Prevention And Improvement Of Community Health

2217 WordsMar 10, 20169 Pages
Merriam-Webster defines Public Health as “The art and science dealing with the protection and improvement of community health by organized community effort and including preventive medicine and sanitary and social science” (Merriam-Webster). Throughout recent history, factors that have seriously threatened human safety whether it be disease, genocide, pollutants, or plague, have been identified as public health concerns by various governments and organizations. These situations are remedied by creating a solution to correct the source of the problem. For example, finding the cure to a fatal disease or shutting down factories that create environmental toxins. One of the most under-recognized public health emergencies in the United States is the violence caused by firearms, and the source of this violence is unregulated gun ownership. The high percentage of gun ownership among American citizens and the amount of injury and death that is associated with it constitutes a public health emergency in The United States of America, which constantly, consistently, and gravely endangers the American people; this violence must be controlled. Like any other potential public health concern, the gun violence must be qualified based on the level of deaths and injuries that occur as its direct result. The World Health Organization defines a public health emergency as “an occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition, caused by bio terrorism, epidemic or pandemic disease,
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