What is Public Health?
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Public health services often seem silent and unseen in our daily lives. You may not see public health professionals as they protect food and water supplies, contain disease outbreaks, teach families healthy lifestyles, ensure that daycare facilities and schools are safe and healthy, and many other activities that benefit community-wide health.
The public health workforce includes doctors, nurses, scientists, planners, educators, and other experts who work together to help Kansans be healthy. Much of the work of public health is done in partnership with healthcare providers, with schools, businesses, and civic and faith-based organizations in order to build communities that "strive for wellness."
. . . from "Healthy People Build Strong Communities" Public Health Systems Workgroup (Kansas Health Foundation)
Learn more . . . What is Public Health? Association of Schools of Public Health
- To learn about the ten essential public health services: KDHE Office of Local and Rural Health "Essential Services"
- To learn more about four of the ten essential public health services in Kansas, read Public Health Fact Sheets for Kansas, Public Health Systems Group
- To learn more about the ten essential public health services in terms of activities supported by state offices of minority health, read more . . .
More Resources . . .
To learn more about the field of public health, the following websites may be helpful:
- American Public Health Association
- Healthy People 2010
- Healthy People 2020
- Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA)
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Public Health Foundation
- Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
- World Health Organization
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