What Does Public Health Mean to You?

By: Christa Hyson, MPH

The definition of “health” is personal. To some, health means not getting sick. To others, health means being able to complete daily tasks pain-free and sober. Health can be a personal and complex issue — but there is one type of health that affects everyone: public health.

According to the Center for Disease Control, public health is “the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities.” It protects the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the places we live, work, learn, and play.

Many public health efforts go unnoticed, but still work to protect us: seat belts, condoms, and vaccines are all examples. Some other public health efforts that help keep us safe and healthy are syringe exchange, clean water, emergency preparedness, health promotion, and disease tracking.

Since 1826, the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) has been committed to protecting and improving public health. CHD advocates for accessible health and human services that promote healthy living environments and social well-being. CHD also aims to reduce poverty and unemployment.

CHD works with community partners such as hospital networks, schools, food pantries, sober-living facilities, local government, urban farms, non-profits, and local businesses to offer complete services.

CHD has medical and dental care centers available in Clifton, Madisonville, Millvale, Northside, Over-the-Rhine, and Price Hill. Its health centers serve more than 40,000 patients annually.

Rates are based on a sliding-scale fee. This means that anyone can receive care, regardless of income. 

Cincinnati Health Department
513-357-7320
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
www.cincinnati-oh.gov/health