What is Public Health?
Primary care treats people after they become sick, but public health focuses on prevention. Primary care looks at individual health, while public health addresses population health. Public health provides core services like communicable disease prevention and control, injury prevention, family health, and environmental health. Individual local public health departments in Missouri also offer a vast range of other programs and services, based on needs in their communities.
Primary care, public health, and community partners can work well together to address Missouri's health care needs. Together they can advocate for policy change, the use of evidence-based models, and outcome-driven programs and services. Together they can affect population health change that offers a healthier future for all Missouri residents.