Core Functions of Public Health and How They Relate to the 10 Essential Services
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This page and graphic show how the ten essential environmental health services align with the three core functions of public health (assessment, policy development, and assurance).
- Monitor environmental and health status to identify and solve community environmental health problems
- Diagnose and investigate environmental health problems and health hazards in the community
- Inform, educate, and empower people about environmental health issues
- Mobilize community partnerships and actions to identify and solve environmental health problems
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community environmental health efforts
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect environmental health and ensure safety
- Link people to needed environmental health services and assure the provision of environmental health services when otherwise unavailable
- Assure a competent environmental health workforce
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based environmental health services
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to environmental health problems
- Page last reviewed: May 25, 2011
- Page last updated: June 10, 2016
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