The mission of the Florida Department of Public Health is to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts. Florida's public health and related agencies take on three main roles:
1) Health Protection - Environmental conditions, some occurring naturally and others manmade, have an effect upon the well-being of Florida's inhabitants. These effects are often of such magnitude and complexity that only government can mount an adequate response. Contamination of the air, ground, water, and food may cause disease or death. Public health tries to prevent or contain such contamination.
2) Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Prevention is the key to success in public health. Health promotion and education programs are designed to inform individuals about positive ways in which they can preserve or restore their own health-smoking cessation, moderation in alcohol consumption, proper diet and exercise, wearing seat belts,, etc. Disease intervention programs work to stop the transmission of diseases from a carrier to others by immunizing people against certain diseases, treating new cases as they occur and isolating carriers if necessary, and finding and testing people who have been in contact with an infected patient to administer the proper treatment before the disease becomes contagious.
3) Health Treatment - Health care of the sick and disabled is a role that public health undertakes when individuals are too poor or otherwise lack access to health care services.
The Department publishes various information describing particular programs and services.
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