d prevention of disease, the education of the individual in personal health and the development of the social machinery to assure everyone a standard o living adequate for the maintenance or improvement of health” (Winslow, 1998). This paper will evaluate the agencies available to the average American for public health information.
The web sites available and listed for this class are APHA, ASTRO, NACCHO, the Public Health Foundation, hhs.gov, epa.gov, asph.org and cdc.gov. In reviewing each of these sites, it is noted that The American Public Health Association, The US Department of Health and Human Services, and The Center for Disease Control and in addition The World Health Organization have far superior information available to for public use.
APHA is the oldest public health organization in the country. The mission statement is a good definition of public health. That statement says, "To protect all Americans, their families, and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services" (apha.org). This public health site strives to do just that. The information readily available on the site and easily usable covers all of those factors in a way that are easily understood by the public. They also publish the American Journal of Public Health and a newspaper called The Nations Health.
HHS.gov is the website for the Department of Health and Human Services and is the principle agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially those who are least able to help themselves. This site is also very easy to use and forewarns Americans of things that may come in the near future that may affect them. All of the sites talk about H1N1 but there are other things here such as the amount of water one might want to store for emergencies. (hhs.gov). The most recent addition to information on the