Picture a member of your family going through the daily routine. Dropping off children at school and daycare. Going to work. Grabbing dinner in a restaurant. You might not always recognize it, but your health department makes an impact on those daily tasks and so many more.
At school, it’s the nurse who provides first aid to a child, the health educator who encourages healthy food choices and the inspector who ensures food prep areas and restrooms do not put health and safety at risk. Plus, it’s the awareness campaigns and clinical services that, for example, increase immunization rates and keep outbreaks in check.
At work, it’s the health programs that empower employees to adopt healthy lifestyles.
At that family dinner out, it’s the training provided to restaurant employees and inspections that ensure your meals are prepared and served properly. And in more and more communities, it’s the health department’s advocacy that has led to smoke-free dining.
Even if you’ve never visited one of the health centers across our district, your public health department is looking out for your health and safety every day. No matter the issue of the day, our staff is continuously involved in health surveillance, training, outreach and more to protect our community.
The importance of this work can’t be overstated. It’s not an exaggeration when we say public health saves lives. We train residents in CPR techniques. We provide smoking cessation support. We help those with chronic diseases such as diabetes manage their disease. We ensure our communities are prepared for disasters. These are just a few examples of the health department’s life-saving work.
Additionally, our health center staffs provide a wide scope of clinical services for eligible residents. From comprehensive prenatal care to helping new parents meet their children’s nutritional needs to preventing diseases through immunizations, we’re ensuring children are getting a healthy start. Meanwhile, we’re helping adults get the essential services they need.
In everything we do, our goal is to improve health and safety in our district. This is where we live, work and play and we want our communities to thrive.
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department cannot achieve this goal on its own. But as a community working together – from the individuals who commit to healthier lifestyles to our elected officials – we will build on the great accomplishments we’ve made and look forward to a healthier future and a greater quality of life.