10 Essential Public Health Services

10 Essential Public Health Services

In 1998, the Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others came together to look at the core functions of public health in the United States.

The resulting framework, the 10 Essential Public Health Services, describe the public health activities that all communities should undertake.

10 Essential Public Health Services

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  8. Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems