Public Health Practice What Works

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, is home to 10 million people and 88 municipalities. It is larger than 41 of the 50 states. Comprising urban centers, extensive suburbs, and low-income, rural, and agricultural communities, it poses complex public health challenges that are diverse in scope and unmatched in scale. InPublic Health Practice: What Works, the leaders of LA County's Department of Public Health compile the lessons and best practices of working in a complex and evolving public health setting. Through stories of success (and challenges) from practice, this book offers a practical guide to effective health policy and program interventions for individuals, teams, practitioners, and departments on any scale. All facets of public health practice are illustrated through case-specific chapters, including coverage of core capacities, health promotion and protection, emergency response, and service delivery. Techniques and themes addressed here include: cross-cutting interventions and intersectoral actions to improve population health environmental problems and influences on health outcomes policy as a public health tool targeted and tailored programs and services, policies, and partnerships Employing a casebook method to provide real-life teaching tools for practitioners and students,Public Health Practice: What Worksis a new benchmark for practical, contemporary public health practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction and History of Public Health in Los Angeles County Core Capacities
Measuring Population Health: The Los Angeles County Health Survey
Strategic Planning: Visioning the New Public Health Agency
Programs and Policies that Work: How Evidence Can Drive Action
From Direct Service to Community Orientation: Transformation of Nursing Practice
Assuring Competence: Credentialing and Privileging of Physicians
Performance Improvement: Using Accountability and Rapid-Cycle Techniques to Improve Services
The Medium and the Message: Strategies for Effective Communication
Understanding Birth Outcomes and Adverse Birth Events: LAMB and LA HOPEHealth Promotion
Underlying Determinants of Health: Putting Local Data to Work
Tackling Toxic Food Environments: A Response to the Obesity Epidemic
Enticing People Out of Their Cars: Promoting Active Living
From Health Education to Health Policy: A Local Paradigm Shift in Tobacco Control
Reaching Underserved Populations: Influenza Vaccination in the African American Community
The Asthma Coalition: Effective Prevention and Control through Collaboration
Health Protection
101 Deadly Days: Listeria Monocytogenes Associated with Mexican Style Cheese
Infection Control: Public Health Outreach to Hospitals
Reducing Zoonoses: Controlling Animal Importation
Safe Food Facilities: Reestablishing Public Confidence Through Letter Grades
Food Product Recalls: Effective Local Response
Sewage Discharge Response: Reforms in Reporting and Public Notification
Contaminated Fish: Protecting Communities Through Community Education and Reducing Availability
Emergency Response
Emergency Management: Building an Effective Structure for Local Public Health
Employees as First Responders: A Framework for Emergency Readiness
Responding to Potential Emergencies: The Threat Assessment Unit
Radiation Risk: Development of a Multi-Agency Radiation Response Plan
Dispensing Emergency Medications and Supplies: Points of Dispensing Models
Real Time Information in Emergencies: Automating Medication Data Collection
Service Delivery
Reducing Drug Use Among Non-violent Offenders: The Drug Court Program
Preventing Opiate Overdose Deaths: Legal Challenges and Effectiveness of Prevention Education and Narcan Distribution
Increasing Accountability Among Substance Abuse Treatment Providers: Development of a Performance Measurement System
Preconception Health: A Life Course Perspective for Maternal and Child Health
Narrowing the Infant Mortality Gap: Data Tools and Strategies for Improved Birth Outcomes
Assuring Medical Coverage: An Effective Outreach Initiative for Children and Families
Partnering with Families: A New Service Delivery Model for Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy
Reducing Cases of HIV: Implementation of Post Exposure Prophylaxis
STDs/HIV in the Adult Film Industry: Workplace Practices and the Need for Regulation
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