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National Public Health Week under way

• Apr 4, 2018 at 7:41 PM

It’s National Public Health Week.

It is Huron County Public Health’s (HCPH) mission “to achieve and sustain healthy people and healthy communities throughout Huron County by providing public health services which promote health and prevent disease.”

HCPH collaborates with partnering organizations to address health issues in the community. In commemoration, HCPH wants to give county residents a better understanding of the department’s role in the community.

What is public health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving health of communities through education, promotion on healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.

Public health professionals analyze health effects because of genetics, health behaviors, and the environment. HCPH uses this information and data collected to develop and implement programs and services that promote the health of the community. Public health looks at the health of an entire population rather than individual health.

HCPH provides many services to improve the health of the community. The 10 Essential Public Health Services guide HCPH’s core functions and allow the agency to better serve the community. These functions are HCPH’s responsibility to the residents of Huron County and include monitoring the health status of the community, investigate and diagnose health problems, inform and educate the community, mobilize community partnerships, support policies and plans to achieve health, enforce laws to provide safe and healthy environments, link people to needed health services, assure a competent public health workforce, evaluate health services and research and apply innovative solutions.

HCPH recently made its 2017 annual report available, which offers explanations of HCPH’s different programs and services. To view the report and for more information on programs and services available to the community visit www.HuronCoHealth.com.

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