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National Public Health Week (NPHW) is April 2–8, 2018. It is an annual event intended to raise awareness about the importance of public health in the United States. What is public health and why is it important in El Dorado County?
"Public health activities and policies can positively influence the overall health of our communities," said Dr. Nancy Williams, El Dorado County Public Health Officer. "Public Health consists of monitoring health, performing activities, and instituting policies that relate to the general population. These activities can be more impactful than addressing health issues one person at a time. In essence, Public Health sets the stage for preventing illness and injury from occurring in the first place."
Dr. Williams explained that while public health officials are required by law to provide some clinical care to individuals who are unable to get care elsewhere, classic public health activities include:
These are just a few of the types of activities performed by public health departments around the world and by the El Dorado County Public Health staff. For further information about El Dorado County Public Health programs and services visit https://www.edcgov.us/publichealth.
More information about NPHW and this year's public-health focus areas can be found at www.welldorado.org.
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