Fall is finally upon us, and with it comes the November/December issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. In this issue, we have a collection of wonderful articles, with many focusing on tobacco control. Other articles such as this excellent commentary by John Auerbach highlight the pressing need to focus on the social determinants of health with multisectoral public health activities. However, I would like to focus your attention on a few other articles that might pique your interest. The first from Mishra and colleagues reports results from a pilot of electronic case reporting of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Chicago, IL. This study found that electronic case reporting increased provider reporting when compared with paper reporting alone, which has considerable implications for national dissemination. The second article I'd like to highlight is from Wood et al entitled "Enhancing Access to Quality Online Training to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness and Response." In this interesting paper, the authors document efforts to improve access to online training materials developed by the national network of Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLCs). During the project, the authors evaluated more than 500 resources for quality, ultimately selecting over 400 for inclusion in a searchable, web-based database. These resources are now available (http://perlc.nwcphp.org/) and can be utilized to increase emergency preparedness competencies among the public health workforce. Finally, I'd like to draw your attention to this month's Getting Practical column from Wang and Lusk. In the column, the authors articulate strategies for engaging local policy makers as partners in public health initiatives, with a focus on city mayors. The authors astutely highlight the need to engage a diversity of stakeholders and search for allies beyond the public health domain. Taken together, these three articles highlight innovative approaches to leveraging existing resources, be they human or technological, to address pressing issues facing public health practitioners and policy makers.
Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS
Editor-in-Chief Associate Editor