Public Health Informatics: A Local Health Department Call to Action

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. 

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