Volume 25 / January 2016

Letter from the Editor

Hello, and welcome to our January 2016 edition of Public Health Landscape (PHL), a newsletter supporting our mission as public health professionals. The newsletter development process is always a highlight for the Valent BioSciences team because it evokes so much provocative discussion around the broad scope of issues affecting the global public health community, and this year was no exception.

For starters, this edition comes with the launch of our new website at publichealthlandscape.com—one we hope will provide some key benefits to the public health community. In addition, we decided to expand PHL beyond its annual frequency with new quarterly digital editions you’ll receive in April, July, and October. The new site also gives us the opportunity to publish expanded content for many of the articles you’ll find in this edition, provide our readers with the ability to forward PHL articles of interest, and welcome new members to the PHL community through organic search.

Those who have received our annual Art & Science of Public Health calendars will be pleased to know that each month we’ll be using the new website to provide a deeper dive into the stories and artwork that make up this year’s piece. Our theme for 2016 is the people behind milestone events in public health, and we’re anxious to share more about each of these fascinating stories.

This edition of PHL includes features particularly relevant to our shared mission. A summary of the 2015 World Malaria Report offers insights into some of its more telling statistics and trend information in an easily digestible format. Important takeaways from the report include results versus Millennium Development Goals and the continued adoption of Larval Source Management around the world as a malaria intervention strategy.
In a feature on page 8, we explore the dynamic future of public health education with two of its most esteemed experts, and in our cover story we tap into the collective knowledge of districts across the U.S. to identify key strategies for optimizing communication between our sector and the people we work to protect. In our regional reports, we take a look at news of particular import as well as updates on new technologies that are helping to maximize our ability to protect human potential.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this edition and welcome your feedback. If you have any ideas for future articles or have an interest in contributing, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at edit@publichealthlandscape.com.

Steve Krause, PhD
Director, Global Business
Public Health and Forest Health Products