Serving Nebraska for 65 Years!

Ten Essential Services of Public Health


1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Health status data
  • Disease surveillance
  • Analyze trends, patterns, and cycles of disease

2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community

Investigate and control diseases and injury

  • Communicable disease
  • Immunizations
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Foodborne disease outbreaks
  • Environmental problems
  • Disease detection and monitoring

3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues

Public information and education

  • Health education
  • Culturally-sensitive health materials
  • Community development
  • Technical assistance

4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems

Leader in coordinating partnerships

  • Coalition building
  • Volunteerism

5. Develop policies and rules that support individual and community health efforts

Leadership, Policy Development, and Administration

  • Advocacy
  • Political action
  • Setting health priorities

6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and the environment, and ensure safety


  • Restaurants and food operations
  • Solid waste and sanitary facilities
  • Clean air, land, and water

7. Link people to needed medical and mental health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable

Targeted Outreach and Linkages

  • Elimination of cultural barriers
  • Language-specific services
  • Case management
  • Elimination of missed opportunities

8. Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce

Licensure and standards

  • Quality assurance
  • Training
  • Certifications

9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services


  • Surveys
  • Statistical information

10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

 Research and innovation for the future

  • Outcome-oriented research
  • “Forward-thinking” initiatives
  • Opportunities for project duplication