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Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service, serves as an informative and accessible resource for practitioners, professors, scholars and students of public health. The bi-monthly, peer-reviewed Journal provides important research and presents key discussions on the major issues confronting the public health community.

Public Health Reports began in 1878, and has been published continuously since its inception. Many celebrated figures in public health history have looked to the Journal to publish their most seminal works including Joseph Goldberger, Edgar Sydenstricker, Wade Hampton Frost, Alexander Langmuir and C. Everett Koop.

Today, the Journal continues to publish sound scientific research and ground-breaking work.

Each issue of Public Health Reports publishes viewpoint, practice and research articles, which tackle current public health problems. In addition to six regular issues each year, at least two supplement issues are published on special topics and sent to subscribers. Past projects have included Public Health Reports: Historical Collection 1878-2005, a coffee table book with the 35 most seminal articles that have appeared over the years, and the recent supplement (April 2010) on lessons learned from the 1918-1919 U.S. influenza pandemic.

Public Health Reports has eight special columns of interest:

  • Surgeon General's Perspectives column highlights and discusses timely and emerging public health issues identified by the Surgeon General
  • Environmental Health column emphasizes the role that the environment plays in public health
  • Global Health Matters covers important and underappreciated international public health issues
  • Law and the Public's Health reflects the range of legal issues that affect public health and public health practice, covers important federal and state judicial decisions, and examines the emerging legislative and regulatory matters at both the state and federal levels
  • Local Acts documents examples of local health authorities doing great work
  • Public Health Chronicles provides a glimpse back in time in the field of public health and exemplifies public health history with stark connections to current times
  • NCHS Dataline provides pertinent information on the availability of health statistics, profiles and describes new data sets, public use data files, W eb sites and publications, and provides readers with information needed to acquire and use information from the National Center for Health Statistics
  • From the Schools of Public Health features news from within the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)


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Volume 130, Issue No. 6 November/December 2015
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ISSN 0033-3549

November/December 2015
Public Health Reports

A Message from the Editor
Frederic E. Shaw, MD, JD

Surgeon General's Perspectives: A Season of Hope, a Season of Action: Addressing Mental Health through Faith Communities
Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA

Assessing the State of Vaccine Confidence in the United States: Recommendations from the National Vaccine Advisory Committee
National Vaccine Advisory Committee

Underreporting of Melanoma in Arizona and Strategies for Increasing Reporting: A Public Health Partnership Approach
Robin B. Harris, PhD / Stephanie M. Koch, MPH / Chris Newton, MPA / Nancy G. Silvis, MD / Clara Curiel-Lewandroski, MD / Joseph Giancola, MD / Paul Sagerman, MD / Steven Alder, MD / Georgia Yee, CTR / Timothy J. Flood, MD

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