A UNIQUE suggestion arrived in Lloyd Novick's e-mail in December 2008. Leaders of APHA's Health Administration Section wrote to ask if Novick, editor of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, would be interested in publishing a special issue highlighting Section members' work. The idea had been developed the previous month at APHA's Annual Meeting in San Diego.
To the delight of Section leaders, Novick embraced the idea and responded with detailed instructions on how to proceed.
"The journal was particularly interested in publishing an issue on health administration from the (Health Administration) Section of APHA," Novick, MD, MPH, told The Nation's Health. "Membership of this Section makes possible the implementation of advances in practice that improve the health of the community."
The work culminated in the publication of the March/April issue of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, which focuses on the work of APHA's Health Administration Section.
"I'm very proud of Section members who contributed to this issue," said project co-organizer Ray Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, who penned an editorial on the topic of leading and managing. "They took on a major task and were willing to share their knowledge and experiences from current practice."
The articles in the special issue address a range of health administration topics, including management functions, budgeting, leadership, process improvement, decision science, organizational change, coaching and educational approaches. New administrative techniques are illustrated, including methods to improve public health accreditation and local public health department priority setting. Some of the articles apply the principles to contemporary challenges, such as pandemic planning and obesity prevention.
To kick off the work, Novick met with Nicola and project co-organizer Tricia Todd, MPH, to discuss a timeline for the …