Public health refers to the initiatives and efforts aimed to benefit the greater good. Our families, our neighbors and our communities are all affected by public health initiatives like vaccination programs, motor vehicle safety laws, family planning, and clean air and water standards. The overall mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that effect health so the health and wellness of our communities can also be improved.
Public health professionals are an important part of our health communities. They are passionate about the health and wellness of others and are dedicated to finding new ways to reform our health standards.
Some examples of public health professionals are:
- First responders
- Restaurant inspectors
- Health educators
- Scientists and researchers
- Social workers
- Public health physicians
- Public policy makers
- Occupational health and safety professionals
Believe it or not, public health professionals aren't the only ones who can help advance health and wellness within your communities. There are plenty of ways YOU can be involved in improving your community health!
Make Work a Healthy Place – speak with your human resources department about wellness programs or employee health initiatives, like fresh fruit instead of vending machines. You could also encourage your co-workers to take a break during work and go for a brisk walk.
Volunteer – see if there are non-profit organizations that offer social services that contribute to the health of the community. By donating your time to benefit the health of others, you can make a huge impact on the lives of those in need.
Educate the Younger Generation – summer camps, after-school programs, and other programs/organizations are a great way to donate your time and knowledge. Teaching the younger generation about healthy habits and the overall importance of health can lead them down the right path as they become young adults.
Remember, the best way to help your community improve their health and wellness is to make your own health a priority. Keeping you and your family up-to-date on vaccines, encouraging healthy food choices and maintaining an active lifestyle are all great ways to live achieve a healthy lifestyle. Seeing your primary care provider regularly is another key factor as they can detect and treat diseases early on, as well as provide other preventive measures. Community Care Physicians has many primary care offices conveinently located throughout the Capital Region. Our Concierge Care Coordinator can help match you with the CCP provider who best meets your needs. Call (518) 782-3800 for assistance.