In understanding the work and mission of what we do in public health, it is first necessary to ask the question, who does public health affect? And the answer to that question would be, everybody, everywhere, and everyday! In fact, it has been the past advancements of public health that continue to save countless lives around the world by use of vaccinations, the chlorination of water, pasteurization, and the control of infectious disease by routine surveillance and investigation. Just like any other practicing health and medical profession, public health is based on a vast amount of sciences all contributing to the overall practice and function of our work. Therefore, public health can be thought of as the art and science of protecting and improving health within a community by use of preventive health practice, education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary science, and the monitoring of environmental hazards. I thank you for taking time to visit our website and welcome you to explore and learn about the services we provide to our communities in northeast Colorado.
-Tony Cappello, Ph.D., RS - District Public Health Administrator