Discussion: Public Health Organizations and Agencies
“Public health systems are commonly defined as all public, private, and voluntary entities that contribute to the delivery of essential public health services within a jurisdiction. This concept ensures that all entities’ contributions to the health and well-being of the community or state are recognized in assessing the provision of public health services.”
The role played by organizations and agencies is vital to the progress and efficiency of public health. They aim to provide strategic and high-level measures of achievement
. For this Discussion, you will use your previously selected topic of interest to understand the roles and initiatives of organizations and agencies.
• Review the World Health Organization (WHO) website to familiarize yourself with a public health organization at the global level; at the National level -for the United States-, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and then look into your state and local health agencies.
Write an explanation of how global and national public health organizations/agencies have developed programs, initiatives, or activities to address your selected public health topic of interest. Then, explain how your local and state health organizations/agencies have developed programs, initiatives, or activities to address your selected public health topic.
Explain how the global/national programs, initiatives, or activities compare to the local/state programs, initiatives, or activities. Are the initiatives similar? Are there differences? Discuss similarities and/or differences that you identify.