About Public Health
The work of public health has helped everyone in Wisconsin live
longer and healthier lives. Public Health improves the health and quality
of life of Wisconsin residents through the prevention and treatment of
diseases and other physical and mental health conditions, the
surveillance of cases, and the promotion of healthy behaviors.
Some examples of common public health measures are the promotion of hand
washing and breastfeeding, the delivery of vaccinations, and the distribution of
condoms to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Here are just a few of the
other ways that public health positively affects everyone in Wisconsin.
View Healthiest Nation in
One Generation (Video, 2 minutes 37 seconds),
a video showing how public health afects our lives.
Public health makes sure that:
- We learn ways to improve our own health, and learn to avoid
behaviors that lead to chronic disease, disability and early death.
- Our children are protected against lead poisoning and pregnant women
are aware of the harmful effects associated with exposure to mercury and
other hazardous substances.
- We know when to see our health care provider and know which
screening tests we should receive.
- A record is maintained of every birth, death, marriage, divorce and
adoption that occurs in Wisconsin so that we can prove the details of
these important events.
- Our children get preventive care for their teeth that helps prevent
- Children and adults get their immunizations on time.
- Pregnant women and new mothers have access to nutritious foods for
themselves and their babies.
- Mothers and fathers have the parenting skills to do a better job of
parenting and our children thrive.
- Fewer babies die in infancy.
- There are properly trained first responders, EMTs and paramedics to
serve us in emergencies.
- Fewer of us get sick, suffer injury or disability.
- Communicable disease outbreaks are discovered early and
interventions applied quickly;
- New residents gain access to the necessary health services quickly.
- Our restaurants use appropriate sanitation practices, our hotels and
motels are clean and safe, and public swimming pools do not spread
- We know how to protect our families in emergencies and have access
to resources to help us recover from flooding, severe weather and
Modern public health practice requires multidisciplinary teams of
professionals including physicians specializing in public
health/community medicine/infectious disease, epidemiologists,
biostatisticians, public health nurses, medical microbiologists,
environmental health officers, dental hygienists, dietitians and
nutritionists, health inspectors, veterinarians, public health
engineers, public health lawyers, sociologists, community development
workers, communications officers, and others.
Public health is always working to make Wisconsin a place with healthy
people in healthy communities. Learn more about public health by
visiting the links below.
July 29, 2014