What We Do

People who work in public health promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. The medical profession focuses on individual treatment, while the public health profession focuses on large scale solutions that are prevention oriented. People who work in public health are researchers, practitioners and educators who work across a broad spectrum of fields examples of which include social work, child welfare, education, chronic disease, the science of aging, mental health, disaster response, refugee health, injury prevention and tobacco control.

In Pennsylvania, public health priorities include things such as:

  • Access to clean water
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Lead remediation
  • Substance Use Disorders including opioid use disorders
  • Rural Health
  • Urban Health
  • Gun Violence
  • Suicide