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Mar 29 2011

Welcome to!

We all know that solving the nation’s health crisis is going to take more than improvements to health care. If we’re going to decrease costs and improve health, we need to identify new ways to prevent disease and health crises where they begin—in our communities.

Public health experts are being asked to lead the way—to uncover the answers, to brainstorm with businesses and communities, to innovate, to be more effective, and to accomplish more with less. In many ways, it’s going to take a NewPublicHealth to answer the challenge, which is why we launched this community.

As Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey noted:

“The new public health operates out front, in the full light of day, connecting the dots, building partnerships, and creating collaborative relationships that reach far into every corner of the community.”

NewPublicHealth is designed to spark an ongoing conversation about public health challenges, opportunities, evidence, solutions and innovations. We invite and encourage your active participation.

We want to hear from you and read your thoughts in this new digital meeting place. Comment on our posts, suggest your own and tell us what you’re doing to help improve people’s health—and make staying healthy less costly—across the country. For instance:

  • How are you accomplishing more with less?
  • What smart resource or policy decisions have you made lately?
  • In what ways are you innovating to prevent more disease and keep people safe and healthy?
  • What kinds of partnerships have made the biggest difference for your community’s health?
  • Are you preparing for public health accreditation in 2011? What’s your experience been like?
  • What other ideas should be part of a NewPublicHealth?

Please check in daily to find critical public health news, commentary and updates on what’s happening at the local, state and national legislative levels.

Our contributors will include veteran reporters, public health officials in the field, noted researchers and academics, association heads and the top public health leaders in the U.S. government. The content will be wide-ranging, including videos and podcasts showcasing the best in public health today; voices from the field; and snapshots of public health in practice.

Your voice is the linchpin of this effort. Please join us, share your expertise and connect directly with your colleagues and collaborators in this digital space. The online relationships forged here will have a direct impact on your offline work to improve the overall health of your community.


Mar 29 2011

A Video Welcome From Michelle Larkin

Michelle Larkin, J.D., M.S., R.N., Public Health Team Director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, introduces NewPublicHealth.Org, a new online digital destination where a wide range of health leaders can share health stories, challenges and innovations - all in real time.

Mar 29 2011

Take a Tour: Using

Welcome to NewPublicHealth! We’re thrilled that you’re here. With your participation, this site will become an open forum to discuss public health news, initiatives, studies, innovations and much more. Your input, comments and suggestions are always welcome.

To get you started, here’s a quick overview of some of the site’s features and how to use them.

The category bar: See that lovely orange bar up top? That’s where we’ll highlight a range of different topics. Those category links will change often, so keep your eye on them for fresh content. A full alphabetical list of categories will always be available on the right side of the page under the heading “Categories”.

Twitter feed: Our active Twitter account, @RWJF_PubHealth, more than 6,000 followers strong, is a shares daily public health information and engages in conversations with a wide range of followers. Now you can see the feed directly imported into this page. Please follow us on Twitter and join the conversation.

Voice of the Community: This space will reflect the posts that are trending within this community. Think of it as a guide to the audience’s favorite items. You can sort the lists by most read, most commented, and most emailed posts on our site.

Videos: We will always profile one video here that digs into important public health issues. These videos will present a range of perspectives and will often profile innovative leaders on the front lines of public health. They’re videos we'd like to share with you and – since they’re all embeddable and sharable – we hope you’ll pass them along to your colleagues.

The “Facebook” and “Twitter” buttons on the side of posts: These buttons are simple – if you’re logged in to Facebook or Twitter, just click your button of choice to share the post with your network. It will automatically “like” the post for you on Facebook or share the link on your Twitter account. And we hope you’ll use those share features frequently to help us spread the word.

Now, a question for you: What do you most want to see discussed here? What are your thoughts on public health today and moving forward? Leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to address it.