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Health Officer

Public Health is mostly involved in Preventive Medicine links, the knowledge and skills of clinical medicine with the special skill sets of medical management and population health.

Goals:

  • Promote and preserve health and longevity in individuals and populations.
  • Enhance quality in health care systems and eliminate health disparities.
  • Facilitate early diagnosis with screening and education.
  • Use epidemiology and biostatistics to improve the quality of life.
  • Focus on prevention rather than cure.

The Division of Health is:

  • Preventing epidemics and the spread of disease.
  • Protecting the community against environmental hazards.
  • Preventing injuries.
  • Promoting and encourage healthy behaviors.
  • Responding to disasters and assist communities in recovery.

Essential Services Provided:

  • Monitor health status to identify community problems.
  • Diagnose and investigate health problems and hazards.
  • Inform, educate and empower communities about health issues.
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify and resolve problems.
  • Develop policies and plans that support community health efforts.
  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and provide safety.
  • Link those in need to personal health and health care services when not otherwise available.
  • Assure a competent public health workforce.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of health services.
  • Investigate and employ innovative solutions to health problems.

Programs administered under this Division include:

  • Animal Control.
  • Communicable Disease Services.
  • Vital Statistics.
  • W.I.C. Program.