Public Health Overview

  • Pharmacist role in Public Health
    • Special disease programs
      • BP, cholesterol monitoring
    • Source of health info
    • Poison prevention
    • Presentations @ schools, churches, senior citizen centers
  • Public Health Department activities:
    • Promote well being of citizens
      • Education & protection plans for epidemics such as AIDS
    • Target hard to reach groups with health programs
      • Native Americans
    • Provide centralized diagnostic labs
      • Detection, prevention & monitoring
      • Health professionals have to report stats on diseases such as hepatitis & STD’s to a central government PH body.
    • Data collection
      • Census info
      • Referral systems (trauma, burn centers)
  • Sources of data available to the public:
    • Medicare data- HCFA
    • National Center for Health Statistics

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