Are fist-bumps the new handshake for public health? fist-bump to prevent transfer of infectious disease  How local health departments can have fun reducing the spread of infections! The handshake, thought by some to have originated as a gesture of peace, is on its way out. This ancient form of greeting has been practiced as far back as the 5th century BC. So why is there a push to ban the common ... Read more...

What is the Difference Between EMR and EHR The terms “Electronic Medical Records” (EMR) and “Electronic Health Records” (EHR) are so often used interchangeably and also incorrectly. There are some important distinctions between the two, especially in Public Health settings! Let us simplify it for you. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), simply put, are just the digital version of the traditional paper charts in medical ... Read more...

The Center for Healthy North Carolina releases its latest “Snapshot of Success” Calling all North Carolina Public Health Departments! Will you join the cause for a healthier state? “Healthy NC 2020 serves as our state’s health improvement plan, which will address and improve our state’s most pressing health priorities. Our goal is to be one of the healthiest states in the nation.” -the Center for Healthy North ... Read more...

How texting is benefiting public health Blog Posted: August 14, 2014 Public health leaders are embracing new technologies, like mobile apps and texting, and using them to be innovative with their outreach approach to the local population. Through innovative new services, public health departments are expanding their reach at dramatically lower costs. They are finding new ways to improve population health and ... Read more...

Pestronk encourages local health department leaders Robert Pestronk encourages local health department leaders to “learn new vocabularies and learn the language of business, foundations and communities”.   Blog Posted: August 12, 2014 Interview the Experts Series: Robert Pestronk Executive Director, The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).   Our most recent expert interview is with Robert Pestronk who is the Executive Director of The ... Read more...

Public health and prevention: From behind the scenes to center stage In a recent conversation we had with a public health expert, she remarked that the public generally recognizes the value that first responders—police, firefighters and EMTs—offer the community. By comparison, the expert suggested, public health providers receive far less acclaim. Why? Because public health is so heavily focused on prevention, which tends to be regarded ... Read more...