The most effective public health programs are based on an evidence-based technical package – a collection of related interventions that can make substantial changes in a single disease or risk factor. Such a program avoids the scattershot approach of many interventions with no impact. Instead, it emphasizes the use of evidence-based technical packages in a particular population. This way, more resources are available for programs that really improve people’s lives. In addition, this type of program is easier to implement.
An effective public health program must clearly communicate its goals, successes, and risks to health equity. For example, it must put a human face on health and disease prevention in order to convince decision-makers that their lives are at stake. Likewise, the business community needs evidence to support their investment in public health. For this reason, media framing is a critical component of public-health policies. Accurate data is essential for establishing credibility among stakeholders.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers health care programs for older adults, low-income mothers and children, and Native Americans. Those groups were identified as the most vulnerable to chronic diseases, and the resulting public health programs were designed to provide comprehensive care. Among the major government-funded programs are Medicare, Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the National Institutes of Health, and the VA. In addition to these, the Department of Defense (DOD) TRICARE, the Veterans Administration, and the Indian Health Services are among the many organizations providing health care for those with disabilities and other chronic conditions.
The Department of Health and Human Services has six major public health programs aimed at reducing the costs of medical treatment. These include Medicaid, SCHIP, and TRICARE. These programs target low-income groups and those with disabilities. Besides these, the government also has a State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the VHA for veterans and their families. Further, a number of tribal governments offer health care for the people in their community.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides services to individuals in communities in the state. These services include community organizing, advocating for healthy lifestyles, and developing public health campaigns. They may also help prevent diseases. These professionals work in a variety of areas including environmental conservation and human growth and development. In Rockland County, NACCHO is the state agency that coordinates various health-related services. However, the HCHS has many different programs.
In Rockland County, the Office of Public Health administers the Division of Community Information and Education. A registered dietitian and field supervisor work in these departments. These offices deliver services for the benefit of the County’s residents. For example, the RCMP performs investigations on sudden, unexplained deaths in the county. The Mosquito Control Program implements a comprehensive mosquito-surveillance program. The Nutrition Programs in Rockland County help residents make healthy choices in the food they eat.