The purpose of public health intervention is to prevent and manage diseases, injuries and other health conditions through surveillance of cases and the promotion of healthy behaviors. Its aim is to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of health problems by implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, and conducting research. In many cases, treating a disease or controlling a pathogen can be vital to preventing it in others, such as during an outbreak.
We work with our community partners to diligently pursue our mission. You can help by volunteering for a health-related organization or finding a way to promote health, and make your opinion known to our local, state, and federal representatives. It takes every one doing their part to make Bay County a healthier place to live, work and play.
With the State Surgeon General’s vision for Florida being the Healthiest State in the Nation, I am proud that we are progressing closer to that goal every day. One of our main concentrations to accomplish a healthier nation, is our Diabesity (Diabetes + Obesity) screenings throughout Bay County. Our goal is to educate the public in better eating habits, diabetes maintenance and treatment and pre-diabetes risk factors. Once educated the public are provided with the tools necessary to make better lifestyle choices. The ultimate goal is to partner with our local government to make changes in our own county.
The three priority areas we are working in from our Community Health Improvement Plan are healthy weight/healthy lifestyles, mental health/substance use, and chronic diseases including diabetes. These areas of concentration were developed from community surveys and community review of health data. The plan started in 2015 and will be continued through 2020. Accomplishments include; a farmers' market at DOH-Bay to serve persons living in food desserts, the start of a Recovery Oriented System of Care in Bay County with the completition of a sequential intercept map and establishment of subcommittees, and a new heart failure education program to begin in January 2019.