Kay A. Lovelace

Kay Lovelace, PhD, MPH earned a PhD from The Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1995, and a MPH from The UNCG School of Public Health in 1979. She has worked in public health practice for 14 years and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1995. Her research agenda has focused on 1) improving the public health infrastructure through understanding the public health workforce, public health performance, and public health preparedness; 2) youth tobacco use prevention; and 3) organizational and team conflict. In recent years, she has served as principal investigator for an evaluation of local public health preparedness in North Carolina, co-principal investigator in a youth photovoice project aimed at understanding the influence of tobacco in African American communities, and investigator in an enumeration of the public health education workforce in North Carolina. Recently, Dr. Lovelace published a chapter with Bob Aronson, John Hatch and Tony Whitehead titled: "Strengthening Communities and the Roles of Individuals in Community Life," in Public Health and Social Injustice edited by Barry Levy and Vic Sidel.

There are 12 included publications by Kay A. Lovelace :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
All---hazards preparedness in an era of bioterrorism funding. 2007 716 Objectives: All-hazards preparedness was evaluated in North Carolina's 85 local health departments (LHDs). Methods: In regional meetings, data were collected from LHD teams from North Carolina's LHDs using an instrument constructed from Centers for ...
Assessment of Public Health Education Practice: Health Educator Responsibilities 2005 1442 This study presents a method for better understanding how practicing health educators in local health departments spend their time. The purpose of this study was to document the daily practice of health educators in the 10 areas of responsibility as ...
Differences in Definitions of EBPH and Evidence: Implications for Communication with Practitioners 2014 581 In this study, we interviewed twelve members of an expert panel to elicit their views on Evidence-based Public Health (EBPH), including how they define EBPH, what constitutes “evidence”, and what LHDs do that can be described as EBPH. Telephone inter...
Framing Photovoice Using a Social---Ecological Logic Model as a Guide. 2010 1780 Photovoice is a community-based participatory action research method designed to uncover the root causes of community problems and to collectively address them. Individual change and empowerment are desired outcomes of the photovoice process, but mor...
Laying the Groundwork for Evidence-Based Public Health: Why Some Local Health Departments Use More Evidence-Based Decision-Making Practices Than Others 2015 485 We examined variation in the use of evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) practices across local health departments (LHDs) in the United States and the extent to which this variation was predicted by resources, personnel, and governance. We analyzed ...
Multidisciplinary top management teamwork: Effects on local health department performance. 2001 1038 Local health departments often use multidisciplinary top management teams (TMTs) to organize the work of the agency. The purpose of this study was to examine the use of TMTs in North Carolina local health departments and how TMTs use affected agency ...
Privatization of local health department services: Effects on the practice of health education. 2001 1953 Local health departments (LHDs) are changing service delivery mechanisms to accommodate changes in health care financing and decreased public support for governmental services. This study examined the extent to which North Carolina LHDs privatized an...
A Profile of Public Health Educators in North Carolina's Local Health Departments. 2005 1391 The purpose of this study was to provide a profile of the public health education workforce in North Carolina. A survey was administered to all practicing health educators at local health departments (LHDs) in North Carolina. The study specifically a...
Promoting Community Preparedness: Lessons Learned From the Implementation of a Chemical Disaster Tabletop Exercise 2010 1240 Health educators are frequently called on to facilitate community preparedness planning. One planning tool is community-wide tabletop exercises. Tabletop exercises can improve the preparedness of public health system agencies to address disaster by b...
Public Health Educators' Participation in Teams: Implications for Preparation and Practice. 2009 915 Collaboration among public health organizations is essential to ensuring the health of the public. Much of the day-to-day work of public health educators is done in groups or teams or in consultation with others. This study examined the extent of hea...
Public Health Educators' Participation in Teams: Implications for Preparation and Practice. 2009 915 Collaboration among public health organizations is essential to ensuring the health of the public. Much of the day-to-day work of public health educators is done in groups or teams or in consultation with others. This study examined the extent of hea...
Resilience of Vietnamese Refugees: Resources to Cope with Natural Disasters in Their Resettled Country 2013 969 Objective: Study findings suggest that refugees are more vulnerable than the general population to mental disorders from disasters. This pilot study explored the nature of Vietnamese refugees’ resilience to a potential natural disaster as a first ste...