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    What is the purpose of public health assessments?

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    Public health assessments are a critical step for the planning of health education programs. They allow health professionals to determine what health problems exist in a particular setting or with a specific group of people. Public health assessments identify needs within a population and measure the gaps between what is and what ought to be. Furthermore, public health assessments can be used to help allocate health resources and to establish a baseline against which to gauge the effectiveness of the program. They provide a clear set of objectives to work towards meeting the needs of the population. Additionally, they also help indicate whether a particular intervention or approach works. Public health assessments can offer insight into how policies, procedures, or programs affect the health of communities. They can be utilized to tell whether or how well a program is meeting its intended ...

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