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10 Essential Public Health Services

Published on . Last modified on December 12, 2014

ten Essential Public Health ServicesThe Essential Public Health Services describe public health activities that should be undertaken in all communities by local public health systems.

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve 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 and action 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 competent public 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.

Source:National Public Health Performance Standards, Core Public Health Functions Steering Committee, 1994.

Learn More:

  • Centers For Disease Control – The 10 Essential Public Health Services: An Overview (PowerPoint)  (PDF