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What is Public Health?

Public Health is about giving everyone the best chance to live long, healthy, fulfilling lives from the very beginning to the very end. Dudley council has a responsibility to improve and protect the health of its residents and reduce health inequalities across the borough. 

Our public health programmes work to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities by identifying the risks that affect different people, in different places, at different stages of life, and finding the best way to minimise them.

By working with external agencies and local communities we aim to:

  • Keep people well

  • Prevent people that are showing the early signs of poor health from becoming ill

  • Improve the quality of life of those affected by ill health

 

There are three key domains of public health practice, which are all supported by health intelligence and research:

Key Principles in Public Health Practice

Health Improvement

  • Inequalities

  • Healthy Schools

  • Healthy homes and winter warmth

  • Volunteers

  • Health Trainers

  • Community mental health and resilience programmes

  • Lifestyle services

  • Surveillance and monitoring of  disease and risk factors

Improving services

  • Clinical effectiveness

  • Service planning

  • Audit and evaluation

  • Clinical governance

  • Equity

  • Pharmaceutical public health

Health Protection

  • Infectious diseases

  • Emergency response

  • Environmental health hazards

  • Screening programmes

  • Immunisation programmes

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