Public Health in Alaska
| Core Principles
| Essential Services
The Mission of Public Health
To protect and promote the health of Alaskans
The Vision of Public Health
Alaskans enjoy optimum health and safety through achieving
greater public, community and personal responsibility for healthy
conditions and choices.
The values of Public Health
- Accountability – We are committed
to responsible use of human, financial and environmental resources.
- Respect – We provide services
without discrimination or judgment.
- Human Potential – We are committed
to developing each Alaskan’s potential as a healthy individual,
as well as fostering strong, healthy communities.
- Integrity – We are honest and
ethical in all we do.
- Scientific Excellence – We
are committed to adding to and contributing to the body of scientific
knowledge and using the best available knowledge and data to set
public health policy.
The Six Core Principles
of Public Health
- Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease
- Protect against environmental hazards
- Prevent injuries
- Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
- Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery
- Assure the quality and accessibility of health services
The Ten Essential Services
of Public Health
- Monitor health status to identify community health problems
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in
- Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
- Mobilize the community partnerships to identify and solve health
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
- Link people to needed personal health services and assure the
provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
- Assure a competent public health and personal health workforce
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal
and population-b ased health services
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems
For information on these essential services, please consult CDC's
recommendations for assessments
on the local, state and goverance levels.