About Public Health
What is Public Health?
According to the Association of Schools of Public Health, public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through:
- Promotion of healthy lifestyles
- Research for disease and injury prevention
Public health is personal, its reach is global, and its impact is measurable. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice, and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community. One of the main purposes of public health is to educate the public about health and wellness, teaching people about healthy behaviors and encouraging them to implement these habits in their daily lives.
10 Essential Services of Public Health
The following 10 Essential Public Health Services developed by the CDC provide a framework for public health to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities.
- Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets.
- Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population.
- Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it.
- Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health.
- Create, champion, and implement policies, plans, and laws that impact health.
- Utilize legal and regulatory actions designed to improve and protect the public’s health.
- Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy.
- Build and support a diverse and skilled public health workforce.
- Improve and innovate public health functions through ongoing evaluation, research, and continuous quality improvement.
- Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health.