Posted: September 2nd, 2015
Mission and Vision of Public Health
According to Gostin et al. (2004), “The goals of public health are too often assumed or simply asserted, rather than cogently explained and justified” (p. 97). To be an effective leader in public health, you must understand the current situation in which public health finds itself and the vision, mission, and goals that are guiding its efforts. This knowledge will help you to set direction for your own organization and contribute to other efforts of public health in this country.
To prepare for this Discussion, compare and contrast the various mission and vision statements you read this week. Based on these, what do you think the mission and vision of public health is? Then, identify one of the findings and recommendations in The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century that is of particular interest to you—for example, the finding on page 12 states that “increased health insurance coverage would likely reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the use of appropriate health care services and may also reduce disparities in morbidity and mortality among ethnic groups.” In what ways does this finding, and the accompanying recommendation help public health achieve its mission and vision?
a response to the following questions:
•What do the public health mission and vision statements have in common? Based on these, how would you articulate in your own words the mission and vision of public health in this country?
•Briefly summarize one of the findings and recommendations from Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century that is of particular interest to you. Explain how acting on this recommendation would help to further the mission and vision of public health.
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