The Structure of Public Health in Texas and How it Can Benefit from Upstream Thinking

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The structure of Public Health in Texas and how it can benefit from "upstream" thinking In the whole of the United States, the Public Health System comprises of the National, State and community, often referred to as Local agencies (Slover, 2005). As opposed to Medical Care, Public Health focuses on the promotion of health in the community. It, further, promotes and enhances prevention of diseases and injuries to the community members. As such, the primary goal of the Public Health System lies in the promotion and protection of health in the local community (Slover, 2005). The National Level acts as an umbrella for all the State Levels of Public Health Systems. As such, the National level overseas the activities and provides part of the budgets for the State systems (Slover, 2005). This leads limited involvement of the National Office in State Level. The National Office gets limited to supervisory and issuance of directives and other relevant instructions in the running of the day to day activities (Slover, 2005). The majority of the work that get covered, and done, at the State level remain documented there while select information get transmitted to the National Office for necessary action. The major tasks of the State office involve making of relevant policies, setting priorities in areas of concern, collection and analysis of data. The office also deals with the State Public Health Budget, and, in some instances, direct provision of health services to the people

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