Presented by Clem Bezold and Trevor Thompson
Public health in each city and county in the United States works to ensure the conditions for all to be healthy. Public health investigates disease outbreaks, fosters health promotion and health equity, and assures that health care is available. And it typically focuses on the most vulnerable in the community. There are several forces changing public health—what it does and how it operates. The effects of climate change on local communities, other types of emergencies, future infectious diseases and their surveillance, optimal approaches to health promotion for communities, the role of health care providers in enhancing population health, the state of health equity or fairness—these are among the topics considered in the scenarios. The Institute for Alternative Futures, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, has developed a national project developing Public Health 2030 Scenarios. This session will present those results.