The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Baltimore City Health Department
This is the state that I was raised in so I figured it will be neat to learn about my hometown health department. The Maryland mission statement is very clear to promote health equity for all Maryland citizens, the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) works to focus the Department’s resources on eliminating health disparities through assessment of the health status of all populations, demonstrating and promoting promising practices, engaging local communities and partnering with government and private sector programs in the State. The definition of public health that the health department states that public health is a practice to prevention of diseases, prolonging life, and promoting health and well-being through organized community effort for the sanitation of the environment (http://dhmh.maryland.gov/news/publicmsg.html). Baltimore city health department was more settling but short in my opinion. All was said to what is there mission was to be able to advocate, lead, and to provide services in order to promote and protect health of the residents in the city of Baltimore (http://www.baltimorehealth.org/whatwedo.html).
How did these sites present emergency preparedness; such as that for Bioterrorism, Pandemic Flu, SARS, etc.? The Maryland state department website is very informative on how to prepare their citizens for emergencies. The department has an office of preparedness and response tab for their citizens to go to for information pandemics, flu, and SARS. The cool part is that that the site is very easy to navigate through so if you are in a need of knowing what is need to help you in an emergency need, this site will help. Once you get to the Maryland Department of health and Mental Hygiene and look at the top of the page you will see the emergency information tab and that will insist you in all your emergency needs. For example, they have...
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