10 Essential Services: Test Your Knowledge!

If you recall your public health history, you will remember that in 1988, the Institute of Medicine published a report on the “Future of Public Health” which identified the three (3) core functions of public health:

  • assessment
  • policy development
  • assurance

At that time, this was a solid starting point to describing public health. But as the country explored issues related to health care reform, a better definition and description was needed. In 1994 a “Core Functions of Public Health Steering Committee” (made up of US Public Health Service agencies and other major public health organizations) convened and expanded these functions to include the 10 Essential Services in Public Health (CDC):

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve 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 and action 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 competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

For public health professionals and students, these 10 Essential Services provide a working definition of public health and a guiding framework for the responsibilities of local, state and national public health systems.

So, how well do you know the 10 essential services in public health?

Why not test your knowledge and rate your expertise? (C’mon, it’ll be fun! We promise it will be less than 10 minutes and totally anonymous, too! Did we mention it will be fun?)

  • Click HERE to test your knowledge!

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10 Essential Services: From Abstract to Action

The 10 Essential Services of Public Health are helpful in describing the public health activities that should be undertaken in all communities. When it comes to your professional role, recognizing these services in job responsibilities can be helpful in developing your career.

Do you find your current role does not include many partnerships or collaboration between the academic sector and local, practice communities?

Do you foresee yourself wanting to develop more health education and promotion programs or be more involved in health communication?

What if your role required more focus on state public health assessments instead of local? Or vice versa?

Click on the following resource Essential Services Assessment to help rank your level of involvement as it relates to the 10 Essential Services. When completed, this document could serve as an excellent resource before or during the development of your Professional Development Action Plan.

Mentors and mentees can complete this assessment as an activity in one of their meetings, as well.

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10 Essential Services: Florida’s Continuing Legacy

The FPHTC Online Mentor Program launched in Florida to support Essential Services #8: “Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.”

Every day, our Program Coordinators work closely with the Office of Workforce Development at the Florida Department of Health to ensure that the Online Mentor Program helps to meet their growing workforce demands in the state of Florida. In collaboration, they help to ensure that their employees continue to evolve in their roles in ways that support the 10 Essential Services of Public Health.

“I am a firm believer in ‘Each One Teach One’ philosophy,” says LaTonya Thomas, Government Analyst for the Office of Performance and Quality Improvement, Workforce Development at Florida Department of Health. “With today’s ever-shrinking job market, and even more shrinkage within our public health workforce, it is imperative that we take a few moments to reach back AND give back or ‘share’ with the emerging public health workforce and leaders.”

The video below is a wonderful example from the Florida Department of Health of how public health professionals in Florida continue to provide all 10 Essential Services in public health:

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Course: Basic Epidemiology

Photo Credit: Jessica Loushe

Need to dust off your Basic Epi skills?

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice recently launched a new section of their online course entitled “Basic Epidemiology.” The training course develops the awareness and knowledge of public health workers who may be deployed on Field Epidemiology strike teams. It is designed to help them assist local, regional, state, and national epidemiology staff in disease investigations during surge capacity.

In four (4) hours, participants will become able to:

  • Define terms and concepts associated with epidemiology.
  • Understand how to design and/or modify field epidemiology surveys and questionnaires.
  • Understand strategies for setting up an epidemiology field investigation surveillance system.
  • Be aware of the procedures and protocols for sampling and packaging of clinical specimens.
  • Be aware of the policies related to quarantine and isolation.
  • Understand interview communication concepts and techniques.
  • Understand the function of and associated interview skills for epidemiological contact investigation.

This course was developed to meet the Public Health Core Competencies in the Analytical and Assessment Skills [1] and Communication Skills [3] domains.

The related public health core competency are:

  • [1A4 and 1B4] Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data.
  • [1A8] Adheres to ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information.
  • [1B8] Employs ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information
  • [3A6, 3B6, 3C6] Applies communication and group dynamic strategies in interactions with individuals and groups.

The course also meets the following Related Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies in Domain 2. Communicate and Manage Information

  • [2.3] Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency throught the chain of command
  • [2.4] Collect data according to protocol
  • [2.5] Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.

OFFERED BY: USF Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice
COST: Free
REGISTRATION: Go to CLPHP’s course page for instructions.

FPHTC-OMP Participants: The Basic Epidemiology course mentioned above is for professional development and can be applied towards program completion.