Online Program

Public Health Practice through the past decade

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Gopal Sankaran, MD, DrPH, MNAMS, CHES, Department of Health, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011) identified the following areas (not in any rank order) as the top success stories in public health in the first decade of 21st century: i) vaccine preventable diseases; ii) prevention and control of infectious diseases; iii) tobacco control; iv) maternal and infant health; v) motor vehicle safety; vi) cardiovascular disease prevention; vii) occupational safety; viii) cancer prevention; ix) childhood lead poisoning prevention; and x) public health preparedness and response. This presentation focuses on the role of technology in achieving several of these successes in the past decade.  The emphasis in this empirical analysis is on addressing the type and role of technology as it relates to primary and secondary prevention efforts.  The barriers as well as facilitators to use of technology at individual and population levels are discussed.  The adaptability of technology to enhance public health practice in other population settings is identified.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
identify the ten great public health achievements in the United States in the past decade. Discuss the influential role of technology in these public health accomplishments. Identify two barriers and two facilitators to the use of technology in primary and secondary prevention efforts.

Keyword(s): Public Health Infrastructure, Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 25+ years of experience as a practitioner in the three interrelated areas of medicine, public health and health promotion. I have experience using technology for teaching and training the public health workforce.
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.