Magazine article The Nation's Health

Engagement Key in First Part of Health Administration Section Strategic Plan

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Engagement Key in First Part of Health Administration Section Strategic Plan

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A JOURNAL PUBLICATION and a mentoring program are part of the first phase in a Health Administration Section plan to boost member engagement.

Operation Engage is the first phase of the Section's three-year strategic plan, which began in November, said John Williams, DrPH, MBA, Section chair and assistant professor of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health's Department of Health Services Management.

The plan is designed to get the Section's members more involved in the group and its activities.

"We're looking at engaging or getting involved students, practitioners and those from the academic world," Williams told The Nation's Health. "We have those three that we're trying to bridge (and) trying to set up communications between all three."

The Section will be putting together a special edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice on the Affordable Care Act and its influence on public health practice, said Michael Morris, PhD, a Section member and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. There will be a push starting in spring to encourage members of other APHA Sections to submit abstracts for the journal, which could be published between November 2014 and January 2015, Morris said. The publication will be a combination of commentary and scientific research-based articles, Williams said.

"This is an expanded role in relation to a push that we started a couple years ago to get the Section more engaged in public health policy and trying to develop the evidence base for public health practice, particularly in relation to public health policy and management," Morris told The Nation's Health. "We're trying to one, get our membership within the Section to take a leadership role in terms of contributing to this broader public health policy debate but also to stimulate the discussions related to policy and management across APHA. …

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