The Core Functions of Public Health (Essay Sample)
Module 3 – SLP
THE CORE FUNCTIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Background: For this SLP component, you will be discussing the core functions of public health in the context of your topic.
Address all three functions.
1 Assessment: What type of information is usually gathered and analyzed to describe the status and the needs of the community related to this public health issue (e.g., health indicators, incidence, and prevalence of disease)? Who gathers this information and how is it analyzed?
2 Policy development: What policies have been developed and at what level that relate to your topic? Why were these policies developed? What policies would be needed?
3 Assurance: Discuss health promotion programs related to your topic. How is quality of related services maintained and monitored? Discuss standards and regulations as well as licensure issues related to your topic.
Length: The SLP assignment should be 2-3 pages in length.
References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted materials should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. Materials copied verbatim from external sources must be enclosed in quotation marks. In-text citations are required as well as a list of references at the end of the assignment. (APA format is recommended.)
Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.
Format: APA format is recommended for this assignment.
Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity.
The following item(s) will be assessed in particular:
Relate information to the previous SLP component in which you described the organization of the public health system. That is, how do the federal government, the state, and local departments participate in these functions?
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INTRO PUBLIC HEALTH SLP 3
Public health involves disease prevention, prolonging the lives of people, and promoting efficiency and physical health. This is achievable through community efforts to ensure the environment is clean, educate people on personal hygiene, controlling community infections, organizing medical and nursing services for advance diagnosis and prevention treatment of diseases, and developing social machinery to make sure all people in the community lead healthier and safe lives (Ruggiero, 2007).
Assessment in public health involves collecting information, analyzing and using the information to determine factors that affect the health of the people and found out the available resources within the community to address these factors. Public health assessment identifies a team, which comprises of individualswho can act as representatives for community members who accurately represent the concerns of different populations within the community to undertake the assessment (Cameron, 2011). The public health assessment team collects local data to identify the community health issues, and other problems vital to people such as, common diseases outbreaks in the community and it is causes, environmental hygiene status, personal hygiene, and comparing the commun…