According to a special January issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice that was published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, the health departments of the United States’ largest cities play a central role in developing innovative population health strategies for improving public health across the nation.
The special issue, titled “Big City Health Departments: Leadership Perspectives”, discusses about the updates and ideas from the member health departments of the BCHC. The articles in the special issue highlight the efforts of urban public health department in designing new approaches designed to make cities become healthier places to live in. Some examples that were contributed by Dr. Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, were:
Dr. Novick discusses these strategies in context of the history of public health leadership in the cities of the United States, with progress depending on political support, public health infrastructure, and systems for collecting and analyzing health data. He concludes that the people of the United States are luck enough to be able to witness and experience an even broader expanded agenda for urban public health.