Report

Expanding Delivery System Research in Public Health Settings: Lessons from Practice-Based Research Networks

This study examines the approaches used by public health practice-based research networks (PBRNs) to expand delivery system research and evidence-based practice in public health settings. Although some networks have already made progress in translating PBRN research findings into policy and delivery system changes, many additional opportunities exist for PBRNs to move research into meaningful public […]

Developing a Taxonomy for the Science of Improvement in Public Health

The purpose of this study was to advance the science of improvement in public health departments with the objectives of establishing a taxonomy of quality improvement (QI) projects in public health, categorizing QI projects undertaken in health departments using the taxonomy, and creating an opportunity modes and effects analysis. Researchers analyzed data from 51 QI projects […]

Consolidating Health Departments in Summit County, Ohio: A One Year Retrospective

This report provides an overview of the eight major strategic and operational challenges the newly formed Summit County Public Health Department faced as it worked through its first year of transition after consolidating three local public health districts into a unified public health organization. The challenges involved implementing new overall strategic decisions, adjusting personnel and […]

Improving Cross-Sectoral and Cross-Jurisdictional Coordination for Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness

This paper addresses the need for effective coordination of legal authorities across local, state, tribal and federal jurisdictions, as well as across sectors such as public health, health care, emergency management, education, law enforcement, community design and academia to achieve effective public health emergency preparedness. It further discusses gaps in legal preparedness concerning the use […]

Structural and Organizational Characteristics Associated with Performance of Essential Public Health Services in Small Jurisdictions: Findings from a statewide study in Massachusetts.

This study examines jurisdictional, organizational, and structural characteristics associated with capacity to deliver 10 essential public health services in Massachusetts, a state where most local public health departments serve small municipalities. Hyde, J., Arsenault, L., Waggett, J., Mills, B., Cox, H., MacVarish, K., et. al. (2012). Structural and organizational characteristics associated with performance of essential […]

Regionalization in Local Public Health Systems

This brief reports on the effects of 9/11 on preparedness and regionalization. It examines a series of comparative case studies in four areas that suggest regionalization can improve both preparedness and public health in general. Available online: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2011/04/april-issue-of-health-affairs-focuses-on-patient-safety-and-heal/regionalization-in-local-public-health-systems.html California Health Policy Forum. (2007). Regionalization in Local Public Health Systems.

Diffusion of Practice-Based Research in Local Public Health: What Differentiates Adopters from Nonadopters?

The purpose of this study was to examine the level of involvement by local health departments in practice-based research activities and determine factors associated with variation in such involvement. The researchers administered questions to a nationally representative random sample of 625 local health departments. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023277

Current and Planned Shared Service Arrangements Among Wisconsin’s Local and Tribal Health Departments

This three-page brief overviews current and planned shared service arrangements among local and tribal health departments in Wisconsin. It reports on rate of sharing, motivations, and reported outcomes. Available online (pdf): http://www.publichealthsystems.org/projects/current-and-planned-shared-service-arrangements-among-wisconsins-local-and-tribal-health Related journal article available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399279