Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 75, Issue 4, pp 853–863 | Cite as

Quality of public health information: Lessons from the field

  • Ronald Bialek
Special Feature Accessing Useful Information: Challenges in Health Policy and Public Health


There is high-quality information in public health that can, and should, be used for developing, implementing, and evaluating public health policies and programs. Problems often exist in finding this quality information or the data that can be used for its development. Even when the information may exist, it is not always accessed or recognized for its potential usefulness. Training individuals on how to access information, to assess quality, and to use information that already is available is crucial. In addition, investing in the cataloging of quality information and in establishing “authoritative” sources of quality information can increase substantially the use of data for public health policies and programs.

There also remains the need to develop new public health information sources, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and best practices. More complete and higher-quality information in these areas will lead to the development of better tools for enabling our public health system to operate more efficiently and effectively.


Public Health Health Policy Health System Health Information Information Source 
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© The New York Academy of Medicine 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Bialek
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  1. 1.Public Health FoundationWashington, DC

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