For those in community or public health, the themes in this article get nothing new-but as busy professionals ourselves, we often find it helpful to be reminded of the basic premises of our chosen fields. It’s so easy in our hectic-and very important-drive to complete work tasks that we lose sight of those core values in which we strive.
There are a growing number of evidence-based interventions for use by community and public health professionals to promote health avoiding disease. [Leeman, Calancie, et al: 2015] These practices have the potential strengthen environments, behaviors, and health outcomes in our neighborhoods. In order to adopt these practices, however, public health agencies and community partners often need additional tools, strategies, and training function their capacity to improve health outcomes. https://healthjade.com/
The most effective prevention strategies actively engage the communities they are intended to serve. Effective health promotion and health-enhancing social change require communities to identify, plan, channel resources, and take action. The concept that a community could be the solution to its own problems is not additional. There is considerable support for designing community-based interventions enhance the health behaviors and overall health status of community members. According to Sotomayor, Pawlik, and Dominguez in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, “These community-based interventions are important because health disparities and health benefits rate of chronic diseases in minority populations, particularly among those who are poor and lack use of community resources, are extremley unlikely to be prevented without one.” [Sotomayor, Pawlik, and Dominguez: 2007]
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Healthy People 2020 strives to
Identify nationwide health improvement priorities.
Increase public awareness and understanding with the determinants of health, disease, and disability and the opportunities for progress.
Provide measurable objectives and goals that are applicable at the national, State, and local levels.
Engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve practices that are driven by the best available evidence and data.
Identify critical research, evaluation, and data collection needs to have.