Chapter 13

Challenges in the New World of Public Health Practice

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the complex problems challenging public health organizations
  • Discuss the value of evidence-based public health practice
  • List examples of global initiatives to improve public health
  • Identify some goals for the future of public health practice

The status quo of poor health outcomes and social inequities is reinforced by beliefs that individuals are solely responsible for making unhealthy choices, that life is not fair and health and wealth disparities are just part of life, and that nothing short of a revolution can be done to change these conditions (Rogow, Adelman, Poulain, and Cheng, 2008). Moving beyond these limiting concepts is our common challenge ...

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