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WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH?
Public health is “what we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.”¹ Public Health focuses on the health of entire populations (Crook County) and groups of

people (such as neighborhoods). Health is not only a fundamental component of quality of life; it is also a critical building block for a sustainable and thriving economy.  Health increases workforce participation and productivity, while illness and injury impact the productivity of the individual and of family members who provide care for loved one.  In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The first wealth is health.”

Health and illness are influenced by the interaction of many factors, including genetics, biology, individual behavior, access to health care, and the environment.² The physical, social, economic, and service environmental in which we live, learn, work, and play influence the adoption of health lifestyles by making it more or less difficult for individuals to choose behaviors that promote or diminish health.”³  The social-economic conditions that shape the health of individuals, communities, and jurisdictions as a whole – for example, income and social status, education, employment, social networks, early childhood experiences, the natural and build environments, and living conditions are referred to as the social determinants of health.
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Crook County Health Department along with community partners is committed through collaboration to create a healthy community.  Along with our partners, we are launching a new website through the Central Oregon Health Board and the Central Oregon Health Council.  The website has all the health data for the tri-county area.

Healthier Central Oregon (in development and will go live February 2013)


 A HEALTHY COMMUNITY FRAMEWORK

A healthy community provides for the following through all stages of life:

Meets basic needs of all:

Basic needs and Quality of Living
- Safe, sustainable, accessible and affordable transportation options
- Affordable, accessible and nutritious foods and safe drinkable water
- Affordable, high quality, socially integrated and location-efficient housing
- Affordable, accessible and high quality health care
- Complete and livable communities including quality schools, parks and
recreational facilities, child care, libraries, financial services and other daily needs
- Access to affordable and safe opportunities for physical activity
- Able to adapt to changing environments, resilient, and prepared for emergencies
- Opportunities for engagement with arts, music and culture

Quality and sustainability of environment
- Clean air, soil and water, and environments free of excessive noise
- Tobacco- and smoke-free
- Green and open spaces, including healthy tree canopy and agricultural lands
- Minimized toxics, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste
- Affordable and sustainable energy use
- Aesthetically pleasing

Adequate levels of economic, social development
- Living wage, safe and healthy job opportunities for all, and a thriving economy
- Support for healthy development of children and adolescents
- Opportunities for high quality and accessible education


Health and social equity:

Social relationships that are supportive and respectful
- Robust social and civic engagement
- Socially cohesive and supportive relationships, families, homes and
neighborhoods
- Safe communities, free of crime and violence

¹Institutes of Medicine. (1988) The Future of Public Health.
²RG Evans and GL Stoddart GL, “Producing Health, Consuming Health Care,” Why are Some People
Healthy and Others Not? The Determinants of Health of Populations (New York: Aldine De Gruyter,
1994).
³Corburn, J. (2009). Toward the Healthy City. MA: The MIT Press.
4Raphael, D. (2009). Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives. 2nd Edition. Toronto:
Canadian Scholars’ Press Incorporated
“I read somewhere that when a person takes part in community action, his health improves. Something happens to him or to her biologically. It's like a tonic.” Studs Terkel
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