Module 1: Personal Definition of Public Health and its Effects on Daily Life
classmate 1 Leanne: Definition Public Health is the collaborative effort of many disciplines working to educate, safeguard, protect, prevent, and foster the health of vulnerable communities. Addressing the needs of vulnerable populations has always been a cornerstone of public health (Riegelman & Kirkwood, 2019). Daily Impact of Public Health Daily we are touched by numerous Public Health initiatives from lead-free paint, government policies, motor vehicle safety, control of infectious diseases, education on disease-specific prevention, campaigns addressing the health hazards, and the ultimate tool in ending this current Pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccine. Public Health helps to ensure our safety and prevent injuries as a community. Individual Health vs. Population Health Individual Health treats and measures the outcomes of the specific patient. Population Health often uses the factors affecting the individual’s health to develop strategies and interventions to protect the population. classmate 2 Paige: Own definition Public Health Public Health is a global protection involving the prevention and control of diseases for individuals of society. Day to day activities of Public Health Day to day activities of public health include disease control. For example, implementing guidelines and creating vaccinations are some ways to prevent and control diseases. Another activity of public health would include health education. This would provide proper insight to individuals to strive for healthy habits and lifestyle changes in specific areas . Public Health perspective We are currently living in a global pandemic, so the public health practice affects my life and others daily. With a COVID-19 vaccines now available to me and others, there is an option for disease prevention. Not only is it an option for disease prevention, but hopefully it is the beginning of controlling COVID-19. Difference between individual health and population health Individual health pertains to the health or care of one individual/patient. Population health takes a life cycle approach, considering how risks to health affect the population throughout the life span (Riegelman & Kirkwood, 2019). The difference is individual health is considered independently while population health considers the whole.