Funding: Jr Investigator Award
The main objective of this study is to compare differences across the states and local public health agencies related to the delivery of Public health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) services. Data from the ASTHO survey for the years 2007 and 2010 and data from the NACCHO survey for the years 2008 and 2010 will be used. It will also evaluate the association between the provided services in response to seasonal influenza across the states and local public health agencies and influenza vaccination data from the CDC. PHSSR agenda questions that will be addressed: How do differences in health department size and structure impact outcomes? How do environmental context and the structure of health departments interact to create certain outcomes? To what extent is there variation in practice between health departments? How can performance and outcome be better assessed? What, if any, evidence exists of improvements in health outcomes related to the volume of service delivery, intervention reach among at-risk populations, and/or the fidelity of evidence-based practices? This will be a longitudinal retrospective study because it involves repeated observations of the same variables over time. A cross-sectional study will be conducted to compare the delivery of public health services during seasonal influenza. Results from this project should be helpful to public health practitioners in a way they can understand better the health surge capacity of their agencies and others when it comes to PHEP. It may be useful as well by helping them to better allocate resources, on decision-making processes and how to approach policy makers.
Glen P. Mays, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of Kentucky
- Comparing Public Health Emergency Preparedness Measures Across States and Local Health Agencies. (University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence Dynamics of Preparedness Conference Poster Presentation-2012)
- Proposal for Quality Improvement of Public Health Services in Kentucky through the Integration of Competency-Based Hiring for Local Health Department Directors. (APHA 2011)
- Proposal for Quality Improvement of Public Health Services in Kentucky through the Integration of Competency-Based Hiring for Local Health Department Directors. (Keeneland Conference 2011)