Close collaboration across agencies and international borders is mandatory for public health officials. A powerful tool for sharing knowledge, knowledge management (KM) can help public health professionals quickly collaborate and disseminate knowledge for solving public health issues worldwide. The latest initiatives for reforming healthcare have put the spotlight on the need for maximizing resources. In addition to providing a platform for sharing knowledge, KM can help healthcare professionals do more with less. One tool, two problems solved. Yet the sharing of knowledge and KM continues to be a major challenge in the public health field.
Knowledge Management in Public Health provides a general introduction to KM and social networking in the public health arena. The book begins with coverage of basic principles, components, and methodologies as well as trends and key issues in public health. It includes ten case studies illustrating applications of KM and social networking in public health. The chapters are written by leading individuals from organizations involved in applying KM in public health worldwide. The editors and chapter authors explore the many elements of KM, delineating how and why to start such an initiative. They provide specific examples of the development and value-added benefits of KM in a variety of public health environments.
Tough or quick decision making has always benefitted enormously from knowledge based on the maximum amount of pertinent information available at the time—this has not changed. What is new in the present public health environment is the need to do this more often, with fewer personnel available, and increased expectations relative to the services expected by the public. Better use of information under a KM system is well suited to serve that purpose. This book explores the many ways to use KM to anticipate potential health issues and quickly resolve key incidents when they occur.
Table of Contents
Knowledge Management—Today and Beyond
The Quick Basics of Knowledge Management Jay Liebowitz
Knowledge Management and Public Health: A Winning Combination Jay Liebowitz
Extending Cross-Generational Knowledge Flow Research in Edge Organizations Jay Liebowitz and Emil Ivanov
Knowledge Retention Trends and Strategies for Knowledge Workers and Organizations Masud Cader and Jay Liebowitz
Knowledge Management Applications in Public Health
Examples of Knowledge Management in Public Health Angela M. Fix, Sterling Elliott, and Irene Stephens
Building Knowledge Management in an International Health NGO Richard Iams and Patricia Ringers
Trying to Revive an Anemic System: A Case Study from USAID’s Nutrition Division Laura Birx
Formulating KM Strategies at the Local Level: A New Approach to Knowledge Sharing in Large Public Health Organizations Richard Van West-Charles and Arthur J. Murray
Knowledge Management: A Mechanism for Promoting Evidence-Informed Public Health Decision Making Maureen Dobbins, Paula Robeson, Kara DeCorby, Heather Husson, Daiva Trillis, Edwin Lee, and Lori Greco
myPublicHealth: Utilizing Knowledge Management to Improve Public Health Practice and Decision Making Debra Revere, Paul F. Bugni, Liz Dahlstrom, and Sherrilynne S. Fuller
Connections: Sharing Experience to Advance Public Health Practice Ellen Wild and Debra Bara
The Association of Public Health Laboratories: From Surveys toward Knowledge Management, a Voyage to Cythera Robert Rej and Neha Desai