Public Health Practice Stories from the Field

The following stories highlight successes, progress, and innovations of state, tribal, and local health departments as well as national public health organizations. Some stories feature the work of CDC-funded partners. The stories describe—

  • Specific steps taken
  • Achievements
  • Lessons learned

The stories are grouped by topic. Click or tap the plus sign next to a topic of interest to reveal links to relevant stories.

Public health professionals can read and share these stories and consider how similar action could advance public health efforts in their jurisdiction.

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Clinician Checking a Patient's Blood Pressure

Pharmacist Robin John assesses a patient’s blood pressure during a clinic visit, part of the Yakama Indian Health Service Healthy Heart Program. Read more.

Assessing National Public Health Standards Performance through Self-Assessment

Location / Partner: Minnesota

Topics: Accreditation/Standards, Quality Improvement

Year: 2012

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Becomes Routine Practice in Alaska’s Public Health Nursing Clinics

Location / Partner: Alaska

Topics: Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Use, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2016


Helping People with Mental Illness in Massachusetts and Connecticut Quit Smoking

Location / Partner: Massachusetts

Topics: Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Use

Year: 2014


Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Rallies for Smoke-Free Air

Location / Partner: Indiana (Vanderburgh County)

Topics: Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Use

Year: 2013


Austin/Travis County, Addresses Disproportionate Effects of Smoking among People with Mental Illness

Location / Partner: Texas

Topics: Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Use

Year: 2013


North Carolina Examines Methadone Deaths within the Medicaid Population

Location / Partner: North Carolina

Topics: Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Use

Year: 2012


Utah Takes Multipronged Approach to Respond to Prescription Drug Abuse

Location / Partner: Utah

Topics: Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Use

Year: 2012

Pharmacists Help Improve Health of Yakama Indians Living with Diabetes

Location / Partner: Yakama Indian Health Service

Topics: Chronic Disease

Year: 2015


Clinic Takes Team Approach to Controlling Hypertension in Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Location / Partner: Wisconsin (Ellsworth)

Topics: Chronic Disease, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2012


Public Health and Primary Care Partner in South Carolina to Address Cardiovascular Health

Location / Partner: South Carolina

Topics: Chronic Disease, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2012


Schenectady County Program Lowers Sodium in Menu Items for Seniors

Location / Partner: New York (Schenectady County)

Topics: Chronic Disease, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2012


Sodium Reduction Campaign Encourages Healthy Choices Among Consumers

Location / Partner: Massachusetts

Topics: Chronic Disease, Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2012

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Becomes Routine Practice in Alaska’s Public Health Nursing Clinics

Location / Partner: Alaska

Topics: Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco Use, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2016


Clinic Takes Team Approach to Controlling Hypertension in Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Location / Partner: Wisconsin (Ellsworth)

Topics: Chronic Disease, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2012


Public Health and Primary Care Partner in South Carolina to Address Cardiovascular Health

Location / Partner: South Carolina

Topics: Chronic Disease, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2012


Schenectady County Program Lowers Sodium in Menu Items for Seniors

Location / Partner: New York (Schenectady County)

Topics: Chronic Disease, Clinical Preventive Services

Year: 2012


Physicians Write a Prescription to Get Up and Get Moving in New Mexico Prescription Trails Program

Location / Partner: New Mexico

Topics: Clinical Preventive Services, Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2012


Montana County Promotes Walking by Creating a Community that is Healthy by Design

Location / Partner: Montana (Yellowstone County)

Topics: Clinical Preventive Services, Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2012

Colorado’s Public Health Laboratory: A Leader in Detecting Listeria and Other Foodborne Bacteria

Location / Partner: Colorado

Topics: Food Safety

Year: 2013


Massachusetts Tackles Listeria and Other Foodborne Bacteria Through Teamwork

Location / Partner: Massachusetts

Topics: Food Safety

Year: 2013


CSTE Trains Public Health Staff to Improve Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response

Location / Partner: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Topics: Food Safety

Year: 2013

Educating Policymakers about Strategies for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

Location / Partner: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2013


Two Local Health Departments Tackle Healthcare-Associated Infections

Location / Partner: National Assn. of County and City Health Officials

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2013


CDC and CSTE Partner to Strengthen the Applied Epidemiology Workforce

Location / Partner: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2013


Oregon Creates a Statewide Network to Limit the Spread of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae

Location / Partner: Oregon

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2013


Statewide Surveillance Directs Prevention for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Efforts

