Health Departments in a Brave New World: Preventing Chronic Disease August 30, 2015 | In the context of regional health system transformation, public health departments play a critical role in defining the standard provisions for chronic disease management. They also have a critical role to play in the intersection between clinical service providers and community health interventions. As regional health transformation efforts develop cross-sector partnerships, they should think creatively about how to use public health departments in their population health strategies. View the Resource Maylahn C, Fleming D, Birkhead G. “Health Departments in a Brave New World.” Preventing Chronic Disease 10. 21 March 2013.