Editor-in-Chief Glen Mays, PhD, MPH
University of Kentucky
Executive Associate Editor F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD
University of Kentucky
Senior Associate Editors Betty Bekemeier, MSN, MPH, PhD
Senior Associate Editor at Large
University of Washington
  Paul C. Erwin, MD, DrPH
Senior Associate Editor for Research Translation
University of Tennessee
  Jenine Harris, PhD
Senior Associate Editor for Research Methodology
Washington University in St. Louis
  Gulzar Shah, PhD, MStat, MS
Senior Associate Editor at Large
Georgia Southern University
Director of Knowledge Management Robert M. Shapiro II, MALS
University of Kentucky
Editorial Board William J. Riley, PhD
Arizona State University
  Paul Halverson, DrPH, MHSA
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Managing Editor Charlotte S. Seidman, FNP, MHS, MPH, ELS

Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research features peer-reviewed articles that offer brief descriptions of preliminary findings from an ongoing or recently completed empirical study or quality improvement project that answers a question of importance regarding the organization, financing, and/or delivery of public health services; the structure, operation, and/or management of public health delivery systems; the application of quality improvement methods in public health settings; and/or the impact of these endeavors on population health. Findings must have the potential to guide future public health practice, health policy, and/or research. Frontiers is intended to provide quick access to actionable public health infrastructure research to improve public health practice at the state or local level. It is of use to practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research is a Gold-Level Open Access (Gold OA) journal. The articles are universally and permanently available, and there is no cost to readers, authors, or institutions. While some Gold-Level Open Access journals charge for publication, for Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research, these costs are supplied in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Current Issue: Vol. 4, No. 5, September 2015

Introduction from the Editors

Readers, In the spirit of expediting the publication process, starting with Volume 4 (2015), Frontiers in PHSSR will be posting articles as they are accepted. The table of contents below contains the first papers accepted for Volume 4, Issue 4. We will be adding more content as it becomes available. Thanks for your continued support of Frontiers in PHSSR. To gain access to the full article, please click on the "PDF" link to the left of the title.

Commentary Introducing the Issue

From the Annual Review


Public Health Surveillance Using Electronic Health Records: Rising Potential to Advance Public Health p. 25-32
Guthrie S. Birkhead; Michael Klompas, MD MPH; and Nirav R. Shah


Utilizing Performance Management to Harness the Power of Quality Improvement in Public Health p. 33-38
Leslie M. Beitsch, Valerie A. Yeager, and John W. Moran



Local Health Departments’ Costs of Providing Environmental Health Services p. 7-12
Simone Singh, Nancy L. Winterbauer, Ashley Tucker, and Lisa Macon Harrison