The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century
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The anthrax incidents following the 9/11 terrorist attacks put the spotlight on the nation s public health agencies, placing it under an unprecedented scrutiny that added new dimensions to the complex issues considered in this report.

The Future of the Public s Health in the 21st Century reaffirms the vision of Healthy People 2010, and outlines a systems approach to assuring the nation s health in practice, research, and policy. This approach focuses on joining the unique resources and perspectives of diverse sectors and entities and challenges these groups to work in a concerted, strategic way to promote and protect the public s health.

Focusing on diverse partnerships as the framework for public health, the book discusses:

  • The need for a shift from an individual to a population-based approach in practice, research, policy, and community engagement.
  • The status of the governmental public health infrastructure and what needs to be improved, including its interface with the health care delivery system.
  • The roles nongovernment actors, such as academia, business, local communities and the media can play in creating a healthy nation.

    Providing an accessible analysis, this book will be important to public health policy-makers and practitioners, business and community leaders, health advocates, educators and journalists.

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536 pages | 6x9
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ISBN: 978-0-309-08704-9
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Institute of Medicine. The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.

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