Creating a Culture of Health

Our public health system involves many players, not only the Horizon Public Health staff. It includes our medical community, our schools, our churches, our law enforcement partners, the business community, our local and state policymakers and most importantly, it involves each and every one of you.

Health is not just a state of non-sickness. It’s about where you live and where you work. In fact, your zip code can be a significant predictor of your potential to achieve optimal health status, largely because of the resources and the challenges of the community in which you live. Building healthier communities means assuring access to healthy foods through grocery stores and farmers markets, assuring the ability to choose to be active through the availability of sidewalks and parks, and assuring healthy workplaces by working with employers within the 5 counties served by Horizon Public Health to promote better health within the workplace.

Creating a culture of health means we must bridge the gap between “health” and “health care”. If health is to become a fundamental element of our everyday lives, it is essential that we strengthen the connections between our health care and public health systems, as well as the other components of health that exist within the communities served by Horizon Public Health. The care and treatment provided by our medical professionals will have greater impact when supported by community infrastructure designed with health in mind, such as the transportation system, the availability of healthy food choices, and green spaces that are safe and welcoming. We will need to establish partnerships that previously did not exist.

We are fortunate that throughout the communities served by Horizon Public Health, we have partners that are willing and eager to share their knowledge, expertise and time to assure that our communities offer our citizens every opportunity to make the healthy choice the right choice. We thank them for all of their contributions; without them, the goal of being the healthiest community, and becoming the healthiest nation, could never be achieved.

What is Public Health?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick orinjured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.

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Best Kept Secret

Many have said that the work of Public Health in the community is the “best kept secret” intown. So while we go about our daily work, often in ways you might not see, Horizon Public Health would like to uncover for you a little about where you might meet up with us in the community.

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Creating a Culture of Health

Our public health system involves many players, not only the Horizon Public Health staff. It includes our medical community, our schools, our churches, our law enforcement partners, the business community, our local and state policymakers and most importantly, it involves each and every one of you.

Read on...