About Public Health
Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, promoting physical and behavioral wellness, supporting personal responsibility, and prolonging life in communities where people live, work, and learn. Much of what public health does is such a part of daily living that it is often invisible, and almost always taken for granted.
The federal investment in public health ensures that:
- The food Americans eat, the water we drink, and the drugs we take are safe.
- The air we breathe is free from lead, asbestos, and other harmful toxins.
- Children are protected from measles, mumps, polio and other infectious diseases that used to claim many young lives.
- Americans will be protected in the event of infectious, occupational, environmental, and bio-terrorist threats.
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