Location / Partner: Colorado

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2013


Illinois Hospitals Collaborate to Reduce Clostridium difficile Infections

Location / Partner: Illinois

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2012


New York Hospitals Team Up to Reduce Clostridium difficile Infections

Location / Partner: New York

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2012


Preventing C. difficile in Massachusetts Hospitals with a Mixed-Methods Learning Collaborative

Location / Partner: Massachusetts

Topics: Healthcare-Associated Infections

Year: 2012

Los Angeles School District Uses Innovative Approaches to Combat HIV/AIDS among LGBTQ Students

Location / Partner: California (Los Angeles)

Topics: Infectious Disease, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013


Advancing Technology to Improve Efficiency of Reporting Influenza Results

Location / Partner: New Jersey

Topics: Infectious Disease, Quality Improvement

Year: 2012

Colorado Reduces Teen Driving Fatalities Using Science to Inform the Policy Process

Location / Partner: Colorado

Topics: Injury/Safety

Year: 2012

The Healthy Babies Challenge: An Initiative of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Location / Partner: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Topics: Maternal/Child Health

Year: 2014


Preventing Repeat Teen Pregnancy

Location / Partner: Texas

Topics: Maternal/Child Health, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013


Keeping Teen Parents on Track for Graduation

Location / Partner: Connecticut

Topics: Maternal/Child Health, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013

Michigan Increases Opportunities for Low-Income Preschoolers to Eat Smart and Move More

Location / Partner: Michigan

Topics: Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2013


Coordinated Efforts Reversing the Trend of Childhood Obesity in New York State

Location / Partner: New York

Topics: Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2013


Sodium Reduction Campaign Encourages Healthy Choices Among Consumers

Location / Partner: Massachusetts

Topics: Chronic Disease, Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2012


Physicians Write a Prescription to Get Up and Get Moving in New Mexico Prescription Trails Program

Location / Partner: New Mexico

Topics: Clinical Preventive Services, Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2012


Montana County Promotes Walking by Creating a Community that is Healthy by Design

Location / Partner: Montana (Yellowstone County)

Topics: Clinical Preventive Services, Nutrition/Physical Activity

Year: 2012

Quality Improvement Goes Viral: South Carolina’s New STD Patient Management System

Location / Partner: Public Health Foundation

Topics: Quality Improvement, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013


Transforming Public Health Systems in New Orleans

Location / Partner: Louisiana (New Orleans)

Topics: Quality Improvement

Year: 2012


Improving County Health Department Functions and Health Outcomes

Location / Partner: Florida

Topics: Quality Improvement

Year: 2012


Advancing Technology to Improve Efficiency of Reporting Influenza Results

Location / Partner: New Jersey

Topics: Infectious Disease, Quality Improvement

Year: 2012


Managing and Improving Performance through Online Reporting

Location / Partner: Ohio

Topics: Quality Improvement

Year: 2012


Strengthening Public Health Data Systems Through Performance Improvement

Location / Partner: Tennesee

Topics: Quality Improvement

Year: 2012


Assessing National Public Health Standards Performance through Self-Assessment

Location / Partner: Minnesota

Topics: Accreditation/Standards, Quality Improvement

Year: 2012


Quality Improvement 101: Improving Public Health One Rapid-Cycle Improvement Project at a Time

Location / Partner: North Carolina

Topics: Quality Improvement

Year: 2012


Four Quick Wins to Save Money, Increase Efficiency, and Improve Public Health

Location / Partner: Virginia

Topics: Quality Improvement

Year: 2012

Alaska Targets Efforts to Expand STD Testing Access

Location / Partner: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Topics: Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2015


Bronx Teens Connection’s Clinic Linkage Model

Location / Partner: New York (New York City)

Topics: Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2014


Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescents in Mobile County, Alabama

Location / Partner: Alabama (Mobile County)

Topics: Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2014


Quality Improvement Goes Viral: South Carolina’s New STD Patient Management System

Location / Partner: Public Health Foundation

Topics: Quality Improvement, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013


Preventing Repeat Teen Pregnancy

Location / Partner: Texas

Topics: Maternal/Child Health, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013


Keeping Teen Parents on Track for Graduation

Location / Partner: Connecticut

Topics: Maternal/Child Health, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013


Los Angeles School District Uses Innovative Approaches to Combat HIV/AIDS among LGBTQ Students

Location / Partner: California (Los Angeles)

Topics: Infectious Disease, Sexual/Reproductive Health

Year: 2013

Page last reviewed: October 5, 2018