Public health is a system that encompasses the national, state and local level. Our mission is to "prevent, promote and protect". Public health focuses on different tasks at each level. One cannot disregard a single level and have a clear picture of public health.
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Sherrie Ford, MPH
Promote: We have community-based health promotion programs, such as the Columbia Health Coalition. We also offer health education speakers and materials for communities and schools on chronic disease issues, tobacco and HIV. We also provide referrals to health resources, such as tobacco cessation.
Prevent: We offer WIC/nutrition, influenza shots, childhood immunizations, disease outbreak monitoring and women’s health services. We also provide a home visit nurse for high-risk infants.
Protect: We provide public health preparedness, environmental health, disease outbreak monitoring, restaurant inspections, public pool/spa monitoring and food worker certification.
This policy is in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Section 503 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1974, Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Civil Rights Act of 1991.