Johnston County Public Health Department: “Everything Is Public Health”

Johnston County Health Department serves as the “physician for the community” for eleven towns and 168,878 residents just southeast of the Research Triangle region in North Carolina’s Piedmont. The department is led by Heath Director Dr. Marilyn Pearson, who started at Johnston County as the…

Leading by Example in Georgia

Chronically underfunded, responsible for meeting a daunting range of community and resident needs, and beset by unexpected requirements to adapt, the local health department (LHD) is continuously asked to do more and better with less. Yet, rather than accepting this constant state of transformation as…

Meeting People Where They’re At: Harm Reduction at the Red Door Clinic

At Hennepin County’s Public Health Clinic, the Red Door, harm reduction plays an important role in providing services. We understand how the complexities of life such as poverty, class, racism, past trauma, sex-based discrimination, and other social inequalities can affect an individual’s ability to adequately…

It’s All in the Brand: RiverStone Health, Montana

Local health departments seem to constantly find themselves in a state of transformation, adapting and responding to shifts in politics, culture, science, and economics. Most recently, healthcare reform challenged local health departments to grapple with their core identity and posed challenges to the way many…