A Public Health System Is Complex
Although governmental departments of health are at the core of public health, many organizations in a community contribute to public health. A public health system is complex.Here is a depiction of the complexity of our public health system and examples of organizations and groups that it make up the network. Many partner groups contribute to health and delivery, such as:
Healthcare providers like hospitals, physicians, community health centers, mental health labs, nursing homes and others who provide preventive, curative, and rehabilitative care. Public safety such as police, fire and EMS. Their work is focused on preventing and coping with injury and other emergency health situations. Human Service and Charity Organizations such as food banks, public assistance agencies, transportation providers, and others that assist people to access healthcare and receive other health-enhancing services. Education and Youth Development Organizations like schools, faith institutions, youth centers, and others groups that assist with informing, educating, and preparing children to make informed decisions and act responsively regarding health and other life choices and to be productive contributors in the community. Recreation and Arts-related Organizations who contribute to the physical and mental well-being of the community and those that live, work and play in it. Economic and Philanthropic Organizations such as employers, community development and zoning boards, United Way, community and business foundations that provide resources necessary for individuals and organizations to survive and thrive in the community.