Ten Essential Public Health Services

Washington County Public Health delivers these ten essential services directly and/or through strong and effective partnerships:

  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems including health disparities.
  2. Detect and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate and empower people and organizations to adopt healthy behaviors to enhance health status.
  4. Partner with communities and organizations to identify and solve health problems and to respond to public health emergencies.
  5. Develop and implement public health interventions and best practices that support individual and community health efforts and increase healthy outcomes.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and ensure the provision of population-based health services.
  8. Ensure a competent public health workforce and effective public health leadership.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility and quality of public health services, strategies and programs.
  10. Research for insights and innovative solutions to public health problems.