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PREPARE for unexpected emergencies, PREVENT disease and untimely death, PROMOTE healthy lifestyles,and help residents across the lifespan PROSPER!
Each Colorado Public Health Agency will look and function differently across the state. This is because each county is given the ability to customize their programming to the individual county needs. County needs are determined every 5 years with a global and exhaustive Community Health Assessment. This is a survey of county residents and program directors as to what is needed, where the gaps in health are and what is important to the very people who reside in the county. From this assessment programming is developed for the local public health office. RioBlanco County will conduct their next assessment starting October 1, 2017.
The three core functions of public health are:
- Assessment: Regular, systematic collection of information on the health of the community.
- Assurance: Assure that the services necessary to achieve health goals are available to the whole population, either by encouraging other entities to provide them or, if necessary, by providing services directly.
- Policy Development: Work for rules, laws, and/or policies that serve the health interests of the whole community.
- Assure access and provide linkages to personal health services.
- Develop policies that support and protect the health of the community and the environment.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of the public and the environment.
- Mobilize community partnerships to solve identified health problems.
- Monitor the health status of the population and the environment, and identify community health problems.
- Prevent and control the spread of communicable disease.
- Promote positive health behaviors and environmental practices.