Comparison of Public and Community Health

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COMPARISON OF PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

Comparison of Public and Community Health
University of Phoenix
NUR/408
Michelle Hogsed
July 7, 2014

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Comparison of Public and Community Health Public and community health work simultaneously as well as separately to protect the populations of the world. Public health focuses on the health of an entire nation and community health focuses on health and wellness of various communities. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the primary health care setting within communities should be the first point of contact when looking at the health of the world (2014). This paper will research information about county, state, and national public health resources,
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Differences between Public and Community Health nursing Public health nursing integrates community involvement and knowledge the entire population with personal, clinical understandings of the health and illness experiences of individuals and families within the population (American Public Health Association, 2014). Public health primarily focuses on interventions and measurable outcomes for the populations across the globe. For example, a public health agency such as the CDC will be concerned about interventions to protect the entire population from the swine flu and where those interventions will produce the best outcomes.

Community health nursing focuses on health promotion and disease prevention within a community, development of a healthy community, advocacy, and the desire to feel empowered about the health of a community. The health within a community is thought of as the first step in protecting the health of an entire population. Essentially, when each community is working toward living disease free the spread of disease across a nation will be stopped. The National Association of Community Health Centers states that the mission of community health is “to promote the provision of high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care that is coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent, and community
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