Substance Abuse in Temrs of Ten Essential Public Health Services

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The competency “apply the core functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance in the analysis of public health problems and their solutions” was met through reading chapter 5 in Public Health: What it is and How it Works, along with completing a discussion question on applying the essential public health services to gun violence in Chicago and by completing a group project where I had to describe substance abuse in terms of the ten essential public health services.
By reading the book I learned what the core functions and essential public health services were. Turnock (2011 p. 224) describes assessment as public health’s responsibility to provide information to the public about the communities health and wellness, which include statistics on the communities health status, the health needs of the community, and any studies related to health problems. The essential public health services that fall under assessment include “monitor health status to identify community health problems and diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community” (Turnock, 2011 p. 226).
Policy development is described by Turnock (2011, p. 224) as public health’s responsibility to develop public health policies that benefit the public by encouraging the use of scientific evidence about public health. The essential public health services that fall under policy development include “inform, educate, and empower people about health issues, mobilize community…