State Health Official Career Advancement and Sustainability Evaluation - Description of the Methods Used in the SHO-CASE Study

Paul K. Halverson, Valerie A. Yeager, Nir Menachemi, Theresa Chapple-McGruder, Sharon Moffatt, Edward L. Baker, Steven F. Boedigheimer, Hugh Tilson, Brian C. Castrucci, Elizabeth Gould, Corey M. Jacinto, Glen Mays

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State health officials (SHOs) lead state governmental public health agencies, playing an important role in their states. However, little comprehensive research has examined SHOs or characteristics of these leaders, limiting evidence about ways to improve SHO selection and subsequent performance. This brief describes the methods of the SHO-CASE study focused on current and former SHOs in state public health agencies. Methods used include qualitative components that informed the development of survey questions, survey administration, and survey response. A total of 147 SHOs responded to the SHO survey representing every state and Washington, District of Columbia. The SHO-CASE study survey database represents the most comprehensive database of its kind regarding a range of attributes of current and former SHOs. These data can be used to explore factors contributing to SHO success including valuable insights into effectively working with the states' elected officials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020



  • leadership
  • public health
  • public health workforce
  • state health official

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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