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Florida Department Of Health In Pasco County Celebrates National Public Health Week – The Florida Way

By Angela Babson

April 04, 2017

Florida Department Of Health In Pasco County Celebrates National Public Health Week – The Florida Way 

This week is National Public Health Week and the Florida Department of Health inPasco Countyis giving Floridians an inside look at some of the careers behind public health and the dedicated professionals who do them. Each day, the department will highlight a different area of public health including epidemiology, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health and public health nursing. These fields and many more help the department carry out our mission to promote, protect and improve the health of Florida residents and visitors.

“Every day, our public health professionals encourage lifestyle changes and provide services that help to prevent disease and work to promote the health of our residents” says County Health Officer, Mike Napier.


Last year, the department was the first state in the nation to receive national accreditation as an integrated department of health through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Accreditation by PHAS signifies that the department, including the state health office and all 67 county health departments, is meeting national standards for ensuring essential public health services are provided in the community.


For the next two years, the department will focus on several key areas to improve health in our state including increasing childhood vaccination rates, achieving health equity in all communities, developing a high quality trauma service, reducing HIV infection rates, reducing infant mortality rates, decreasing inhaled nicotine use and decreasing licensure processing time for health care professionals.


Use
#ThankAPublicHealthProon Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to recognize a public health
professional in your area during National Public Health Week. For more information about National Public Health Week, please visit
www.nphw.org. For more information about the different programs and services offered at DOH-Pascoplease visithttp://pasco.floridahealth.gov/or call727-861-5250.