Public Health Spotlight

Public health research provides local health departments and the public with information and tools that we need to help protect the health of our community.  This page is dedicated to sharing recent research findings and what they mean for public health.

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On December 2, 2020, Dr. Katz, medical director for the Scott County Health Department, provided a detailed COVID-19 vaccine update for area physicians and health care providers. Additional vaccine information will be updated as it becomes available on SCHD's Vaccine webpage and the QC COVID-19...
Posted: December 2, 2020
MMWR Graph of national COVID-19 cases and events taking place
A detailed analysis of the current research on the role of masks in preventing spread of COVID-19.
Posted: October 12, 2020
New Publication Highlights Connection Between Education and Life Expectancy Publication: Preventative Medicine Reports 2019 Article: A recent study has focused on the link between education and life expectancy. In public...
Posted: November 4, 2019
Recent work in understanding the genetic makeup of infectious diseases is helping public health be more successful in preventing their spread and creating interventions that are successful. Learn more.
Posted: February 7, 2019
2017 Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being Annie E. Casey Foundation The most recent report completed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation gathers and studies data on a number of indicators that impact the health and well...
Posted: August 8, 2018
Early Childhood Is Critical to Health Equity Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & University of California, San Francisco The field of public health relies on data and assessments of communities in order to have the information...
Posted: August 8, 2018
The American Journal of Public Health, a publication of the American Public Health Association, has gathered a number of studies on gun violence, including studies on concealed firearm permits, safe gun storage, hospitalizations from firearm injuries, and mental illness and mass shootings. This research provides important information to all sides of the conversation regarding firearms in our communities.
Posted: March 8, 2018
Effectiveness of a Third Dose of MMR Vaccine for Mumps Outbreak Control The New England Journal of Medicine During a recent outbreak of mumps in a group of vaccinated students at the University of Iowa, health officials implemented a widespread...
Posted: November 1, 2017
Vital Signs: Changes in Opioid Prescribing in the United States, 2006–2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prescription opioid-related overdoses have been making headlines in recent years, with the prevalence of deaths...
Posted: October 16, 2017