The definition of health is ever-changing, but few will argue that with good health you have hope.
By that rationale, the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) is in the business of hope by way of public health, and we think everyone deserves to have hope.
Most improvements in life expectancy and other key markers of healthy populations are the result of effective public health programs and policies. In fact, through public health efforts, such as immunization programs and clean indoor air policies, death and illness have been reduced.
The goals of public health and the mission of the SCHD include prevention of disease, protection from health threats, and promotion of healthy behaviors. At the SCHD, we rely on public health data, assessments of how to improve the health of our community, coordination of agencies who provide direct services, and policies that push public health forward.
Many of the services we provide are required, and others we do to fill the gaps that exist in the local health landscape. And at times, the SCHD fills key roles beyond direct service provision by assisting in the development of public health policy.
The SCHD provides a range of services that address specific needs and affect individual lives and the community’s overall public health status. For some, these services make the difference between health and illness. For others, the outcomes are not always immediately apparent, but creating a culture of wellness extends life, improves quality of life, and minimizes the period of time that people experience illness. Our goal is to provide these services in order to prevent disease, protect the public from health threats and promote healthy behaviors in Sedgwick County.
- Claudia Blackburn, director of the Sedgwick County Health Department