National Public Health Performance Standards Program

993 Words Oct 4th, 2015 4 Pages
In 1994 the Core Public Health Functions Steering Committee at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a list of 10 Essential Public Health Services (“The Public Health System,” 2014). This was an essential step towards making established public health organizations accountable and giving new programs a framework on which to develop from. This list outlines the foundation for the National Public Health Performance Standards Program. The ten essential public health services provide a way to assess the impact of these programs. This paper will explore and analyze case studies and the essential public health services they represent.
Case One surrounds the issue of water fluoridation. The process of water samples being submitted for testing each month was described, along with which public health sectors the results are reported to. Krisberg states that the parameters for water fluoridation levels were first established in 1962. She also reports that the level of fluoride established at that time was 1.2 milligrams per liter. In 2015 this level was reduced to 0.7 milligrams per liter (Krisberg, 2015).
Many of the ten essential public health services can be seen in the details of the first case study. The instance described in case one correlates most closely to the sixth essential public health service to “enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety” (American Public Health Association, n.d.). This case study was a prime example of how the public…
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