The anthrax incidents following the 9/11 terrorist attacks put the spotlight on the nation s public health agencies, placing it under an unprecedented scrutiny that added new dimensions to the complex issues considered in this report.
The Future of the Public s Health in the 21st Century reaffirms the vision of Healthy People 2010, and outlines a systems approach to assuring the nation s health in practice, research, and policy. This approach focuses on joining the unique resources and perspectives of diverse sectors and entities and challenges these groups to work in a concerted, strategic way to promote and protect the public s health.
Focusing on diverse partnerships as the framework for public health, the book discusses:
- The need for a shift from an individual to a population-based approach in practice, research, policy, and community engagement.
- The status of the governmental public health infrastructure and what needs to be improved, including its interface with the health care delivery system.
- The roles nongovernment actors, such as academia, business, local communities and the media can play in creating a healthy nation.
Providing an accessible analysis, this book will be important to public health policy-makers and practitioners, business and community leaders, health advocates, educators and journalists.