Mission

The Geauga County Health District is dedicated to improving public health services by monitoring, educating, and promoting community and environmental health services in Geauga County, Ohio.

Vision

Working together to promote a healthy community

We Value

The basics of trust, integrity, and honesty
Professionalism
Fiscal Responsibility
Competency
Compassion
Communication
Partnership
Advocacy
All centered on and for the community we serve

Three Core Public Health Functions

The three core functions of public health, as defined by the National Institutes of Health in 1998, are assessment, policy development and assurance. These include:

Assessment

  • Monitoring health status in order to identify health issues within the community
  • Investigation/diagnosis of health issues and hazards within the community
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of the health services within the community

Policy Development

  • Develop policies and plans that support health efforts on both individual and community levels
  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  • Research new insights and innovate solutions to health problems

Assurance

  • Assures that the community can count on a competent public and personal care work force
  • Links people to personal health services and provides these services and health care when it is otherwise not available (e.g., public health clinics)
  • Informs and educates people about health issues and empowers them to take control of their own health
  • Mobilizes community partnerships in order to identify and solve health problems

10 Essential Public Health Services

The Essential Public Health Services provide the fundamental framework for public health agencies describing the activities that should be undertaken in all communities. The Core Public Health Functions Steering Committee developed the framework for the Essential Services in 1994. This steering committee included representatives from US Public Health Service agencies and other major public health organizations.

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.