NAPHSIS (National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems), the national membership organization, founded in 1933, representing vital records and vital statistics offices and professionals in the United States, seeks an excellent communicator and collaborative leader to build on the credibility and established reputation of this maturing nonprofit organization. At some point, each of us will need to use a birth certificate to prove our identity, citizenship or family relationship or a death certificate to handle affairs after the death of a loved one. Vital records serve as a keystone source of legal information on births, deaths and other vital events and provide statistical data that are essential components of monitoring public health. These data also serve as the source of key indicators of population health. In addition to evaluating public health trends and guiding limited health resources, responding to disasters, and exploring electronic health data exchange; NAPHSIS and its members are active partners with law enforcement agencies and benefit paying organizations in the fight to prevent fraud and identity theft.
The next executive director of NAPHSIS will have a credible platform to build toward dynamic growth and innovation through ever-changing technology and the expanded use of vital statistics throughout the public health and fraud prevention arenas. The next executive director of NAPHSIS will be challenged with balancing the public health application of vital statistics, the business and operational needs of vital records offices, with the non-governmental agency and business demand for data.
NACCHO is pleased to announce it will be adding a new track – Health Informatics & Technology – at the 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference. The theme of the 2017 conference is Public Health Revolution: Bridging Clinical Medicine and Population Health. Local public health has a central role in convening discussions and efforts around population health, clinical medicine, and the management of systems that measure health outcomes. As the principal Health Strategists in their communities, local health departments are well-positioned to bring together stakeholders to strengthen critical local partnerships with clinical medicine and other groups to improve the health of their populations. We invite you to submit an abstract for pre-conference workshops, posters, and session/workshops. Please check out the conference website for more information.
Obstacles ranging from underdeveloped information technology (IT) infrastructure to insufficient workforce and capacity have made public health informatics seem either intimidating or vastly inaccessible to many LHDs. Despite these obstacles, there is a place for informatics within every LHD and “Public Health Informatics,” a new multi-article supplement in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP), explores that niche. Penned by a cross-cutting range of experts in the fields of public health and informatics, who hail from government, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the supplement provides diverse perspectives and balanced insights into the current state of local public health informatics, the future direction of the field, and what’s required to ensure local health departments aren’t left behind.Read More