About Public Health
The role of public health is to promote and protect the health and
safety of all Floridians. This mission is accomplished by:
- identifying health risks in the community;
- maintaining a safe and healthful environment;
- detecting, investigating, and preventing the spread of disease;
- promoting healthy lifestyles;
- providing primary care for individuals with limited access to such
care from the private sector; and ensuring that health care
practitioners meet the requirements for providing adequate care;
- informing the public on health issues.
Florida's public health and related agencies take on three main
- Health Protection - Environmental conditions, some occurring
naturally and others manmade, have an effect upon the well-being of
Florida's inhabitants. These effects are often of such magnitude and
complexity that only government can mount an adequate response.
Contamination of the air, ground, water, and food may cause disease or
death. Public health tries to prevent or contain such contamination.
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Prevention is the
key to success in public health. Health promotion and education
programs are designed to inform individuals about positive ways in
which they can preserve or restore their own health-smoking cessation,
moderation in alcohol consumption, proper diet and exercise, wearing
seat belts,, etc. Disease intervention programs work to stop the
transmission of diseases from a carrier to others by immunizing people
against certain diseases, treating new cases as they occur and
isolating carriers if necessary, and finding and testing people who
have been in contact with an infected patient to administer the proper
treatment before the disease becomes contagious.
- Health Treatment - Health care of the sick and disabled is a
role that public health undertakes when individuals are too poor or
otherwise lack access to health care services.
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