What is Public Health?
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing, and responding to infectious diseases. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. (CDC Foundation)
Maximizing quality of life across the lifespan
Lifelong health and well-being for every person, family and community in Iowa County.
Prevention and Promotion – Providing strategies that prevent disease and promote healthy living in healthy environments. Empowering citizens to take responsibility for their health and well-being.
Collaboration and Partnership – Working together to provide the best solutions that address health priorities of the community and support a strong public health system.
Evidence-Based - Practicing science based strategies and using best practices that improve population health.
Social Justice and Health Equity - Promoting equal rights and opportunities and advocating wellness for everyone regardless of social, economic, or cultural factors. Fostering policies and programs that are respectful of our diverse communities, considering the social determinants of health, and incorporating practices that reduce health disparities.
Respect - Approaching all people with significance, understanding, compassion and dignity.
Integrity - Practicing commitment to honesty, fairness, professionalism, and accountability in all of our decisions and actions.
Teamwork - Contributing, learning, supporting and energizing team members while embracing each other’s differences and abilities.