The Ten Essential Public Health Services in Everyday Terminology
1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
Whats going on in my community? How healthy are we?
2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
Are we ready to respond to health problems or threats in my county?
3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
How well do we keep all segments of our community informed about health issues?
4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
How well do we really get people engaged in local health issues?
5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
What local policies in both government and the private sector promote health in my community? How effective are we in setting local health policies?
6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
When we enforce health regulations, are we technically competent, fair and effective?
7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
Are people in my community receiving the medical care they need?
8. Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.
Do we have a competent public health staff? How can we be sure that our staff is current?
9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
Are we doing any good? Are we doing things right? Are we doing the right things?
10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
Are we discovering and using new ways to get the job done?