Public Health Defined

For the initial post in this discussion, consider your personal experience along with the readings in this unit and explain how you would define the term public health for someone who is new to the field. Use whatever approach you think is most effective, but address at least the following three points:

1- How does public health differ from health care in general?
2- What would you say are the main tenets, or concepts, of public health?
3- How does public health fit into the overall environment of health care in the United States?

Overview of Public Health Systems:

The mission of a public health system is to increase access to health care and make it more cost effective and affordable. This topic is important because successful development and sustenance of health systems depend upon the ability of public health leadership to recognize the significance of system efficacy, equity, and social justice.

Use your Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach text to complete the following:

Read Chapter 1, “An Overview of U.S. Health Care Delivery,” pages 1–34.
Read Chapter 2, “Beliefs, Values, and Health,” pages 43–85.
Health Information and Population Data
Use the Internet to complete the following:

– Trust for America’s Health. (n.d.). States in detail. Retrieved from
-View the key health data for your state.
-To do this, select your state from the dropdown list or click it on the U.S. map. This will take you to the state’s page, which will provide overview data, some more detailed data, and links to other data.
-Review at least two other reports from the Trust for America’s Health website.
-One report should be from your state, and the second can be from your state or another state. For example, you may want to compare asthma in your state and a neighboring state. Or you may want to evaluate how your state addresses asthma as opposed to obesity.

– Review the website for Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
– This website provides links and various resources related to data and issues specific to the state of Nevada, which is one option for your context when completing your Unit 3 assignment.

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