Understanding Public Health Infrastructure
To protect and promote the public's health our public health infrastructure must be strong. The preparedness of our public health infrastructure to respond to natural disasters, pandemic flu, and biological or chemical attacks is a topic of national conversation. But what is infrastructure?
Our public health system is made up of a complex network of people, systems, and organizations working in the public (local, state, and national levels) and private arenas.
Infrastructure can be thought of as all the parts within the public health system that work to help health professionals carry out the 10 Essential Public Health Services.
Strengthening the system may be done one part at a time.