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    Part 1:
    Public health and the maintenance of the same is integral to any developed nation. To that end, in the United States, federal, state, and local agencies must work to establish guidelines, rules, and requirements that provide baselines to protect the health of the public at large. I need to answer the following questions in a presentation of 2-3 pages, and provide properly cited sources to support it:
    • How is public health defined?
    • Why should the government be charged with the management of public health?
    • On the federal level, how does the Center for Disease Control (CDC) monitor and manage public health?
    • How do departments of health on the state and the local level contribute to the maintenance and management of public health?
    • Are public health agencies on the federal, state and local level successful in ensuring that public health is maintained?
    Part 2:
    I have secured a fellowship with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working as a public health analyst. One of the duties for this position is to "Identify public health policy needs and coordinate the preparation of strategies and proposals in response to those needs to promote the achievement of public health goals." I Have to include the following in a report:
    • Identify 1 subpopulation of southeastern United States (infants, African-Americans, Hispanic women, etc.).
    • Describe the 5 most important health concerns for the subpopulation, including justification for your choices.
    • Describe the most recent state or federal policy aimed at assisting this subpopulation's health needs and concerns.
    I need this delivered in the length of about 5-7 pages

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    • How is public health defined?

    Public health represents an established scientific discipline that is focused upon ensuring that a nation's public citizens are protected in each community through the promotion of healthy initiatives that are garnered toward improving the health and lives of citizens. Therefore, the nation ensures that research is conducted toward preventing diseases and injuries by detecting any potential infectious or sexually transmitted diseases through monitoring of entire populations. The objective is to prevent sickness, illness, and injury before they occur, which separates public health from the medical communities' objective to provide care after-the-fact. To achieve this goal, healthcare workers are required to implement the necessary educational programs, recommend policy initiatives, and engage in research and development of vaccines, medicines, etc. that are capable of preventing healthcare issues from arising in populations.


    • Why should the government be charged with the management of public health?

    The government is responsible for the management of public health because of the social contract, which entails that citizens must pay taxes to establish roads, police protection, government officials, and public health institutions that are responsible for ensuring that citizens have access to healthcare when needed. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that citizens are healthy because the government depends upon healthy citizens to survive, and public health threats that emanate from diseases such as STDs like HIV or other infectious diseases represent a threat to the entire population. Therefore, the government is responsible for monitoring, addressing, and managing any public health risks or threats. This is why the government is in charge of public health management.

    • On the federal level, how the Center for Disease Control (CDC) monitor and manage public health?

    The CDC engages in several systematic approaches to monitor and manage public health, which include but are not limited to its National Vital Statistics System, the Global Disease Detection program, and its National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. These programs all serve different purposes as the (NVSS) is used by the CDC to track serious infectious diseases such as tuberculosis by collecting data and information accumulated by states and subsequently using this information to spread to the general public about these diseases and their prevalence within any particular population or ...

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    Health/Public Policy