What is Public Health?
The Institute of Medicine defines public health as: "A coordinated effort at the local, state, and federal levels whose mission is fulfilling society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy." -The Ohio Department of Health.
Among other things, the ODH is responsible for:
The Ohio Department of Health works in partnership with 117 county and city health departments, providing much needed public health leadership and services throughout the state.
See also how Ohio's state and local health departments collaborate on the national Healthy People 2020 campaign.
Learn here about creating healthy local communities -- includes healthy food retail guidelines, the value of farmer's markets, and the importance of drinking water. #WaterFirst
See more, including water recipes!
Read full State Health Assessment.
Ohio's 2017-2019 State Health Improvement Snapshot calls for:
Read full State Health Improvement Plan.
The Executive Summary of HPIO's Ohio Health Value Dashboard (2017) includes a call to strengthen the state's commitment to public health and prevention efforts, via (e.g.):
View full Health Value Dashboard.
HPIO's Policy Options Fact Sheet on food insecurity includes recommendations on:
Learn more about Ohio's guidance for aligning state and local population health planning efforts.
View Regional State Health Assessment Forum presentation for Northwest Ohio (2016).
Visit the HPIO's 2017 Health Value Dashboard crosswalk. Link out from there to local community, city, and county data.
See also the HPIO's Community Health Planning Resources Guide.
* "These data are provided by the Ohio Department of Health.
The Department specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions."
Did you know that if you are a resident of the state of Ohio, you have free access to many health & wellness resources?
Check out what's available at the State Library* or try the quick links below: