As the American Public Health Association defines Public Health, it is the promotion and protection of the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.
By definition, public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, the detection and control of infectious disease and monitoring of environmental hazards.
The Ten Essential Public Health Services
Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
Develop policies and rules that support individual and community health efforts.
Enforce laws, rules and regulations that protect public health and the environment and ensure safety.
Link people to needed medical and mental health services and assure the provisions of health care when not otherwise available.
Assure a competent workforce within the health care industry and public health departments.
Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of services within the health care industry and public health departments.
Research to gain new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
To prevent disease and injury, promote wellness, and protect the personal, community and environmental health of all people in Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer Counties.
They are a proactive, cohesive team that is priority driven, anticipates and is responsive to the needs of the community. They are guided by a strong Board of Health. As the local public health authority, they are trusted and respected by the communities they serve to address the public health needs of our constituency. They are recognized within the district as a source of knowledge and expertise, and as a partner, collaborator, and change agent that stays involved to ensure problems are resolved. They foster a positive work environment which builds on strengths, is innovative, and mentors staff toward professional development, thereby attracting and retaining high quality, knowledgeable, and passionate staff. They are an organization where individual roles, contributions, and diversity are understood and valued. They are sustained by a reliable, diverse, and growing funding source.
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