July 2022: Public health agencies respond to challenges

Editor Lloyd F. Novick highlights new articles in the July/August 2022 issue of Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

July 2022: Public health agencies respond to challenges

Our July issue features an article by Zaugg and colleagues on abortion activities in health services. It is certainly a hot topic. We follow with a blog post on JPHMP Direct by these authors on the current situation that will explore the deleterious consequences for public health if the Supreme Court’s recent leaked draft is indeed released in June. The article describes the May 2020 convening of a group of maternal and child health and family planning professionals working in health departments, representatives from schools of public health, and members of affiliated organizations. The objective was to explore the values ​​and principles relevant to the engagement of health services in abortion. The call followed a structured consensus process that included several rounds of comments and opportunities for feedback and revision. Abortion-related activities that were appropriate for health services were delineated. These activities included data collection and publication; communicate evidence-based content to the public and decision makers; ensuring the quality of health services; and combat stigma and prejudice around abortion.

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

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With our July issue we publish an important supplement Transformation and innovations in public health. This issue was developed by the Public Health Accreditation Board’s Public Health Center for Innovations. Articles highlight the communities and states that are making the substantial changes needed to modernize and transform public health. Competencies of public health personnel are highlighted, as is the core public health services framework.

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Lloyd F. Novick

Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH, is professor emeritus in the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. Previously, he was chairman of this department. He served as Vermont Health Commissioner and Secretary of Human Services, Arizona Health Services Director, and Director of the New York State Office of Public Health. Previous academic positions include Professor and Program Director of Preventive Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at the University at Albany School of Public Health, and Clinical Professor and Program Director of teaching in epidemiology and public health at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. He is the founding editor and managing editor of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. He is also the editor of five books, including Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management; public health issues in disaster preparedness; Community prevention programs that work; Public health leaders tell their stories; and prison health issues. He is past president of the Association of Prevention and Research Teachers (APTR) and the Association of State and Territory Health Officials (ASTHO). He has received a number of national awards, including the Special Recognition Award, American College of Preventive Medicine (2005); Duncan Clark Award, Association of Professors of Preventive Medicine (2003); Yale University Distinguished Service Award (2003); Excellence in Health Administration, American Public Health Association (2001); and the Arthur T. McCormack Award, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (1992). He is a graduate of Colgate University (BA), New York University (MD), and Yale University (MPH).