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What is Public Health?

This is Public Health!

Public Health

ü  Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease

ü  Protects against environmental hazards

ü  Prevents injuries

ü  Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors

ü  Responds to disasters and assists communities in recovery

ü  Assures the quality and accessibility of health services

Public Health is Your Health. Most people don't understand what public health is or how it impacts their daily lives. The “This Is Public Health” campaign was created by Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) to let people know that public health affects them on a daily basis and that we are only as healthy as the world we live in. Join this national effort to promote public health awareness in your community.
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10 Essential Public Health Functions


Essential Public Health Services

ü  Monitor health status to identify community health problems

ü  Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community

ü  Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues

ü  Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems

ü  Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts

ü  Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety

ü  Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable

ü  Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce

ü  Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services

ü  Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems