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Public Health Practice: What Works

Jonathan E. Fielding and Steven M. Teutsch

Abstract

This book compiles the lessons and best practices of working in the complex and evolving public health setting of Los Angeles County, as told by leaders of LA County's Department of Public Health. Los Angeles County's combination of urban centers, extensive suburbs, and low-income, rural, and agricultural communities renders public health challenges that are diverse in scope and unmatched in scale. Through stories of both success and challenges from practice, this book offers a practical guide to effective health policy and program interventions for individuals, teams, practitioners, and depar ... More

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Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199892761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892761.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan E. Fielding, editor
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Steven M. Teutsch, editor
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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1 Introduction and History of Public Health in Los Angeles County

Jonathan E. Fielding, Jonathan Freedman, and Stephanie N. Caldwell

Part One Core Capacities

2 Measuring Population Health

Susie B. Baldwin, and Amy S. Lightstone

3 Strategic Planning

Wendy K. Schiffer, Virginia Huang Richman, Joshua M. Bobrowsky, and Maxanne Hatch

5 From Direct Service to Community Orientation

David Caley, and Deborah Davenport

6 Assuring Competence

Jeffrey D. Gunzenhauser, and Kathleen N. Smith

7 Performance Improvement

Debra Lotstein, and Dawn Marie Jacobson

8 The Medium and the Message

Rose Anne Rodriguez, and Sarah M. Kissell

9 Understanding Birth Outcomes and Adverse Birth Events

Shin Margaret Chao, Giannina Donatoni, Chandra Higgins, Marian Eldahaby, and Cynthia A. Harding

Part Two Health Promotion

11 Tackling Toxic Food Environments

Paul Simon, and Suzanne Bogert

12 Enticing People Out of Their Cars

Jean Armbruster, Gayle Haberman, Louisa Franco, and Margot Ocanas

13 From Health Education to Health Policy

Mark D. Weber, and Linda M. Aragon

14 Reaching Underserved Populations

Julia Heinzerling, Michelle T. Parra, Stephanie N. Caldwell, and Kim Harrison Eowan

15 The Asthma Coalition

Robert A. Gilchick, Janet M. Scully, and Cynthia Harding

Part Three Health Protection

16 101 Deadly Days

Laurene Mascola, and S. Benson Werner

17 Infection Control

David E. Dassey, Sharon Sakamoto, and Dawn Terashita

18 Reducing Zoonoses

Karen Ehnert, and Robert Kim-Farley

19 Safe Food Facilities

Hector Dela Cruz, Terrance Powell, and Jonathan E. Fielding

20 Food Product Recalls

Hector Dela Cruz, and Terrance Powell

21 Sewage Discharge Response

Bernard Franklin, and Kenneth Murray

22 Contaminated Fish

Marita Santos, Janice Lewis, and Janet Scully

Part Four Emergency Response

23 Emergency Management

Michael Contreras, Benjamin Bristow, Alonzo Plough, and Kim Harrison Eowan

24 Employees as First Responders

Michelle Bosshard, Benjamin Bristow, Noël Bazini-Barakat, and Ernesto Hinojos

25 Responding to Potential Emergencies

Benjamin Bristow, Dickson Diamond, Moon Kim, and Alonzo Plough

26 Radiation Risk

Kathleen Kaufman

27 Dispensing Emergency Medications and Supplies

Catherine Knox, and Deborah Davenport

28 Real Time Information in Emergencies

Sinan Khan, and Dee Ann Bagwell

Part Five Service Delivery

31 Increasing Accountability among Substance Abuse Treatment Providers

Desiree Crevecoeur, Rachel Gonzales, Richard A. Rawson, Jonathan E. Fielding, and John Viernes

32 Preconception Health

Cynthia Harding, Diana Ramos, Giannina Donatoni, Shin Margaret Chao, and Jeanne Smart

33 Narrowing the Infant Mortality Gap

Shin Margaret Chao, Giannina Donatoni, Angel Hopson, Deborah Davenport, and Cynthia A. Harding

34 Assuring Medical Coverage

Wendy K. Schiffer, Suzanne Bostwick, Chandra Higgins, and Cynthia A. Harding

35 Partnering with Families

Wesley L. Ford, Debra Ruge, Nancy Cappel, Tess Jens O'Hern, and Sidney Roth

36 Reducing Cases of HIV

Jennifer N. Sayles, Mario J. Pérez, Gary P. García, and Raphael J. Landovitz

37 STDs/HIV in the Adult Film Industry

Jane Steinberg, Rebecca Butler, Mark Roy Mcgrath, and Peter R. Kerndt