Communicable diseases still disable or kill millions worldwide despite centuries of public health progress. Twenty-first century public health services and systems researchers are testing innovative strategies to achieve goals that were once considered beyond reach. This month’s Frontiers in PHSSR includes two path-breaking examples: the use of advanced statistical modeling to provide a more actionable model for influenza epidemiology, and assessing the dissemination of customized videos to communicate the value of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to populations whose belief systems would otherwise lead them to reject it.
Costich JF. Innovative approaches to communicable disease in the Twenty-First Century. Front Public Health Serv Sys Res 2015;4(3):53–6. DOI: 10.13023/FPHSSR.0403.03.