Public Health Functions

Type: 
Health
Organization: 
APHA
Description: 

Assessment is a core function of public health and encompasses monitoring health status to identify community health problems and diagnosis and investigation of health problems and health hazards in the community. Local health departments are already engaged in disease surveillance, community health assessments, vital statistics, and program evaluation. The skills, data, and analysis used in these activities can be applied to assessment for climate change and health, which provides a foundation to determine needs and other tools for assessment.

Category: 
public health, assessment, diagnosis, climate change, LHDs, surveillance, vulnerability, tribes

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