From the materials we have used to prepare for the speakers, it is evident that public health work involves deep analysis of problems and teamwork, which are key components of a liberal arts education. All the speakers provided an in-depth look into their topic (i.e., they went past the surface level issues of their topic). For example, when Dr. Chosewood discussed workers’ health, he did not just discuss workplace
According to Guzys & Petrie (2014, p. 91), a community health needs assessment is defined as a tool that concentrates on the requirements of the client and the community. This approach does not focus on the provision of services. It throws light on doing what is necessary based on critical analysis of the data that has been gathered. In this Essay, Clark’s community assessment tool has been used to collect the accurate data of the chosen population (McMurray & Clendon, 2015).
The initial steps taken by the CDC in the early stage of this rising health problem demonstrated two of the three core functions of public health, (assessment and assurance). Assessment calls for regularly and systematically collecting, analyzing and making available information on the health of a community. Assurance involves guaranteeing constituents that services necessary to achieve agreed on goals are provided by encouraging actions on the part of others, by requiring action through regulation, or by providing services directly. (Turnock, 2012, pg. 514)
I signed up to take this course because of my curiosity surrounding public health: what it is, what professions one can hold in it, and what its role is in society. Upon taking this course, my understanding of public health has expanded greatly and I am now able to answer my previous questions about the field. In class, we defined public health as both a science and an art, and I learned that this is true; public health involves scientists studying epidemiology and the incidences of disease as well as professionals who promote health in the environment and public sector.
As a student of Liberty University, I am a senior studying Public Health. I am studying to become a Certified Health Education Specialist. In this vocation, it is my job to assess
These methods can also be used to improve public health in other communities as well. The most important lesson I take away from this examination is the effect that community involvement can have on improving public health. The success of programs in my community will have a much better chance of success if the public is actively involved. Any public health initiatives in my community should use a strategic thought process to ensure that methods are effective in addressing the health issue that they address. These programs should also attempt to educate and empower people to ensure they have the proper tools to be
With general public health, I can further expand my knowledge on public health concepts and practices and also work with the different areas of public health such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and administration. I am also interested in outreach and the social and behavioral science concepts of public health. This includes learning the intervention, design, and implementation of solutions for modern public health problems, as well as learning the theory of behavioral interventions and psychosocial influences on illness and
To evaluate and progress in the public health profession an initial in-depth analysis of all components of the current status of the profession would be performed. Understanding the current status of the professions may reveal successful portions, failing concepts, or areas that are in need of improvement. A thorough evaluation of the current status of the profession may offer the possibility to collaborate with those who practice in professions other than the public health field. Collaboration with these professionals may be considered one of the key components utilized to progress in the public health profession. Other professionals may offer insight that promotes the development of policies, processes or procedures; which may enhance
My experience in IEPA at Springfield allowed me to perform ten essential environmental health services that are related to core functions (Assessment, Development of policy and Assurance) of public health. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these three core environmental functions have individual goals. Assessment includes mainly two major functions they are monitoring environmental issues and environmental health and resolve community problems; second goal is to diagnose and investigate for environmental health issues and community hazards. Policy development consists of three different aspects beginning with education and information regarding environmental health, partnerships with community and solving community
Public health organizations address essential health concerns and services using three functions, called the Core Functions of Public Health (Shi & Johnson, 2013). First discussed in 1988 in a report by the Institute of Medicine, these core functions are “assessment, policy development, and assurance” (Shi & Johnson, 2013, p. 4). Through assessment, public health professionals and organizations gather information about populations and health problems and diseases within them (Shi & Johnson, 2013). Essentially, assessment involves monitoring disease and other health issues. That includes observing patterns and trends, examining causes, and determining necessities (“Public Health,” 2010). Policy assessment involves
After thorough investigation of the homeless population in Newark, the problem that is going to be discussed in this paper is substance abuse within the community. On a broad level, one of the biggest issues facing New Jersey today, as a whole, is the increase use of illegal drugs and substances, specifically heroin. As a direct consequence of drug use, 797 people were reported dead in New Jersey in 2007 ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). This number is larger than the 719 New Jersey citizens who died from motor vehicle accidents, or the 446 people who died from firearms in that same year ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). In 2010, close to 17,000 New Jersey citizens were reported to the state for attending abuse treatment centers strictly for heroin dependence ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). This trending heroin “epidemic” across the state close to doubled the amount of citizens reported for attending treatment based on marijuana addiction ("New Jersey Drug Control Update - White House", 2013). In a related study, that same year, Essex County comprised 10.0% of all substance abuse in New Jersey ("Substance Abuse Overview in Essex County", 2011, pp. 3-15). This was more than any other county in the state ("Substance Abuse Overview in Essex County", 2011, pp. 3-15). Focusing in on the city of Newark, within Essex County, 53.8 % of all people admitted for substance abuse treatment were
The purpose of a Community Health Assessment is to improve the health of the community by focusing on factors that promote health and wellness. Per the CDC, “Community health assessments use principles such proactive, broad, and diverse community engagement to improve results” (2016). Retrieved November 06, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/
Drug abuse has become a public health crisis of major proportions. It sabotages physical and psychological health. This sometimes leading to chronic illness and sometimes even death. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), “An estimated twenty million Americans aged twelve or older used an illegal drug in the past thirty days.” The most commonly used and abused drugs today are marijuana, cocaine, meth, and heroin. Drugs are chemicals and while each drug may produce a different physical effect, all substances that are being abused share one common thing. They take over the normal function of the brain and they change the way the brain responds to issues of self control, emotion, motivation, judgment, learning, and
Public health professionals strive to avert problems from occurring or recurring by recommending policies, implementing educational programs, conducting research, and administering