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Public Health

Who we are and what we do

We work to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the whole population rather than treating the individual.

Public Health is about:

  • improving the health and wellbeing of the population;
  • understanding what makes us healthy, what makes us sick, and what we can do about it together; and
  • reducing health inequalities in our population.

This work is split into the Four Domains for Public Health:

  • Health Intelligence
  • Health Improvement (Drugs and Alcohol, Healthy Weight, Sexual Health, and Stop Smoking)
  • Health Protection (Communicable Disease, Vaccinations, Travel Advice and Bowel Screening)
  • Healthcare Public Health (Evidence based advice, Clinical Recommendations Committee)

Four Domains of Public Health button

How do we do this?

  • We measure and analyse local population data to understand health needs, inequalities, and protect against risks to health and wellbeing.
  • We use best evidence to inform, shape and influence local policy and strategy development.
  • We work in partnership bringing together specialist skills and people from a wide range of backgrounds who share the common goal of improving the health of individuals, communities and the environment.
  • We look at the effectiveness of what we do by monitoring and evaluating changes. We use this information to make improvements in the future.
  • We work to reduce health inequalities in our population. 

Our Principles:

  • Reducing Inequalities
  • Focus on Prevention
  • Focus on Early Intervention
  • Intelligence-driven practice — understanding our population's needs
  • Evidence-led practice — doing the right things
  • Focus on outcomes and evaluation – doing things right
  • Responsibility for Health and Wellbeing
Public Health Directorate

Department of Health and Social Care

Cronk Coar

Noble’s Hospital

Strang

Douglas

Isle of Man

IM4 4RJ

Telephone:+44 1624 642639

Fax:+44 1624 642684

Website:www.gov.im/publichealth

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