Public health has played a significant role in extending and improving the quality of life in the U.S. Over the last century, public health has evolved from a sole focus on maintaining basic sanitary living conditions and preventing disease epidemics to the broadened role today of preventing disease, injury, disability, and premature death.
The Youngstown City Health District for the City of Youngstown has, as so many other health districts have, continually faced a variety of both internal and external factors that are continuously changing. These factors include changing public health needs and changing servicing systems, to name a few. A shrinking economy, far more uninsured and underinsured, a renewed emphasis on the hospital emergency room for primary care and less on local public health (therefore, driving costs skyward) and many more.
In order to achieve a sense of excellence in meeting the changing public health needs of our community, a strategic health plan was adopted. Our Strategic Health Plan focuses on current and long-term needs of the community and provides for a more timely local public health response to the rapidly changing needs of our community.
Our Vision is to develop reliable and credible information, education and effective services to prevent disease, promote health and protect the public. This will be accomplished by:
- Developing policy
- Enforcing public health regulation in a responsible manner
- Monitoring public health through research and
- Supplying information that is clear, complete, accurate and up-to-date.
This Public Health Plan is the single most significant step taken to redefine the role of our local public health entity in recent years. This plan will provide the opportunity for local leaders to work together using Healthy People Ohio report and the results of the Healthy Valley 2000/2010 report to assess local public health needs, assure access to quality preventive health services and to develop action oriented policies and programs to address the unique needs of our community. Soon after the onset of 2010, will take a new look at our strategic plan and update it wherever needed.