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NNLM Reading Club: Public Health

Public Health

Public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.” — CEA Winslow

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The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Public Health Coordination Office is committed to supporting local and regional Public Health Departments with health information. The Public Health Digital Library is an evidence-based information resource sharing system. Article delivery and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) classes are two examples of services offered. Learn how you can participate.

Health Equity

Eliminating disparities is essential for a safer and healthier society. A goal of public health is to reach health equity. By studying social determinants, public health professionals can communicate information and formulate policies to advance health and wellness at the local, regional, and national levels ... for all of us.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Public Health 101 Series to discover:

  • Key public health terms
  • Historical developments from four public health perspectives
  • Determinants of health and their effects on population health

Healthy People is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to provide science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:

  • Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors.
  • Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions.
  • Measure the impact of prevention activities.


The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the nation’s leading public health member organization. Its mission is to advance the health of all people and all communities, to strengthen the impact of public health professionals, and provide a science-based voice in policy debates.

The Public Health Accreditation Board is a national accreditation program whose vision is to achieve a high-performing governmental public health system. Committed to achieving the highest standards of public health practice, nationally accredited health departments demonstrate a consistent and continued commitment to strengthening their community partnerships, which in turn enables them to better serve their communities.