Welcome to NewPublicHealth.org!

Mar 29, 2011, 3:03 PM, Posted by

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.


This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.