The Plaistow Health Department provides Environmental Health Services for the protection of Plaistow residents and visitors. This is achieved through a variety of inspections to educate and assist in preventing conditions and practices that endanger public health. These activities are guided by the Ten Essential Public Health Services.
The Ten Essential Public Health Services describe the public health activities that should be undertaken in all communities and were developed as a companion to the three core public health functions. The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) defined the three core functions of governmental public health as assessment, policy development, and assurance. The essential services provide a working definition of public health and a guiding framework for the responsibilities of local public health systems.
In order to implement these essential services, public health partners must work together to maximize resources, capabilities and strengths. This collaboration will improve the conditions that result in improved health and hopefully engage residents to improve their personal health and the health of their community.
The Ten Essential Public Health Services:
- Monitor health status to identify community health problems
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
- Inform, educate and empower people about health issues
- Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
- Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
- Assure competent public health and personal health care workforce
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems