RVPHTC Blog

Welcome to our blog! Covering classic and topical public health themes, we hope you find new and interesting information through our blog posts, published weekly to keep you in the know on all things public health! 

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Building Leadership Capacity to Advance Health Equity – By and For Black Women

Building Leadership Capacity to Advance Health Equity – By and For Black Women

Investments in community-led initiatives, strategies, and solutions are crucial to build the power and capacity of populations most impacted by health and social inequities. The Well Black Woman® Institute (WBWI) is an innovative leadership development program for Black women in Wisconsin. WBWI builds the knowledge, skills, and capacity of Black women to become health equity advocates, leaders, and change agents within their communities and across the state.

Bridging the Gap: Telehealth, Broadband, and Equity in Healthcare Access

Bridging the Gap: Telehealth, Broadband, and Equity in Healthcare Access

The COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted telehealth’s potential, but revealed a stark reality: 14.5 million Americans lack broadband access, disproportionately affecting rural and tribal communities. Telehealth offers hope, but its promise is hindered by access inequities. Recognizing broadband as a crucial determinant of health, policymakers are acting, ranging from state-level initiatives to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. However, broadband expansion is just the beginning. Achieving healthcare equity demands policy reforms, workforce training, and collaboration. The pandemic taught us that telehealth is transformative, but its benefits must reach every corner of our nation, leaving no one behind in the pursuit of health and equity.

But First, Health First Indiana

But First, Health First Indiana

Health First Indiana is an initiative created by Senate Enrolled Act 4, legislation passed by the 2023 Indiana General Assembly that will transform Indiana’s public health infrastructure. The legislation provides funding so local health departments (LHDs) can determine the health needs of their community and implement evidence-based programs focused on prevention. Health First Indiana establishes a public health infrastructure through a state and local partnership where services are delivered at the county level. Counties decide whether to opt-in to the new funding to provide and/or expand upon the core public health services, including trauma and injury prevention, chronic disease prevention, maternal and child health, and more.

Healthy Work Collaborative: a Step-by-Step Video Series

Healthy Work Collaborative: a Step-by-Step Video Series

The University of Illinois Chicago Center for Healthy Work aims to share a variety of resources to build awareness and knowledge to academics, employers, policymakers, and workers to help establish and maintain the belief that all workers deserve healthy work.The Healthy Work Collaborative Step-by-Step Videos promote collaborative approaches to advancing worker health by helping organizations:

Develop a shared understanding of precarious work and pathways to healthier work
Explore how policy, systems, and environmental changes can improve health in the context of precarious work
For support implementing any of the Healthy Work Collaborative tools within your own organizations, contact us at healthywork@uic.edu.

What can the state of Michigan tell us about the state of the public health workforce?

What can the state of Michigan tell us about the state of the public health workforce?

By JP Leider, PhD, Center for Public Health Systems, University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Laura Power, MD, MPH, Preventive Medicine Residency and Office of Public Health Practice, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Region V Public Health Training Center, Public Health Prepared   Last week was the Michigan Premier Public Health conference, held in the scenic Shanty Creek Resort in northern Michigan. Imagine fall colors on water. It beats, by a long shot,...

Compensating Community Wisdom in Public Health

Compensating Community Wisdom in Public Health

By Janine O’Donnell, MPH, Kent County Health Department    The field of public health has been chronically underfunded for decades. A persistent lack of resources hampers efforts to promote health equity, address the growing burden of chronic disease, effectively combat behavioral and mental health concerns, and proactively respond to emerging issues (Trust for America’s Health [TFAH], 2023). It’s no wonder state and local health departments rely heavily on creative, cost-saving...

Do Definitions Matter?

Do Definitions Matter?

By Sheri Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health   Current, commonly used definitions of health equity are useful tools for public health practitioners who are responsible for engaging residents and leaders in community health improvement planning and implementation. Widely circulated definitions include important concepts that can guide analysis and spark action.    As the field evolves, it's...