Public Health

Lots of us do not give enough credit to “Public health” and the many fields involved in it. Public Health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others. We might only think of them when outbreaks, diseases like CONIV-19 “attack”our safety, but it is so much more than that. According to the CDC: Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases. Some of the functions are:

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
  2. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  3. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the communities.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of healthcare when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce.
  9. Research for new insights and innovation solutions to health problems.
  10. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

Public Health is not something new, Greeks and Romans practiced sanitation measurements, in 1898 “The Public Health Law”was establish in United Kingdom. 1918 they worked worldwide with the 500 million infected with Influenza, 1955 Polio vaccine was introduced. They also work with biological warfare, natural disasters, attacks for surveillance and disease treatments. Other things they are in charged are for example food labeling and promotion physical exercise, banning tobacco from places. it is a broad spectrum of workers and fields that involve Public Health.

Each public health core science helps us to protect and promote the public’s health by providing public health practitioners with the answers they need.

Let’s appreciate all the workers in this field. For more info: https://www.apha.org/what-is-public-health

Pic: Anna Schvets, Pexels

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