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What Is Public Health?

Public health is about protecting and improving the health of the entire community as a whole. Public health achievements during the last century have dramatically improved our quality of life. The following are considered the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century:
 
1. Vaccinations
2. Motor-vehicle safety
3. Safer workplaces
4. Control of infectious diseases
5. Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke
6. Safer and healthier foods
7. Healthier mothers and babies
8. Family planning
9. Fluoridation of drinking water
10. Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard
 
Thanks to these public health efforts, life expectancy has increased, infant and child mortality has been reduced, and many communicable diseases have either been reduced or eliminated.

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Our mission is to prevent disease and injury and create environments that promote and protect the community's health.