Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

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March/April 2023 - Volume 29 - Issue 2

  • Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH
    Associate Editor: Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS
  • 1078-4659
  • 1550-5022
  • 6 issues / year
  • Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health: 108/182
  • 2.657
Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey 2021 (PH WINS)
Published January/February 2023

The March/April issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice contains a number of articles focused on chronic disease prevention, beginning with a compelling commentary by Anthony Zhong and colleagues. In this commentary, Zhong et al make a convincing case that many lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic can be applied to chronic disease to inform screening of diseases such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease. They provide several practical recommendations to support these efforts, with implications for national public health practices.

A related article by Joseph S. Lightner and co-authors evaluates whether and how Community Health Improvement Plans focusing on increasing physical activity are implemented. This study was designed to provide better understand of Community Health Improvement Plan goals, strategies to implement those goals, and the outcomes of those efforts nationally. Their data suggest that communities are choosing easily adopted, appropriate, feasible, and safe interventions but that these strategies may be less effective than alternatives that are more likely to result in large-scale improvements in physical activity behavior. They go on to discuss implications for future public health policies and practices.

Katherine H. Hohman and her team describe implementation, challenges, and lessons learned from the Multi-State Electronic Health Record-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS). A demonstration project, MENDS “aims to improve use of EHR-based chronic disease surveillance data." The authors describe the potential of MENDS as a useful tool to increase capacity for chronic disease surveillance and present opportunities for the evolution of MENDS as it matures. This article is a must read for those working in chronic disease surveillance at the state, tribal, local, and territorial levels, as MENDS is a novel infrastructure to support the efforts of health departments with the tasks of chronic disease surveillance and population health improvement.​

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

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