About Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
The mission of LMPHW is to promote health and wellness; prevent disease, illness, and injury; and protect the health and safety of metro Louisville residents and visitors.
The vision of LMPHW is to create a healthy metro Louisville by decreasing disease and death, eliminating disparities in health and healthcare, and giving everyone the chance to live a healthy life.
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has identified five priorities to make Louisville a healthier place for all of its citizens.
1) Create a Culture of Health and Wellness throughout Louisville.
Creating a culture of health and wellness in our city means that we have safe and healthy homes, childcare facilities, schools, workplaces and communities. It means continuing to implement policies that make it easier for people to make healthy choices that prevent such chronic conditions as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. LMPHW and The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement are working to shape policy and change the environment so that we make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone.
2) Continue to Focus on the Social Determinants of Health and Healthy Equity.
Addressing the social determinants of health such as income, education and race has the largest impact on health outcomes – larger than clinical interventions, immunizations, health screenings, or even smoke free laws. Where you live shouldn’t determine how long you live or how healthy you are - but unfortunately often it does! The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will continue to strive to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity by supporting programs and policies that address the root causes of unhealthy communities.
3) Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships.
The work of public health extends far beyond the scope of any one health department or agency. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will continue to reach out to create partnerships with public and private groups to improve the health of our community.
4) Increase Connections between Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
We will be working to close the chasm between clinical medicine and public health. The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness plans to work with medical practices across the city to expand access to preventive care services, making services such as smoking cessation and diabetes control programs available to a broader spectrum of the population. We will also be sharing nationally tested best-practices models such as the use of disease registries in improving the quality of clinical services—and ultimately health outcomes. We need more medical providers to be aware of and refer clients to our programs to help them stop smoking, control their diabetes, and manage their weight. The provider community can also keep us informed of practice based and community challenges to implementing evidence based programs and practices.
5) Implement an Outcomes – Driven Approach to Program and Policy Development.
In 2011 we now know more about what works in public health. We know, for example, that to decrease the incidence of chronic disease such as diabetes, we need to increase the number of community sites providing diabetes prevention programs. We know, for example, that to decrease infant mortality rates, we need to increase the number of women who began prenatal care during the first trimester.
Good data is the life blood of a twenty first century health department. The policies we develop and the programs we implement must be based on good science. We will constantly evaluate our efforts against what we are trying to accomplish for the health of the community.
Making Louisville a healthier place for all of its citizens and overcoming the health challenges that our city faces will require all sectors of the community working together. We believe the five priorities outlined above will provide a context by which the community can and will address its health challenges. As always, we welcome your involvement in helping us make Louisville a healthier city. Feel free to contact us at www.louisvilleky.gov/health or at 502-574-6530.
10 Essential Functions of Public Health
- Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
- Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
- Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
- Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
- Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce.
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.