What is Public Health? See below!

Carrie Rheingans

Carrie Rheingans

This is something I found via other public health students on facebook 🙂  Feel free to repost! This is an initiative of the American Public Health Association.

“Let’s face it – as a nation we’re not nearly as healthy as we should be. Compared to other developed nations, we’re lagging far behind.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. With your help, we can make America the healthiest nation in just one generation.

Want to know more? Watch the Healthiest Nation in One Generation viral video today. Share the video with your friends and family and encourage them to get involved.

America can make this the healthiest nation in one generation. We all have to do our part. What will you do?”

And also from this site (I’m just copy-pasting, so I’m quoting it):

“Public Health is:

local clinics healthy mothers and healthy babiesbreastfeeding • vaccinations • clean, fluoridated water car seats • seatbelts • traffic laws • prepared communities • clean air • mental health services • school nutrition programs • tobacco-free environments • safe workplaces • green communities • medical research • sex education jogging trails and bike paths • safe and clean places to play sidewalks • elderly services city planning • healthy homes

Public health is: the promotion of good health and the prevention of disease.

Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. The United States may spend more on health care than any other country, but even our best efforts have failed to make America a healthier nation. Check the facts:

  • U.S. life expectancy ranks 46th in the world, behind Japan, most of Europe, and also countries such as South Korea and Jordan.
  • A baby born today in the U.S is more likely to die before its first birthday than in almost any other developed country.
  • Nearly one in 20 residents in the nation’s capital are HIV-positive.
  • All ethnic minorities, except Alaska Natives, have a rate of type 2 diabetes that is two to six times greater than that of the white population.

With your help we can reverse these statistics. It all starts with one. What will you do to help make America the healthiest nation in one generation?”