Making a Powerful Connection: the Health of the Public and the National Information Infrastructure. 9.3 Professional Public Health Associations


  • Join together with government agencies and associations representing the broad public health community to develop a compelling vision of how NII technologies can improve population health, including specific examples of the ways that NII technology can meet the information needs of population-based public health.
  • Use meetings and publications to educate public health professionals about the importance of the privacy issue and the need to communicate their concerns to members of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.
  • Join with professional associations in other fields, such as medical informatics, in efforts to highlight the importance of privacy legislation.
  • Encourage members to learn more about data standards, including emerging vocabularies and classification systems for health data.
  • Participate and represent the needs of the public health community in the national consensus standards development work coordinated by the American National Standards Institute's Health Informatics Standards Planning Panel.
  • Include information about the NII, its applicability to public health, and funding opportunities at meetings and in publications.
  • Disseminate information about related funding opportunities to public health professionals.
  • Publish examples of successful public health applications of NII technologies in association journals and newsletters.
  • Increase continuing education programs on the development of information strategies and on the use of information technology and services by public health professionals.
  • Publicize opportunities and encourage participation in informatics training programs.
  • Encourage schools of public health to include informatics as part of the regular curriculum.