PUBHLTH 2 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Preventive Healthcare, Lead Poisoning, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Public Health in Action
Chapters 51-58
Chapter 51: Outcomes are the bottom line for public health
- How do I know if we have succeeded?
- Outcomes: will tell you where you are, where you have been and where you need to go
- Provide a framework
- Outcomes can be used for our nation, our state and our communities
- Outcomes can help improve public health
- Example: Healthy People 2020
Chapter 52: We must always be prepared
- Get plans in place as quickly as possible and make them public
- Need to coordinate state agency efforts, including public health, public safety, and emergency
management, at state and local levels
- Prepare for diseases caused by natural agents
- Prepare for diseases caused by potential BT agents
Chapter 53: Make partnerships how you do business
- Preventative health care for children and adolescents
- Only way to tackle complex and challenging public health issues
- Schedules and toolkits for screenings distributed to family practitioners, pediatricians, school
nurses, nurse practitioners, health department district offices, etc.
- Partnership with housing agencies to prevent childhood lead poisoning
- IOM’s Future of the Puli’s Health in the st entury ites partnership as ruial area to est
address the public health issues of this century
Chapter 54: It will take all of us to keep the public healthy
- Teaching public health to medical students
- An entire class went to work on public health projects in the local community as a part of their
second-year course
- Examples: obtaining healthier food donations, preventing childhood obesity, caring for chronic
conditions in aging populations, etc.
Activity: Art and Art of Medicine
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2003
- Idea was to train medical students from the very start in population-based concepts alongside
their training in focusing on individual patients
- Idea that medical students might learn public health by doing, seeing and experiencing
community health needs seemed better than series of classroom lectures
Chapter 55: Public relations is not the same as public health
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