10 Essential Public Health Services


The 10 Essential Public Health Services provide a working definition of public health and a guiding framework for the responsibilities of local public health systems.

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems. Example: disease registries.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community. Example: track infectious outbreaks like measles and norovirus.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues. Example: “Your Health is in Your Hands” campaign educating the community about proper and frequent hand washing.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems. Example: HIV Faith Initiative/NOVA Clergy Council for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Multicultural Advisory Council.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts. Example: antismoking regulations.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety. Example: restaurant inspections.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable. Example: safety net programs like Community Health Care Network (CHCN).
  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce. Example: professional boards and skills development.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services. Example: public health research.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions. Example: Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships ( MAPP) community health assessment and health equity agenda.

10 Essential Public Health Services




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