What is Public Health?
Primary care treats individuals after they become sick, but public health focuses on disease prevention for the entire community. Public health provides foundational services like communicable disease prevention and control, injury prevention, and environmental health.
Primary care, public health, and community partners can work together to address Missouri's health care needs. 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.