WHAT PROMOTES COMMUNITY RESILIENCE? My current emphasis centers on strengthening community capacity to deal with crisis and change. Current research grants explore the relationship between Local Health Departments and their faith communities around Public Health Preparedness Planning for Mental Health Surge.
WHO WILL KEEP THE PUBLIC HEALTHY? After 13 years as a "modern country doctor" and 7 years as State Health Officer and Public Health Commissioner for West Virginia under 3 Governors, it became apparent that the greatest crisis facing public health in America is its aging workforce.
The many diverse careers in public health are attracting a new generation of civically minded professionals. Their work in public health requires systems thinking about the factors producing health and reducing disease. It is apalling that we cannot provide reliable data on the number, composition, competencies, and performance of the governmental public health workforce.
In partnership with SOURCE, I am developing a curriculum for emerging student-leaders interested in effective community-academic partnerships. The complex history of Johns Hopkins with the East Baltimore community provides a rich case study!
For the last 4 years I have been creating a career lattice for public health practitioners. Crafting career pathways in public health requires us to standardize the vocabularies and taxonomies used to describe the jobs, the workers, their capabiliites, and community needs. A systematic functional analysis can redesign and realign the public health system to improve both outcomes, performance, and service. Scholarship in this area needs to go beyond simple "body counts" to a improving the capacity of the front-line workers.
In particular, community health outreach workers are vital members of the team required to prevent and combat the epidemic of lifestyle related disease in the US and around the world.
Teaching effective public health practice therefore must incorporate the methods of experiential and adult learning theory. Immersion in reality must be accompanied by guided reflection and learning from peers. Gilbert Ryle says that "efficient practice must precede the theory of it" and both are required for teaching and learning public health.
My other interests include: helping communities identify and address their own health issues, community-oriented primary care, the global movement for community-based primary health care, pandemic avian influenza, and public health practice.
Honors and Awards
July 1995 "Resolution Honoring Dr. Henry Taylor" by the University System of WV Board of Trustees May 1996 Honorary Member, Pendleton County Emergency Rescue, Franklin WV January 1999 "Certificate of Appreciation" by the WV Injury Prevention Coalition, Charleston WV October 2001 "Certificate of Appreciation" by Project Recovery (Flood Response) WV Division of Behavioral Health June 2002 "Token of Appreciation" by the WV Office of Emergency Medical Services, Charleston WV March 2003 "Certificate of Achievement" by the WV Community Voices Partnership, Charleston WV March 2005 "Outstanding Partner Award" by the Region 1 Workforce Investment Board, Beckley WV One of 23 "Master Preparers" in Ron Shapiro's book "Dare to Prepare" (Released Jan 8, 2008)
community-oriented primary care
pandemic influenza state and local health departments
public health workforce
public health system
public health practice
applied public health
Selected Publications Taylor, H., C. E. Taylor, et al. (2002). A Crisis Can Become an Opportunity. Just and Lasting Change. Eds: D. C. Taylor-Ide, EdD and C. E. Taylor, MD DrPH. Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University Press. Pearson, J. C. and H. Taylor (2002). Partnerships for Community Health Care in West Virginia. Community Based Health Care, Lessons from Bangladesh to Boston. Eds: J. Rohde and J. Wyon. Boston MA, Management Sciences for Health. Taylor, C. E. and H. Taylor (2002). Scaling Up Community-Based Primary Health Care. Community Based Health Care, Lessons from Bangladesh to Boston. Eds: J. Rohde and J. Wyon. Boston, Management Sciences for Health. Taylor, H. and M. McIntee (1998). Building a COPC Team. Community-Oriented Primary Care: Health Care for the 21st century. R. L. Rhyne, MD, G. Kukulka, PhD, R. J. Bogue, PhD and H. Fulmer, MD. Washington, DC, American Public Health Association. Taylor, H. (1995). A Comprehensive Needs Assessment of a West Virginia County. Community Medicine; 1. Internationaler Workshop in Greifswald. S. Willich, B. Maier, E. Werneret al. Fankfurt am Main, Peter Lang GmbH: 135-146. Taylor, C. E., MD, DrPH and H. Taylor, MD (1989). "American Practitioners and the Global Primary Health Care Movement." Maryland Medical Journal 38(October): 849-852. Taylor, H., MD (1987). Chapter 34 - Health Promoters: How to identify and work with the Natural Helpers in a Community. Community Oriented Primary Care: From Principle to Practice. P. A. Nutting, MD. Superintendent of Documents US Govt Printing Office, Washington DC 20402 (Reprinted in 1992 by University of New Mexico Press), HRSA Publication HRS-A-PE 86-1; Office of Primary Care Studies, US Public Health Service: 285-294. Taylor, H., MD (1987). Chapter 46 - Use of a Cooperative Board Structure to Enhance Community Support. Community Oriented Primary Care: From Principle to Practice. P. A. Nutting, MD. Superintendent of Documents US Govt Printing Office, Washington DC 20402 (Reprinted in 1992 by University of New Mexico Press), HRSA Publication HRS-A-PE 86-1; Office of Primary Care Studies, US Public Health Service: 384-386. Taylor, H., MD (1987). Chapter 61 - The Membership Concept: Achieving Critical Mass for COPC. Community Oriented Primary Care: From Principle to Practice. P. A. Nutting, MD. Superintendent of Documents US Govt Printing Office, Washington DC 20402 (Reprinted in 1992 by University of New Mexico Press), HRSA Publication HRS-A-PE 86-1; Office of Primary Care Studies, US Public Health Service: 481-484. Taylor, H., A. Dannenberg, et al. (1983). "Medical Report from Isolated Communities in Tanahu and Parasi Districts, Gandaki Zone." Journal of the Institute of Medicine (of Nepal) 5: 167-178. Teas, J., T. Richie, H. Taylor, et al. (1981). "Natural Regulation of Rhesus Monkey Populations in Kathmandu, Nepal." Folia Primatologica 35: 117-123. Teas, H. J., H. Taylor, et al. (1980). Temple Monkeys of Nepal (2-page photograph by Henry Taylor). National Geographic Magazine. 157: 575-584. Southwick, C. H., T. Richie, H. Taylor, et al. (1980). Rhesus Monkey Populations in India and Nepal: Patterns of Growth, Decline and Natural Regulation. Biosocial Mechanisms of Population Regulation. M. N. Cohen, R. S. Malpass and H. G. Klein. New Haven and London, Yale University Press: 151-170. Teas, H. J., T. Richie, H. Taylor, et al. (1979). Population Patterns and Behavioral Ecology of the Rhesus Monkey in Nepal. Macaques. D. Lindburg, Van Nostrand Press. Richie, T., R. Shrestha, H. Taylor, et al. (1978). "Rhesus Monkeys at High Altitudes in Northwestern Nepal." Journal of Mammalogy 59(2): 443-444. Rippe, J., N. Bennet, H. Taylor, et al. (1978). "Learning from Each Other: Reflections on a Medical Student Discussion Group." Journal of Medical Education 53: 686-688. Taylor, C., MD, DrPH, D. Taylor-Ide, EdD, H. Taylor, et al. (1978). "U.S. Medical Students in Nepal." Journal of Medical Education 53: 583-589. Taylor, H., J. Teas, et al. (1978). "Social Interactions Between Adult Male and Infant Rhesus Monkeys in Nepal." Primates 19(2): 343-351. Teas, H. J., H. Taylor, et al. (1978). "Behavioral ecology of the rhesus monkeys in Kathmandu, Nepal." Annals of the Nepal Nature Conservation Society 2: 15-20. Teas, H. J., H. Taylor, et al. (1977). Seasonal Influences on Aggression. Macaca mullata. Chivers. NY, Academic Press. Taylor, H., E. Gould, et al. (1974). "Successful hand raising of the one week old bats Eptesicus and Antrozous by stomach catheter." Journal of Mammalogy 55(1): 228-231. Taylor, H., H. Hamal, et al. (1974). Attitudes and Experiences of Nepali College Students Relating to Family Life Variables. Population Education for Nepal. Eds: D. Taylor and H. Hamal. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Press, Carolina Population Center.