Improving Cancer Screening Rates in Community Health Cancer Screening FQHC EHRCurrent research and data show that preventative screenings for various forms of cancer help dramatically improve efficacy of treatments and survival rates from catching cancer in its early stages. Despite this evidence, however, rates of these screenings continually fall below national targets from Healthy People 2020 for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. The largest segments ... Read more...

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Public Health vs Personal Choice. How can meaningful use EHR help keep public safe? VaccineDespite recent popularity on the internet and media, vaccines have been used and developed for nearly 200 years. A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease. Their prevalent use in industrialized countries has dramatically improved overall population health and eradicated or nearly eradicated many diseases that were once ... Read more...

HIV PrEP Use in Public Health: Taming a Chronic Problem HIV PrEP Public Health EHRPre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but are at substantial risk of contracting it to prevent HIV infections by taking a pill every day. It has been proven to be extremely effective at combating the spread of HIV infection. When taken consistently, HIV PrEP has been shown ... Read more...

Keeping Patient Safety a Priority in your Health Center Patient SafetyPatient safety can mean a lot of things depending on your public health department or community health center. But at its core, patient safety is about how your organization prevents and protects patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. While often considered an issue for hospitals or facilities with impatient care, patient safety can and ... Read more...

Health in All Policies – What it means for Mental Health Recently we published an interview with Julia Caplan, the program manager for California Public Health’s Health in All Policies Task Force. The American Public Health Association describes Health in All Policies as a collaborative approach to improve health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all policy areas. Similarly, NACCHO’s Environmental Health in All Policies ... Read more...

The 6 Steps EHR Selection & Implementation: Plan for Planning Successful EHR Selection and ImplementationSelecting and implementing a new Electronic Health Record System(EHR) is, and should be, a great task for any size public health department or community health center. On average, transition to a new EHR will take a public health department approximately 8-12 months. Some organizations may take less time and others more; it all depends on ... Read more...