organizations. The purpose was to explore values and principles relevant to health departments' engagement in abortion. The convening followed a structured consensus process that included multiple rounds of input and opportunities for feedback and revision. Activities were delineated related to abortion that were appropriate for health departments. These activities included collecting and publishing data; communicating evidence-based content with the public and policy makers; assuring quality of health services; and addressing stigma and bias around abortion.

In addition, the July issue contains six scientific articles and an editorial focused on COVID-19. Disparities in COVID-19 testing of Hispanics/Latino populations are shown in an analysis of state demographic data by Pond. Evaluation of large contact tracing programs in King County, Washington, and is the subject of an article by Hood and co-authors. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) also conducted two rapid queries, between fall of 2020 and spring of 2021, to collect information from the field regarding the status of COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing (CI/CT) programs. These snapshot evaluations are described in an article by Harper-Hardy and co-authors. Mauzy details COVID-19 efforts in Massachusetts local health departments (LHDs). Massachusetts leads the nation in the number of LHDs (n = 351). An article by Bernet investigates the association of COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates with the 2020 presidential election voting preferences in Florida counties.

With our July issue, we publish an important supplement Transformation and Innovations in Public Health. This issue was developed by the Public Health Center for Innovations at the Public Health Accreditation Board. The articles highlight communities and states making substantial changes needed to modernize and transform public health. Skills of the public health workforce are emphasized as are the framework of Foundational Public Health Services.

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

Editor-in-Chief                                                                       Associate Editor


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