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Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where you live, learn, work and play.  While doctors and nurses treat people when they get sick, public health professionals try to prevent you and your neighbors from getting sick or injured in the first place.  They work to eliminate the disparities we see in our communities.

RIPHA Presents:

Consider Public Health in the Age of COVID-19

A video Discussion of the following topics
What is public health?  
Why is Public Health Important to You? 
Careers in public health 
How Public Health initiatives relate to the COVID-19 pandemic

Panelists: public health professionals and college students engaged in health studies

View the video here

Essential Public Health Services (Revised, 2020)

The 10 Essential Public Health Services provide a framework for public health to protect and promote the health of all people in all communities.

1. Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets

2. Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population

3. Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it

4. Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health

5. Create, champion, and implement policies, plans, and laws that impact health

6. Utilize legal and regulatory actions designed to improve and protect the public’s health

7. Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy

8. Build and support a diverse and skilled public health workforce

9. Improve and innovate public health functions through ongoing evaluation, research, and continuous quality improvement

10. Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health

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