Online Program

Local Health Departments Health Informatics and Emergency Preparedness Capacity

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bobbie Jo Newell, MEd, Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Gulzar Shah, PhD, MStat, MS, Department of Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Ruth Whitworth, M.B.A., M.P.H., Biostatistics, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
The research examines the association between Local Health Departments (LHDs) Health Informatics (HI) capacity and Emergency Preparedness (EP) capacity using the 2013 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Profile study. The purpose is to identify potential Health Informatics Capacities that can possibly improve Emergency Preparedness of LHDs. We conducted a secondary analysis of the data from the 2013 NACCHO Profile study, a cross-sectional study used to develop a thorough description of infrastructure and practice of LHDs. All 2,532 LHDs in the U.S. received a core set of questions, but only a sub-sample of LHDs received a survey containing questions about emergency preparedness and informatics capacity. The sub-sample consisted of 625 LHDs of which 505 LHDs completed the survey (81% response rate). This sample was selected using stratified random sampling without replacement which assigned LHDs the core survey or core plus one of two modules. We examined five ordinal measures for the areas of informatics with three response categories of each as well as five measures for the area of emergency preparedness with two response categories of each. The study illustrates a significant relationship between variables of HI and EP, the results can be used by LHDs to improve their HI capacities to better their EP capacity.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Identify the associations between local health departments (LHDs), health informatics (HI) capacity and Emergency Preparedness (EP) capacity.

Keyword(s): Emergency Preparedness, Local Public Health Agencies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Bobbie Jo Newell, MEd, is an Assessment Specialist and 3rd year Dr.P.H. Public Health Leadership student at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH), Georgia Southern University. Bobbie Jo has worked for over four years promoting public health education. She plans to do her dissertation research in the field of informatics and emergency preparedness.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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