Essential Public Health Services: The Texas Medical Association adopted the Essential Public Health Services Work Group's definition of public health and essential public health services: (1) monitor health status to identify community health problems; (2) diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community; (3) inform, educate, and empower people about health issues; (4) mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems; (5) develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts; (6) enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety; (7); link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable; (8) assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce; (9) evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services; and (10) research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems. In addition, in accordance with stated principles, TMA affirms that public health departments should be adequately funded in order to provide these essential services in every Texas community deliberately and apart from indigent care. TMA supports efforts to arrive at agreeable solutions to ensuring a stable public health system capable of adapting to health systems reform and the challenges of addressing emerging public health issues (CPH, p 80, I-95; reaffirmed CPH Rep. 2-A-05; amended CSPH Rep. 3-A-13).
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October 07, 2016