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Public Health Law Research: Exploring Law in Public Health Systems

This article introduces Public Health Law Research as an integral part of Public Health Systems and Services Research and discusses the challenges of their integration. It gives examples of current research that demonstrate the benefits of an integrated approach to improving the use of law in public health practice. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023273 Ibrahim, J. K., […]

Composition and Duties of Local Boards of Health: Findings from a 2011 National Survey

This article describes the results of a 2011 national online and written survey of the composition and duties of local boards of health in the United States. Responses were received from 363 boards of health in 35 states and described the boards’ demographics, roles and responsibilities, orientation and training, and concerns and needs. Available online: […]

Public Health Services and Systems Research: Current State of Finance Research

This article discusses the current state of public health finance research through a review of public health finance literature. It chronicles important lessons learned from public health finance research to date, discusses the challenges faced by those seeking to conduct financial research on the public health system, and discusses the role of public health finance […]

Topology of Local Health Officials’ Advice Networks: Mind the Gaps

This article discusses how a health officials’ advice network might contribute to a high-performing public health system by facilitating diffusion of innovation and best practices. Examination of regional networks and subgroup analysis showed a clumping communication pattern that largely follows state boundaries. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023286, Merrill, J., Orr, M. G., Jeon, C. Y., Wilson, R. […]

Defining Organizational Capacity for Public Health Services and Systems Research

The article describes the myriad capacity constructs within public health and other research fields and proposes an expanded conceptual model for public health systems and services research (PHSSR) that emphasizes capacity within a systems framework. Also, a list of measures has been highlighted to begin developing a capacity construct specifically for PHSSR. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023278

Lessons learned from a policy decision to coordinate a multijurisdiction H1N1 response with a single incident management team

This article provides a case review describing the creation of a single incident management team by five independent local public health agencies to respond to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21135658

Regionalization of Local Public Health Systems in the Era of Preparedness

This article briefly examines the lessons learned from regionalization for police and fire services, and draws comparisons to public health. It includes case studies to highlight examples of regionalization outcomes related to networking, coordination, standardization, and centralization of public health services. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18348711?dopt=Abstract Koh, H.K., Elqura, L.J., Judge, C.M., & Stoto, M.A. (2008). Regionalization […]

Measuring the authority of local public health directors in the context of organizational structure: An exploratory, multimodal approach

This article examines the relationship between organizational structure and authority of local public health directors based on data collected from Minnesota local health directors. It illustrates that emerging practice-based research networks can successfully collaborate on small-scale research projects with immediate application for systems development. Study findings are reportedly being used by local public health officials […]

Reorganizations of health agencies by local government in American urban centers: What do they portend for “public health”?

This article from the 1970’s identifies the longstanding efforts to reform through reorganization of public health departments and public hospitals without addressing the underlying problems of an eroded tax base, an indifferent federal policy, and intra-professional disputes. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/327345

Public Health Legal Preparedness in Indian Country

This article provides an evidence base for understanding existing tribal health law. It discusses deficiencies in the scope and integration of tribal health laws and recommends ways to strengthen tribal public health legal preparedness. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19150897 Bryan, R. T., Schaefer, R. M., DeBruyn, L., & Stier, D. D. (2009). Public health legal preparedness in […]